Offshore Fishing Tips

Offshore fishing offers anglers a sense of excitement and adventure that you can’t get elsewhere. Out in deep water, there’s the chance to reel in big ocean creatures that put up a dramatic and challenging fight. If you’re an inshore angler who is thinking about taking your game offshore, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Make sure to bring appropriate tackle for the species you’ll be targeting and the type of fishing you’ll be doing. Offshore fishing can involve trolling with artificial lures, jigging with lures or using bait to bottom fish.
  • Be prepared to fish before you leave the dock. Have your leaders pre-rigged and everything ready to go. Consider the different scenarios you might run into offshore and what you will need, such as a specific lure or certain size hook. Be prepared to pivot to a different species or different style of fishing, if the situation calls for it.
  • Technology is your friend. It takes a lot of time and fuel to head offshore, so set yourself up for success by using technology like satellite data to make sure you have the latest and best info.
  • When battling a large fish, your knots are your weakest link. Know your knots and tie them well.
  • Fish tend to gravitate toward structure. So when fishing offshore, look for places with structure such as rocks, reefs and wrecks.
  • Make safety a priority. Watch the weather and postpone a trip if storms are in the area. Also, make sure you have reliable communication with the shore. If you don’t have one, it might be a good idea to rent a satellite phone.
  • Have patience. Offshore fishing is difficult, and even experienced fishermen often come back with nothing. Don’t get discouraged. Enjoy the trip, keep trying and eventually you’ll be rewarded.