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View Poll Results: What best describes the fishing you conduct while cruising?
We don't fish while cruising 7 10.29%
We fish casually when the opportunity presents itself 44 64.71%
We make a serious effort to catch fish and usually have all we can eat 15 22.06%
Sport fishing is a major part of our cruising activities 6 8.82%
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Old 15-03-2019, 19:14   #46
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Re: Do you fish while cruising?c

Yes we troll when traveling and use pole spear when anchored and snorkeling. We catch Mahi, tuna, snapper, grouper, spear lobster, and pick up conch - big part of our diet and we have lots of fun - great exercise. On flats we have fly fishing rods. Big part of out cruising.

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Old 15-03-2019, 20:25   #47
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Re: Do you fish while cruising?

I use both rods and handlines in the tropics.

The rods are good because you can run a LOT lighter tackle on them without risk of breakoffs, so you tend to get a lot more bites/fish on them. Smaller fish as well, down to the 2/3lb range, which makes for a good meal for two.

The handlines are good because they are so low effort, with 200lb test I don't even have to slow the boat, just pull the fish in hand over hand, so I use them if the conditions are a bit sporty or I am feeling lazy.

I pull my lines in at night, after the time I caught a 6' long pissed off blue shark on a handline.


in the PNW I used to salmon fish a lot. It's a lot more of a pain though - you have to manage speed a bunch and use slip weights or downriggers. Also the Canadian Regs are pretty complicated and you need to be able to tell the difference between the five types of salmon - and do it fast, while it's in the boat so the fish has the best chance of survival if you can't keep it and have to put it back. See this thread for more info

Salmon fishing while sailing, or from a sailboat?

Out of all the tropical fish I've been catching though, nothing beats a freshly caught salmon. I miss the PNW.

PS - remember to bleed all your fish as soon as you catch them and chill them asap. This makes a lot of fish that people won't eat (skipjack, bonito etc) actually pretty good. I've been eating bonito non-stop the last few weeks and am not tired of it yet!

I took up spearfishing recently and it's a lot of fun, but I'm still not great at it - my breath hold just isn't good enough yet.

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Old 16-03-2019, 01:55   #48
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Re: Do you fish while cruising?

Is there a book telling me what fish I have caught at sea and how to gut it plus cook it?
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Old 16-03-2019, 02:10   #49
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Cruisers Handbook of Fishing 2/E
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Re: Do you fish while cruising?

Originally Posted by Mike OReilly View Post
There’s another option: hang around fisher folk, and gladly accept their offerings (sometimes in trade for fresh bread or cookies). Last season we ate so much fresh cod this way that I actually started to get tired of it .
Mike, gotta say, I like yer style Minimal effort, maximum gain. We are part of the same tribe

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