Have you ever used light tackle while deep sea fishing? Light tackle saltwater fishing is using rods and reels that are small, light weight, flexible, strong and hold 20 to 30 pound test line. Most anglers that fish in the salt water think you have to use bigger, heavier tackle and fishing line to catch fish. The opposite is true. Most of the fish you catch in saltwater, located south of Gulf Shores, Alabama can be caught by using light tackle.
Almost every species of fish that live in the Gulf of Mexico, just south of Alabama are capable of being caught by using light tackle. Anglers commonly catch Red Snapper, Amberjack, Grouper, Scamp, Trigger fish, Bonita, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red Fish and Mahi-Mahi on light tackle.
Most people who like to go deep sea fishing in Alabama do so with an expectation of catching and harvesting as many fish as they can, as quickly as they can. Because of the short federal and state fishing seasons and reduced bag limits, some anglers are switching from heavier, more traditional tackle to light tackle.
Using light tackle while deep sea fishing requires a change in the mindset of the angler. It also requires a different way of thinking about saltwater fishing. Most people who fish with light tackle do so because they enjoy hooking and fighting the fish. Light tackle fishermen tend to think more about the fun they can have while fishing instead of how many pounds of they can catch.
This type of tackle, tests the skills of even the best fishermen. It also gives the fish a fighting chance to break or cut the line and get away. It allows you to work your drag to try and stop the fish from running without breaking or cutting your line. There is nothing more fun than feeling the fish bite the bait and start running. Hearing the reel scream as the fish pulls line is an adrenaline rush for even the most seasoned fishermen. Feeling the fish pull your rod down and you pull back and start to reel is more fun than you can ever imagine.
Anglers that use light tackle, usually hook bigger fish. Light tackle gets more bites because of a smaller and lighter line classes that are less visible to the fish. Sometimes the angler pulls too hard and breaks the fish off. Light tackle requires some finesse, skill and some luck to be able to land a bigger fish.
The next time you are wanting to go deep sea fishing in Alabama, be sure to take your light tackle with you. You will be glad you did.
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