Sea fishing: the appeal of the open sea

Sea fishing: the appeal of the open sea

Winter is a great season for sea fishing. Fish are stockpiling before heading to the open sea and surprises await you. Discover how to improve your chances of catching our finned friends.


When winter is approaching, the fishing conditions are less favourable. In as much as the waters are cooling, fish are heading to the open seas and migrating south. The weather is unpredictable, so you have to dress accordingly. A coat, warm trousers and a pair of gloves will enable you to make the most of these moments on the water. Sunny moments become scarce but they can push fish to become active. You should take advantage of these moments that are pleasant for both you and the fish.


Whether you are fishing from a beach, a port, a pier or a seawall, natural bait is the most versatile way of catching fish.

You can catch both predatory fish and flounders if you use worms as your bait. Some large fish move around to find food. Cephalopods (such as octopus, squid and cuttlefish) and sardines are irresistible bites.


Fishing spots depend on the distance you can reach.

You must target crossings to find the fish that are very mobile. River mouths, estuaries and peaks are the most prolific places. If there is a rise in the water level, you must take advantage of it! Fish will be more active. Feeder fish will go into a feeding frenzy, thus attracting predatory fish.

The troughs that have formed that are significantly deep will also be very prolific and remain accessible to the majority of anglers.


For hardcore lure fans, forget fishing from a boat and surface fishing. The conditions at sea become very challenging. Some techniques, however, are still effective.


This is a typical spot where you can find sea predators and it is therefore a place worth passing through. Using a jig or soft lures would be perfectly suited for fishing in this type of spot. Using light basic weights will enable you to animate the jig more slowly and make it glide, making it more appealing in winter.

Piers and seawalls

These places are good for fishing until the end of the year. You can catch cephalopods when fishing with a jig. Cephalopods gradually decrease their food, so you should animate the lure slowly.


Some species of fish stay around ports even in winter. Finesse fishing (rock fishing) often enables you to make catches on the edge of the rip-raps. In winter, they reduce how much they eat, so you therefore have to make them react. It is recommended to vary the shape and colour of your lures.

Whatever your preferred technique, you now know how to approach sea fishing in the winter. Find out what fish surprises are in store for you!