When you spend your time on land dreaming about your next adventure out on the deep blue sea, it may seem like there is never a bad time to drop a line in. But that doesn’t discount the fact that there are optimal conditions for big game fishing, favorable spots to find those trophies and of course, proper techniques to help you land your next big one. Read and watch what the angling pros have been telling Go Gear Direct about off-shore fishing.

HOW DEEP IS DEEP-SEA DEEP?

Normally when anglers discuss deep sea fishing, they’re not talking about depths less than 100 feet. Deep sea fishing can also be called sport fishing, off-shore fishing or big game fishing, and can mean hunting for that next underwater monster in depths that are thousands of feet deep. Tuna, marlin, swordfish and other big game swimmers don’t hang out close to shore, so it’s up to anglers to venture out in the deep blue sea where they’re naturally feeding.

HOW DO YOU FIND THAT PERFECT FISHING SPOT?

Fortunately even out on wide open seas, there are ways to pinpoint where the next big catch is waiting. Look out for circling sea gulls, as that’s a sure sign that they’re locked in on smaller fish below. And where there’s smaller fish, there’s bigger fish feeding on them. You should also keep your fish finder on the lookout for underwater seamounts, artificial reefs and even shipwrecks, where sardines and other pint-sized swimmers are living and hiding. Of course bigger fish like tuna and swordfish are going to be found closer to the surface of the ocean, but you can often find them following the current, and the presence of jellyfish is also a good sign that a trophy fish is near. <

WATCH THIS VIDEO TO HEAR HOW PRO ANGLER JOHN EICHELSHEIM FINDS WHERE THE BIG FISH ARE SWIMMING

WHAT ARE THE PEAK TIMES TO FIND BIG FISH?

Finding that perfect spot to fish is important, but perhaps just as important, is finding the perfect time. You want to fish when the fish are eating, and often this feeding picks up shortly before a cold front. It can be hard to land fish even a couple of days after a cold front hits, so keep your eye on the forecast to give yourself the best shot at success. You’ll also want to make sure your lines are in the water at the start of a light rain, especially in the warmer months. Cloudy days are also often peak times for catching big fish, as the limited light coming in means fish have to travel farther distances to feed instead of sticking to safer areas they’re used to.

WATCH THIS VIDEO TO HEAR WHEN GTTACKLE HEADS TO THE OPEN SEAS

PERHAPS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN TIME OR PLACE, IS TECHNIQUE.

The surest way to distinguish the difference between your casual fisherman and more serious angler is by watching their technique. Proper rod angle may not be as important to catch smaller fish near shore, but it is an absolutely critical component when landing giant sport fish. Holding the rod too vertically or perpendicular results in a less than ideal amount of pressure you’re able to exert on your fish. Fortunately there are fighting chairs and other tools out there to help you maintain a proper rod angle, but for those with limited boat space (and limited budgets), Go Gear Direct has found the perfect piece of gear: the 3 Bills Fast Fighting Gimbal. Simply attach the Gimbal to the side of your cooler, and your rod will be positioned to produce the proper leverage. No drills, no clamps, just your cooler and your rod. And right now, the 3 Bills Fast Fighting Gimbal introductory offer is on the hook at Go Gear Direct.  

WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE THE 3 BILLS FAST FIGHTING GIMBAL IN ACTION!

We hope you’ll get some use out of these tips the next time you’re gearing up and zeroing in on that trophy fish out on the deep blue yonder. And in case you missed it, read another Field Note geared for anglers titled, All Aboard: 5 Tips to Maximize Your Boat Space.