Ocean Fishing for Salmon
Salmon is one of the most popular fish in the world as a food source for a reason – it’s delicious. It also happens to be quite healthy. However, rather than heading to the local market to pick up some salmon that has been there for a day or two – or longer – why not gear up and head on out to the ocean to fish for your own salmon. These are fun fish to catch, and it’s always nice to get out on the water to enjoy the day while hoping to reel in a couple of nice fish that can provide you with several meals.
Of course, if you do not know too much about salmon fishing, you will want to brush up before you head on out. There is a lot to learn about salmon fishing in the ocean, but this article will provide you with the basics.
Types of Salmon Commonly Found in the Ocean
First, let’s consider the various types of salmon that are typically found in the ocean. Keep in mind that you will want to check the areas where you will be going fishing to see what salmon frequent those particular waters. If you are going to charter a boat to take you out onto the ocean, the captain can provide you with information about the types of fish in the area, and what salmon species will be most prevalent.
Pink salmon, sometimes called humpback salmon or humpy, live in the open water, and they are usually found between 40’ and 80’ down. Coho salmon are also an open water fish, and it is possible to find them by locating tide/current rips.
The reason for this is simple – these rips gather small creatures called zooplankton, which are food for baitfish. The Coho salmon like to come and eat the baitfish. These salmon are usually found higher up in the water than the Pink – generally around 20’. The weather and even the time of day do not have much affect on where they like to hang out. It is possible to find them a bit lower, but for the most part, you will want to stay at around 20’ while fishing for them.
Another fun and common type of salmon to fish for is the chinook. The adults tend to stay a bit closer to shore during the late evening and early morning hours. They cruise the kelp beds looking for food. If you are fishing during those times, you can generally find them between 20’ and 120’ deep.
When you are fishing for chinook out in the open water, they tend to be wherever they can find food. This means anywhere from about 20’ down all the way to 200’ down. However, you can start fishing at around 40’ to 80’ and adjust from there, as needed.
Of course, these are just some of the options. Find the types of salmon in your area, and speak with the captain when you charter your boat to learn more about what’s available.
Tips for Boat Fishing
When you are out and fishing in a boat, there are generally two different techniques that you can use. The first is called drift fishing. This simply means you are drifting through the water without the motor running most of the time. This tends to be most effective when the salmon are all gathered in a single area.
The other method is called trolling. This means your boat is constantly on the move, and is best for when the salmon are spread out over a large area. You can use weights on the line to set the desired depth of the lure or bait.
You Need Quality Gear
Knowing the different types of salmon and where to find them is part of the battle. However, you know that a good fisherman needs to have good gear, as well. This includes everything from the rod and the lures/bait to what they are wearing so they can keep warm or cool depending on the weather. Let’s look at some of the different types of gear that you might want to bring along with you when you are ocean fishing for salmon.
You need a great rod if you do not already have one, as well as a reel. Just make sure that the rod and reel will work for saltwater fishing, and that they, along with the line, will be able to hold the weight of the salmon. Check out some of the different lures if you are not going to use bait fish, as well. When you are choosing a lure, you want to find something that looks similar, at least in size, to the typical baitfish that the salmon are accustomed to. The lure should draw their attention, but it should not make them wary.
Get the fishing tackle and gear you need, and then head on out to the open water to try your hand at ocean fishing for salmon. It’s going to be a great time!