Returning home with a great catch after a fun day of off-shore fishing depends on factors such as having a great angler to guide you, a comfortable and fully equipped sportfishing charter, a great fishing site (such as Key Largo), great weather, and knowing what signs to look for to find good fish, signs that might not be obvious and require patient observation.
Although these signs are not obvious and require patient observation, with practice and perseverance, they can make the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful day of offshore fishing. Read on to learn more.
Sign #1 – Color change in water
Whenever there is a color change in the surface of the water, it signifies that that is a place where two different bodies of water meet and bring nutrients to that specific area. In this area, you will notice a darker color on one side and a lighter color on the opposite side. This is a sign that usually means you will find a fishing bonanza.
Sign #2 – Diving birds
The sighting of diving seabirds might require more than only a good pair of binoculars. Oftentimes, sportfishing boats have radars who help the captain locate diving birds from 3 to 4 miles away. After analyzing the behavior of the seabirds, the captain can determine the next step into approaching the school of fish.
If you see seagulls feasting on small bait-type fish, it is very likely that you will find a large game fish in the area.
Sign #3 – Reefs
The best way to find big game fish is by staying near a reef. Depending on the type of fish, the season and the hour of the day, you will increase your luck of catching a big fish by fishing near a reef as big fish feed on smaller fish that live on reefs.
We hope these signs are illustrative and help nurture the angler soul within you. Don’t forget to put them into practice next time you book a sportfishing trip with us!