Beginners often think that the secret to successful fishing is all about luck but nothing could be further from the truth. Seasoned anglers will tell you what’s most important is knowing the habits of the type of fish you want to catch and when the best time is to catch them. Habits such as the season they’re most likely to bite, where they can be found (it’s a great big ocean out there!), the bait they’re most likely to strike and the best weather conditions for fishing.
There’s a wealth of information on the Internet on everything from freshwater vs. saltwater fishing, types of tackle, what bait to use, and everything you want to know about fishing from a vessel. If you’re new to off-shore fishing you might want to go out on a fishing charter boat your first time out. They know where the fish are and have the right equipment to catch and reel them in.
1. Fishing During these Summer Months
Summer is a great time to fish and the most popular season for new anglers to try their hand at the sport. Summer offers a variety of offshore fishing opportunities. From sea bass on the reefs to blue marlin in the Gulf Stream and everything in between is biting at this time of the year. Bluewater fish that you’ll find 50 miles offshore in the early spring come to within 15 miles of the coast. Downriggers and planers are key elements to a successful offshore fishing trip during the summer when the surface temperature of the water is hotter and the fish go deep. Summer offers anglers an excellent opportunity to catch large game fish such as dolphin, wahoo, and yellowfin tuna closer to shore than during any other season.
2. What Type of Fish Do You Want to Catch?
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website provides information on Fish Species based on Freshwater Fish and Saltwater Fish. Also useful is the online Fish Finder the NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Marine Fisheries, has to help you identify offshore/reef and inshore/coastal fish.
3. Weather Conditions
When it comes to the weather, fish are very sensitive to passing fronts and pressure changes so it pays for you to pay attention to what’s coming. Days before a cold front moves in, fish will increase their activity, which means better fishing for you. “Ahead of a cold front, as pressure is falling, air bubbles are released in the water,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Samuhel. “They can take small particles and organisms with them up to the surface, bringing fish up to feed on them.” After the front moves through the area you’ll find the fishing to be poor for the new few days. Fish are less likely to feed during high pressure times. Warm fronts provide ideal fishing conditions for anglers.
4. Choosing the Right Boat for the Location
Whatever type of fishing you’re doing determines the type of boat you will need. If you’re fishing offshore or in the Gulf Stream you’ll want a larger boat such as a sport fishing boat, trawlers, or walkarounds. Fishing inshore, on the ICW, and in the inlets and marshes you’ll want a smaller all-purpose fishing boat, bass boat, or bay and flats boats. When you’re ready to look at some boats or make a purchase, come see us at Marine Service Center of Little River. We’d be happy to discuss the type of fishing you have in your future.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Boater Education Program teaches the fundamentals of safe and responsible boating to anyone wanting to take the course. Boaters under 16 years of age are required by law to pass an approved boater education course before operating a personal watercraft (jet ski) or a boat powered by 15 hp motor or above. This is necessary to reduce loss of life, personal injury and property damage while increasing boating enjoyment for outdoor enthusiasts.