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Have boat will fish

A shoreline or jetty can provide easy access for fishing but may not necessarily yield good results. As the more accessible areas become saturated with anglers it becomes much harder to catch a fish of a legal size or to even catch one at all. On the other hand, boat fishing can provide access to areas where you can fish undisturbed by others, have access to different fish habitats and can still find a rich variety of fish life. If you intend to choose boat fishing then you will need to consider a few things before you begin such as the cost of hire or purchase, the license and registration requirements for using a boat, and the choice of fishing gear especially if you are venturing out on the ocean, and the presence of restricted areas such as conservation zones.

Boat fishing provides the freedom to travel farther across lakes, seas and oceans, as well as allowing you to find habitats such as reefs, pinnacles, or river bends that would not normally be accessible by land. You can also relocate more easily in a boat and can test out a range of areas if you are not satisfied with one particular location on any given day.

When using a boat for fishing you will need to be aware of any restrictions that apply in the area you plan to cover, whether they are seasonal to an area or permanent. Conservation zones with enforced fishing closures are becoming more common especially with large commercial fishing operations applying pressure to wild fish stocks. Always consult with the local fish management authorities to ensure that you don’t risk breaking the law. Fines and penalties may include seizure of your equipment and boat.

There are various options for acquiring a boat, whether it is an organised boat fishing charter, or hiring a boat, or even purchasing your own boat. If you purchase a boat you are then responsible for its upkeep, which can be both time consuming and expensive. It has often been said that the two best days of your life are the day you buy a boat and the day you sell it! Depending on the size and type of boat you choose to hire or purchase, you may need to acquire a boat license as well as registration. You will also need to have a sound understanding of boating safety and be very aware of the different weather conditions that may prove hazardous.

If you are fishing in a boat on the ocean then you may need to consider fishing gear that can handle the conditions. Heavier line will be necessary for larger fish and the use of boat rods, which are typically short, powerful and have strong actions, will provide a solid platform to handle the big pelagic fish you may hook.

Boat fishing can be a fun and rewarding experience so give it a try.

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