First of all, deep sea fishing is considered to be the most adventurous fishing activity, especially if you are looking for suspense and action. There are many fish species you can catch on deep sea fishing and surprisingly they are very different from each other.
However, they have one thing in common; they will give a hard fight till the end. Consequently, these fish will not give up easily and our adrenaline meter definitely hits red! Deep fishing is a category of sea fishing and many anglers would agree that it has some secrets.
All we obsessed fishermen dream of a huge trophy fish. The feelings when you finally land it are indescribable. Thus, we decided to present several basic deep sea fishing tips and reveal some secrets that you will not find anywhere else.
We would like to emphasize that our knowledge derives from years of fishing experience. Are you ready to enter the world of deep sea fishing?
Some Important Information You Should Know
Generally speaking, you can fish this type of fishing far away from land in depths that exceed 100ft. The target fish are huge so you have to use durable and hard equipment. We would like to underline the fact that you need a boat in order to go deep sea fishing.
The boat for deep sea fishing is up to 17ft. and must be able to withstand the harsh elements of nature like the furious ocean waves. Moreover, the target fish are divided into two categories.
Firstly, fish that live close to the bottom. Secondly, fish that move constantly and live in all water columns. In the first category belong the following fish species: dusky grouper, white grouper, red porgy, common dentex etc.
In the second category belong these fish species: tuna, swordfish, marlin, amberjacks, atlantic bonito etc.
#1 Efficient Techniques
It goes without saying that there are not many techniques toy can use for deep sea fishing. However, there are many variations that depend on the fish you are after and the bottom structure. The basic deep fishing techniques are trolling, bottom fishing and jigging.
Additionally, you can pursue fish with other fishing techniques like traditional long line fishing, but we will focus on these three we mentioned above.
#2 Where can I go deep sea fishing? The best fishing spots
Let’s start with the first category. You should look for fish close to underwater seamounts in the middle of the ocean which are quite big. Many of them can reach the height of 50ft.
These seamounts are the best places where many small fish like sardines congregate and hide in order to find food. Moreover, shipwrecks are also really good spots where fish like to hide from their enemies. Equally important are gravel and rocky bottoms.
However, the question here is not which are the best spots but how can I find them. It would be a good idea to use a fish finder which will inform you about the depth, water bottom structure and GPS. As far as the second category of fish is concerned, it is really difficult to find them.
The most popular spots are close to seamounts and reefs, but as we mentioned above these fish move constantly. Many anglers would agree that many of us are fishing for tunas or swordfish in the open sea close to the water surface. Of course we would not like to exclude any location.
The best way to find them is to use our fish finder buddies. However, if you do not have one, we would like to give you a tip. Seagulls and jellyfish are really good signs that the spot has big fish. Big fish usually follow a current.
If you ask a local, before you start your fishing trip, you will surely learn the best fishing spots.
#3 Best Fishing tackle: The key to success
After participating in some interesting fishing discussion we realized that the right fishing tackle for deep sea fishing is terra incognita for many people. Do not worry; the ultrafisher.com team is here to give you the top deep sea fishing tips.
The trolling rod is 30-50lbs and it has a length of proximate 7ft. 2in.. Keep in mind that the rod should have roller guides which will be able to fight big fish. It goes without saying that they should be saltwater resistant and it would be a good idea to choose HL-carbon materials.
Furthermore, the trolling reel is a multiplier reel of the size of N. 6000-N.10000. The reels are big as this type of fishing refers to strong fish. If you want to land the fish, you should better forget using monofilament line.
Braided line 100% Spectra (not dyneema) with test strength 50-80lbs is the best choice. For the leader line you can use fluorocarbon line which is invisible. If you are going to fish close to the bottom the leader line should be longer than 20ft.
However, for the middle water column it should be more than 30ft.
- Bottom fishing
Here, you will need a special rod more than 30lbs which should be proximate 6-9 ft. The reel has a size of N.5000-N.7000 and you should load it with braided line like for the trolling technique. As far as the rig is concerned the materials here are the same (main line=braided, leaders=fluorocarbon).
The only difference here is that if you are going to fish in depths that exceed 170ft. you should use a sinker (0.7lbs). The size of the hook depends on the size of your bait.
Jigging is an ancient art of fishing and it comes from Japan. It is very productive and you will need only a rod (20-40lbs), reel (N.5000-N.7000) and braided line (test 20-30lbs). In addition, get some fluorocarbon leaders.
#4 Productive Baits and Lures
Undoubtedly, there is nothing better to use a bait that belongs to the feeding habits of these fish. Small squids, cuttlefish or small fish are the best baits due to the realistic appearance and smell. However, you will face some difficulties in keeping them alive.
Dead squids and cuttlefish are also efficient but you will have to rig them properly. Fish should be used only alive as bait for the trolling technique.
If you are going to use the bottom fishing technique you can also rig some fish pieces. You can catch squids and cuttlefish with the egging technique. Additionally, many people have a refrigerator where the air recycles and it keeps the bait alive.
Let’s talk about fishing lures. For the trolling technique, the best lures are big sinking minnows or imitations of squids and cuttlefish. Big spoons and poppers are suitable for topwater trolling.
Jig lures are good for jigging and it would be a good idea to select odd colors which will attract the fish.
#5 The appropriate speed of the boat
Surprisingly, the right speed has nothing to do with the fish you are after. The speed depends on the lure or bait.
- Live Bait
If you are fishing with live bait, the speed of your boat should definitely not be more than 2 miles per hour. This is the perfect speed that will give your bait a nice natural floatation and action. Moreover, if you increase speed, you could kill the bait.
- Fishing Lure
In addition, 3-4.5 miles per hour are ok if you are fishing for tuna, amberjacks or swordfish. It is the perfect speed for an excellent floatation. It goes without saying that for jigging and bottom fishing you will anchor your boat on a specific fishing spot.
Bonus Tip: Many people want to explore many fishing spots. However, throwing the anchor every time is an exhausting procedure. We would like to inform you that you can use a floating anchor.
It moves the boat slightly, but you will not lose the spot.
#6 How can I rig live bait?
Live bait rigs are useful for trolling or bottom fishing and it is quite tricky. The logic here is to use a hook that will drag the lure through the water and another hook that will catch the fish. The second hook should be placed on the back side of the fish and the line must not be tight.
If the line is tight, it could kill the bait. The construction is really simple as you will need leader line fluorocarbon and two hooks. (First hook N.2/0 and second hook N.5/0).
You will have to attach the small hook on the mouth of the fish and the big on the rear side carefully. For cuttlefish and squids you have to hook them vice versa.
Bonus Deep Sea Fishing Tip
As we have already mentioned, today, we are going to reveal some important secrets. In this section, we will show you how to go for trolling close to the bottom of the water. Generally speaking we will show you how to “sink the rig”.
You will definitely not find this technique in other websites. This technique comes from Japan and after testing it, we realized that it is highly effective. The success rate will surprise you.
You will use here a hydrodynamic sinker which you will attach on the swivel before the leader line. This sinker will sink the bait down to the bottom.
The construction is the following. Attach a 9ft. monofilament line on the swivel (0.30mm diameter) and the wing ring sinker. Throw the rig in the water and wait until it reaches the bottom. Reel in 6ft. of line and wait.
The bait will be approximately 9ft 10in far from the bottom. There is no danger to lose the bait and thanks to the sinker you can feel if the bait is in the right water depth.
Finally our love for fishing allows us to gather extraordinary and useful information. Today we analyzed some helpful deep sea fishing tips. Do not forget that if you follow the tips step by step, you will be able to broaden your fishing knowledge horizons.
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