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A Whole New World: Fishing in the Gulf

Beyond the luscious beaches of the West Coast and the nostalgic waters of the East Coast lies a forgotten shoreline rich with possibilities. For those of us that love to brave the waters in search of a delicious meal, the Gulf of Mexico will always be known as Fishing’s Lost Coast. Sprawling and diverse, the Gulf is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to casting nets and reeling lines. While there are plenty of big game fisheries throughout the Deep South, the fishing industry tends to overlook the sheer size and scale of the Gulf. With swarms of marlin, tuna, and cobia waiting to be caught, the underutilization of the Gulf remains a mystery.

 

Why Go Fishing in the Gulf?

The Gulf curves along 1,680 miles of US coastline and 1,743 miles of Mexico’s coastline with a basin that spans 615,000 square miles. This eclectic mix of water creates a unique breeding ground for hundreds of species of fish. Every second, The Mississippi River alone pours over 3 million gallons of fresh water into the heart of the Gulf. Spawning a massive amount of baitfish, the Gulf has become one of the best places in the world for big game fishing. History is full of notorious examples of hard-core trollers netting fish the size of a large horse, with record-setting blue marlins and blue-fin tunas nearing a thousand pounds each.

 

The New Frontier: Fishing in Cuba

The Obama Administration’s decision to restore US relations with Cuba marks a turning point in the island’s fishing industry. Cubans have been guzzling down fish at rapid rate since the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. When communism was on the decline, the country’s citizens were so desperate for food that they devoured as many fish as they could find, stifling the growth of the fish population for generations. Now that Cuba’s trading privileges have been restored, natives and tourists alike are free to buy, trade, and sell fish without fear of retribution.

 

If you’re tired of casting your line in the same old fisheries, the Gulf of Mexico is calling your name. Fishing’s Lost Coast is one of the world’s greatest untapped natural resources for big-game expeditions and private fishing charters in the Western Hemisphere. Head to the Deep South, plan a trip to Mexico, or explore the open waters of Cuba and discover the magic of deep-sea fishing in the Gulf.

 

 

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While most of us have been trained to think of sharks as perfect killers on a constant hunt for human flesh, many are beginning to turn the tables on the fearsome fish. That’s because commercial and recreational shark fishing is on the rise in the United States. From the shores of the northeastern U.S. down to the Florida Keys, and from the Gulf of Mexico out to the California coast, America’s taste for the ultimate catch has been steadily increasing over the past few years.

Some attribute this to rising ocean temperatures causing sharks to move into more populated areas, which increases their accessibility for recreational fisherman—as well as the rate of shark attacks worldwide, but that’s a different story. Whatever the reason may be for the rise in shark fishing, the fact of the matter is the fishin’ is good. So here are a few of the best locations for your next shark fishing adventure:

 

  • Texas – From Galveston to Corpus Christi and all the way to the border, the western shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico offers endless opportunities for anglers looking link up with a wide variety of shark species including blacktip, bull, tiger, hammerhead, Atlantic sharp nose and lemon sharks.

 

  • Florida – Whether you’re looking for excellent land based shark fishing, or world-class deep sea fishing charters, the sunshine state is the number one destination in the country for tangling with the ocean’s most feared predator. In fact, Florida is such a shark-magnet, it’s beaches consistently rank among the most shark infested waters on the planet. And when you’re fishing in Florida, your options are pretty wide open as there really aren’t any bad locations along it’s lengthy coast. Common species include black tip, black nose, spinner, thresher, lemon sharks, hammerhead, bonnethead, and nurse sharks among others.

 

  • New Jersey – As the water warms up down south, the sharks start to head up the coast, which has sportfishermen on the Jersey Shore licking their chops during the late summer months. Common species in Jersey waters include mako, thresher, blue sharks, hammerheads and tiger sharks—as well as the occasional great white, which cannot be kept due to its inclusion on the endangered species list.

 

Remember, whether you’re a seasoned angler, or a complete newcomer, safety should always be your number one concern. These animals are unbelievably powerful, and even though you might think that not being in the water with them means you’re safe, anything can happen, so don’t go into it thinking it’s just another day at the lake. And no matter where you choose to cast out, do your research first.

 

 

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Many fishermen consider fishing a relatively safe and non-hazardous sport; however, there are some risks associated with it that every angler should be aware of – one of which is the animals they may encounter during deep sea fishing expeditions. There are some marine animals that fishermen should be wary of – an encounter with the following animals could ruin a fisherman’s day – or worse:

1. The Stingray: The barbs on a stingray’s tail are not used by the animal to attack by any means; their purpose is completely defensive. The rays can drive its tail around with tremendous force, and since the bone-hard spine has serrated curved teeth, the barbs go into skin easier than they come out! The effects of being stung by the barbs can not only be incredibly painful, but also instill an intense infection in the fisherman. What can make avoiding rays so tricky is the fact that they burrow just under the sand in the water, making them almost impossible to see.

