The trip I took with my son and daughter in law from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau, Bahamas was the best fishing I've ever had. We were using a pole and a small blue plastic "flying fish" (don't know what brand, name, etc). We let out about 100-125' of line while sailing about 4-6 knots and we caught at least one good sized fish each day. Mahi, tuna, jack?, barracuda (which we didn't eat). We'd throw the line over as soon as we got going and forgot about it until we heard the reel screaming. We were mostly off the wind so we would ease the sheets on all the sails to slow the boat to make it easier to reel the fish in and then used a long gaff to bring it onto deck. By the time I left the boat the reefer was full. They continued to catch fish regularly using the same lure and technique the whole time they were in the Bahamas.
Here in the PNW we regularly catch Dungeness crab and Spot prawns. Occasionally we can catch a salmon but without a downrigger and a 12lb ball it's rare. We do catch quite a few Ling cod jigging with a "Buzzbomb".
SV Laurie Anne
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