Sight Fishing… 6 Easy Steps to Success
Sight fishing can be a rush when done right. It’s taking your inshore fishing to the next level with a dose of adrenaline. It requires great upper-level castability, waiting for the right moment, and sharp eyesight. Most of all, impeccable timing. Inches and seconds make a difference in catching or spooking and the right time of day is key to success. Here’s a little more of what I’m talking about.
- Sharpen Your Scouting Skills
Rather than spending time fishing in areas that they are not there, look in advance for those spots that may be holding fish. Look for things like the bottom that may attract the species you’re fishing for, like oyster beds or protective structures. Also, look for baitfish moving in the area that will attract the fish you’re looking for. Don’t just randomly start casting. Do your scouting and increase your chances.
- The Weather and Time of Day.
Unlike most fishing trips, heading out at the crack of dawn may not always be the best option. The sun plays a key role in your ability to see the fish and track their movement. The mid-day sun many times is your best option and that means you can sleep in and miss the height of the boat ramp traffic. Also make sure you pick a day that’s as slick as possible. Chop on the water can impede your ability to see the fish moving and a breezy day can make that pinpoint cast that’s imperative almost impossible.
- Quality Sunglasses
Having great fishing gear is essential, but a great pair of polarized sunglasses is a must. Don’t cheap out on this. It will cut down the glare on the surface and penetrate the water to see your target. Make sure to check out the options before you purchase a pair. Look for glasses that work well in low-light situations like clouds rolling in, a setting sun, or even an area where the banks are shaded. You’ll also want to have a pair that offers high contrast.
- Be Stealthy
Fish have a greatly increased level of senses, especially in shallow water. They use their eyes to keep on the lookout for predators. They also use their lateral line. As a sensory system, it allows fish to detect weak water motions and pressure gradients that can indicate predators as well. The vibration of dropping an anchor or something as light as a lure can spook the fish. Trolling motors are a must and no above-water noise like a radio or talking is part of the strategy.
- Your View
The higher up you are, the better you will be able to spot your target. Casting platforms or a cooler that’s properly secured is the ticket. Polling platforms are great for both gaining the best view and helping with the stealthy issue. The higher elevation will also allow for a more accurate cast and limit the number of times you cast which reduces the chances of spooking the fish.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Cast
With the stealthy approach and the high-tech sunglasses you still have to spot the fish. Sometimes it may be seen finning or swirling, other times it may be disguised as a fallen limb. Take a chance, make your cast. It’s what you came for. That limb may be a redfish scoping out a food source. You’ll be surprised what your cast can produce.