Saltwater Fishing Tips

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Saltwater Fishing

New to Saltwater Fishing?

Are you new to saltwater fishing? Just getting started with your coastal angling adventures? Check out these basic saltwater fishing tips for beginners. For information on different types of boats, read our saltwater fishing boat guide.

1. Practice makes perfect. As a first step towards perfecting your saltwater fishing skills, consider going on a trip where you can practice alongside more experienced anglers. Fishing party/head boats can also be ideal for this, with dedicated staff that will be delighted to help you through each step of the process, from baiting to reeling. Public fishing piers can also be a good place to pick up basic skills. 

2. Become familiar with the equipment.
This may seem like the most obvious tip, but it’s important to take the time to become familiar with the processes of casting, knot tying, and baiting. These are things you can practice without even setting foot on a boat, and once you start to get the hang of these essential steps, your next saltwater fishing venture will be that much more pleasurable. 

3. Sun, moon, wind and weather tips.
Picking the proper location and time of day for saltwater fishing can make all the difference in the world. Acquaint yourself with how the phases of the moon and sun affect where fish can be found, and which times of day are ideal for different types of fish. Wind and weather conditions can also have a huge effect on fish migration patterns as well. 

4. Follow the tides. It’s equally important to find out what the tides will be on the day you plan to fish. Fishing on the ebb tide normally presents the best conditions for saltwater fishing, although in general the best tides range from half rising to half falling. 

5. Research the area. If you’re new to saltwater fishing, you’re most likely also going to be new to the waterways in your area. Before you venture out on the waters, take the time to look over navigation charts and study the most promising areas to fish. Educate yourself about the different species of fish available and which types of tackle are best to use. Check with the locals for additional saltwater fishing tips particular to the area. 

6. Fish on the perimeter
The edges of the perimeter are the best place to start saltwater fishing, so that the minimum number of fish will be scared away in the event that a fish is hooked. 

7. Learn how to spot fish. Beachfront locations with holes, pockets and reefs are often the best places to go for saltwater fishing. Channels that lead to deeper water are also a good place to look. Keep your eyes open for feeding fish in hot spots. Circling gulls and birds are also an excellent indicator of where fish may be. 

8. Don’t give up too quickly. One of the most important saltwater fishing tips to remember is not to move too quickly from spot to spot. Consider trying at least two different lures or bait, and be sure to thoroughly probe all points that look promising.