The Gulf of Mexico is the second-largest gulf in the world as well as the third major source of seafood and petrochemicals in America. The Gulf has been recognized as an ideal place to go deep sea fishing in Texas due to its warm waters that attract a vast amount of marine animals hence fish. Several marine species can be found here such as marlin, tuna, wahoo, mackerel, amberjack and much more all year round. With these fishes available at shallow depths there is no need to dive deep into the ocean or spend long hours on boats just for catching them.
Deep Sea Fishing Overview
Sport fishing normally takes place between September till April when the weather is perfect for fishing. But why deep sea fishing?
Deep sea fishing takes place in the open waters of the Gulf. This is the area that’s about 40 miles off from the shoreline with depths ranging between 200 and 400 feet. The fish here are larger than those caught at shallow depths hence you can’t catch them with a normal boat unless if you go as deep as 400 feet below the ocean surface. So these require huge boats called “tournament” or “party” boats to get into this level of depth. These boats usually have 2 decks, some are well designed while others are fitted with offshore rods and reels rigged with heavy-duty lines and big lures. They also carry many high-powered outboard motors, and big, heavy-duty, trolling motors. These boats also have a captain and crew members who will navigate the boat to an area where they can cast their lines.
Deep Sea Captain and Crews
Some of these captains are experts in handling these boats for deep sea fishing while others are just hired hands from local charter services which can be found anywhere on the Gulf Coast. Deep Sea Fishing Captains Association is in charge of training them on how to use tools that are used by professional fishermen. The crews under the guidance of their captains have to navigate through steep waves and strong winds at sea so as not to crash into other vessels or get lost hence become more skilled in marine navigation skills than any other people out there especially American mariners.
Captains of these boats are well familiarized with ocean currents and tides hence can tell their crews where to cast their lines depending on the time. They usually get directions from navigational charts which are issued by NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for every season; it has information regarding weather changes and ocean currents allowing them to choose locations where they want to fish. You may think that deep sea fishing would require expensive tour packages but this is not true as you can always hire a local guide who will take you out in his boat at reasonable prices.