Deep Sea Fishing

marlin-jumpDeep Sea Fishing is fishing in deep waters, usually deeper than 30 meters. Deep Sea fishing is sometimes called 'offshore fishing' or 'open waters fishing', but these terms, although very similar should not be confused. Very often, terrain dependent, very deep waters can be found not far away from the shore - for example, you can be less than a mile from the shore, yet, your hooks are maybe hundred meters or more below the surface ... Deep sea game fish depends on positions and season, but can be very large and thus fishing tackle should be sized accordingly.

 

Deep Sea Fishing Safety

nautical-chartDeep sea fishing is generally more dangerous than shallow water or lake fishing. Being far from shore requires more knowledge regarding weather patterns, navigation and safety precautions - if you are a beginner, be sure to educate your self both theoretically and practically. After all, navigation is not 'just turn on GPS' - although this can be heard very often on many fishing charter boats.

There are many safety issues to consider when going on few days fishing trips, for example:
- food and water - if something should happen, what about water and food supply? For how many days can you survive waiting for help? This is not exaggeration, just real life situation ...
- backup radio with backup power source in the form of batteries, hand powered generator ...
- flares, number of life vests, rescue boat capacity ...
etc.

This is just a drop of water in the ocean of possible problems that can happen out there. Usually, if something should go wrong, it will be something that is going to make the most possible damage in the least convenient moment ...

Fortunately if you are beginner, just get yourself a good boat with good skipper and enjoy your trip.

Deep Sea Fishing Charters and Trips

Deep sea fishing charters and trips are perhaps the best choice for most of the anglers wanting to enjoy fishing on various places around the globe. Most of the charters offer full service - boat, crew, fishing tackle, baits ... practically everything what one may need on few day fishing trip.

Such charters are available year long and with our little blue planet becoming smaller and smaller day by day, it is not so uncommon these days to go, for example, in winter on a fishing trip in Australia or New Zealand and during summer to go to Alaska or to Norway. Or Kamchatka. Just an example ...

Deep Sea Fishing Boats

fishing-boatOne of the most important things about deep sea fishing is the - boat. If you don't have boat, you are stuck to the shore (which is not bad, but ...). Even worse, you have unreliable boat which requires a general overhaul before going to deep waters again. Unreliable boat with bad crew or reckless skipper is recipe for disaster.

Fishing boats for deep sea fishing have very strong hulls, capable of withstanding heavy weather and waves. Most of them have two reliable diesel engines with usually one auxiliary engine, an electric generator (solar panels, wind turbine, small internal combustion engine etc), several radios and GPS units and other modern electronic devices. If you are renting a fishing boat (with or without a crew/skipper), ask for these things - after all you are paying for them...

Deep Sea Fishing Rods and Poles

deep-sea-fishing-rod-trollingFishing rods and suitable poles are sized according to expected game fish - too weak rods and lines can pull out of the water really big catches, but for something like that one need plenty of patience, experience and probably most of all - luck! On the other hand, it is really overkill to fish 1-2kg fish with 50kg lines.

Poles should be positioned on suitable places on the boat - their size and position again depend on rods, game fish and type of fishing ... Many deep sea fishing boats have fishing chair on the stern (with poles and rods nearby) and the holes for rods on the sides. Of course, there countless of possible variations and many skippers have adjusted their boats according to their needs and experiences ...

Deep Sea Fishing Reels and Lines

deep-sea-fishing-reelReels and lines should be properly sized - if you need, for example, 400m of 50kg line and only 150m of such line can fit in your reel, such gear is useless for hunting sharks 200m deep, right? And if you have some cheap reel that will disintegrate after few strong fish strikes, you are on the fast track to have something ruin your fishing trip.

These examples are simplified, of course, but be careful when purchasing rods, reels, lines, hooks and other fishing tackle - it is better to spend some more money and buy good, quality stuff, than have problems when you least need them. Last, but not least important, if something is more expensive, that doesn't mean that it is better ...

Deep Sea Fishing Lures and Baits

If you don't have proper baits and/or lures that will provoke a fish to strike, what is the meaning of all of this, right? :)

Lures are often used when trolling in deep waters. Game fish can be big, really big (tuna, marlin etc.) and when such fish is hooked, fight can last for hours. Often, live bait is used for trolling with great success.

When fishing on the bottom, dead fishes or parts of dead fishes are used. It is very hard to use live bait when fishing in deep waters, since sudden change in depth can simply kill your bait. Nonetheless, if you have patience and time, fishing with live bait in deep waters can result in extraordinary catches ...