As a delivery skipper
and cruiser i never used a Rod and lived on Mahi mahi Fishing was only done for food
and within a hour of when you wanted to eat, I kid you not!
!/8 inch braided Nylon Line (only nylon) on a hand spool ( always use your cotton gardening /fishing gloves stored on the hand rail in spray and rain.) 8--10 ft of 1/16" flexible Stainless rigging
wire "Nico Pressed " loops both ends. (short 2" or less)
In another lesson I will show how to build your Lure right on the wire. Cost less than $2.
Only troll at slow speed (Less than 8-10 knots ) let out the line until the lure breaks the surface occasionally on the second or third wave of your wake (depends on the height of your rail and transom) NOW when you get a fish on -- PUT ON YOUR GLOVES--- stand at the back corner of your rail brace your self and feet , raise your hands to shoulder height. with your hands 5 to 6 feet apart Pull the line in as fast as you can with big swings of your upper body. Till you are within 3 feet of the fish "Yell get out of the way "and throw the fish into the cockpit
. Grab a winch
handle and kill the poor thing while you kneel on it. Be Merciful do it quick. The Mahi and most Pelagic fish are deep body but thin when they get on the surface they flopalong on their side and get no grip on the water
if you pull them fast enough. Even a small person can handle a 45 pound Mahi this way , But get it into the Cockpit
real quick or you will have the fight of your life and blood all over your boat. If you have an old towel ready drop it at least over the fishe's eyes before you kneel on it . It may lay still for a moment or two. Then you may cry or your woman might. as it dies and turns from a gorgeous blue to a DEAD Yellow.
Enjoy the fish my mouth is watering. Mike Pope