I used to work with a towing company who encouraged fishing
, even awarded prizes. We carried all kinds of gear
aboard our tugs. Because a 600' barge has a bit of momentum, we brought fish in as we moved. At 10 knots, the fish feels about 5 times as big. Really big ones are difficult or impossible to handle. We caught, photographed, and released, except for food
I prefer a yoyo and hand line on a sailboat. Trying to pass a rod around stays as a big fish runs can be troublesome. Sailing solo you face fighting a fish with no captain
to maneuver the boat to your advantage, like in a charter
situation. You fight as the autopilot
continues to steer along.
I prefer braided (no twist) net twine around 400+ pounds, then a mono shock line, then a wire leader, then a large, very sharp hook. Because big fish just break off with your gear
, I make lures with a hook and unbraided, frazzled, yellow poly tied as a skirt to cover it. They are a minimal loss if lost
. A snubber is essential, and a bungee with the hooks closed works well. Deep water fish don't seem to be too picky, and I only need one to eat.
Technique is important. You pull the yoyo with the right hand, then take a turn with your left as you push the yoyo away from you to get slack. Repeat as needed. A piece of bicycle inner tube on the index and middle fingers of the left hand helps, even better than a glove to keep the mono and wire from cutting your fingers.
Have something ready to calm the fish. He will "tap-dance" about the cockpit
, smashing what he can, biting what he can, and painting things red.
I lose a lot of lures. A twisted strip of computer CD, a swivel, leader wire, and a hook make a flashy lure. A strip of beer
can, or anything shiny, has worked. Carnival beads tied to a hook undulate and "swim" nicely. Chartreuse or yellow work best for me. Really, the hook is all you have to buy. I like to experiment
. If you and the fish are ever both hooked on the treble hook at the same time, you will use single
hooks ever after. With homemade lures, it is easier to just cut off, when safety
makes that the best path.
, it is easier to fish with a mono net. If you get a piece as long as your boat, with a lead line on the bottom and a float line on top, and hang it from bow to stern, it will catch the fish your lights attract. I like 2 1/2 " stretched mesh (1 1/4" side of square mesh), that will gill about a 12 " fish. Sharks like those fish too, so it is best to tend your net to avoid a lot of mending.
Check local legal
There are a lot of styles of nets to use, and if anyone is interested I will mention some favorites. But that, as Kipling said, is another story.