The Advantage Of Binoculars


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Using binoculars in saltwater fishing is one of the most effective ways to find the fish. Whether its inshore or offshore binoculars can really help me find fish more efficiently. I learned at a young age working on charter boats that if you find the birds you find the dolphins. When looking for birds, if you use a 10-powered pair of binoculars you will find ten-times more birds and ten-times more fish.

We use a standard 7/50 set which is perfect because offshore it is kind of rough and you don’t want something that is too powerful, otherwise you can’t hold them steady. The Nikon Binoculars have a compass built into them, if I am looking around and see a bird at 220º then I can go and turn the boat that way, and we are going to get on the fish.

Then for inshore I will use the 10/42 smaller and compact binoculars as it isn’t as rough inshore. On a calm morning I will look for tarpon rolling, on a flat I will look for bonefish or redfish or permit tailing. I will be able to distinguish is that mullet, a stingray, a shark or is it a target species like a bonefish or redfish.

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