Becoming an Expert on Deep Sea Fishing Lures
by Cornel Tanady
What do you know about fishing and fishing lures? Chances are, you have never worked with deep sea fishing lures and wouldn’t know how to choose the right one for the right application. How do you know what deep sea fishing lures are best for which targeted species and what waters? It is a learned process, and some people work off preference more than off recommendations.
If you are like most people, you will hire a charter to take you out for a day-long excursion, and you’ll let your guide choose the appropriate deep sea fishing lures, rigging up the rods and reels for you while you sit back and wait for the bite. While this is common and there is nothing wrong with it, you’ll never learn much about the sport of deep sea fishing unless you ask questions. What you’ll find is that guides and charter services are perfectly willing to provide answers and divulge knowledge that you can store in your memory banks and put to good use should you ever decide to venture out on your own.
Choosing deep sea fishing lures is actually very much like choosing a lure for lake or river fishing. The right type is dependent upon your location and purpose. Bigger fish require bigger lures, and darker, murkier waters require brighter colors to be cast. Therefore, when you are miles out at sea, fishing at incredible depths, your deep sea fishing lures should be bright fluorescent colors, like chartreuse and orange. Because the fish that are biting this far out are going to be big – large bluefin and yellowfin tuna, sharks, and marlins – you’ll need big bait and big lures.
You’ll be bottom fishing in some instances, and here, you’ll rig up jigs just like you would in lakes or rivers when bottom fishing. These are good deep sea fishing lures for species like flounder that are flat fish and bottom feeders. If you are in an area with a heavy undercurrent, a spinner might be a great option, as it will be in constant motion and draw the attention of some of your target species more effectively.
The best way to learn about anything is through trial and error, but you can get a head start by joining a charter excursion or two and watching which deep sea fishing lures work best for what fish and in what waters. Don’t hesitate to ask questions of the crew, either; after all, the only dumb question is the one that never got answered because it wasn’t asked.
About the author:
Cornel Tanady pursues a lot of niches. Currently, he is very much into fishing and boating.