When it comes to Alaska fishing, few destinations within the Last Frontier can compete with Ketchikan. Ketchikan is a mix of traditional Alaska, Gold Rush Alaska, and modern day Alaska all rolled into one. It is a fishing town, but it’s also stunningly beautiful in both architecture as well as environmentally speaking. It also happens to be the “Salmon Capital of the World”. Read More
Virginia Beach has access to some of the best offshore fishing in the country. That also makes Virginia Beach home to some of the most experienced and sought after charter fishing captains in the nation. Many are born into it and have been fishing their whole life while others move here and spend all their time on the water learning the ways. Either way, these charter fishing captains know how, when and where to catch fish, as well as weather, tides and logistics to ensure a successful and enjoyable time out on the water. All you have to do is show up with a sense of adventure and prepare yourself for some intense offshore fishing action! Read More
Charlotte Harbor fishing charters explore common errors that lead to no fish in the boat and frustration
While charters can’t guarantee you will catch fish, it is implicitly understood that you don’t want to come away empty-handed when fishing off Charlotte Harbor. After all, you have to get up real early and pay a healthy sum to be there – you want to feel like you got your money’s worth.
Again, many factors come together to determine how good a bite is going to be on a particular day – wind, tides, weather conditions, temperature, a pinch of luck and more all play a role in how things can go. Charters with extensive experience fishing near Charlotte Harbor will be able to work around these issues though and still make sure you come up with something.
However, there’s only so much the captain and his crew can do. They can take you to good spots, instruct you on proper casting and what to do if a fish strikes, but the rest is up to you.
To those with no experience, fishing involves nothing more than dropping a line with some bait into the water, waiting for a bite and reeling the fish in. To experienced anglers and offshore fishing charters, this is just plain crazy. Getting the fish from the water into the boat involves much more than this.
As we’ll explain below, which method you use will depend on the type of fish you’re after. Just as there are diverse species of fish in the Atlantic, so too are their preferences and habits. Some fish just hang around the bottom while others swim higher up in the water column where their food of choice is.
Florida’s Atlantic coast, especially from Cocoa Beach on south toward the Keys, is known throughout the world for its amazing blue color. Unlike other coastal areas around Florida, the Continental Shelf is rather narrow off Cocoa Beach and points south, meaning the water depth drops off pretty significantly only a few miles offshore.
The Continental Shelf and the slope that drops off a few miles offshore are pretty significant for a variety of reasons.
Homosassa charters discuss what seagrass is and why it’s an invaluable part of a successful fishing trip
While they may look like underwater grasses, seagrass is in fact a type of flowering plant that evolved from land plants millions of years ago. According to estimates, Florida has over 2.2 million acres of seagrass throughout its inshore waters. The state’s Gulf Coast is home to two of the largest seagrass beds in all of North America.
Seagrass is often confused with seaweed, but they are in fact two distinct plants that are vastly different in terms of ecology, morphology and physiology.
There are many spots throughout coastal Louisiana where charters can go searching for Redfish. If they’re staying around inshore waters because the open Gulf is a little rough, Redfish can be found around grassy areas near the shoreline.
If charters are offshore looking for more mature Redfish, they may be found around rocky outcroppings (i.e. a jetty) and around other reefs, both natural and manmade. Most of the ocean bottom around south Terrebonne Louisiana consists of sand. Large oyster beds are the most common natural reefs found in this area.
In order to help bolster fish populations along the Gulf coast, all 5 states have their own Artificial Reef Program. According to William Seaman, Jr. and the National Wildlife Federation, an artificial reef can be defined as “one or more objects of natural or human origin deployed purposefully on the sea floor to influence physical, biological or socioeconomic processes related to living marine resources.”
Although fishing regulations are based on a particular fish’s length, it’s the weight of the catch we all care about. Fishing records for example are based on weight, so if you snag a particularly large Redfish, Snook or Speckled trout, you’ll want to weigh him so you can brag about it later to your friends.
If you have a good fish story to tell, the fish’s weight will be the first thing they will ask about, so you’ll want to be ready. Now we’re not suggesting you inflate the number by 20% to make yourself look better, but in the end, how you tell your fish lies (…oops stories) is entirely up to you.