The Common Types Of Fishing Done
There are many types of fishing that can be done, we have saltwater fishing, which could lead to many other types in that category alone. Like, fly fishing, deep sea, trolling, inland, fishing the flats or off of a pier. And then there is freshwater, which is primarily in lakes and rivers, and fly fishing can also be done there too, and then there is also ice fishing, where you find a hole in the ice or make one, and drop line and hope that you can get a bite.
Deep Sea Fishing – This requires a boat, a boat that is meant to go out into the ocean, one that can handle big waves if bad weather comes along unexpectedly. You will not want to try to go deep sea fishing on something like canoes, small motor boats that can’t handle big waves, or used pontoon boats, being that they cannot handle big waves well due to the bow being a foot or so from the water. Deep Sea fishing is expensive, you will need plenty of fuel to get out there and catch some fish, and if you are trolling, you will use even more fuel, if you are trolling all day plan to spend at least a hundred bucks on fuel. Deep Sea fishing also requires the use of heavy duty fishing tackle, you will not be using flimsy light weight spinning rods to bring up a 100 pound grouper, or a pretty good sized shark. You will need plenty of ice also, if you plan on keeping the fish that you catch for dinner, it could be a long way back to shore, and you want the fish to stay fresh, to do that they must be put on ice immediately after catch. Another good tool to have when you are out on a boat fishing the deep sea is a gaff, this will come in handy as you will find it hard to lift a 40 pound kingfish that’s fighting for its life out of the water. Take extreme caution when landing a heavy pissed off fish, especially if it’s one with sharp teeth like a shark or a barracuda.
Fishing The Flats – This is another type of saltwater fishing, usually done with a smaller type of boat, and most of the times they have silent motors on them, fish can easily get spooked with the loud noise of a normal motor. When you are inland, the water is usually shallow, which is another good reason that you should have a little silent motor equipped. For this you will need some very light spinning rods, a small cooler with ice if you are planning on keeping what you catch, and some light tackle and bait. A lot of saltwater fisherman are going for either snook or redfish, and they fish by mangroves, which is extremely popular over in the everglades, located in southern Florida.
Pier Fishing – This can be done in freshwater, but it is most common in saltwater, and is done almost anywhere that has a coast line. Piers can be miles long or they can be shorter, the sure thing is, that there are always some fish lurking around. This is mainly due to shade them from the sun, and the high activity of barnacles, which sheepshead love to hang around and feed off of. To do this type of fishing you could use a strong spinning rod and reel, and average tackle. I personally use 15lb test with a 40-50lb test leader line, and use a couple of sinkers to make sure that the bait makes its way to the bottom. It is also good to have a bait bucket when you are fishing from a pier, and a cast net on hand so that you can collect some live bait, fish love to feed on wounded live bait. Every pier is different though,the best way for you to really know what kind of bait and tackle you will need is to pay close attention to the locals on the pier that are fishing, especially the ones that are reeling in the fish !!!
Fly Fishing – Fishing with flies has been around forever, and it will also continue to be a great outdoors sport forever. This is done with a long fly fishing rod, anywhere between 8-12 feet give or take, and the trick is to use a “fly”, to imitate an insect on or in the water. Trout and many other types of fish love to hit small helpless insects, and if the fly is tied good enough, it will fool the trout every time. The most popular places that you will find people fishing with flies are in streams, and this can be done in either saltwater or freshwater.
Freshwater – This has grown into being a huge competitive sport in fishing, especially when you are fishing for bass. Freshwater fishing is done anywhere that there is freshwater, basically in lakes and in rivers. Bass fishing is huge, and it is mostly just for the sport of it, not many people take them home to eat. Freshwater fishing usually requires light tackle, with a light spinning rod and reel, and this is where many types of lures come into place also. There are thousands of resources to where you can find some great bass fishing tips if you want to get into this type of fishing. Look at how many video games on Bass fishing there are, so you know that it is a fun sport to do.
Ice Fishing - This is one of the most dangerous types of fishing if you do not know what you are doing. As long as you have good knowledge of where you can fish when you are ice fishing you should be alright, make sure you are with someone that is experienced though. The thing about ice fishing is in a lot of cases, you are on a lake and you cut a hole in the ice. Chum up the water with some dead bait and wait for the fish to come.
No matter what kind of fishing that you do, please take extreme attention to local fishing laws and regulations. There is a type of license for almost every kind of fishing that there is, especially when it comes to saltwater, which gets down to the types of species of fish that you can catch.
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