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Saltwater FishingSaltwater fishing is a term used to describe fishing in the oceans and seas. If you want to embark on saltwater fishing, there are a few things that you ought to know. First of all, getting into a boat or sitting at the shore is not the sole determinant of success. Most fish species migrate seasonally, and that determines both the availability of certain species and their quantity. During the spring months of March, April, May, and September, October and November in the fall, you are likely to encounter the largest diversity of fish close to the shores. That would increase your chances of a decent catch if you are looking for a fish or two, maybe even five.

Mind the location

Most fish species inhabit precise locations in the oceans. Places such as near passes, cuts, or other transitions into bays, estuaries, or lagoons are ideal because tides are low and waters are calm. However, such places could get crowded, and you may have to look elsewhere; the stretches close to the passes are also great.

Go out fishing when no one else is around

Often, the beaches get crowded, especially during holidays. Getting a good spot requires you to get to the shore before everyone else or wait till late in the evening when most fishing expeditions are over. Also, be there if other people run away from the shores in the afternoon when it rains. Beaches are usually deserted in the evening after it rains, and that is the perfect time for fishing.

Use a real bait

Artificial baits are readily available, but I always find that real baits work better. You are going to be seated at the shore or in your small boat waiting for real fish to show up. It is not fun watching your bait for minutes without any success. The shrimp is a good bait, and it is readily available. Drop by your local fish seller and buy some fresh shrimps for the expedition.

Use proper rigs

Unless you are a commercial fisherman, you do not need heavy rigs to enjoy your mission. When you are at the shore, you want to take something tasty like a redfish or pompano, not a dangerous shark or stingray. Avoid using those giant surf rods and use a simple rig with half of the fresh shrimp. You could even dig up some sand fleas, it works fine, but nothing beats the shrimp.

Keep an eye on the troughs

Fish use troughs to move along the sand below the surface like underwater highways. Keep an eye on the darker troughs and place your baits there. Notably, some species such as the pompano and redfish feed where there are backwashes. They also forage along for smaller creatures such as crabs and sand fleas. Troughs provide excellent fishing grounds.

Equipment to use

Shore fishing is simple, and you only need modest equipment. 8-foot spinning rods, 10-pound test braid, tackle box, some hooks, pliers, and fluorocarbon are sufficient. Ensure you have all your equipment ready, especially the pliers for unhooking your catch. Also, carry a small bucket with you, about 5 gallons, with a bag of ice at the bottom. Now all you need to do it throw your bait, catch your red fish or pompano and throw it into your ice bucket. Always remember to take good care of your equipment. Rinse your gear with fresh water, so that it is not damaged by saltwater.

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