Do you dream about landing the ultimate catch on your next offshore fishing (a.k.a. deep sea) adventure? Before you plan your trip, here’s what you need to know…
10 Facts About Offshore Fishing
- Deep sea fishing is considered any fishing done in water near 100 feet deep. This is from a boat that is not easily seen from shore. The term is typically used as a type of recreational fishing. Although, it is sometimes used in commercial fishing as well.
- There are tons of fish species that can be caught while deep sea fishing. The most common fish caught while oil rig fishing or offshore fishing in Venice, LA include: blue and white marlin, blackfin and yellowfin tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, amberjack, grouper, mako sharks, cobia, mangrove snapper, dorado, and king mackerel.
- The most common methods used for deep sea fishing include: drifting, popping, bottom-fishing, jigging, and trolling. Each method is specific to the type of equipment used, the fishing location, and the species of fish being caught.
- In order to avoid damage from excessive pressure and salt water exposure, deep sea fishing equipment must be heavy duty and corrosion resistant.
- Since the early 1950s, less than 170 black and blue marlin weighing 1,000 pounds or more have been hooked. The largest marlin was last caught in December 2010, weighing in at 1,011 pounds.
- The most popular regions for deep sea fishing in the U.S. include the coasts of Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Texas, and South Carolina.
- When you take into account weather, tides, and various times of the year, there is going to be more risk involved with offshore fishing vs. inshore fishing. When fishing on your own, always make sure you are prepared or choose a reliable, trustworthy offshore fishing charter company that is prepared for you. It is important that your boat has the proper emergency supplies and that you are familiar with emergency procedures.
- Patience is required when offshore fishing! Always take your time, and remember that big fish come to those who wait.
- Captain knows best! When fishing on a chartered boat, always ask your captain for tips or tricks on catching a big fish. They do more than just drive the boat.
- Depending on how many people are in your group and the length of the outing, deep sea fishing can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. For more information on any of our offshore chartered fishing adventures, please give us a call!