Introduction to Sea Fishing, Fishing from Boat or Shore

Sea fishing, both from the shore and from a boat, offers great variety and excitement, whether you want to challenge the sporting qualities of bass or partake in a night-time fight with a rough ground conger eel. The successful angler will have to learn and master the techniques of distance casting, experiment to find the best baits and tackle and will, no doubt, fish through many nights on beaches hoping for a catch. But for many sea anglers, big fish are the main target, and plenty of conger eels, ling and pollack can be caught from all manner of wrecks and reefs offshore.

Boat Fishing
Where to Fish

Sea fishing can be divided into two parts: boat fishing and fishing from the shore. Shore, fishing itself can be divided into fishing from marks, harbours and piers, and fishing from the beach. This division may be somewhat artificial as many of the techniques are the same but there can be differences in the species targeted. The first thing the sea angler has to learn is the type of fish that lives in each habitat.

Fishing from a pier or harbour can Produce a number of species, but dogfish, garfish, mackerel and mullet can all be caught from harbours, and the beginner has to learn to target each of these species. If you have a rocky coastline available to you then you may well be able to spin for bass and catch pollack, pouting, wrasse, whiting and bream, even the occasional conger eel, while if you live near sandy beaches or on an estuary your quarry will be flounders, dabs and plaice, with codling the target in the winter months.

Fish change their habitats during the season, and if you are lucky enough to be able to enjoy access to the sea all the year round then you can fish for different species at different times of the year. The other things the sea angler has to learn are the technicalities of the craft: what baits to use for each species and how these are best collected; what rods and reels are most effective and what rods suit your purpose. All this takes time.

The sea fisherman who has access to a boat or belongs to a club that organizes sea-fishing trips has many opportunities. At the top end of the scale, many anglers try for shark in the warmer waters of the coasts of Cornwall and Devon in the south-west. If you are a trophy hunter then you may well try and catch a giant thornback ray, now alas present in any quantity only in the seas off the west coast of the Scottish Highlands. Otherwise, children and beginners can have their first chance of success trailing a trace of feathers for mackerel or plumbing the depths to tempt cod or flatfish.

Thornback Ray

As you become more experienced, so you will learn what rigs to use and what baits are most effective, and later you will learn how to reach the wrecks and marks on the seabed and how these should be fished to best effect. Sea angling is a fascinating sport. It is limitless in the variety that it offers, both in the number of species that can be caught and the methods that can be used. It is about understanding the way of the tides and species that swim beneath its waters.

It is also an endless learning curve, as each day something will change. No two trips, either on shore or in a boat far out to sea, are ever the same, and that above all makes it continuously challenging.

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