Sea Fishing Lures, Reels, Braided Line and Rods on a Fishing Charter. – Part 1

Feb 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Saltwater Fishing Reels, Sea Fishing Lures

Have you considered what a pro fisherman would supply for tackle on a deep sea fishing charter? What style of lures, rods, reels and line to allow raw novices to use? I can tell you exactly what the Cape Fishing Charters use as I now have first hand knowledge.

Last Sunday (21st Feb 2010) 6 of us arrived at the designated boat launching ramp at 6:30AM for a days fishing. Of the 6 one hadn't been fishing before, 1 was a keen amateur fisherman and fishes regularly and the remainder were somewhere in between.

I was very keen to scope the tackle and wasn't surprised to see that the sea fishing reels were almost all open-faced spinning reels, there were about three rods which had bait casting type reels with small octopus shaped lures. These didn't get a workout so I don't know what type of fish they may have been targeting but the hooks and lures were small so the fish would have been snook, small kingfish or similar.

The lines filling the reels was, what looked to me to be very thin braided line. It was thin but proved to be well and truly strong enough.

After about 3/4 hour of fairly fast planing (the charter boat travels at 22 knots) we arrived at the snapper grounds and began drifting across their feeding zone. This was deep water, 42m to 47m (150 ft), and the snapper came on the bite almost immediately. The first undersized fish hit the deck fairly quickly, were unhooked and released. It wasn't long before we began taking some legal sized fish though but there were no really big ones.

After several drifts across the grounds and still only producing mostly undersized snapper with a number of ring-ins in the form of gurnards, rock cod, blue devils etc. Except for one member who had not had much luck and only caught a gurnard and a blue devil. Then he hooked onto what looked like it was going to be a world record snapper, if it was a snapper. Not being an experienced fisherman he had the rod bent double and was cranking away on the poor reel which was mostly not reeling in much line.


One unlucky stingray caught on a charter fishing trip.

Removing the hook prior to release.

When the fish wore out one fisherman he was replaced by one with a lot more experience who pumped and cranked the fish to the surface. Turned out not to be a record of any kind, just a medium sized black stingray which was released.

That proved to me the value of braided fishing line, this stuff looked like cotton and felt like it too but it managed to crank a heavy weight up from the depths without breaking. I have to tell you that I was impressed by that. The choice of reels proved to be a good one as well as they coped with what amounts to abuse and continued to perform while we stayed on those grounds.  On to Part 2.

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