When you’re just starting out with saltwater fishing, there are some key factors you need to consider before heading out. You’ll want to keep in mind that saltwater fish are found where there is oxygen, food, and cover for them to hide if ambushed. All fish are not alike and some are very different when it comes to what types of environmental conditions they can tolerate.
Whether you’re looking to hook big tuna, flounder, redfish, or trout, it’s important to get up to speed on the basics of saltwater fishing first. Tom-N-Jerry’s Boat Center is ready to help with all of your saltwater fishing needs. Visit our dealership in Mount Vernon, Washington near Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, and Shoreline. We also proudly serve the state of Alaska!
A major factor that separates different types of fish and what they can handle is the amount of salt, or salinity, of the water in a particular area. Some fish simply cannot live in areas where there is a high amount of salinity while others require it to live. Some fish can actually survive in both saltwater and freshwater. Fish will also remain in areas that offer cover where they can hide like rocks, logs, and aquatic plants. Not only can they hide, but they can also position themselves to attack their prey.
If you’re a beginner, you might want to try saltwater fishing on a public pier before venturing out on a boat. Many public piers offer free access and provide the chance to fish closer to the shoreline, or you can choose to go out to the end of the pier to look for different and sometimes larger species of fish.
Another thing to keep in mind with saltwater fishing is tidal movement. Believe it or not, the tide conditions affect almost every type of saltwater fishing venue. If you want to optimize your angling success, you should take advantage of the changing tides. You’ll generally want to arrive at your chosen location at least an hour prior to high tide is scheduled to peak. For the best saltwater fishing experience, you’ll want to continue fishing for an additional half hour after the high tide peak.
While you may very much be looking forward to the exciting new experience of saltwater fishing, you should be aware that the amount of salt in the water can negatively affect your gear if you do not take the time to properly maintain it. Salt accumulates quickly and accelerates the corrosion process. The rust that results from corrosion can weaken anything metallic, including your reel, any attached hardware, and the line guides on your rod. Don’t panic, though. You can easily avoid the damage to your gear by simply washing your road and reel with freshwater from your hose each time you return home from a day of saltwater fishing. Another good tip is to spray your reel after washing it with a silicon-based lubricant such as WD-40.
The good news is that saltwater tackle tends to be somewhat sturdier than gear that was designed for freshwater use. Still, you will need to do your part if you want to keep your tackle functional for a long period of time. Remember that for beginners, it’s best to start out with a quality medium weight spinning combo. If you are already a pro at casting a conventional reel, then you might opt for a high-quality saltwater reel and rod.
Many intermediate fishers are familiar with natural bait. Keep in mind that properly presented artificial bait and lures can also be great choices that lead to plenty of catches when saltwater fishing. There are various options as far as types of lures and their design. For example, there are hard baits such as plugs, spoons, and poppers, or soft baits such as plastic swimbaits, slugs, and grubs. Thanks to modern technology, there are now biodegradable soft bait options that incorporate pheromone-based scents, which provoke a feeding response in fish.
If you’re ready to get some gear and start saltwater fishing, stop by Tom-N-Jerry’s Boat Center in Mount Vernon, Washington near Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, and Shoreline. We also proudly serve the state of Alaska!