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I know some people who do this all the time with no issues. In my opinion, there is no need to have an engine for fishing, and you can troll easily behind anything that moves.
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I think we were trolling a Clark spoon when we got this guy. Have also had success with skirt lures. Nothing beats sailing, except sailing and having fresh fish for dinner!


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A lot depends where you are fishing. If your area is fairly open
and the currents are not too severe, and the fish you are targeting
are not too fussy about how fast or slow you are trolling then
trolling with the sails up can be done. However, if there are a fair number
of boats around and you hook up with something big things will get
really busy really fast. I don't know how much fishing or sailing experience
you have but if you don't have much of either you will learn quickly.
My apologies if you already know all of this.

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Sailing and fishing are two things I love to do. But not at the same time.

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Yes, people have been fishing from sailboats for thousands of years, but those boats did not have high-aspect-ratio rigs requiring a complex system of stays and shrouds to hold it up.

However I wouldn't see why trolling wouldn't work.

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Thanks for all the input. Norsearayder: I am very familiar with Jefferies Ledge, I fish that area several times a year.

Cod and haddock is not like fishing for salmon. There is no casting involved and the fish swim straight to the surface when hooked. I think it would be very easy to do off of a sailboat.

Sailing for me would not be the experience as much as the mode of transportation to get to the experience. Gas is getting spendy, especially when you are headed far off of shore.

I am also considering taking advantage of several other species of fish available in the New England waters to help justify the expense of purchasing a sailboat I like the rod holders, that is a great idea.

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Moonglow,

I have sent you a PM re salmon gear.

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....... to help justify the expense of purchasing a sailboat.....
Why didn't you just say so in the first place? In that case, we're all behind you 100%. Go get the boat!!


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I have sent you a PM re salmon gear.

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Thank you so much for your PM and kind offer. I have got to say, I have come across some of the kindest and most generous people on Sailnet and Paul here is one of them, this is what it's all about. Paul (Dabnis) has done lots of fishing in the northern BC waters using the same gear I use and was thoughtful enough to send me his gear he no longer has a use for. Paul you have made me one happy camper and your gear will get a good workout.
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Try this:

Sail Delmarva: Yo-Yo Fishing

I was trolling 5 lines (3 sternrail and 2 on short outriggers) on the Chesapeake Bay yesterday and hooked a few stripers.

There is no reason to have a rod over 5'6". As for casting, the fish are under the boat (if you cast, simply keep the rig close to the rod tip). Haven't hooked the rig in many years.

(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")

"Well, I just climb up to them."

by Joe Brown, English rock climber




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