Penn Game Reel

Posted in Penn Fishing Gear by Penn Fishing Gear on December 3, 2011

Penn Game Reel

Fishing Deep Water

Northeast summers can often mean low production for inshore anglers.  This is due to oxygen depletion in shallow water which forces both bait fish and game fish out into deeper waters.  Instead of giving up, the best bet is to follow the fish – to the deeper reefs where the water is cooler and more oxygen rich.

To visualize a reef, simply take a look at any hill. You’ll quickly notice that it has both an up-slope and a down-slope. This isn’t any different in the water - reefs have them too. Fishing a reef typically means that the fish are going to be hiding in the structures that are provided – either rock formations, weeds or even old wrecks.  To make the most of this type of structure, you’ll need to drift over it and go with the flow of the tides.  A depth finder is a required tool for this type of fishing, as you have to be cautious to not damage your boat, but it is also helpful to mark the location where you find fish – remember, fish tend to return to the same areas and storing these locations for future use will help make each fishing expedition fruitful.

Live bait or fresh cut bait is often the best choice for striped bass and bluefish.  This is nearly a requirement in deep water.  You need the right tackle also, or you’ll soon find that the fast moving currents in deep water will be a particular challenge.  Choose a rod that is capable of handling heavy sinkers – 10 to 20 ounce sinkers will be almost a necessity. While in the past this capability was often restricted to the heavier, fiberglass rods with a super duty reel, thankfully technology has changed all that.

Braided fishing line is practically made for deep water anglers.  Combined on a reel with monofilament backing, a 30-50 pound test braid will serve your needs well. One thing that you should be very aware of is your reel – years past this meant a heavy, clunky reel, today, you just need to make sure that your entire reel is suitable for landing big fish.

Rod manufacturing processes have also made life easier – no more are you dealing with thick, fiberglass rods, instead you have a choice of carbon or graphite rods which are not only lighter, but they are far easier to balance with smaller reels than ever before.  What you’re looking for is a light rod that can handle the pressures associated with deep water fishing, which often may mean buying a good composite that has graphite and fiberglass.

A popular deep water technique is speed jigging. Light rods seem to be designed to accommodate this type of jigging since they are typically short, stout and offer a very fast tip that is made for casting heavier baits and jigs.  The advantage of these rods is evident – they are light enough to be comfortable for a long day of fishing and they are easy to handle.  Musky rods are also stout and are great for handling heavier baits such as the 10-20 oz that is needed for deep water fishing – these rods are great for marathon fishing expeditions.

Instead of giving up fishing for the season just because the fish have moved into deeper waters, evaluate your equipment and adjust it accordingly. There’s no need to not go after your favorite catch just because they have moved into deeper waters.  Make sure you’re using a good quality line, appropriate sized rod and you’ll find success as a deep water angler.

When you are out saltwater fishing it is important to make sure you have the right supplies. Some of the most popular brands include Shimano Saltwater Reels, Penn Saltwater Reels, and Daiwa Saltwater Reels.


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