|Updated: 4/18/2007 10:42 am
||Published: 4/18/2007 10:42 am
Saltwater fishing requires a tremendous amount of technical knowledge, especially when dealing with much larger fish species than freshwater fish. Unlike freshwater fishing, saltwater anglers have many more choices to make. You can fish from the shore, piers, docks, or deep at sea, which is the saltwater version of trolling. Deep-sea fishing requires you to drag a long, baited line behind a slow-moving boat. As its name suggests, deep-sea fishing usually involves going after large, deep-water varieties like tuna, marlin, sailfish, and swordfish. Shark fishing has also become one of the most exciting deep-sea adventures for both beginners and experienced fishermen. Fly-fishing, which is casting a line with lightweight fly tackle to catch big, toothy saltwater fish, is also becoming increasingly popular. In most cases, varieties caught by the fly-fishing method include striped bass, bluefish, bonefish, and tarpon. Since there are so many different species of fish, including many shapes and sizes, saltwater fishing can require heavier and tougher equipment than freshwater gear. Choosing the best time to fish can vary, but the best hours for saltwater fishing are normally at first light through sunrise and sundown through last light. Some species of fish, such as striped bass, are nocturnal feeders, so the best time to fish is in the late evening and full dark. As for equipment, many rod and reels are available and prices vary, but the best all-around size is 10 feet. If you’re unsure about what to buy, most sporting goods stores can answer your questions.