There are some anglers who can’t bring themselves to set their sights a little lower when it comes to fishing. Lower, in this case, meaning the bottom. While no one can argue against the excitement that accompanies lures, when it comes to saltwater, some of the best action is found far below the surface, as bottom fishing presents its own benefits. There are many reasons why any saltwater angler would do well to drop their lines deep, and I’ve highlighted a few of them for you today.
Bottom fishing in saltwater is perfect for first-timers or children, as it is easy, straight-forward, and doesn’t cost a lot to enjoy. You simply rig the bait to your line and drop it to the bottom. From there, all it takes is some time and the occasional slight lift of the rod until a strike occurs. Not only that, but you can use lighter tackle, which makes the fight that much more exciting, and will undoubtedly peak any newcomer’s interests. Furthermore, there are a variety of great-tasting fish that gather at the bottom of the ocean, and a patient angler can work a particular spot all day until the cooler is full.
Traditionally, anglers use live or cut bait when bottom fishing, but lures such as spoons will work as well. To rig bait, you’ll definitely need to use a large enough sinker to withstand the ocean current. The two-hook bottom rig is a popular setup, especially in locations where fish school in large numbers. For smaller fish, start with an arm’s length of 30- to 50-pound monofilament and tie four 2 to 3-inch dropper loops roughly 4 inches apart. Attach a sinker to the bottom loop, a hook to each of the two middle loops, and the line running from your fishing reel to the top loop. For larger fish, use 50 to 100-pound test leader, a snap swivel, two three-way swivels and a regular swivel. Tie a 6 to 8-inch piece of leader between the snap swivel and one of the three ways. From the second eye of the three-way, attach an 8 to 10-inch piece of leader and tie on the second three-way. Attach another 6 to 8-inch piece of leader to the second eye of the second three-way and tie on the swivel. From each of the remaining three-way eyes, tie a short piece of leader snelled to a hook. Make sure the leaders are short enough that the hooks don’t become tangled. You can also use a three-way rig, which is basically the same, only instead of two hooks, you just have one.
While it may not always produce the biggest fish or explosive strikes, bottom fishing in saltwater is ideal for newcomers, children, or those who are looking for something good to throw on the grill for dinner. Bottom fishing is inexpensive, effective, and efficient when it comes to filling the cooler. Be sure to check with the locals to find out where the good locations are and you’ll be hooked up in no time.