Wintertime saltwater fishing can be very challenging. The seas in the northern region are rough and cold. But it can be fun if you are prepared and know what you are doing. Here are a few tips to make winter saltwater angling fun.
One of the best pieces of advice is to go someplace warm. Florida saltwater fishing in the winter is wonderful, as is fishing in the Bahamas. Winter fishing in the lower latitudes is always more enjoyable than fishing in the higher latitudes.
Another angling tip is to make sure the fish you are after will be in the water you are fishing in. In the winter, saltwater follow their food. The fish may head for warm southern waters or warmer deep water. Fishing in the north Atlantic in the winter is very cold, but cod and other fish do fine because they go very deep into the ocean where the water temperatures are warm enough to sustain them and their food.
Because the fish in the north are living in deeper water it is harder to use lures. It is much better to use live bait. The fish are able to hear and smell live bait and locate them in the deep dark water.
It is also a good idea to use a fish finder to help locate the fish you are after. A good fish finder will have fishing maps so you can look for the fish in the ground and valleys where they stay out of the strong water current. Then, once you’re in the right area, the fish finder will locate the fish you are after. A good fish finder will tell you the size of the fish as well as how many there are. Using a fish finder is very similar to playing fishing games.