Offshore Adventures; Featuring Zach Fasking and Captain Dean Lamont
Are you having trouble finding large fish on your offshore adventures? If so, this is the article for you! Before planning your outing, make sure to set guidelines, goals, and objectives to get the production you are in search of.
The guidelines/goals which we constantly follow here at anglinglab are shown in 1-5 sequence below
- Find a baitsource; In offshore situations, baitfish are everything, if there is no bait in your area, there will most likely be no predatory fish around.
- Create your methods; Will you be slow trolling live baits on top? Or are you planning on speed burning Ballyhoo? Do you have a downrigger? Always use the equipment you own to make the best out of your outing.
- Get affiliated with fellow anglers; Find a way of staying in touch with others on the water, because if you aren’t on the fish, most likely someone else is!
- Create an effective bait spread; Work all columns of the water, fish two baits up top; one in the prop-wash and one way back. Also set downriggers and work along the middle and lower depth columns.
- Come Prepared: Make sure you have a wide array of reels, baits, lines, and tackle for all offshore predatory fish.
“Captain Dean Lamont of http://www.crystalcoastadventures.com/ with a solid 20LB Kingfish on a glass-water day”
Sometimes when you find groups of fish concentrated offshore, it is then time to take out the fly rod. A good starting pattern for large offshore fish would be a large, loud, minnow popping fly. Strip these fly patterns in as fast as you can, when the fish eats, it will create a massive explosion on the water surface. Always carry a fly rod up to the size of 12 weight when on the ocean.
Sometimes offshore predators only want a live bait, try using a finesse technique in this case; get a circle hook and snell it to some low visibility wire, thread the hook through the snout of your baitfish. This will let the baitfish swim freely, skimming across the top of the water. When a fish takes the bait, just pull tight, and the circle hook will secure in the corner of your fish’s mouth.
When you are fishing offshore, always be prepared for all species, ranging from Kingfish all the way to Sailfish!
If you really want a fun trip, get in touch with a personal friend; Captain Dean Lamont puts time on the water and is always up to date on his offshore tactics and techniques.
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