Salt water fishing tips

Although less art and skill are necessary for sea fishing, the sport is increased by the exhilaration of a pleasant sail or row upon the briny deep.

The first requisite of salt-water fishing is a good boat, which may be anything, from a row boat up to a yacht of a hundred tons, as the taste ro the means of the sportsmen may dictate. For in-shore or harbor fishing, a sail-boat of fifteen feet in length, with a cuddy forward for shelter in case of rain, is the most convenient craft. It should be as light as possible, yet strong enough to resist the action of heavy waves, or an occasional bump on the beach or the rocks.

If you are going "down below" for a day, you want a cod-line for each member of the party, also a perch-line, and, if in the season for mackerel, a mackerel jig.

The best time for starting is on the ebb tide, which should be at an early hour in the morning to render the trip most favorable. You will then have the tide in your favor, if the wind should be light or not fair, with the same advantage to aid you in getting home. You will first run out into deep water, to some approved fishing-ground, whose locality you must learn from those acquainted with the coast. The water will be from ten to thirty fathoms in depth. Here you will anchor if you can - if not, lie too.

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