2. The California Scorpionfish: Also known as the “sculpin”, this fish is common off the Pacific Coast. They lack hollow spines with venom glands, but they do have deep grooves that carry a strong, poisonous substance. It is for this reason that locals call them “rattlesnakes”. Swelling, pain, and burning can happen for days following a simple little poke by the fish.

3. The Candiru: This fish has no scales, and is likened to a parasitic catfish. It is also translucent, and grows to a length of only about 1 inch. So what makes a tiny fish like this so deadly? This fish feeds on blood, and is often found in the gills of larger fish. Unfortunately, it also sometimes attacks humans – it’s been known to enter the urethras of swimmers, erecting short spines and causing hemorrhage, inflammation, and even death to its victim.

4. The Stonefish: This venomous fish is found in shallow waters in the Indo-Pacific area. They are bottom-dwellers that have large mouths, small eyes, and a bumpy skin that really does make them appear as nothing more than part of the bottom. If they are stepped on, they inject venom through grooves in their fin spines; wounds inflicted by the fish in this matter are excruciatingly painful and sometimes fatal.

5. The Jellyfish: The Man-of-War, which isn’t a true jellyfish, can grow to shocking sizes. They can grow tentacles that extend out to at least 30 feet, and can be longer than 150 feet in total – and each of those tentacles is filled with stinging cells. Box jellies, also known as sea wasps, are only a few inches in size, but their tentacles can stretch to up to a length of two yards. They are translucent and difficult for people to see. A sting from one can kill a victim in just a few minutes from cardiac and respiratory arrest.

While these are only five examples of some of the world’s most dangerous marine animals, it would be wise for fishermen to do some research on the marine animals which are known to reside in the areas in which they will be fishing. Whether one is inclined to wade fishing, deep sea fishing, or anything in between, some knowledge of the dangers of the area could save you a lot of pain – and even your life.

 

 

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Once a small fishing village, Cabo San Lucas is now heralded worldwide as one of the top five fishing destinations on the planet and the “Marlin Capital of the World.” Over the years, fishing in Mexico has transformed from a toil of necessity to an experience chosen by the high-class and wealthy. In the 1950s, fishing beneath the watch of El Arco, Cabo’s dignified landmark, was a favorite of Hollywood’s famous, with the likes of Bing Crosby and John Wayne choosing the deep seas of Cabo to tackle the challenge of the large and beautiful trophy fish that are abundant there.

With the help and expertise of fishfishme.com and our trusted and highly-rated captains and crew, you too can partake in a deep sea fishing charter on the azure seas of Baja California Sur. Throughout the summer season and the peak months of May, June, December, and January, deep sea charters— even with inexperienced fishers holding the rods—can yield between one and ten fish per day. The prize catches include Wahoo and Marlin, with some Marlin weighing in at a whopping 1,000 pounds (if you are both patient and lucky, that is!).

Although some are driven by the prospect of capturing a large, beautiful fish for the sake of appreciating the catch, the struggle, and the fish itself, those who are thrilled by the potential of taking home an impressive trophy will enjoy Cabo’s optional catch-and-release policy.

As time has always proven, the seas are unpredictable and the fish cannot be scheduled. In Cabo San Lucas, however, deep sea fishing rewards the patience and enthusiasm of both novice and experienced fishers alike. In Baja California Sur, especially—as the saying goes—one can always count on the Sea of Cortez to provide a bounty before the day’s end, no matter if it is your first trip or your hundredth.

 

 

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If you’ve been toying with the idea of going fishing in the Amazon with a fishing charter, or if you’ve already begun your planning, you need to consider the time of year before you consider anything else. The weather, and the seasons, in the rainforest region are not the same as those in more temperate zones.

The Wet Season in the Amazon

The rivers in the Amazon experience times of high and low water throughout the year, flooding the jungles then receding. It is during the rainy season that the flooded forests offer premium cover for prized species of fish, both baitfish and their large predators. This excessive cover is unfortunately what also makes these prized fish almost impossible to catch.

The Dry Season in the Amazon

Leading fishing charters will tell you that the real season for fishing in the Amazon is the dry season; however, this season occurs at different times for different Amazonian regions. The southern part of the Amazon Basin has its dry season in June and July, and southern rivers provide good water levels in August.

Rivers further north begin to drop as the dry season moves north during September and October, making the Igapo Acu and the Matupiri Rivers prime destinations at this time. Late October is the time for fishing north of the main body of the Amazon River itself at some of the Central Rio Negro Basin tributaries. January offers the best bass fishing from January to March in this region.

