If you think “fishing is fishing,” you’re mistaken! There are many different types of fishing out there, including (but not limited to) fly fishing, lake fishing and saltwater fishing. Additionally, there are several subsets of saltwater fishing that vary greatly from one to the other. Since saltwater fishing is our favorite here in Hawaii, we’ve put together this post to teach you a little more about it. Consider this post your course in saltwater fishing 101.
Types of saltwater fishing
As we just mentioned, there’s not just one type of saltwater fishing out there. Here are the different kinds of saltwater fishing, and a look at what fish you might reel in:
- Deep sea fishing: Unless you’re an experienced fisherman or on a charter fishing trip, deep sea fishing likely isn’t for you. Deep sea fishing requires a ton of skill due to the size of the fish as well as the dangerous conditions of the sea. Though it’s a challenge, deep sea saltwater fishing can result in catching some monster trophy fish like sailfish, marlins, mahi-mahi or even sharks.
- Backwater and flats fishing: For a somewhat more relaxed day on the water that can still result in catching some big fish, consider going inshore for some backwater fishing. This is great for freshwater fishermen just getting into the saltwater game, and can result in reeling in some flounder, spotted sea trout or even tarpon.
- Surf fishing: For a day at the beach unlike any other, try your hand at surf fishing! Surf fishermen wade out into the ocean and cast their lines with the waves crashing around them. Though you might not think it, these anglers can catch a variety of big fish right off the shore.
- Pier fishing: Anyone new to saltwater fishing may want to start out by casting a line off the pier. Though it’s not as action-packed as some of the other types of fishing mentioned above, it’s a great way to spend the day and catch some medium-sized fish in the process.
You obviously can’t just head out for a day of saltwater fishing emptyhanded! Here’s the gear you need to ensure a successful day on the water:
- Protective equipment: Whatever type of fishing you plan to do, you’ll need to have the right safety gear! Anyone teaching you the fishing basics will recommend life jackets, sunscreen, a rain jacket and plenty of layers to keep you warm while you’re on the sea.
- Rods and reels: The types of rods and reels you choose depends on the type of fish you’re going for and which type of saltwater fishing you’re doing. In general, saltwater fishing requires larger rods and heavier line, especially if you’re going deep sea fishing.
- Bait: Again, this one depends on the type of saltwater fishing you’re doing. It’s a good idea to bring a mix of live and artificial bait to see what works on that particular day.
Now that you know the fishing basics, it’s time to get out there and start catching some fish! At Sea Wife Charters, we provide affordable share and private charters for anglers of all skill levels. Take a moment to check our availability online or give us a call to book the trip of a lifetime.