Recreational fishing is both for beginners and veterans. The goal is to go out to the sea, cast a hook, get a catch, and repeat. You go home with a smile on your face, thinking you had a great time and a successful fishing trip.
But what if we tell you that you can get out there and fish like a pro? That there’s a way for you to get the bigger fish for your pictorial? Will these give you a bigger reason to be happier? If yes, then read through the tips we’ve gathered to up your game fishing a knot higher.
Big game fishing (also known as offshore sportfishing or blue-water fishing) is targeted at getting large species of fish that are usually found in large and deep waters or in the ocean. A lot of factors can affect the success of big game fishing. These include 1) the type of equipment you use, 2) the speed of your boat, 3) the techniques you use, and 4) the area you fish in.
We recently hosted Steve Evans on our boat and he’s an avid tournament fisherman and is particular about the gear he uses. Steve uses all Penn International equipment and P-Line fishing line. Sticking with gear you know will hold up in the toughest of situations is a must, when fishing for big game. We’ve been happy to fish with Steve for a number of years as he is usually very busy with his party bus and limo rental business out of Columbia MO. He frequently visits and fishes in Spain during his vacations.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when big game fishing:
- Use a line in 50 pounds in yellow for better visibility once they are in the water
- Use an underline of 80 pounds because they’re thin; thus less vibration in the water
- Combine artificial lures with feathers and pulpits to attract more fish
- Be mindful with your rod distribution and bait distances
- Use branded and durable reels (e.g. Shimano Tiagra 30 wrls with two speeds)
- For catch-and-release, use a large hand net to recover the catch without damaging it
- Big game fishes are usually found in 1,000-1,500 meter depth, where there’s drastic current and temperature changes
- Seagulls are great locators of where sardines and other fishes are. Keep an eye on the areas where they fly around in circles.
While circumstances can drastically change on any fishing excursion, these tips may come in handy during one of your cruises. So, stay safe and bon voyage!