Many recreational anglers have taken a page from the commercial fishing playbook to hook very large fish in very deep waters by using a technique called deep drop fishing (fishing in depths of 600 feet and beyond). Commercial fishermen have used this deep-sea fishing technique for years to bring in deep water fish, but now with the availability of electric reels and other equipment like terminal tackle, this deep-water fishing trend has caught on for regular fishermen as well. Here are some of the tricks of the trade our team at Home Run Charters recommends when it comes to deep drop fishing:
Invest in a quality reel. Sure, you can use a manual reel to deep drop fish, but you may want to think twice about that since it can take 30 minutes just to reel in your line for a bait change. Treat yourself to a quality 12-volt electric reel that can accommodate considerable water depths, has additional line capacity, a powerful motor, and faster retrieve rates. New electric reels are smaller in size and can run on battery power as opposed to bulky old models that needed special electric converters. Plus, these new reels are catching fish in waters as deep as 2,000 feet! Now, that’s what we call deep drop fishing!
Choose your tackle wisely. The most ideal deep drop rigs are made with circle hooks and nylon monofilament main line and leaders, specific to your general use. When deep drop fishing in Venice, Louisiana it’s pretty standard to use 13/o or 14/o circle hooks for most fish, but you can adjust to use 9/o for small fish under 10 and 16/o hooks for larger ones. Deep drop fishing expert tip: the circle hook needs to get around the jawbone especially for larger fish.
“No lights, no bites”. As the water gets deeper, the light diminishes, and the fish will not bite as much as you’d like. It’s a good idea to invest in a light source that you can place near your hook to attract more fish. Commercial fishermen have used light sources like Cyalume for a long time, but for recreational anglers there are many light options available. They come in all colors and some more costly ones even make noise to bait the fish.
Know what bait is best. You never know what type of fish may end up on the end of your line, which is one of the most exciting aspects of deep drop fishing. These bottom dwellers differ greatly from the fish you typically see with regular offshore fishing, and fortunately, they’re not usually very picky about what they eat. Generally, squid works well or you can choose another fresh bait to get the job done.
Interested in a deep drop fishing trip? If you haven’t experienced this type of fishing before, it’s something you’ve got to try, and Home Run Charters can help make that happen! For more information on our chartered oil rig fishing trips in Venice, LA, where we take you out to the deep end of the gulf to go after some truly unique fish. Book your fishing trip today!