Summer is a great time to go out fishing with your family. But before you pack the spouse and kids into the car, make sure that you’re well-prepared with these family fishing trip tips:
Timing is everything
The day and time you go will truly determine how well of a trip this turns out to be. Keep an eye on the weather days in advance to make sure you go on a clear and comfortable day. You should also avoid morning trips, and opt for going out on the water later in the day, such as mid-morning or afternoon. Just be careful not to spend too long out there, and always keep an eye on the kids to see how energized or tired they are.
Get the right gear for your kids
Needless to say, your kids can’t use the same gear that you do, so be sure to invest in some kid fishing rods, reel, and kid-friendly lures to make it easier for them when they go out on the water. Also make sure that you have plenty of safety equipment such as child-size life jackets for your children to use.
Bring plenty of food and drinks
Let’s face it, kids love food, and it won’t be a great day if you let them go hungry. So be sure to bring a cooler full of snacks and drinks that they can have throughout the trip. Even better, pack a full lunch or dinner to have once you return to shore that includes sandwiches, salads, and other foodstuffs.
Sign up for a youth fishing program
If you’re unsure of when or where to take your family out fishing, you can always sign up for a youth fishing program. At Morning Flight Charters, our youth programs are designed specifically for parents and children to spend some quality time together. These last for three hours and can be customized depending on your family’s fishing expertise.
There’s nothing like the thrill of the catch. With deep sea fishing, you’re reeling in some of the biggest, toughest game there is—sharks, tuna, marlin, swordfish, and more. But in order for your deep sea fishing trip to be a success, there are some things you should know:
Be aware of your surroundings
This should be the case anytime you go out on the water, but it’s especially true with deep sea fishing. You’re far out from the coast, so watch out for the current, weather, and any other boats/fishermen. However, this isn’t just a safety precaution; keeping an eye out for certain signs will help you bring home a better catch. For example, if you notice a group of birds feasting on small fish, that’s usually a sign that there are bigger fish below.
For tuna, follow the dolphins
Another sign to watch out for when fishing for tuna are dolphins. Tuna and dolphins usually school together, so if you see one, the other is likely nearby. However, make sure that you’re actually reeling in tuna and not a dolphin by clearly understanding the differences between each species.
Fish near a reef
Reefs attract small fish, who then attract big fish. That’s why reefs are one of the best places for deep sea fishing. So if you want to reel in a big catch (both in size and quantity), you should go and find a reef first.
Fish with an expert
As with all things, listen to the experts, as they know best. An expert angler will be familiar enough with the waters to know where the fish will be and what to watch out for. Especially if this is your first time deep sea fishing, having an expert on board your ship will make sure you’re safe and that you reel in some great game.
Thinking about going on a deep sea fishing trip? If so, contact Morning Flight Charters. We operate just off the Maine Coast, and can create a guided fishing trip just for you. Make a reservation or call us at 207-831-2426 to learn more.
Striper fishing is a fun and lively sport for fishermen of all experience levels! Maybe you’ve always wanted to try it but haven’t had the chance, or maybe you’ve never even heard of striper fishing; either way we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for some basic information about striper fishing so you’re ready to dive right in with an outing of your own!
What exactly is a Striper Fish?
A striper fish—also known as stripers or rockfish—are striped bass native to the East Coast of the U.S. Typically fish that are caught range from five to eight pounds but have been known to exceed 70 pounds! The bigger they are; the deeper they swim. Because they do get pretty hefty, they tend to be a popular trophy fish and as a result have been planted in lakes all around the country for people to fish recreationally. For this reason, they’ve since become native to California.
Striped bass migrate between fresh and salt water. They spawn in freshwater but spend most of their adult life in bodies of saltwater. They can adapt to both environments. The striper fish is luscious, savory and minerally in taste. As they increase in size, they tend to be more metallic as well.
Catching a Striper Fish
The best way to catch striper fish is to move quickly and adjust your strategy to the conditions. These guys are speedy and unpredictable so the faster you retrieve your lure, the more likely you are to catch one. Make use of your fish finder to locate a good spot before you cast your line.
If you’re using an artificial lure, try to grab something that mimics real swimming action rather than spinning out quickly. For live bait, it just depends on what’s native to your location; if you’re not sure you can always consult with local fishing shops (or book a trip with Morning Flight Charters and catch your own bait first!) Standard types of bait such as herring, menhaden, squid, sandworm, etc. will usually suffice. Be sure to store your bait in optimal conditions.
When the weather is hot and sunny, stripers swim in deeper water so you might want to have a sinker on hand too—or if you’re looking for a bigger catch. Another thing to consider if you’re trying to snag a bigger bass is using live eel as your bait; it may be more appealing to the larger fish that dive deeper.
Fishing near white water? Try timing your casts with the breaking of the waves and stay close to the deep water.
Striper fishing can be as challenging as you’d like it to be, and we can guarantee it’s always fun! Don’t miss out and book your charter today so you can put some bass on the table for dinner tonight!
Whether you’re a shark fishing newbie or just need a refresher, check out our essential shark fishing tips:
Know what to look for
Learn to spot signs that a shark might be in the area. For example, if birds that have been sitting on the water suddenly take flight, they might be trying to escape a shark. The same goes for bluefish—if bluefish that have been hanging out in the slick suddenly vanish, there’s probably a shark nearby. Other signs include disturbances or changes in the surface waters.
Use proper technique
Use a chum line to bring sharks near the boat. If a shark takes the bait, wait five to 10 seconds. Then, reel the line tightly and tug firmly once or twice to set the hook. Pull strongly, since you’re trying to penetrate the shark’s thick, tough jaw. Before you pull the shark onboard, remove all items from the landing area, and keep the shark away from the boat’s motors.
Use common sense
Congratulations! You’ve caught a shark. Now, no matter what, keep your fingers away from the shark’s mouth. Even a small twitch from the shark can cause injury.
Curious about shark fishing? Book your experience today with Morning Flight Charters . From June to October, we offer eight-hour and ten-hour shark fishing excursions off the coast of Maine that give you the chance to fish for four major shark species, including blue sharks, thresher sharks, porbeagle and the famous acrobatic mako shark. All bait, gear and tackle are provided on our shark fishing trips. Get ready for an unforgettable experience!