How Deep Sea Fishing Differs From Lake Shore Fishing

Posted on: 30 July 2020

Many anglers have spent a lot of time fishing from the shore of a lake or pond. They often assume that deep sea fishing will be more or less the same, other than taking place out on the open saltwater. However, this is not an overly accurate characterization. There are a lot of big differences between deep-sea fishing and lakeshore fishing, and if you are considering going deep sea fishing at some point, it is a good idea to be aware of those differences.

1. The fish are much larger in the deep sea.

When you're fishing from the edge of a lake or pond, reeling in a 10-pound fish is a big deal. But out on the open ocean, it is not irregular for fishermen to bring in 20, 30, and even 40-pound fish. The first time you get one of these on the line, you will feel the difference. Reeling it into your boat will require an intricate balance of strength and precision, and it will certainly make you a better angler.

2. Most people go out on chartered boats.

While you can take your own boat out onto the open ocean and go fishing, doing so can be quite a challenge. There is a lot to focus on with just getting your boat out that far, and it can take the focus off the experience of fishing. For this reason, most people who fish on the deep sea take chartered trips out onto the water. This way, you don't have to worry about navigating the boat, packing the right safety gear, or in some cases, even bringing your own fishing gear — charter boats provide that.

3. You need a separate license.

Do not assume that since you have a fishing license in a certain municipality, that means you can head out on the open sea and fish in that region. You usually need a separate fishing license to fish on the open sea, versus the lake. If you book with a fishing charter company, they will usually take care of the licensing for you, which is, of course, another reason to choose this option.

Hopefully, you now have a better idea of what to expect from a deep-sea fishing adventure on a sport fishing charter and how that adventure might differ from fishing off the shore of a lake. Be prepared for a memorable day of fun!