by Whitby Angling Supplies
Picture it: the sea is crashing on to the boat over and over and over, and suddenly your rod starts to twitch, and then bow. As the line cuts through the water, you see a beautiful, glittering, Black Marlin and she is all yours to reel in... if you can persuade her, and she is not going to come easy. Your heart pounds and you can feel the adrenalin pulsing through every part of your body- sound like your idea of fun?
There are two main ways to do deep sea fishing, namely taking a chartered boat, or to go out on your own boat. A chartered boat will obviously take less organisation than trying to organize taking a boat out by yourself, as well as the fact that a chartered boat is more likely to have better facilities.
Regardless of whether you decide to take a chartered boat or do it yourself, there are a few things that you must do to prepare yourself for a deep sea fishing trip. You should dress appropriately, in clothes that dry quickly, or a bathing suit. A towel is a good idea too. You will also need sunscreen whatever the weather, as the sun reflects off the ocean and intensifies the light. Make sure you reapply throughout the day so you don’t burn. If you know that you are prone to seasickness or get motion sickness, then make sure you take relevant medication beforehand.
There are a wide variety of different chartered boats, so if you want to fish a certain type of fish, you can. A quick search online and you should be able to find the right sort of fishing boat for you. It is advisable to book a place on the boat as soon as you can, because they have a tendency to fill up quickly. They often come equipped with all the fishing equipment you may need, though there shouldn’t be a problem if you wish to bring your own gear. Check if there isn’t anything that they don’t supply so you know in advance.
It is also a good idea to get tips from the crew, as they will likely to be knowledgeable about the fish and fishing in that particular area.
On Your Own
Only for the very brave, going out on your own takes organisation and planning. Experience in deep sea fishing is advisable, as it can be dangerous- you should know how to read the weather, have necessary safety equipment, and be cautious when handling large, boisterous fish. This also includes having the right equipment, as deep sea fishing equipment is stronger than freshwater in order to cope with the heavier fish.
Whether you’re fishing in your local area or somewhere further afield, you must know the laws and regulations of when and where you can fish, what licenses you need, which fish and how much can be kept. You should also get an idea of where you will go. Ask advice of the locals, and watch the signs, for instance, a reef will be teeming with life and will have large game fish nearby.