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Old 27-10-2013, 16:35   #1
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Fishing for food

We are planing a passage from San Diego to Hawaii, I'm wondering what kind of fish do people catch along that route.

Also should we plan fish as some of our meals? I'm not that great of a fishermen neither is the captain. So should I pack more protein for this 3 week passage?

Great if you guys can post some pix do your catch.
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Re: Fishing for food

It's really going to be hit or miss, it always is. Just put a line out and troll the entire way, you could use a large spoon, cedar plug or mahi type skirted lure. The only problem with the spoon is sometimes you catch things you don't want to dehook! I would just get a few Billy Bait lures and drop them in the water then forget about it.

I wouldn't "plan" on using fishing when figuring my provisioning, plan on not catching anything and you'll be much happier when you do.
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Old 15-11-2013, 04:06   #3
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Re: Fishing for food

You'll catch mostly Mahi (Dorado)
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Maybe a Wahoo
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Probably one of many species of Tuna. This one for sushi/sashimi. Skipjack or albacore make good tuna burgers with wasabi/mayo sauce.
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If you leave your lure out at night you might catch one of these freaky things. very slimy! I usually lose lures at night so try not to leave out.
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I also use handlines with 3/8" bungee. Much easier to pull the fish in without slowing the boat. 6' of #200 test leader.

It's a great sail. Good luck!

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Re: Fishing for food

In my opinion the best book on this is The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing Paperback
by Scott Bannerot (Author) , Wendy Bannerot (Author)

The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing: Scott Bannerot, Wendy Bannerot: 9780071427883: Amazon.com: Books

Covers everything in great detail… every boat that fishes should have one on board; we always have two lines in the water (we use 9/0 boat rods with 100# mono and steel leaders). Last trip caught everything from a shark to a sailfish to a tuna to a 43lb Mahi!
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Re: Fishing for food

Take a clean, clear plastic tube, cut off the bottom, cut it in strips and place the hook inside. It looks like a squid, catches plenty dorado, costs nothing when lost pr a baracuda. After losing a couple of lures we learned it was cheaper to buy canned tuna. Then we learned to make homemade lures. Many products come in clear plastic tubes, so save them.
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Re: Fishing for food

Get Green yellow or blue white rubber squid. Use a large single hook and a weighted head for the lure. Bought separatly not too expensive. Use SS leader at least 3 ft long.
Maybe pull it in at night. Pass close to floating debris in flat water anyway.
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Re: Fishing for food

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In my opinion the best book on this is The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing Paperback
by Scott Bannerot (Author) , Wendy Bannerot (Author)

The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing: Scott Bannerot, Wendy Bannerot: 9780071427883: Amazon.com: Books

Covers everything in great detail… every boat that fishes should have one on board; we always have two lines in the water (we use 9/0 boat rods with 100# mono and steel leaders). Last trip caught everything from a shark to a sailfish to a tuna to a 43lb Mahi!
I like the book. A lot of information.

Unfortunately it is black and white (at least the Kindle version) and we didn't catch a fish after 3700 miles from Beef Island to Malaga
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