Five Tips for Sight Fishing in Saltwater – Florida Sportsman Magazine
Sight fishing can be one of the most adrenaline filled activities on the water, when done right. Not many things compare to making the perfect cast at a fish, and watching it all come together as your lure or fly disappears into the fish’s gullet. Thus said, this can be a daunting task, with as little as being six-inches off of the intended target ruining your opportunity. Here are five tips to help you improve your sight fishing game.
1. Good Glasses
What is the number one item needed for sight fishing? Glasses! If you can’t see the fish, you might as well head back to the house. A good pair of polarized sunglasses cuts down glare on the water’s surface, allowing you to see into the water. A quality pair of glasses also reduce fatigue on your eyes, for those long days on the water. Many companies, such as Costa Del Mar, have multiple lens options, allowing you choose the right pair (or pairs) for the job. I prefer to have a pair that offers high contrast, and a pair for low light conditions, incase the clouds roll in. Note: pair up your glasses with a dark under-brim hat, reducing glare, giving you better contrast and visibility into the water.
Fish have heightened senses in shallow water, using their lateral line and eye sight to watch for potential predators. That means excessive noise and vibration from the boat can clear out a flat full of fish in seconds. Avoid stomping around the deck, giving off pressure wakes that fish can