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BASIC TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN FISHING IN SALTWATER

You may be content with fishing in your same old lake or river, but sometimes, you need a little more excitement. Enter saltwater fishing. There’s simply nothing like the feeling you get when you’re out in the open sea and breathing that salty air. If you’re an angler who has more experience in freshwater, then maybe it’s time to try something new. Here are five basic tips for fishing in saltwater.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR REEL

You can’t fish without tackle. Make sure all your tackle is in good shape before and after your saltwater fishing trip. Remember, these are things you invested in, and some of them probably don’t come cheap. Take good care of your saltwater reel to get the most out of your purchase. After using it, let it soak in a bucket of freshwater for at least 2 hours. This method removes all the saltwater from your reel, which prevents damage and makes it last longer.

BRIGHT AND NOISY LURES WORK BEST

Don’t just grab any lure you’ve got when you’re fishing in saltwater. The lures that offer the best results are the ones that are bright and look new. As with your reel, make sure you rinse and dry your used lures in freshwater afterwards. Noisy lures are also good when the water is a little murky. These attract your targets and make it easier for them to find you. You can’t catch fish if they can’t see your lure.

KEEP YOUR LIVE BAIT IN GOOD CONDITION

Some anglers like to fish with live bait. If you’re one of them, then you must keep your live bait in the best state you can. Live bait like minnows need a steady circulation of oxygen. You can do this by investing in an aerator. If you don’t want to purchase one, just see to it that the water where you keep your live bait is changed every 2 hours. Temperature is important when it comes to water because cool water can hold more oxygen than warm water.

USE A STRONG KNOT

Picture this: you get lucky on your first try and manage to bait a huge fish. However, you lose it at the last second because your knot gave in. Isn’t that disappointing? It’s the kind of experience that makes you want to throw in the towel.

Choosing the right knot is important when you’re fishing in saltwater. That’s why the go-to knot for anglers is the Bimini twist, which is also known as the 20-times-around knot. This type of knot is the only one known to be able to preserve its strength when it’s tied. There are plenty of guides online on how you can tie your own Bimini twist.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

As with real estate, it’s all about location. Do some research ahead of time about the kind of fish you’re trying to catch. Where can it usually be found? If you don’t really have a specific fish in mind, be observant. If you see some seagulls diving to catch smaller fish in an area, it’s a good indication that there are larger ones swimming below.

Another route is to talk to the locals, that is, if you’re not one of them. They tend to know more about the area than anyone else. Try consulting with local fishermen. They probably have some good tips for you, too.

All in all, saltwater fishing differs from freshwater fishing in many ways. Some may be used to one and unfamiliar with the other. If you’d like to try fishing in saltwater for once, these are some of the tips to keep in mind before and after your trip. Be warned, though. Once you get a taste for it, you may not look back.

 


 

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Peter Hollingsworth
peterh@dinga.com.au

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.