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  • Fish off a sailboat

    Hi all,
    Can you really fish off a sail boat? Ok, here is a back ground. I have a Searay 180 Sport and boat in a fresh water lake. I'm about two 2.5 hours from the Coast and would love to learn to sail and maybe do some ocean fishing while we are out in the Pacific ocean. My friend just gave me a 1976 Ensenada 20. It's in very good condition. It will have a 7 or 9 hp motor on it. I would appreciate any pros and cons of fishing off a sail boat.


  • #2
    Re: Fish off a sailboat

    you can fish off anything that floats...i often use my 25 ft. cornado. either droplining for perch or i will put up only the small jib and troll for walleye. ( jib size dependent of wind conditions of course ).

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    • #3
      Re: Fish off a sailboat

      just be realistic in your expectations. I often troll and hook up Albacore and Mackerel of the coast of southern California. I have hit Salmon further North. Of course you can drop line for Halibut, Rockfish etc.
      Sorry no Bill fish.

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      • #4
        Re: Fish off a sailboat

        Sure you can. I never did it much but remember catching a nice sized Bluefish trolling a plug behind a Columbia 26 in Naragansette Bay, RI. The funny thing about it was that I didn't realize that the heavy pull I was feeling was a fish so it was a while before I reeled the thing in thinking I was just checking the lure. When I landed the fish it was dead - it had literally drown because, I guess, it was being pulled through the water with its mouth forced open by the hook and the water flow through the gills was too fast to breathe.
        Please don't PM me on advice issues - let's keep that in the forums, so that everyone can benefit. Please note that I do not email PDFs, etc. I have a bandwidth limited aircard for internet access. My avatar does not mean I have any offical link to iboats. I just like it!

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        • #5
          Re: Fish off a sailboat

          Yes, you can fish from a sail boat, My wife and I fish all the time from our 26x Macgregor. If the fish aren't biting we hoist the sails and take off.

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          • #6
            Re: Fish off a sailboat

            Originally posted by banjoport View Post
            just be realistic in your expectations. I often troll and hook up Albacore and Mackerel of the coast of southern California. I have hit Salmon further North. Of course you can drop line for Halibut, Rockfish etc.
            Sorry no Bill fish.
            what were you using for bait?

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            • #7
              Re: Fish off a sailboat

              Question for the sailboat fishermen,,,,,,

              We drop hook and line while at anchor for Perch.. At anchor off the bow my 222 O'day will not stay still. I've tried three times now and she wants to wander, first to starboard and then to port. constantly moving. Our Lake Erie perch are very lazy and don't like to chase the bait. Ideas welcome. On a powerboat we mostly anchor off the stern if the seas permit and the boat stays dead in the water. And fishing is so much better.

              Sailing is not a matter of life or death,,,, It is more important than that.

              Chuck
              Sailing is not a matter of life or death, it is more important than that.

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              • #8
                Re: Fish off a sailboat

                I sail on the Tennessee river and fish quite often while sailing, on a light air day, the boat goes just about right for trolling for stripers..
                The Devil to pay, and no pitch hot!

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                • #9
                  Re: Fish off a sailboat

                  I fish out the back of my sailboat alomost every week end. Depending on what type of fishing you will want to do. For Pacific Ocean fishing, you might want to use downrigger and troll for salmon 80-140 feet down. Depending on the boat, it might get tricky to install rigger. You will want them as far back as possible and some sail boat makes the installation difficult. I have a 15 Hp nissan, (A bit strong for my sailboat) but catch alot of salmon with the boat and riggers...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Fish off a sailboat

                    by far the best method is a hand line ... no poles or extra gear to worry about. If you are going after the big stuff, then just mount a large sport reel of your choice, on the rear stanchion. Ahi, Swordfish etc are often caught that way here in Hawaii. I prefer the smaller hand lines to land mahimahi (dorado), ono, kashibi and the like. Happy fishing (remember - don't take bananas on board ... BAD LUCK

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                    • #11
                      Re: Fish off a sailboat

                      i run six lines on my catalina 27 with dipsey divers on four lines and 1# lead balls on the two center lines to get em down deep. tangles are rare and fish are plenty.(don't leave on friday though)

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                      • #12
                        Re: Fish off a sailboat

                        This thread caught my eye. Used to fish off thye North coast of Wales on my Dad's 19 footer sailboat. Caught all kinds of cod, whiting, mackerel, plaice off and on.
                        So the answer in my opinion is Yes You Can !!!!
                        sigpicMarada 2100 Executive Series, 5 Litre V8 with Mercruiser Alpha 1 outdrive. 2007 K-Z Spree 260 RBH, all = a whole lot of family fun !!!!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Fish off a sailboat

                          I think I have caught more fish per hour trolling from my sailboat than casting around the edge in my bass boat. I really think the silence of the sailboat prevents alerting the fish compared to a putter or humming of a motor. I drag spinnerbaits or rattletraps, enjoy the sailing then my poles starts to jump out of the boat -caught another one ! Of course this has been in fresh water lakes in New Mexico, I would love to try trolling in along the coast line, i would think having a pole mount, strong pole, strong reel.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Fish off a sailboat

                            I import MacGregors, and several have come set up for fishing.....and it is very simple.
                            They have rod holders, angled out, one each side.
                            That way, if you have something you have to attend to, your rod is safe, secure, and out of the way.
                            If you are not racing, it would make sence to always have a rod or 2 out the back.
                            Never know your luck.
                            Cheers
                            Phillip
                            Mother always said: "there are three sides to every story; your side, his side, then the truth".

                            Raised in the Republic of Whangamomona.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Fish off a sailboat

                              My little beachcruising cat Slider is set up for fishing, and we usually put out a couple of lines whenever we go for a sail. Here along the NW Florida coast we usually get bluefish and Spanish mackerel in the bay, though I've also caught trout and flounder and less-desirable species.

                              I have my rod holders on the rudder stocks so they're well out of the way.



                              Ray

                              http://slidercat.com

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