We threw some old
gear on board before we left and wondered why we never caught any fish.
We have since changed our strategy and have developed a set of
guidelines that will help you catch fish while sailing. Remember that
you are sailing in world class game fishing areas and have the same
chance to catch fish as game fishing boats that charge $500, and you get
the boat part for "free". Run multiple hand lines lines (cheap and easy
to store) and add a teaser to raise the fish during the middle of the
day. At dawn and dusk the fish rise to the surface to feed so surface
action lures work best. Lures can be very simple, I caught a 50lb tuna
and a 5 foot Mahi-Mahi on lure heads that I shaped from wine bottle
corks attached to squid skirts. During the day the fish move to deeper
water so a down rigger is helpful to get the lure deeper, we use an Old
Salty planner which gets the lure down by planing instead of relying
purely on weight. It can be rigged either to trip free to surface when a
fish is hooked or released altogether. A simple underwater lure can be a
squid skirt slid over a egg lead weight.
If you get into making your own lures,
by Jim Rizzuto is a three part series which contains lots of information.
Bring along a bunch of supplies: squid skirts, weights, crimps, chafe
material, hooks, stainless leader, swivels, synthetic corks (start
saving now), rigging beads, and a good crimping tool. You can also save
your foil chip bags to add color/reflectivity to existing squids or by
themselves to create a small lure.
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