Land A Fresh Tuna Meal: An Introduction To Saltwater Boat Fishing

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Moving from freshwater to saltwater fish can really add a lot of excitement to your life, especially if you are fishing for larger fish like tuna. But with the right bait, the right equipment and a little practice, you might even land a marlin.

Know Your Fish

Research the types of fish you will be catching to determine whether synthetic or live bait will be more effective. If you will use live bait, take good care of it by keeping it out of direct sunlight and by purchasing a water bait aerator. If you do not have an aerator, you will need to change the water hourly to protect the bait.

The fish that are the best fighting fish are found in the ocean, including tuna and marlin. When trolling for tuna, use the V-pattern behind your boat. Use a lure off the center rigger for the trolling patterns. Troll between 4.5 and 7.5 knots. Lower speeds will allow for heavier lures to run deeper and are also better when fishing for tuna in deeper water. After you have caught a few tuna, you may be ready to try catching a marlin, one of the most challenging fish to fight.

Research Your Fishing Spot

While there are some general tips you can follow, your success will ultimately depend on what tactics you use based on the area where you will be fishing. Therefore, you will want to speak with locals to find out what bait you should use and the best times of the day to go fishing. One opportunity to try fishing with other fishermen is to head out with a fishing party filled with experienced fishermen. Fish from public fishing piers and ask experienced fishermen for advice.

Track the weather and other conditions that might influence how many fish you are able to catch. Track the moon phase, tide phase, cloud cover, wind speed, wind direction, air and water temperature and the barometric pressure. Review these conditions to look for patterns that may help you determine when it is the best time to go fishing.

Be Ready to Ice Your Fish

You will need to place your catch on ice immediately after catching it. The container that stores the ice must drain the water as it melts. Depending on how long it will take to bring the fish back, you may need to replace the ice periodically. Also, have the equipment necessary for gutting the fish immediately before placing it on ice. Once home, you can keep the fish refrigerated for up to five days. If you intend to freeze your fish, you will want to use a vacuum sealer.

If you're looking for a new boat to use as you start fishing in salt water, be sure to take advantage of resources like Captain's Village Marina.

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