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Deep Sea Fishing: Best Tips and Techniques
Deep sea fishing can be a great adventure for any fisherman. Many of the greatest anglers know that Deep sea fishing is not as simple as it may appear. This type of fishing is also referred to as offshore fishing. Deep sea fishing takes place in offshore waters several miles away from land that are thirty metres or deeper. Popular places in Australia for deep sea fishing include The Gold coast, Sunshine coast, Narooma, Port Stephens and many more great destinations around our vast coastline. The most commonly caught species on our Gold coast deep sea fishing trips include Tuna, Snapper, Mackerel, Teraglin, shark, Pearl perch, Cobia, Mahi-mahi, cobia, Wahoo and other assorted reef fish.
The boats used for deep sea fishing are usually bigger then those used for other styles of fishing. These boats should be constructed to withstand the harsh weather and elements that are encountered on the open ocean. These boats can accommodate a few passengers up to many depending on the size of the boat.
Rules and Regulations
Before you head out deep sea fishing in any location, you will want to find out if there is a limit on the number of fish that can be caught per person on one trip. There may also be a size limit on fish, so it is best to check the local region to be sure. There could be penalties for any rules and regulations that are not followed. You can pick up a list of legal sizes and bag limits from your local fisheries office, and most reputable tackle shops also have them available.
Once you have the date set for your fishing expedition, you will want to keep a close eye on the weather forecast. A gorgeous day will yield far greater results then a day that has bad weather, such as strong winds, rough seas, and a hard rain. It is also advised to keep up to date with the tide schedule.
Dress for the weather as well. It is advised to dress in layers, as you can always peel a layer off. The clothes should be comfortable. Realize that you will almost certainly get dirty, so do not wear clothes that can not be easily washed clean. Rubber soled shoes are also the most suitable footwear to wear. The rubber will help prevent slips on the boat.
One of the biggest things any experienced fisherman will tell you is safety is of the utmost concern. No matter where you are deep sea fishing, if the waves are big and rough, one must ensure the boat is big enough to handle this safely. It is recommended that the boat be from 20 to 60 feet long. You will also want to make sure that there is plenty of room for your catch if you do indeed plan on catching large fish. If you are a novice with deep sea fishing, it is imperative that you take a more experienced fisherman with you or perhaps go out on a few fishing charters with experienced skippers. The Charter fisherman will be able to give good tips on where the best places to fish are, as well as point you in the right direction to become an expert yourself. It is also a good idea to know the area that you are fishing in and carry up to date charts. Safety should be a top priority, so familiarizing yourself with the area will not only help keep you safe, but possibly help you land more fish!
A well prepared fisherman is always safer then those who are under prepared. A life jacket for everyone on board, flares, and a decent marine radio are a must to be safe.
Time of Day
Time is also of the essence when you are planning a deep sea fishing trip. Consider planning your trip at sunrise or sunset in order to achieve a better catch of fish. It has been said that the best time to fish are two hours either side of sunrise or 2 hours before and after sunset. Tide changes can also be productive times to fish. Fish are usually more active during these times and more likely to feed.
A top tip that many fishermen will often say is to fish on a reef or other structure. These reefs are usually teeming with small fish, which may not seem that attractive to the person fishing, but these small fish draw large species of fish to them at feeding time! This can mean a great catch to a fisherman who is on top of the right reef at the right time of day.
Ship wrecks and rocky out crops have also proven to be great places for fish to hide from strong currents waiting for unsuspecting prey.
Take notice of any sea birds flying around. These birds like to prey on small bait fish, and often are a good indicators of where the fish are. While you may not be interested in the small fish, lurking below these fish are often larger pelagic species looking for an easy meal.
When it comes to bait for deep sea fishing, either live or dead bait can be used depending on what species you are chasing. Bait that is often used in out the deep ocean include squid, Pilchards, Mullet and other cut strip baits.
Common live baits include yellowtail scad, Slimy Mackerel, and Pike, but other species such as small trevally and even Sweep can be used when big Pelagic’s like Wahoo, Mackerel and Cobia are hungry.
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