Brackish water is technically defined as a point where saltwater and freshwater converge. To an angler, brackish water means fun and the potential for productive fishing. Brackish water allows both saltwater and freshwater game fish species to exist in the same area. This is interesting fishing because you may not know what you have hooked until it is landed.
Choose Gear Wisely
Fishing brackish waters can potentially involve a variety of freshwater and saltwater fish species. With this in mind, select a medium-heavy rod that is at least 7 feet long. Use a medium-heavy reel with monofilament or similar line in the 10-pound test or higher range. Consider using a 2- to 3-foot length of 20-pound test leader if larger saltwater fish are anticipated. Make sure the reel you choose is capable of holding enough line to play a larger fish.
Observe the Tide
Obtain a copy of local tide charts and pay attention to the tide while fishing. This is especially important when fishing waters such as the mouth of a river where the saltwater may advance and retreat. When the saltwater moves further into the freshwater, freshwater species may retreat. This is a good time to switch to saltwater baits and lures. Observing the tide is a good way to help determine what bait you should use at the time.
Include Saltwater and Freshwater Bait and Lures
Fishing brackish waters means more gear, especially with bait and lures. Take bait and lures specific to freshwater and saltwater game fish species. This is not to say that a largemouth bass will not take a bottom rig with shrimp or a flounder will not take tube jigged along the bottom. However, there may be situations with specific fish where it is necessary to stay with either saltwater or freshwater lures or bait. Consider using a snap hook attached to a swivel to help change baits and lures quickly and avoid knot-tying.
Article Written By Keith Dooley
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.