Nicholas “Nick” Rauber, DDS, is a partner at the Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Before embarking on his dental career, Dr. Nick Rauber founded Swollfest Fishing Rodeo at 17 years old. Each year, this fishing tournament raises funding for the American Diabetes Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, bringing in 500 to 600 participants to fish for the biggest catch off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana. For those angling for saltwater fish, it’s good to keep the following tips in mind:
- Sometimes, participants may want to release a fish from the line if the catch is too small or is not the correct species. To prevent injury to fish that are released, try using a circle hook, or a J-hook with the barb taken off. Additionally, do not keep a keep a fish out of water for longer than you are capable of holding your breath.
- For the best chance at attracting a fish, use new lures that shine brightly. Research the type of fish you want to catch to find out which colors and shapes it finds most attractive. Depending on the species, it may be in a participant’s best interest to use live bait instead of a lure.
- Fishing equipment can be damaged by saltwater. To care for reels after saltwater fishing, soak them in a bucket of freshwater for several hours before drying and storing them. Additionally, be sure to lubricate reels periodically to prevent the need for expensive repairs.