Why can I get a decent fish at the seashore nearby my house?
I have been fishing there for a while like over 300 times/occasions but the best I’ve ever caught on my line is just some fishes over 20lbs barra,most of them that I hooked were just under 3lbs groupers,whiting and all those small fishes(species).How can I improve my odds to get a trophy size there?I know that place have really huge ones but bcos the place was so pressured with anglers most of the time that it seemed really hard to get any chance.The big fishes there will only take any bait after dark or after a rainy storm.The place is crowded with visitors most of the time and also with beginners making hell lots of noises that spook the fish every now and then.How can I get the fish to that my bait or should I improve my fishing skills?My fishing experiences over 10,000 hrs of various fishing type like freshwater,fly fishing,saltwater etc. almost everything-pls advice what should i do to level up in this hobby.thanks.
I think you just answered your own question. When fishing a high pressured area, it’s safe to assume that the fish here are a bit more wary. Changing your fishing patterns to when the pressure is the least may get you into the bigger fish. Early morning ( pre-dawn) or late at night into the wee hours could be your best chances or like you said, after a rain storm. I fish a heavily fished area myself but had to adapt and know when to leave the spot alone. I get less pressure my way from 4-7 a.m., when the temp drops below 60 degrees or when it’s raining. This is what I’ve learned my way and it works for me. Also, try using fluorocarbon line. Don’t go heavy duty on it, usually 20-30 pound test is all you’ll need. You may also want to try down sizing your hooks or getting a low profile type like a live bait hook. I’ve caught sharks on a 1/0 circle in the 40 pound range and 20# + black drum on a size 1 hook. Just make sure they’re strong hooks and not overly light wire. Try using a longer leader than your used to. It’ll be a bit “weird” but this works more often than not. Another thing I’ve tried to get bigger fish is to eliminate all the hardware. No swivels or beads anywhere. Sliding egg weight on the main line, main line attached to the leader, leader attached to the hook. Use a rubber band just above the knot from the main line to leader to prevent the weight from sliding over the knot. I have caught many a fish when others weren’t with that rig. Also, if you’re using cut bait, switch to live bait. The bite may be slower but the quality of the fish will be better. Hope this helps.~good luck catchin’
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