Offshore Fishing is an entirely different experience than surface water. As such, for anyone who has never gone offshore before it is recommended to start with some tips on how best to prepare themselves and their equipment so that they may enjoy the trip even more!

How Do You Start Offshore Fishing?

If you are a beginner, the following tips will help you get started on offshore fishing:

  1. Use fast-trolling lures to catch fast fish such as tuna.
  2. Explore the wrecks and reefs. Small fish that live among artificial and natural reefs and shipwrecks are the prime targets for big fish. Checking out the wrecks and reefs will increase your chances of nabbing a big fish while it is in its own hunting grounds.Any kind of underwater structure will house many species of fish. Be on the lookout for underwater valleys and rock formations where you can reel in something epic!
  3. When fishing for yellowfin tuna, be on the lookout for dolphins. This is because yellowfin tuna and dolphins usually travel together.
  4. If you see seagulls or other birds flying around a particular area, there could be small fish that they are trying to catch. Also, there could be large fish lying in wait for smaller fish.
  5. Use the live bait. You need to have live baits, especially if you are fishing for particular species. Live bait also increases your chances of catching bigger fish.
  6. After anchoring the boat, drop bait down into the wrecks and reefs to catch fish like snapper or grouper.
  7. If you are bottom fishing, use lures such as large heavy-duty jigs as they help bait travel deeper into the water, giving you a better chance of catching certain fish.
  8. Use natural or artificial bait to troll around a buoy or tower as this will help you get the attention of fish.
  9.  A nautical map, GPS, or fish finder can be of use on offshore fishing trips. Most sportfishing boats are fully equipped with the latest navigational gear and navigational equipment.
  10. If it is your first time on an offshore fishing boat or if you are prone to motion sickness, we recommend taking some type of medication. If you start to feel queasy, stay on the upper deck and breathe in the fresh air. Do not let seasickness ruin your trip.
  11. If you feel as though the waves are too messy or disorganized or the weather conditions are too harsh, trust your inner voice. Catching the biggest fish of your life is not worth losing your life over. In the vast majority of circumstances, you will be secure and safe.
  12. Finally, take an experienced angler with you. If you are a beginner, you should never be out in the open sea alone.

Now that you have these offshore fishing tips, you can finally go out into the deep. If you are looking to get started on offshore fishing, look no further than Caloosahatchee Cowboy Charters

As a licensed captain, Josh is available to guide you to the best fishing spots. His goal and mission are to ensure that you have the best day of fishing possible and catch a trophy fish before your trip ends. Contact us to make a reservation. With us, you will have the best fishing experience ever.

Best time to go Offshore Fishing

The best time to go Offshore Fishing is during the hot months such as August and September. Even though catching fish is not limited to the time of the year, anglers catch more big game species in warmer seasons.   

Offshore Fishing with an Experienced Angler

Launching out into the open ocean with a professional angler alongside you is ideal. Here’s how:

  •  Professional anglers know most or all the fishing techniques that can help reel in the types of fish you are looking to catch.
  •  Professional anglers know all the good fishing grounds where you can find more fish, increasing your chances of a big catch.
  • Experienced anglers know the best offshore fishing methods for different areas. These include jigging and deep dropping. They also have boats with safety equipment, ensuring your safety while fishing.
  • Anglers who have been fishing in a certain location are well conversant with the local regulations that may restrict access to certain areas of that location. They can tell you where you can or cannot take the boat and prevent you from getting into trouble for accessing restricted locations.
  • Some anglers include extra services such as fish cleaning and filleting. This saves you time because when you get home, you can just fry the fish and prepare it as appropriate.
  • You may not be able to handle everything that the open water throws at you. For example, when the weather changes unexpectedly and the waves become violent, an expert will know exactly what needs to be done to ensure the safety of everyone on board.

Book Your Offshore Fishing Charter Today!

A private charter is always better than fishing on shared charters. Here at Caloosahatchee Cowboy Charters, we have a 24’ custom charter fishing boat with over 16 fishing rod holders and the space to accommodate families and groups of up to 6 persons. The boat has 2 large coolers that also serve as seats and it is powered by 250 horsepower Suzuki four-stroke engine that is both quiet and reliable. With us, you can rest easy knowing that your private offshore fishing experience will be as smooth as possible.

In addition, once you board the boat, Captain Josh will do everything possible to ensure that the fish bite for you. He goes out of his way to get the best baits and takes you out at a time of day when the fish are biting best. The Captain will help you to catch a trophy fish and accommodate you and your crew in any way that he possibly can.

Feel free to contact us at 239-628-2990 or visit our physical location at 17499 Harbor Point Dr. Suite B Fort Myers, FL 33908.