Reasons to Try Deep Sea Fishing


Ocean fishing from a boat is classified as “inshore” or “offshore.” To be considered deep sea fishing, the depth and distance from shore varies by location. For example, in Hawaii, a depth of 800 feet can be reached only a quarter of a mile from shore whereas in other places reaching deep water fish may require much longer boat rides. Deep sea fishing boats generally are larger, built to handle lengthy journeys, potentially rough seas, and multiple anglers.

1. Deep Sea Fishing Charters are a Great Experience

Most deep sea fishing charters that are worth their salt will provide a great initiation to this BIG water experience. First of all, captains of deep sea fishing boats are fully prepared, with all of the safety equipment. Secondly, they provide specialized deep sea fishing rods and deep sea fishing reels, fully rigged and built to handle just about anything that lurks in the deep blue. And finally, when you charter deep sea fishing, you are tapping into some of the most accurate, timely fishing where and how knowledge with the goal of bent rods and smiling anglers.

2. You can Get Big Fish

Deep sea fish are species that are fast and capable of growing to immense sizes. Tuna, marlin, mahi-mahi, and wahoo are just some of the magnificent fish species that can be targeted by a deep sea fishing boat. Due to the unfathomable distances, with deep sea fishing, casting often isn’t necessary. Just drop lure or bait overboard to begin trolling or work offerings vertically to the always powerful and potentially massive fish cruising below.

3. It’s a Great Workout

Many years ago in Hawaii, this Oklahoman hired his first boat charter. The 27 foot deep sea fishing boat was stable and confidence inspiring in the deepest, bluest water I had experienced. It wasn’t long before a striped marlin began stripping line off the reel and I clipped into a fighting belt. “I’m going to have a sandwich and a nap. Let me know when you get it up to the boat,” the captain joked. That’s another one of the amazing things about deep sea fishing; you just might find yourself in a battle that lasts longer than any lunch.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out Dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida, but raised on banks of Oklahoma farm ponds, he now chases pike, smallmouth bass, and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After earning a B.S. in Zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, Iowa State, and Michigan State.

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