For years, anglers have been fighting large fish, simply for the bragging rights alone. Sport fishing isn’t about putting food on the table, it’s about the thrill of the fight. This isn’t to say that sport fishermen do not clean and eat their catch, but this isn’t the main goal of sport fishing. Sport fishing can be done in a variety of settings but some of the best sport fishing is done in the ocean. Interested in sport fishing? Here are a few things you should know:
Sport fishing is generally defined as fishing for sport, usually in saltwater from the deck of a motor boat. Anglers who sport fish are typically looking for a large catch to add to a collection. From a big bluefin tuna to a shark, sport fishing can be some of the most difficult and exciting experiences an angler has on the water.
The key to a successful outing is an anglers equipment. Rods and line must be strong and the boat must be optimized to make finding, catching and landing fish as easy as possible.
The rod: Sport fishing puts a lot of strain on the rod therefore it must be not only strong, but durable. Saltwater rods are specially designed for large fish and long fights. Not only are saltwater rods and reels made with non-corrosive materials but they are also made of strong and flexible materials.
- Graphite is a lightweight & strong material. Rods made of graphite have a high degree of sensitivity to a bite to easily alert anglers. Graphite fishing rods are widely used among advanced anglers due to the fast action and delicate nature of the material.
- Fiberglass saltwater fishing rods can be solid or hollow-cored and are generally stronger than graphite. but not as sensitive to fish activity. Fiberglass fishing rods require little upkeep due to their strength, lightness, and durability.
- Graphite and fiberglass composite fishing rods combine strength and sensitivity of both materials to make a solid, durable rod. Graphite-fiberglass composite rods are well suited for any type of saltwater fishing.
The boat: Sport fishing boats are specially designed to make fishing, hooking and landing a fish as easy as possible. These motor boats are equipped with a large number rod holders to allow for many line to be in the water simultaneously without having to be constantly held. These boats are also made with corrosion resistant materials and are meant to withstand larger waves and longer time on rough waters. Many of these larger boats also have a galley with a small kitchen, plumbing and sleeping quarters for more comfortable travel and longer days on the water.
Sport fishing can be both exhilarating and challenging but having the right equipment can make the whole experience more enjoyable and successful. Not everyone has the opportunity to live near the ocean and take advantage of the bounties of the ocean. For those of you who just have time to visit the coast, sport fishing charters offer a chance to get out on the water, without having to invest in all the gear. Scott Bruce Tuna Charters offer half- and full-day tours including all gear, guides and a light lunch. Visit our website for more information and rate on all of our charter services.