Sea fishing is for some a pastime, for others a job. For all though, it’s an activity that brings a great deal of enjoyment to everyone.
Fishing at sea usually involves sailing out into the briny blue, setting anchor and enjoying the salty sea air and the fun which comes from catching fish. Usually, sea fishing trips will last for a minimum of an hour, but some can end up closer to an entire day. Sea fishing trips will usually go out to catch fish that can only be found in saltwater such as Mackerel, and are a very tasty catch to bring home for dinner.
If want to make the most of sea fishing, bear in mind these pointers:
1. Make sure you’re well equipped. It may sound simple, but once you’re out at sea you can’t just nip back if you’ve forgotten any of your tackle!
2. Use a good choice of bait. Remember, different fish like different bait, so if you want to maximizes your experience and return to the mainland with a good variety of fish, ensure you have plenty of bait to hand.
3. Keep in mind safety. When out at sea, access to facilities is limited. Sea fishing trips are relatively safe, but accidents can happen. Take a life jacket and a first aid kit. You never know when it might come in useful.
4. Go with buddies. This isn’t vital, but it certainly makes it a lot more fun. It even encourages healthy competition – who can catch the most?
5. Check out the weather conditions. There is nothing worse than a storm at sea! Ok, so sailing on the Solent doesn’t mean you’ll probably encounter a tropical storm, but it’s always worth knowing what to expect while you’re out there.
Ok, so these tips are pretty straight forward, but they can make or break your sea fishing experience.
When sea fishing it’s important to know that there is a big difference between freshwater fish and saltwater fish.
Saltwater fish such as Mackerel can only be found at sea, and the taste of a freshly cooked saltwater fish is widely acknowledged as far tastier than the freshwater alternatives.
But it’s not even about bringing home the days catch for dinner that makes sea fishing trips as wonderful as they are. It’s everything combined: Getting away from everyday life, enjoying the feeling of being in the very heart of nature and sharing an enjoyable activity with other like-minded people.
What you can expect to catch
There are lots of fish in the sea is how the saying goes, and the Solent is no exception.
Mackerel. Unlike many coastal fishing trips elsewhere in the UK where Mackerel are seasonal, the Solent seems to be abundant with these fish the whole year round. An interesting tip is to use strips of Mackerel for bait – they’ll go crazy for it.
Plaice. Plaice can be caught throughout February and April. They are around throughout the year as well, but these months are the best for results.
Pollock. This fish is most prevalent throughout the summer. The season for Pollock tends to begin around May and end in October.
Cod. If you’re willing to brave the winter conditions, you’ll find the short space between October and December the best times to go fishing for Cod.
Tope. Not very common but some can be caught in July.
Naturally this list goes on – the Solent is home to a huge variety of fish, making sea fishing on the south coast a delight all year round.
Let yourself relax with the sea’s motion, lose yourself in a hobby that has been enjoyed for years upon years, and experience for yourself exactly why sea fishing trips are one of the best recreational pass-times you can take part in.