Fishing from a Cruising Sailboat.

This is a new page, in early 2019 and is under development. Here is where I will collect both our blog posts, and original pieces on our fishing techniques and tackle. Hopefully we can give out some information that is helpful, or at the very least entertain you with our stories.

These pages are made with the hope of helping people catch fish. Many of the articles will be slanted toward people who are beginners or are on the steepest part of the learning curve. I hope there will be a lot here for people who are experienced fisherman and are looking to learn new techniques or skills

Most sailboat cruisers are sailors first, fishers second, or third, or somewhere way down the list. Fishing is one of those things that can seem simple, at first. But initial success can be maddeningly elusive and ultimately frustrating. It seems that “magic” knowledge is required. I hope in these pages to introduce you to fishing tools, techniques and skills that will allow you to enjoy a measure of success that will be encouraging instead of frustrating.

What kind of fishing do you do?

The variety of fishing techniques are nearly infinite. Different approaches are needed for different kinds of fish in different places. As much fun as it can be to learn a new skill, most of us have limited time, money, and storage space so we have to pick and chose what we want to pursue. It might be the approach we expect to be the most fun, of the most productive, on most suited to the kind of fish we most like to eat. Just to get us started, here is a list of techniques that I routinely use onboard Harmonie to keep her freezers full.

  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Casting
  • Bottom fishing
  • Deep dropping

Trolling is certainly the most common way people on sailboats go fishing. Dragging a line or two while crossing an ocean is an almost effortless thing to try. Seems simple, and it can be, but there are ways to make it more productive.

Jigging is a technique both very old, and dynamically new with lots of exciting developments. It can be started out with very simple tackle, and get as sophisticated as your wallet is deep.

The first blog post I’ll link to here can only be called “Beginner’s Luck.” Relatively new to open ocean trolling, I had never caught a wahoo before. My setup was the best that I could make it based on everything I could read and assimilate. Turns out, it must have been about right, because a lot of successful wahoo fishermen will go many years without catching one this big…

They don’t make wahoo this big very often!

You can read the whole story here: Wahoo!!!

We have been more and more successful with what is known as “deep drop” fishing. How deep is deep? Putting aside the philosophical question, for me “deep” is more than 200 feet. Our typical success with this technique comes at depths of 400 to 1000 feet. Usually the specialized tackle for these depths is very expensive, but we have a short cut that lets us fish these depths without a lot of work, or a lot of moneyCheck it out!

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