5 basics of summer saltwater fishing for beginners

If you are planning to visit some saltwater areas on land this summer, there are some basics to consider about warm weather fishing for beginners. If you are new to saltwater fishing, you may not find that when the water temperature rises, fish often become less active to conserve energy. This means you will need to adjust your game plan by keeping these basic fishing tips in mind.

You will find that these beginner inshore fishing basics can help you successfully catch and release more fish on the warmest days of the year. Before you set off, be sure to read the regulations and buy your saltwater fishing license online.

  1. Plan to fish when the tide is in or out in the morning or just before sunset. One of the best basic summer fishing tips is to start early or go late and avoid the midday heat.
  2. Pick the shade. When learning how to fish in the summer heat, keep in mind that shady mangrove shorelines and docks are great places to try when the sun rises higher in the sky.
  3. Slow down your presentations. When the water temperature is above the preferred temperature range, fish won’t use the extra energy needed to track fast moving prey. Slow down the pace of your retrieval to increase your chances of getting bites. For example, you can work a soft plastic swim lure with a slow but steady retrieval or twitch of a weightless soft plastic jerkbait through the water column to create just enough erratic movements to attract a redfish or spotted sea trout. Use one of the best basic beginner fishing knots when tying your bait to your leader such as a fishing line. B. a non-slip loop knot.
  4. If you plan to use live bait, leave extra room in your room in your living space. As a general rule of thumb for salt water, the warmer the water, the less bait you should pack in your habitat to ensure proper circulation and ventilation. This is especially important in the summer heat when you want to keep your bait alive and active.
  5. Land your fish as soon as possible. If you only fish for sport (catch and release) in the summer months, use heavier tackle if necessary to land fish quickly so that they are not depleted. High temperatures mean less dissolved oxygen in the water and fish do not have enough energy to successfully survive a long battle. You should also take extra care to revive your catch before releasing it.

You will find that these beginner inshore fishing basics can help you successfully catch and release more fish on the warmest days of the year. Before you set off, be sure to read the regulations and buy your saltwater fishing license online.

Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, advocate of sport fishing for women, IGFA world record holder and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.