Beginner’s Guide to Deep Sea Fishing

Deep sea fishing also is known as offshore boat fishing or big game fishing is a form of angling that needs to be 30 meters deep in water depth. There are two types of deep-sea fishing, fishing for sport and commercial deep sea fishing. In this article, we will discuss more on sport fishing as commercial fishing requires an in-depth analysis and an experienced deep sea fisherman. Sport fishing has been gaining traction for the past half century and it is becoming a popular sport.


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Some of the fish that are caught are Sharks, Tuna, Marlin, and Swordfish. These are some of the finest and the most prized fish to catch out because of how massive they are. And that is why this beginner’s guide to deep sea fishing is geared to those novices who want to try a hand at deep sea fishing. We shall begin with showing you some of the best fishing locations to start with.


These locations are

  1. Hawaii – All year round best fishing spots of Tuna, Marlin, and Sailfish.
  2. Coast of Maine – Among the largest Bluefin Tuna and a bonus of it being a whale watching spot.
  3. Florida Gulf Coast – The best deep sea fishing locations in the world.
  4. Dauphin Island – It is a cheaper spot to fish in America.
  5. Boyega Bay, California – Some of the best King Salmon fishing locations.
  6. Prince Edward Island – has the best giant Bluefin tuna and also provides for shark fishing.

Now that you know where to go, this beginner’s guide is going to show you how to prepare yourself when going deep sea fishing.


A Charter Guide

The first thing you need to do is to find a good charter company when you head out to the deep sea is no child’s play. Most charter companies will offer the equipment needed to go deep sea fishing but to be safe ask the charter company if they would want you to bring any equipment with you.

Also, the captains will help you know how to find good fishing spots like heading to reefs because there are small fish and if there are small fish then big fish abound. Also, watch out for Dolphins as where they are, that’s where Tuna is. But the most important thing is always to listen to your captain.



One of the most fundamental things you need to do is to prepare yourself before heading out because of the dangers that come with deep sea fishing and not being prepared will make this trip very miserable. First and foremost, dress according to the situation. You need clothes that can get wet and won’t be uncomfortable so leather clothes are definitely out. And if there is a possibility you end up staying out late, you will need some warm clothes like sweatpants or an old hoodie as it gets very chilly at sea in the evenings.

You will need some sunglasses so that you will not get affected by the sun’s glare out at sea which happens more than you would think. You will also need sunscreen as you will be staying out in the sun for long periods. Thirdly, bring a lot of water because you will be directly below the sun and also the water will refract a lot of heat so you will be dehydrated quite a lot.


And lastly, if you suffer from sea sickness it would be advisable to take some Dramamine the night before and another one an hour before you head out at sea. A tip when you head out; just look at the horizon as it will calm you down.




Before you head out to familiarize yourself with government regulations and policies so that you do not find yourself breaking the law. Even though the charting company will provide those regulations to you, it would still be very important to know how much the federal government allows you to fish.

For instance, when hunting for tuna, make sure you do not accidentally fish for dolphins as they are a protected species and that will land you in trouble. And tuna is only allowed for 2 tuna fish per person per day. Stick to these rules.


Now that you have this beginner’s guide to deep sea fishing, go out and have some fun with friends and make a day of it but always remember to put safety first when you head out to the deep sea.

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