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Old 13-05-2015, 05:16   #16
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Re: fishing on passage

Booze needs to be STRONG spirit, at least 60%, preferably 80% or if you get 96% pure alcohol, that is the best.


Good quality vodkas are always 40%, because Russian Tsar ordered it to be 40%. Based on his experience it didnt give hang over. So he ordered that all vodka must be 40%. No more, no less, but exactly 40% as it is still today. This order was given by A.D. 1894.
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Old 13-05-2015, 06:02   #17
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Re: fishing on passage

+1 on the spritzer bottle. I use a cheap plastic ketchup/mustard bottle from Walmart, the one with a pointy tip & cap. Rum works well for me, (and the fish, too!). The key is to spray all of the gills.
+1 on pink squid, chartreuse green works well too.
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Old 13-05-2015, 13:56   #18
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Re: fishing on passage

I just wrote up a tip on using a hand line with answers to some common questions. Check it out. Enter FIHING in the search box. The Book of Sail | Cruising gadgets, knowledge, and ideas for the cruising sailor

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Old 13-05-2015, 14:59   #19
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Re: fishing on passage

We save all rum and vodka for the crew and use medical cleaning alcohol or denatured alcohol for killing fish but we've found it works for some species better than others...

We always have a sharp knife or bradawl and club ready too as they each work best on different fish.

Our experience is that mahi mahi can be calmed by covering with a towel then pierce brain with spike and bleed out. Tuna stun with a club or alcohol then bleed out... Seem to be of little brain so...

Alcohol has worked great on mackerel family And many reef fish including barracuda... Good to know when you see those teeth coming at you! We always kill them another way too though just to make sure and bleeding out especially if it's a tuna family. If in doubt a vegan friend taught us to pull the gills out. Guaranteed results but ermmm messy!



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Old 13-05-2015, 15:15   #20
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Open Ocean North Atlantic?

Possibly Dolphin, aka Dorado (aka Mahi Mahi) in warmer waters. Possibly Tuna (rare). Possibly Mackerel.

Hand line on a donut reel (no need for rods or metal reels). Comes with heavy line.

Big hook. Leader.

Pink Squid Plastic Lure.

Extending Gaff Hook (most important for making sure the fish makes it on board the boat).

Winch handle or club to kill fish in the cockpit before he destroys the boat.

On passage we caught a big Dorado (Mahi Mahi) on similar setup. The fish was delicious. Smart crew takes some soy sauce, wasabi paste, and a little pickled ginger for some fresh sashimi.

Tight lines!
On killing fish, down in these parts we use an "icky" stick. It is a sharpened steel tool. (a ground down screwdriver will do it) and the trick is to find the spot just behind the eye, I guess it penetrates the brain. Anyway when you hit the spot the fish spasms and then that's it. I believe it is a Japanese technology which does something towards preserving the fish better as well.
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"I poured high quality" in its gills. That was your mistake.

You see, that fish has spent all his life drinking. You have probably heard people say: "He drinks like a fish."

When you used the good stuff on him, he got a taste and said: "This is GOOD! High Quality! Give me more!" (That is what he was saying in fish speak with his mouth opening and closing and he was flopping around.)

If, instead, you had used the CHEAP LOW QUALITY booze, he would have expired instantly, as he would have been thinking: "I would rather DIE than drink THAT stuff!"

Of course this is added just for a bit more humor on the forum.
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I have used both a club (it can be bloody mess AND it takes work) and I have used the "cheap booze" method too. For me the "cheap" vodka worked instantly.
OMG....sooooooo funny! I tried the vodka trick but it didn't work well. One of Murphy's Laws that always happens is that I get a hook up when the winds are really blowing. Its next to impossible to slow boat speed which makes it doubley hard to haul in a large tuna. It's not like TV where they back down on the tuna and make it look really easy. Also, 200 miles out the Coast Guard hailed us just after I cleaned the tuna, blood everywhere, so it looked like we just murdered someone. They put the Binos on us and asked about the Documentation, how many souls aboard, etc etc.......finally a they asked about the blood on deck and we explained the tuna fight. As they left they gave us a weather update: Gale Winds which took us 200 miles off course.
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Spike and bleed your fish immediately for best flavor and to preserve freshness.
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Try putting it in a little plastic "spritzer bottle" and squirting it all over the gills rather than pouring it.

I have used this method and it worked instantly on a Dorado I caught in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Re: fishing on passage

Id suggest you drag a yellow weighted head feather or chartreuse and yellow. I like to use feathers instead of plastic skirts because they last a lot longer, and I catch fish with them. Also, if you bring a fish aboard, get your line back out and just filet the fish right then and there. throw the carcass and guts over the side. No stink that way, and fillets are much easier to handle.. Hope this helps. Have a good sharp Fillet knife aboard of course.


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Cuba yo yo, 200# test with 6'SS leader and 4" & 6" cedar plugs with #10 hooks. Drag them onboard, give them a shot of vodka. Tie a small diameter line around the tail, slit the gills and hang off the stern, just in the water to bled out. Have a small Rubbermaid tub handy to put the head of the fish in while you slit the gills and to put the fillets in, minimizes the mess.
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Re: fishing on passage

We used cheap Mango rum that no one wanted to drink on a 20 lb Mahi and it worked great!!! Kept everything smelling nice and attracted no flies even though there was some blood around. Definitely will use this trick again. We celebrated with the good stuff in a couple of DarknStormy's !!!
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Re: fishing on passage

All this advice and no pictures of fish caught.
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Sorry, no clue how to get pics off my Iphone into this post??? Tried copying, pasting etc from my iPhoto and no photo???? Never have been able to enter any of the Monthly contests either??? But can sail, spear lobsters and catch fish!?!?!? At least I'm happy and not hungry!!!
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Re: fishing on passage

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I knew a guy that would take his 25' Boston Whaler out the Golden Gate 50 miles to catch tuna.
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