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Inshore VS Offshore Fishing- What You Need to Think About Before Planning Your Next Fishing Trip
Posted on Aug 21, 2019 12:56 AM

You want to plan the perfect fishing ( trip, one that your family and friends will remember for the rest of their lives. You want all the details to be seamlessly worked out and the day to go by without a hitch. You have started researching where to go but here is one big problem: You don't know whether an inshore or offshore fishing trip is right for you. The following article lists a couple deciding factors that one should keep in mind when planning their next big fishing excursion in the sea.

1. What type of fish are you trying to catch?
First and foremost, it is important to research what kind of fish you are trying to catch. Are you trying to fill the freezer with fresh fish for the year? Or are you trying to catch that trophy fish for the perfect picture to show off on your Facebook? No matter what your goal is it is a smart idea to first figure out what you want to reel in on the other side of your line. All species of fish keep themselves in certain depths of the water so it is crucial to figure out where your fish of choice normally resides. If your goal is to catch a Yellowfin Tuna you should focus on offshore fishing. But if you are trying to catch a Red Drum then you should focus on staying inshore.

2. What time of the year are you going?
Are you planning on taking your fishing trip in the crisp Winter time or during the steaming hot Summer days? Many fish relocate to different regions of the ocean based on the corresponding weather patterns. It is important to research fish migration patterns before you chose an inshore or offshore destination for your trip. You do not want to set out on an offshore excursion with hopes of catching a Mahi only to find out all of them have already migrated to the other side of the world. Offshore fishing tends to be affected more by the time of the year and weather, whereas inshore fishing tends to be more stable year round. Just hop on your favorite search engine and look up fishing seasons. A quick read should help you figure out what fish is going to bite best and where. Once doing so you will have a better insight on whether inshore or offshore fishing is a better fit for you.

3. How long are you planning on fishing for?
Whether you are taking the day off of work or spending the weekend out on the boat it is key to make sure your fishing trip fits into your schedule. Offshore fishing is considered anything further than 9 miles off of the shore but can also be up to hundreds of miles away. This means your boat ride can take anywhere from 30 minutes up to 4 hours. If you are planning a weekend trip devoted strictly to fishing with the boys than offshore fishing is probably the best choice for you. But if you are only intending on spending the day fishing chances are you will not have much time to do so if you chose to use 8 hours of it traveling there and back. In this case you would want to choose a location that is inshore and a lot closer in distance, this way you will get the most out of your trip.

4. What kind of boat are you using?
There are many different vessels that can get you out on the water and ripping lips but not all of them are equipped with the right power to take you 100 miles offshore. If you own a boat it is important to understand its limits in the water. There are many options for inshore fishing such as kayaks,( canoes, center consoles and so on. If your goal is get out deep than you should search for a boat that has the horsepower, stability and gas tank to get you out there where you need to go. Don't worry if you don't own a boat yourself, there is always the option of renting as well. Many marinas and bait shops offer kayaks, jet skis and inflatable boats that you can rent to get you out on the water and catching some fish. If you are looking to go deep sea fishing than you will need to find a charter that is equipped with a boat that can get you there. Again keep in mind renting a boat or charter for an offshore fishing excursion will come at a little bit higher of a price because of the demand for power and the amount of time it takes to reach your destination.

5. What resources are you working with?
This is by far the most crucial aspect to research before choosing inshore vs offshore: how much is it going to cost you? There are a lot of unforeseen expenses that go into a fishing trip. Do you have a boat? Do you have proper radar equipment? Are you hiring a captain? Are you going to tip the captain? Do you already have poles? Tackle? Bait? Food? Are you going to rent a charter? Is the charter all inclusive? It is crucial to sit down and see what you already have taken care of and what that leaves you to buy or rent before your big trip. It is very possible to shop around and get great deals on offshore charters. It is also very possible to have a great time fishing off the jetty with the family and a cooler packed full of ham and cheese sandwiches.

Whether it is teaching your child to throw their first casts off of the local pier or spending a week on a sportfisher with the boys catching Swordfish everyone has their perfect idea of a fishing trip. All in all, no matter where you are if there is a fish on the line you are destined to be having a great time. And with a little research and planning you can make any fishing trip a memorable one.

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