Salt-Water Fishing: More Info

This article is a carry-over from last time.  We are talking about learning the ropes while on a boat charter.

Questions to Ask


This Tarpon Beauty Feeds Along the Atlantic Coastline! *


If you are not looking to stuff your fish, but want to stuff your face with fish, you may want to keep looking. Watching someone else tussle with a marlin for 2 hours may not be what you want!

Ways to Hear of Different Fishing Venues

Asking for recommendations from your friends and relatives is always a good idea. Another method is — consult the chambers of commerce of cities along the coastline.  They will have a list of guides and fishing charters.

You can go online for information; googling “salt-water fishing + Galveston, TX” brought up scads of information.  The city of Galveston established some of the sites for fishing enthusiasts, while others were created by individuals trolling for customers.

Lady Anglers — or Wannabe’s

While researching for this article, I came upon this site: The goal of this site is to help women start or increase their salt-water fishing skills.

This organization puts on weekend retreats, headed by Captain Sally Moffett. It’s goal is for women to help women develop their fishing skills.

Sally’s program seems thorough: teaching some basics of biology, the ins-and-outs of saltwater tackle, how to fish with various baits and practice using a variety of angling techniques and tips.

Although the site hasn’t been updated lately, it is 100 strong and looking for more women to join.  They offer meetings and seminars, fishing tournaments and are always on the lookout for folks willing to help with event planning.

The site has scheduled one major activity for 2010 — a group trip to Alaska (June 20-26, 2010).

Do You Know …

of an Angling Group for women in your region or state?  How about sending me a line, so I can share?  Direct your info to:   marylouise @


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Salt-Water Fishing – The Wilder Side of Angling!

As a native of the Houston-area, I grew up on salt-water fishing. In fact, I was 8 or 10 before I tried landing lunkers from fresh water.

Frankly, it seemed pretty tame in comparison to salt-water fishing.  As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate the slower tempo of freshwater fishing.

The Differences Between Salt and Freshwater Fishing

In many ways, salt and freshwater fishing are the same: you use a line,

I Wish I had a Dime for Every Hour We Spent on the Galveston Jetties! *

bait, rod, hook and wait patiently. However, the tackle and tactics are different. Generally, the tackle is heavier-duty and rod/reel combinations seem heavier and capable of holding more line. With freshwater fishing, catching a “pounder” is considered great fishing – in most areas.  When angling on the salty side of fishing, many species of under-sized fish must be tossed back (to grow up).  You can keep the fish that meet minimum length/weight restrictions. Some anglers are surprised to hear there are two kinds of salt-water fishing: offshore (perhaps 15 to 30 miles out in the gulf) and shallow bay fishing. We usually went bay fishing (off a pier, dike or jetty), unless we got lucky and were  invited to go offshore on someone’s boat.

Getting Started in Salt-Water

It’s best  to try salt-water fishing with someone who already knows ‘the ropes;’  this can be a co-worker or an uncle.  The idea is to save some time climbing the learning curve! Fishing tackle and equipment for salt-water tends to be more expensive than for freshwater.  It’s a good idea to use someone else’s tackle before buying your own. Ask questions about why they use ‘this leader’ or ‘that reel.’  It can save you time and money when selecting your own. Another way to learn good habits from the onset is to go on fishing with an experienced salt-water guide. Ask for recommendations, then call and ask questions.

Boat Charters for Beginners

You will want a guide that can meet your needs as a client.  I find that going on a boat charter, although expensive, is a great way to learn.  In general, they limit the number in the boat,  provide all equipment and even clean the fish!


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