When Ibrahim Hawash was just a child he found a love for fishing and it turned into a passion that he continued to foster into his adult life. Ibrahim grew up in Lebanon, where he graduated from Lebanese University. Upon his graduation he moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he intends to fulfill the requirements necessary to start his own pharmacy practice. His move from Lebanon gave him unique opportunities to fish for freshwater fish in the Mississippi River, the longest river in the United States. Horseshoe Lake, another one of his favorites has been fished many times by Ibrahim and he is always excited to take his weekends out onto the water.
Ibrahim Hawash has also enriched his love for deep sea fishing as well and three times every year, he takes trips to some great hot spots on the ocean where he fishes for marlin and tuna. A resource that Ibrahim consults regularly is the Channel Island Sport Fishing group. The group helps take individuals out on the open sea to do their fishing and they have great tips and strategies on how to have an enjoyable time out on the water. Below Ibrahim reiterates some of the important parts of a trip out with them, parts that translate to nearly all deep sea fishing adventures.
Many people think when they go deep sea fishing it will look like they see on TV. The experience isn’t quite like Deadliest Catch and action is not nonstop on a trip out. In fact, during the first hour or so of the trip there will be a lot of instruction from the captain and it is important to pay attention. When going on the boat you will first be asked if you’d like a bag. Should you say yes, this bag will have a number on it and be able to hold your catch if you want to take it home. The captain will tell you to remember your bag number so that your catch goes in your bag, as it’s likely you’ll be with a group of people. During the trip out to the fishing grounds the captain will also highlight important facts like: where to store your gear, where the safety equipment is, what you can expect on the water that day, and how you can rig up your line.
Baiting your line is an important part of the trip and it’s vital to know the facts to make sure you are prepared to fish. If you are using squid for instance, you would be able to bait your line right away. However, if you’re using live fish you will want to wait until the last second to bait the fish. This will give it the optimum level of movement when it hits the water and therefore look more appetizing to the fish you are fishing for. Baiting a live fish too early will cause the fish to be limp in the water and less desirable to your potential catch. Not catching anything right away? Your guide or captain will help you change out your live bait often.
Once baited, make sure you aren’t throwing your line into the water immediately. You’ll need to wait for the green light before you drop your line to make sure that it doesn’t get tangled, should the boat still be settling to a stop.
The most important part about a trip out on the water is that you should be having fun. Even if you don’t catch anything remember that you are on the water, and is there really a better place to be than that? Should you catch something you could ask the crew members to cut this for you. Usually it only costs $1 or so depending on how big the fish is. They will scale it and cut it and have it ready for you to take home and cook up that same day.
Even though the trip is about fun just make sure you’re listening well to the captain and the crew, keeping a good attitude (you won’t catch a monster every trip out) and if you had a good time be sure to tip your crew well.