Are You a
Saltwater Fishing Fanatic?

Is Saltwater Fishing In Your Blood? Does your pulse rate quicken a little whenever you smell the sea air and hear the seabirds calling? Are you in your element when you can feel the sea lapping around your waders on a surf beach? Or never happier when you're heading offshore for a boat fishing session?

Yes? Then  there's no doubt about it - you too are a saltwater fishing fanatic!

And what a rewarding and all-consuming passion this great sport of ours is.

From the social banter between fishing buddies on charter boat to the inner peace enjoyed by a solitary angler on an isolated surf beach, saltwater fishing has much to offer.

If you've got the saltwater fishing gene, you are fortunate indeed.

So read on!

Saltwater Fishing from a Boat

These two boat anglers have dropped anchor over some rough ground off Anguilla in the Caribbean.

two anglers enjoying a saltwater fishing trip at anchor off Anguilla in the West indies

Their fish strip baited bottom fishing rigs will be bring them porgies, grunts and snappers - maybe a grouper if they're lucky.

Here in the less exotic waters of the UK, similar tactics would catch black bream, seabass or pollack.

The proven fishing techniques are truly international - the fish may be quite different, but the methods used to catch them are much the same.

Read more about Boat Fishing Techniques...



Pier Fishing

But not all fishermen have good sea legs - nor do they have much intention of getting them.

Pier fishing from Weymouth pier in the UK

In fact some of them would only set foot in a boat if it was securely propped up ashore, and reluctantly at that.

But you don't always need to get afloat to place your bait in deep water, as great fishing can often be had from the piers, jetties and breakwaters that project from our shores.

On the day I took this photograph though, these anglers on Weymouth pier may not have wholeheartedly agreed with me!

Perhaps they should have read these great Pier Fishing Tips...



Saltwater Fishing from the Shore

The most technical form of fishing from the shore is surf fishing

Surf fishing on Chesil Beach in the southwest of England. A great spot for winter cod and summer bass.

On some surf beaches it's necessary to get your baited hook out as far as you possible can to reach the fish.

For maximum distance, not only will you need specialist (and expensive) surf rods and reels, but also the highly developed skill needed to get the best out of them.

No such difficulty for these surf anglers though, as they're fishing the famously steep-to Chesil Beach in Dorset.

Long casting here may well put your bait well put your bait far beyond the zone in which the fish are feeding. Like most fishing venues, local knowledge on Chesil counts for a lot.

Read the Surf Fishing Tips that all beach anglers should know...



Kayak fishing

Nothing beats a kayak for getting to fishing marks that are beyond the reach of the most able surf casters and totally inaccessible to conventional fishing boats.

But whether you're a kayaker-turned-fisherman or a fisherman-turned-kayaker, a high degree of competency is a must if you're to stay safe, particularly when coupled with this potentially hazardous way of fishing afloat.

For all this, kayak angling is the fastest growing branch of saltwater fishing, and it's not difficult to see why - relatively inexpensive, environmentally friendly and a great form of exercise. Kayak fishing has a lot going for it.

Read these Kayak Fishing Tips to stay out of trouble and catch more fish...



Sailboat Fishing

Like kayakers, sailors too can benefit by combining two quite different, but perfectly compatible activities.

A fine kingfish caught on a trolling line from the stern of a sailboat in the warm waters of the Caribbean

Trolling a lure astern of a sailboat will, sooner or later, get results - often without much effort from the yachtman, whose primary concern is in sailing the boat.

A simple handline incorporating a snubber (important, this), a couple of swivels to take out line twists and a few skirted lures is all you need.

On a long offshore passage, the ability to provide the galley slave with fresh protein straight from the sea is a valuable skill indeed. Expect praise and adulation to be heaped upon you by a grateful crew.

Take this handsome chap here for instance, to whom you'll soon be introduced - never one to shy away from any form of flattery.

Deep blue sea, warm sunshine a sailboat bowling along nicely using nothing but the freely provided energy of nature - and a freshly caught kingfish to dine on later. Could life get any better?

Read the Top 10 Sailboat Fishing Tips that few offshore sailors know...



and finally...

Me? I'm Dick McClary, a lifelong sea angler, ocean sailor and author of books and magazine articles on saltwater fishing and offshore sailing.

That's me, the bearded bloke, posing with a disconsolate looking tuna on the cover of my book 'Fishing Afloat'.

Now whilst I can string a few words together on a good day, and take a half-decent photo with a digital camera on some of the others, I can't draw worth a damn.

Which is why all the artwork you'll find on this website is done only by those who can.

And there's lots of it. Just take a look at these great illustrations of sharks and skates and rays for example - and these easy to follow illustrations of saltwater fishing knots.

Hey, but enough of all this. Let's get back to the saltwater fishing...

Just click around in the topics in the column on the left or the thumbnails on the right.

You might be surprised where it leads you. Enjoy!


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