Marine fishing is a year-round sport and outdoor activity in the sea from a boat, yacht, or launch. The name comes from the words "marine" (sea), "fish", and "doing".
Marine fishing differs from fishing from the shore and in freshwater and requires more skills and abilities from the fisherman. It’s important to choose the right place, pick up a bait and pull heavy fish out of the water. Almost all marine fish species are predators. They’re characterized by increased aggressiveness and show interest in various artificial and natural baits. Their bites are more greedy and confident than those of freshwater, so fishing tackle must be more durable.
Sea fishing is common in warm regions, it’s often combined with family trips to the sea, but it is practiced in absolutely all corners of the earth, including the cold seas. Still, fishing tours in Turkey, Spain, Greece are more popular than, for example, in the Baltic Sea between Sweden, Finland and Russia. In the east, Japan is one of the world leaders not only in sea fishing but also in the production of equipment for it.
In general, the best season for any fishing is the end of summer and the beginning of autumn — the fish at this time is most active and at the same time don’t hide in depth from the heat. The quality of sea fishing is also influenced by many factors: season, weather, atmospheric pressure, tides, and wind strength. For example, a few hours before bad weather, sea fish hide, go deeper and farther from the coast and completely loses their appetite.
The main pleasure of marine fishing is the opportunity to get away from the usual routine and focus on the sea, fish, and relaxation. Sea fishing does not need special training, it is not considered a dangerous sport (but that is what commercial offshore fishing is). Nevertheless, it requires many skills and experience, as well as general caution and following the safety rules on the boat, as with any sea trip.
Text: Natalia Kirasheva. Ivan Kuznetsov contributed to this guide
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