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Fishing off of a sailboat

How many people here fish from their boats? I go deep sea fishing several times per year for Cod, and Haddock and am thinking about how to do it from a sailboat? I know it will take a lot longer to get out to the fishing grounds which for me is about 28-30 miles out. I am also thinking about trolling off of the back of a sailboat and interested what people have for trolling rigs.
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Here is a link you might be interested in:

What about fishing? Especially in SF Bay / Delta.

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I sail 23' boat on Raritan bay, between Sandy Hook, NJ and Staten Island, NY. I have a friend who loves fishing in any forms. Couple of times I've taken him out for a short daysail/fishing trips (we both have work/family routines that keep us from longer trips ). It is the bluefish that easily available in our area, nothing special. I sail the boat, he sits at the transom with the pole. Sometimes we even get the fish! And once a moron with twin 250 HP motors cut so fast behind us, he took the line.
Overall, the sailing rig is a huge obstacle for the fishing rod/lines. Unless this is the only way to be on the water or you really love the feeling of moving under wind, you'd better get the motorboat.
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I have two nylon lines with planers & monofiliment & lures.Catches mainly mackrel.marc
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If I fancy fish then I troll 3 lines with pink squid, two about 250 feet back and one short and skipping on the surface.

Bonito dolphin and wahoo are the usual catch down in the Winward/Leeward Isalnds although I not getting as much as I did 20 years ago.
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Take a look at yo-yo fishing from this:



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Hello, I trolled off the stern of my sailboat. My best results were with a Downrigger I used a Cannon easy troll, but any brand might do. It was manually operated and @$140.00. I caught Grouper, mackrel and Redfish. I was singlehanded, so after hooking a fish and sailing, sail management, motor,what direction,Oh don't foul up fishing line !! I was using lures, no live or dead bait.
...Are you familiar with using Downriggers with 5-10 lb weight ?
**Here is a previous thread on Sailnet with lots of great experiences and Pictures.
Shark fishing while Cruising or otherwise. (experiences)
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i fish therefore i am,2 rod holders on my arch,ii carry rods up to 130lb class down to saltwater flyrod. up here in maine jefferies ledge 20 miles offshore is a great place for whale watching,tuna fishing &non stop bottom fishing...i took my woman out there last year , she lasted about 45 min hauling cod and haddock off of a 200 foot bottom...i have a tuna permit for the boat..i have fished commercially for years without the benift of sail,but i must remind you that people have fished under sail for 5 thousand years,think you cab handle it?
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Paging Lapworth, Mr. Lapworth to the fishing thread please...
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There's a guy in south Florida that fishes all the time.
He Heaves to. No motor required for trolling.
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