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There aren’t many summer activities as enjoyable as basking in the warm sun, holding a cold beverage and casting a line.

Here are the 7 hottest fishing trips you should take this summer:

San Diego, California: Known for its beaches, year-round perfect weather and amusement parks, this Southern California destination is also renowned for its deep sea fishing charters. The waters off the coast are rife with bluefin tuna, in some cases weighing up to 40 pounds.

Prince Edward Island/Nova Scotia, Canada: If you’re looking to head north—perhaps if you’re looking for a little respite from the brutal summer heat—Nova Scotia, offers more opportunities to catch huge tuna (up to 400 pounds!). Late summer (August through October) is the ideal time to make the trek north.

Long Island, New York: A trip to the Big Apple doesn’t have to be relegated to city sights. North Shore, Long Island—located a couple miles east of Brooklyn—offers great fly-fishing. Fishers can expect to find striped bass and false albacore. ‘Eyy, I’m fishing here!

Key West, Florida: It’s difficult to find a location better suited for anglers. Fishing is great year-round and deep sea fishing charters are plentiful; the warm, blue waters and coral reef are the icing on the cake.

Deschutes River, Oregon: The Deschutes is a major tributary of the Columbia, and is a favorite for anglers fishing for trout. It’s also not hard to find someone to teach you how to fly-fish, if you’re looking to pick up a new skill.

Bermuda: Some of the largest fish ever caught have been caught off the coast of Bermuda, including a marlin that weighed 1,189 pounds! Serious anglers flock to the island to take advantage of the deep sea fishing charters available in hopes of catching their own monster fish.

New Orleans, Louisiana: The marshes along the bottom coast in Louisiana offer world-class salt-water fly-fishing. Anglers casting lines in this area can find red drum, or channel bass, out in these marshes.

Whether you’re looking for deep sea fishing charters, fly-fishing in rivers, or just looking learn the basics of casting a line—there’s a location for every type of angler this summer.

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Here at Fishfishme, we know that fishermen are a superstitious lot; in fact, many of the superstitions they abide by are so well-known that most non-fishermen are familiar with at least one of them. Whether it’s “not naming the boat is bad luck” or “don’t forget to christen the new boat with wine or champagne”, there are plenty of beliefs that have been around the fishing boat world for a long time that just will not fade away. One superstition in particular has a reputation of turning eager fisherman into angry anglers as quick as you can say “fruit” – and that’s the belief that bringing bananas on the boat, specifically the fishing boat, spells doom.

The Origins of Bananas on Boats being Bad Luck

There are many theories as to the origin of the belief, from a story about a shipload of bananas that carried bacteria onboard, killing everyone on the boat, to the fact that other fruits, when shipped with bananas, spoil more quickly. Spiders, insects, and snakes may living among a shipment of bananas, and infest the ship. Fishermen can become ill after eating the fruit. Hundreds of years ago, when ships would sink, few items that were onboard would be found floating on the surface of the water – except bananas, leading to the belief that the fruit brought a curse to the vessels.

The Most Likely Origin

However, the most likely origin of the superstition has to do with vessels in the 1700s that would transport bananas across the sea – these wooden vessels had to move very quickly in order to deliver the bananas before they rotted, making trolling for fish almost impossible. It’s been deemed ever since that “banana boats” did not make for good fishing boats, and the idea branched out into several superstitious mantras for fishermen today.

The next time you’re packing for your deep sea fishing charters, just in case, be sure to leave anything having to do with bananas at home!

 

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As much as we want to believe we’ve seen everything under the sun, there’s still a world in the ocean that remains to be fully discovered. Despite our sophisticated, deep-diving technologies, scientists are still finding new species and underwater life forms.

Case in point: the opah (Lampris guttatus), the first warm-blooded fish ever discovered. Until now, fish have always been thought of as ectothermic, meaning that they require heat from their surrounding environment to stay warm. 

The opah is a large, orange and spotted moon-shaped fish about the size of a car tire. Scientists suspected its warm-bloodedness when researching its gill tissue when they discovered that vessels carrying cold, oxygenated blood were in contact with vessels carrying warm, deoxygenated blood from the body tot the gills. Therefore, outgoing blood warms the incoming blood.

The fish’s warm blood gives it an advantage for hunting prey. Many cold-blooded fish (like tuna) can push blood to various parts of the body to keep warm during deep dives, but they have to resurface frequently to keep organs from shutting down. The opah’s bloodstream, in contrast, gives them a heightened nervous system and enables them to stay underwater longer. Who knows what the next undersea discovery will reveal!