Beginning Deep Sea Fishing

Jess KContributor IIIJanuary 31, 2011

Mar 1996:  Greg Rusedski of Great Britain tries his hand at deep sea fishing off the Miami Coast during the Lipton Championships in Florida, USA. \ Mandatory Credit: Clive  Brunskill/Allsport
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Deep sea fishing is quite different than the usual fishing one might become accustomed to. In order to fish the deep sea, you not only need different techniques but you actually need different equipment and a rather big and sturdy fishing boat as well. Typically, a deep sea fisherman embarks on a day out on the ocean with an entire crew made up of other anglers as this style of fishing is not safe for just one individual to attempt without backup.


It is typical for a deep sea fishing crew to consist of at least five individuals at once.

In case you are an angler looking for adventure on the ocean, here are some deep sea fishing tips to get you started correctly:


*Be aware of everything in your immediate surroundings at all times. As long as you make a habit of observing the activity around you, then your fishing will likely be more productive and effective. As long you are paying attention, you will be able to recognize when birds happen to be collecting over a particular part of the water. This is a strong indication that baitfish are present. Where there are baitfish, there are sure to be larger, predatory fish nearby. This is the same for any driftwood you may spot as fish will use this as cover.


* Select your fishing gear wisely. Based on the kind of fishing you are looking to do, you will want to select your lures accordingly. For the best results, choose lures that look the most authentic.


* Instead of cutting your fishing line, you should always burn it instead. If you find yourself in a circumstance where your fishing line needs to be cut, it is better to burn through the exceptionally thick line used in deep sea fishing instead of attempting to cut through it with a knife.


* Locate a reef and try to fish near it. This is where many larger fish can be waiting to feed off many of the smaller fish that use the reef for shelter.


* You should always try and use circle hooks as these hooks are not only better at actually hooking these large fish and keeping them on the line as you are reeling in, but they are also less destructive to the fish once they are removed as they cause less damage. This also makes it more likely that the fish will survive its wounds if you decide to release it back into the water.