Deep-sea fishing is defined as an occupation or a sport in which people fish at an open sea or ocean. Its goal is to travel far enough so that fishermen and anglers reach the deeper parts of the sea. This is so because it gives them access to certain types of fish who live only in the depths of the sea or ocean. When you see the words “deep-sea fishing,” it instantly makes you remind of commercial fishing, but it can also be a recreational pursuit and sport as well. Here are the other interesting facts about deep-sea fishing.
- There are more than 10 million species living in the deep sea and so far only one-third has been discovered.
- Deep sea fishing is done with a water level at least 30 meters or 100 fsw deep. It is important for fishermen to understand the role of sunlight in deep sea fishing as ocean depth is based on how deep the sunlight can reach. Most fishes and sea mammals are found in the sunlit zone, which is 200 meters below the sea surface.
- The fishes caught in the deep sea will vary season to season. You can find sea bass and stripers in summer while autumn will get you jumbo porgies, blackfish and knucklehead sea bass.
- The North East Atlantic is 1,500 m in depth and allows deep-sea fishermen to catch more than 100 deep-sea species.
- At a time, you can only catch 11 commercial species in deep-sea fishing.
- Since 1990, only EU deep sea fishing capacity has risen from 37% to 47%
- You may have noticed in some tuna can labels that they are “dolphin-safe,” which means that you’re not going to eat dolphin chunks. Well, tuna and dolphins often swim together in schools, and so both are often caught. But be careful not to catch (and eat) dolphins, since they are protected species.
- This is the beautiful thing about deep-sea fishing — anglers are able to explore many types of fish that never swim close to the shore. They are often able to catch larger fish as well. In the tropical waters, deep-sea fishing frequently targets grouper, cobia, kingfish, barracuda and snapper. Deep-fishing in the colder waters produces striped bass, cod, haddock and halibut. Some fish like the grouper are more frequently caught when fishing near the seafloor.
- Deep sea fishing uses the standard equipment to catch fish that can be used to catch any type of fish. When fishing close to shore (or inland), it’s fine to use fishing equipment like the ones you would use for fishing streams and rivers. However, when fishing in deeper waters where the bigger bounty is often caught, you may need heavy-duty equipment — for example, find rods that are stronger and can resist more tension and weight. You can use artificial and live baits from minnows to large pieces of squid or fish.
- Examples of popular deep-sea fishing spots in the US are the New England coastal region (Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine), the southern US (especially Florida, South Carolina and Texas), Alaska and Hawaii.
- Deep-sea fishing, especially when fishing far away from the shore, is undeniably more dangerous than fishing inland or close to the shore.
- Deep-sea fishermen must establish intuition and learn how to read into signs that a novice may not catch. For instance, if you see seagulls hovering around at a particular spot in the ocean, then it might be an indication that there are smaller fish. Chances are that the bigger fish are not too far from that area either.
- There are big differences between deep-sea fishing and normal fishing. With deep-sea fishing, it’s like being in a vast, open pool of deep-sea fish. The big-game fish like tuna, sharks, marlin, barracuda, swordfish, sailfish, tarpon — these are the types of fish that you cannot normally encounter near the shore, as these creatures need to go to the depths of the ocean to feed.
- Generally, boats for deep-sea fishing should be bigger compared to the boats used to fish on the rivers or on lakes. As they should be bigger, they should also be able to travel far distances as well as to withstand the harsh conditions that usually happen when further away from land. Deep-sea boats range in different sizes from those big enough to take a few people to huge commercial vessels that can accommodate a large number of passengers on a deep-sea fishing expedition.
- The Florida Gulf Coast is one of the best spots for catching big-game fish not only in the US but in the whole of North America.
- Deep-sea fishing could present a lot more dangers than your usual fishing trip, especially if you decide to go for this sport as a novice. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have someone who is already an expert in this field. You can hire several deep-fishing guides who can make your trip enlightening, fun and safe at the same time.
If you are on the hook to catch some big fishes, you will definitely need some help and here we are with some useful books for you. These books have insights and techniques from experts who have done deep sea fishing, providing you with their hands-on experience and knowledge.
From the writers and editors of Field and Stream Magazine, this book is a complete guidebook for fishermen and women. Ideally meant for those who have some knowledge or experience on fishing and wish to increase their catch rate, this book puts in various tips and techniques through easy to understand explanations and illustrations for through retention. It also pens down some new approaches to deep sea fishing, therefore we recommend this book for adults and not beginners.
Written by Philip Wylie who needs no introduction in fishing, this book is a masterpiece of fishing stories, all told in a witty manner. Take of big fishes such as marlin, shark and barracuda, the book talks about how a fisherman or woman feels the day there is a catch and a time when there is no luck. Additionally, the book also gives useful information on the International Game Fish Association
For those who have the Pacific Ocean as their passion, this book is where they begin from. It helps the fishermen and women understand the general methods and equipment required for live bait boat fishing, surf fishing and deep sea fishing. After fishing, if you want to cook as well, the book offers plenty of ways to prepare each fish in its right way. So hang your fishing rod and follow this book to know what you need to do.
Once you have done your reading and completely aware of deep sea fishing, it is time for you to prepare for your fishing voyage. You will need a fishing license, along with some cash to purchase essential things such as equipment, fish cleaning items etc. We also recommend you keep a fishing hat and sunglasses to stay comfortable and beat the sunlight.