Nearshore Fishing

Nearshore fishing usually refers to short, but exciting fishing trips in chartered boats not far from the shore.
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About Nearshore Fishing

Nearshore fishing is one of the terms used by fishing charters. that operate on seashores, to indicate where exactly in the area the fishing trip will take place. As the name suggests, “nearshore” typically means fishing a short distance, up to 10-20 miles, from the shoreline, and in waters no deeper than 100 feet (30 meters). In some areas “nearshore” stands for fishing behind the line of the reefs, so you can enjoy them even when the deep sea is too rough for fishing, and in the American states bordering on the Gulf of Mexico - for fishing in state waters, i.e., 9 miles from the shore. Nearshore fishing usually means fishing among reefs, rocks, or not far from the beach. You are not likely to land the biggest of gamefish such as marlin, but most saltwater fish species such as groupers, roosterfish, snappers, and rays, to say nothing of the smaller species like scup or sea bass. Various methods can be employed, from trolling to vertical jigging and bottom fishing, as well as saltwater flyfishing and spinning. A lot of captains, when they have a motley crew of lesser experienced anglers on board, hedge their bets on handlining with dead bait, and attracting the fish to the anchored boat by chumming. Nearshore trips can be short, as in about 3 hours, and relatively inexpensive. As you’re not venturing very deep into the sea, nearshore trips typically have a higher level of safety. They may include some time on a wild, unspoilt beach, swimming and snorkeling. Targeting less pretentious fish, you don’t usually have to wait long for a bite, which is great when you have children or beginners on board. In short, nearshore fishing trips are a great way to spend the day on the water in the company of family and friends.