Rough Water Deep Sea Fishing

Jess KContributor IIIOctober 26, 2010

Deep sea fishing can pose a great deal of danger to the fearless crews that take on these waters in sometimes extremely rough situations. Fishing in unpredictable circumstances calls for exceptional teamwork and rigid protocol that every deep sea angler can learn from.

  • Careful seamanship begins at the dock before the boat even leaves anywhere, particularly in rough weather. Captains that are experienced with these conditions already know to first secure any and all doors and cabinets within the cabin as well as anything else that might be tossed about.
  • Of course, preparing and maintaining the boat for the sea is always a necessity, however, it is also critical to be aware of where the fish are most likely to be. Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Service is a forecasting service that can help anglers in being aware of any changes in temperature or currents so you can troll the waters in your advantage.
  • When you are trolling in water that is, be sure that the way you are presenting your bait is conducive to the current weather and environment at the time. If you are working in choppy water or oversized waves, you will need to use a chugger head and ballyhoo. In more extreme conditions, use a flathead so that you will be sure your fishing lure does not surface.
  • Rougher water will always mean that your trolling spreads are going to be different. In big oceans, be sure that your bait is somewhat near your boat as this will ensure it does not travel farther out so that you can more easily feel the bites of the fish.
  • In rough water, fish will find it a bit more difficult to see. This means it will be more difficult for them to spot your hook or leader as well. Be sure you have the appropriate fishing tackle for these sorts of conditions. The good thing is that stormy water means the fish are not as easily spooked as well.
  • Track your waves in the same way that you would imagine a fish would track waves. In order to use up less physical energy while they hunt, they will usually try and tail down the sea with the waves, feeding the entire stretch of the way.
  • Be aware of everything around you as strong winds can easily carry your fishing line right off of your fishing reel. Being that the crew on the boat will be the ones responsible for the bait, you will need to keep your own eye on your fishing gear in order to make sure it is operating effectively.