Learning to Fish in Saltwater

Because we live near Galveston, TX, we learned to fish in salt water before we experienced fresh water fishing.  In fact, I remember my first experience in fresh water was pretty boring.

Recalling a Peggy Lee song, I sighed, “Is that All There Is?

Dipping Your Line in the Ocean 

Eventually, I did learn to enjoy the charm of the slower pace of fishing in fresh water … but

Going to Battle with the Fishes off a Jetty!

that’s another story!

Today, let’s talk about putting your line out in the bay or ocean.

Fishing with a Bobber

If you already fish for crappie and catfish, you are familiar with using a bobber, weight and hook to fish in fresh water.

In saltwater, just about everything you use is larger.  Instead of a bobber, you use a popping cork.  The easiest way to get started is to buy a popping cork assembly:  leader, weight with snap swivel.  The only things you will need to add are hook and bait.

With this set-up, you are ready to catch reds and trout.  Attach to your #6 or #8 treble hooks either live shrimp or small fish, in such a way as to keep the bait alive.

Setting the Hook  

As the angler, smoothly cast your line out on the water.  As soon as the cork lands, take up slack in the line and wait a few seconds.  As you give the line a quick jerk, the cork pops against the water.

Continue this process every couple of minutes until either you have pulled your line in (to check the status of your bait) or until the cork disappears under the water.

When the cork goes under, give a sharp jerk to the line:  this is ‘setting the hook.’  Immediately start reeling in your line.

Lots of folks think that once the fish is hooked, they have only to haul in their catch.  Because fish are often larger in bays and the ocean, bringing in a catch can take from a few seconds to hours.

Things can happen between the time the fish sets the hook and the time he is hauled out of the water.

Practice will help you avoid the pitfalls of last-minute losses (the fish wasn’t fully hooked & he got away; you pulled too hard and didn’t let him wear himself out before pulling him in & he broke the line; you didn’t have a net to bring the fish out of the water and he jumped away, etc.)

Next time:  Let’s talk about fishing for bottom feeding fish

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‘Ocean Angler’ used by permission of Restyler’s Choice Graphics

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Published in: on May 13, 2011 at 8:25 am  Comments Off on Learning to Fish in Saltwater  
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