Sport fishing, or recreational fishing is a popular American pastime on both coasts. The appeal of sport fishing is to find and catch some of the most difficult fish, and in some cases you can spend the evening feasting on your catch. Sport fishing can vary greatly depending on where you are and there are lots of competitions and tournaments for the avid fisherman to try out. Before you book your next fishing trip you should at least understand the basics of sport fishing, however if you are ready to make a booking then contact sue-z Sport Fishing Charters.
Types of Sport Fishing
There are plenty of different types of sport fishing and the kind you end up doing most often may be dependent on where you live and what water you have regular access to.
- Big game fishing (tuna, marlin)
- Bass fishing
- Ice Fishing
- Fly fishing
- Rock fishing
- Shore fishing
Each type of fishing requires a different lure and gear to bring in your catch. Common fish species that most fisherman go after are trout, sailfish, northern pike, tuna and walleye.
The Gear You Need
If you want to spend the afternoon sport fishing or even enter a competition one day, you are going to need the right gear. Here are the absolute basics, you can get more specialized gear as you get more experienced and better at sport fishing.
- Rod & reel
- Tackle and bait
- Fishing nets
- Fishing line
Sport fishing doesn’t have to be complicated, you can get started with just some lures and spinners. As far as having the right bait, that can include worms, oysters, shrimp, streamers and other small fish. You can use live bait, but if that makes you uncomfortable there is also frozen bait like sardines, herring, mackerel and squid that can all be used.
Entering a Competition
While you should probably get a good deal of experience under your belt before you start to compete, there are hundreds of fishing competitions within a days drive of you right now. Plenty of fishermen turn out and some of these competitions offer huge prizes. The competitions are timed and most often it’s the biggest catch that wins.
Sport fishing is a great way to test your skills against nature, get out and enjoy the wide open waters and soak up some sun. Try out different fishing techniques to see which one works for you and the fish you’re trying to catch. You never know you could land the big one!