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Saltwater Fishing Tips

Saltwater Fishing Tips - How To Catch Saltwater Fish

Saltwater fishing is a great sport. You never know what may be on the end of the line. Use circle hooks to assure a solid hook up and prevent causing injury by gut hooking any fish.  Be sure to use fresh bait. It will always attract more fish especially if you are using live bait like shrimp or sand fleas. Change bait frequently for the best results and try to use chumming as a great way to get fish stirred up and hungry. An effective fishing method for saltwater fishing is jigging throughout the saltwater spectrum – in shallow bays, sounds and lagoons; off piers, jetties and causeways; in the surf; in deep-water reefs; and in open water miles off the coast.

There are more tips and secrets to catching saltwater fish. Here is a collection of some of those saltwater fishing tips. Please browse around and enjoy our saltwater fishing tips. If you have a saltwater fishing tip you would like to share please email it to

Back Bay and Inlet Fishing

  • Wear polarized sunglasses. You should have them with and on you at all times so you can spot the fish in the flat areas.

  • Morning, evening, and incoming tides are the times to hit the flats.  A cold front will drive the fish off, as will a very windy day.

  • The use of fly fishing gear or artificial baits on light spinning tackle really shines when targeting inshore waters.

  • An inlet that breaks a shoreline (from small creek opening to river mouth) is great spot to find fish because of the prevalence of a reliable food source.

  • One of the keys to consistently successful flats fishing, no matter what the species you seek, is being able to see fish. That lets you determine the direction in which they are moving and make your casts accordingly.

Offshore Fishing

  • In many ways, offshore fishing is a lot like hunting. It doesn't matter whether you're after billfish, tuna, dolphin or shark, the ground rules are the same: There's a whole lot of open water out there and only a small fraction of it is likely to have what you're looking for. Before you can even have a chance to catch your prey, you have to find it first. And once you do pinpoint a "life zone," you need to optimize your plan of attack to present your baits or lures while the feed is still on.
  • Today's anglers have an arsenal of advanced electronics at their disposal to help "level the playing field." Expert offshore anglers use state-of-the-art electronic charting systems high-detail electronic charts to find and catch more fish.
  • Here are some tips that you can adapt to your style of fishing, and put them to use the next time you head offshore:
  1. Fine tune drift patterns.
  2. Focus on structure.
  3. Live bait bring more fish.
  4. Watch for temperature breaks
  5. Be aware of weak lines in the water.
  6. Keep track of your successes.
  7. Watch for visible signs of birds, bait and feeding fish.
  8. Stay in touch with friends.

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Surf Fishing 

  • With surf fishing, remember that fish are tight against the shore, so make most of your casts parallel to the sand. Don’t send your cast out too far.

  • Look at the surf and you will see two or three sets of breakers moving shoreward, with green water separating them. The places where the waves are breaking are sandbars, and the green water represents channels between them. Fish use the channels as highways to cruise up and down the beach.

  • Bring along a cast net and catch fresh baitfish from the surf.

  • The best tides range from half rising to half falling – especially when early or late in the day. Of course, if there is bait, the predators will always be there, but it just makes it easier if fishing during the half tides.

  • A flock of birds hovering over the surf are a telltale sign of fish activity.  Working birds can be spotted a considerable distance down the beach, especially if you have a pair of binoculars.

  • Look for breaks in the surf line.  These signify a cut or deeper water at the sand bar where the tidal currents can move in and out.  Both baitfish and gamefish will use these breaks in the sandbar to travel between the guts.

  • If you fish by an inlet, fish in the outgoing water which brings the bait out to sea. This will hold the best action for strikes. Just let the outgoing water carry your bait out in a natural way.

  • Find a beachfront – they all of their share of structures such as holes, pockets, rocks, reefs, and other things. These will hold fish, and locating them is critical if you want success. Also find spots where channels lead to deep water – these will often times hold game fish. The fish usually follow these deeper channels until food is found.

  • Fish aggressively by walking back and forth and fishing areas that appear likely to hold fish. You can see the boils of feeding fish in hot spots – and keep an eye out for bait. Watch the birds as well; they are one of the best indicators of fish in the area.

  • Obviously, use the freshest live-bait possible, and change it often. You really want your bait on bottom, with a lighter weight – this will give you the best chance for stimulating strikes.

  • When using lures, use ones that can be cast easily. Switch out often to get to different depths, and experiment with the speed of retrieve. Use finer-diameter monofilament line because it gives better action to both natural baits and artificial lures.

  • If you hook a big one, keep it in front of you as you wind it in – running as you need to. As you bring it close, it will make a few runs out – just drop your tip and let it go. When it gets really close, use the waves to bring it even closer – timing it.

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