3 great saltwater fishing areas
If you’re like me and live in one of the 27 states that don’t have a saltwater coast, this is an exciting treat for the chance to throw in the “big pond”. Since time is limited during a vacation in any of the states that occupy a front row seat by the sea, it may be wise to hire a guide or at least do some research beforehand to get an idea of what to do What is to be expected is that not all saltwater fisheries take place the same.
My favorite places for saltwater fishing
Alaska. Deep and cold (of course) anglers visiting this magnificent state can be pampered with species such as the highly prized salmon and halibut that hugs the vast bottom. Saltwater systems and methods can vary widely. A saltwater salmon angler can get an introduction to a “mooching reel” while trolling. Halibut anglers will use heavy weights to quickly shoot bait on the ocean floor in the current.
Texas. The Port Aransas area is just one of many access points where there is heavy fishing. Boats can be chartered for jackfish or sharp-nosed sharks, or you can fish for redfish and black drum on jetties. By observing locals on these jetties, I learned to use a salt water system, a large float, but an even greater weight. This will submerge the bait on the bottom but keep the line vertically away from the rocks.
South carolina. Difficult to pull myself out of casting in the surf. With an 11-foot spinning rod, medium-sized sinker, and frozen shrimp or squid, there are plenty of small blue fish, jacks, and the like. You can land a flounder or a spotted sea trout in the intercoastal waterways.
Plan your saltwater fishing tackle needs
When planning your saltwater fishing trip, look out for the fish in the area this time of year. Many fish can be caught with standard bass fishing tackle, but more specific equipment may be required for other species and conditions. Then be sure to visit the local fishing shop to find the right bait, hook size and of course your fishing license. You just never know what you might get hooked on in salt water.
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Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.