Do you like to eat? Do you like to eat fish?
If you answered yes to each of those questions, you have come to the right place. I will run through some of the best saltwater fish you could possibly eat and also give you tips on how to catch them. So let's get started, shall we?
My personal favorite. Flounder can be cooked in a variety of different ways and to be honest taste good each and every way. Whether you cook it on the grill, fry it, bake it or stuff it I guarantee flounder will be one of your favorites. My personal favorite is stuffed flounder, which of course is a whole flounder stuffed with a crab meat stuffing. Marvelous dish.
Here are a few tips on how to catch Flounder.
1. Flounder can especially be found near bridge piles, docks, reefs, and other types of natural or man made structures that protrude from the ground. As a result, flounder can generally be found close to the bottom of the ocean floor, which is a good thing for fishermen to keep in mind.
2. Patience is a must. Flounder aren't an attack and swim fish. They feed slowly. If you try to set the hook too soon you will most likely just lose your bait. When flounder fishing, don't jump on the urge to set the hook when you feel that first tug. Wait a little while before setting the hook. My grandma taught me a trick. If it's a small tug, wait about 30 seconds. Bigger tug give it about 45 seconds a big tug wait about a minute before setting the hook.
3. Use live bait and just enough mini weights to where the bait can still swim around freely. It's really a simple set up. Just your hook, live bait, and 1 or 2 mini weights. At the right spot at the right time you can catch them all day long, but you must be patient.
Another of my favorites is the Red Fish or Red Drum. A fun fish to catch and real treat off the grill. I think if you're going to eat Red Fish the best way to do it is off the Grill, but it makes for a really good po'boy too down south.
Wanna catch a Red Fish? Try these tips.
Red Fish is a saltwater fish and one of the best things about Red Fish is you don't really generally have to set the hook. They pretty much take care of that them selves, because they grab the bait and go. But here are few tips so you can catch a nice Red Fish to put on the grill.
1. Bait.. Red Fish go after Shrimp, Live or Dead as well and bait fish like finger mullet. Another trick I learned is crab. You can cut up a crab or put a smaller crab on your hook Red Fish will often feed on smaller crabs.
2. Have a boat? Talk to some local fishermen odds are they'll know some good hot spots to put your boat and you can catch your limit in a good hour or two. Whether they share that spot with you or not is a different story.
3. Spider weights. Spider weights are a great technique for catching Red Fish if you're on a pier or dock.
Red Snapper is a prized fish when it comes to the dinner plate. Most real sea food places have some variety of red snapper. A very tasty fish and another fun one to catch. But if you wanna catch Red Snapper you'll really need to have a boat capable of off shore fishing. But if you do and want to catch some Red Snapper try these tips.
1. The Boat, make sure you have a boat capable of doing some off shore fishing.
2. Rod and reel, you'll need a pretty sturdy rod and reel capable of hauling in a big snapper and be ready for a fight and hang on. These fish are fighters and very powerful.
3. A live sardine or cigar minnow is the best red snapper baits, hook the bait through the nose or eye socket on a 4/0 hook
Mahi Mahi also known as the dolphin fish, but has no relation to the dolphin nor does it even look like a dolphin. This is an excellent eating fish and was the key ingredient to the best fish dip I have ever eaten. Want to catch your own? It's not easy but with these tips you can make it happen.
1: You will need a boat. These fish can grow quite large and are rarely caught inland. You will need to go offshore in deeper waters to catch Mahi Mahi. Trolling is one of the most productive and my favorite method of catching Mahi Mahi.
2. Proper Rod and Reel, you will need a rod and reel designed specifically for deep sea fishing. Mahi Mahi can weigh up to 40 pounds and generally won't be caught with your standard rod and reel.
3. Location, Locating Mahi Mahi can be quite a challenge. They can be found in as little as 100 feet of water but deeper water of 400 feet or more is usually better. They like warm temperate water so the Gulf Stream is a good place to start. The south east coast of Florida and the Keys are some of the best Dolphin fishing waters available.
Yellowfin Tuna is a favorite of many anglers. With a good yellowfin tuna steak you can't go wrong. These fish are big and fierce fighters. If You want try one finding a restaurant that serves it would be easier than going out and catching one yourself. But if you're on the mission we're here to help. Try these tips to get your yellowfin tuna.
1. Charter Boat- These are some tough fish to find and tough fish to land for a beginner. Going on a charter boat they will not only know where to go to find yellowfin tuna but they will have all the right gear for you.
2. If you're gonna do it yourself you'll have to equip yourself with a 50-pound class, two-speed trolling reel (such as a Shimano TLD 30 II or TLD 50 II LRS), a broomstick-thick rod, and line in the 25-50 pound test range at minimum.
3. Location, You'll have to fish off shore to catch this fish. They usually don't venture any closer to the shore than 10 miles out. When you get to your location, try trolling one of the best ways to catch yellowfin tuna.
4. Time of day, the late afternoon in the lower lighting is when it is typically best to fish for yellowfin tuna.
Now that you know some of the best saltwater fish to eat and some of the funnest to catch. We hope the tips we provide will help land some good fish. Good Luck and feel free to drop by and share your stories with us.
-Jefferson D. Powell