Northeast summers can often mean low production for inshore anglers. This is due to oxygen depletion in shallow water which forces both bait fish and game fish out into deeper waters. Instead of giving up, the best bet is to follow the fish – to the deeper reefs where the water is cooler and more oxygen rich.
To understand the structure of a reef, simply think about it as an underwater hill – it has both an uphill side as well as a downhill side. The key to a productive search is finding the areas that provide structures that would mimic rock formations. These may include debris, rocks, weeds and even wrecks. A depth finder is almost a requirement when exploring these waters, they will allow you to drift with the tide and use the GPS to identify areas where you get strikes. It is a good idea to store any areas where you see fish, hook fish or merely get strikes, as these areas will be fertile fishing areas.
Live bait or fresh cut bait is often the best choice for striped bass and bluefish. This is nearly a requirement in deep water. You need the right tackle also, or you’ll soon find that the fast moving currents in deep water will be a particular challenge. Choose a rod that is capable of handling heavy sinkers – 10 to 20 ounce sinkers will be almost a necessity. While in the past this capability was often restricted to the heavier, fiberglass rods with a super duty reel, thankfully technology has changed all that.
Braided fishing line is practically made for deep water anglers. Combined on a reel with monofilament backing, a 30-50 pound test braid will serve your needs well. One thing that you should be very aware of is your reel – years past this meant a heavy, clunky reel, today, you just need to make sure that your entire reel is suitable for landing big fish.
Fortunately, the creation of braided fishing line also provided new rods that were built for handling the line. This meant that carbon and graphite were incorporated into the manufacture to create a lighter rod that would accommodate a smaller reel. Composite rods are typically made from a combination of fiberglass and graphite which produces a rod that is not only lightweight but also capable of handling the pressure associated with deep water fishing.
Speed jigging is one of the newest deep water techniques. When you are using live bait in deep water, you may elect a short, stout rod which is specially designed for baits and jigs that are on the heavier side (e.g. 16-20 oz). Fortunately, these rods are ideal for those who wish to fish all day long, they are no longer heavy and bulky, they’re very lightweight and easy to use.
Instead of giving up fishing for the season just because the fish have moved into deeper waters, evaluate your equipment and adjust it accordingly. There’s no need to not go after your favorite catch just because they have moved into deeper waters. Make sure you’re using a good quality line, appropriate sized rod and you’ll find success as a deep water angler.When you are out saltwater fishing it is important to make sure you have the right supplies. Some of the most popular brands include Shimano Fishing Reels, Penn Reels, and Daiwa Saltwater Reels.