We’ve taken you on fishing excursions for over a year now in Fish Tales, so why not see what you’ve learned? Here are the Top 10 Facts we’ve learned from hours on the water!
1. Set The Hook
When you are inshore fishing for Bass, Redfish and Speckled trout, you must “set the hook” in order to snag the fish and keep it on the line.
However when you are fishing for Yellowfin Tuna, often using what’s called a Circle Hook, you do not have to jerk it to set in the fishes mouth. It will take off and do that on its own, and then you tighten up and reel when it lets you!
2. There’s a Limit on How Much You Can Take Home
The Louisiana state limits on Redfish are five per person, and they must be over 16″ in length. Only one of these 5 may be what’s considered a Bull Red, or one that exceeds 27″ in length.
You are allowed to keep 25 Speckled Trout per person, and they must be over 12″ in length.
There is currently no limit on Sheepshead.
3. Don’t Fear the Baitcaster
The two main types of reels used for inshore fishing are Spinning reels and Baitcasters. Baitcasters often require more practice to perfect, but can offer more accuracy and faster casting when mastered.
4. Spray Sunscreens Are Bad
Many boat owners do not like sunscreen in a spray can! Many say that it can stain boat seats yellow.
5. Get Used to Fish Chum
The most common types of bait for offshore are artificial lures, fish chum (chunked pieces of larger bait fish), and Pogies, a small fish put on the hook still alive. Other less used baits include squid and Hardtail fish.
6. Types of Fishing Line
There are two main types of fishing line: braided, and monofilament. Braided line is lighter and tangles easier, but offers more strength against breaking.
7. Initiation Rituals Are Real
Some fishing Captains have their own initiation rituals when someone catches a specific fish for the first time! For some, it even involves the angler biting the heart of the fish
8. Weather Is Important
Water temperature, water clarity, wind direction, wind speed and tides are all major factors in how good a day of fishing will be.
While many may think rain is a major factor, most anglers say it is a minimal deterrent when the other conditions are favorable. Just watch out for lightning.
There are two types of Spearfishing: scuba and free diving. Free divers only stay under water for as long as one breath of air can allow, and swim to the surface to bring up a fish that is shot.
10. Polarized Sunglasses Are Great
Sight fishing is best with Polarized sunglasses that allow you to see into the water. Ideal conditions are clear water, and light to calm wind.
Many who sight fish stand from an elevated tower to see farther.