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post #11 of 56 Old 09-08-2011
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On a per-hour basis, I catch about 2-3x as much under sail and motoring.

In part this is because the most common big fish on the mid-Chesapeake are striped bass, which can be engine-shy.

But I've never found trolling under sail to be much of a problem. Reduce sail until you get a target speed, and slow way down if you get a hit (stopping causes tangles, unless you've got the crew to get the other lines in).

I generally use yo-yos trolling...
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... but I use short poles as well. Everything from ultra-light when the fish are small to 40-pound. But never more than 5'6" long. If you have a good compact casting technique, rigging is never a problem.

Fishing from a kayak is cool too. I first tried that a week ago and loved it. Made the fish seem much bigger!

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I dragged a lure across the entire Atlantic and caught nothing. *sigh*

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Thanks for bringing up wading, love it. Get to see entire process.

I also love mahi schoolies with light tackle, delicious and fun.
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Tip for trolling subsurface:

Run a medium planer off stern cleat.

Have multiple very large snap swivels and fat rubber bands

Let line out to desired distance

Attach line to non snap end of swivel by tying with rubber band

Clip snap to planer line and drop back

After fish catch, rig next snap swivel...no need to pull planer in (till you run out of swivels)

Saves fighting fish with heavy trolling sinker and easier to switch baits/ lures.

Drawback is another thing for fish to wrap around.

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On the run from Destin to Tampa Bay, we trolled a line out on the front of the third wave of the wake (we were motoring, 3 day trip, 3 hours of wind). The hardest part was once we got them up to the boat. Killing them, then cleaning them made a mess of the cockpit.

We brought in 2 King Mackerels, a Wahoo, and some Bonitas. Had to quit after about 4 hours as we had no more room in the fridge.
As for killing the fish, try a bit of alcohol in the gills. I keep a bottle of cheap gin on board for this. When I bring it up into the gunwale, I then hold it down and pour a couple of shots of the gin in then gills. They same to go out a little happier too.

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"(they came in second in their class "
Aren't you supposed to DSQ 'em for taking on crew and supplies after the start of the race?
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"(they came in second in their class "
Aren't you supposed to DSQ 'em for taking on crew and supplies after the start of the race?
LOL. That is usually only a problem if you come in first.


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Check out the lastest/fastest growing trend in southern flats fishing, sit-on top kayaks! They stow readily on deck, very stable, serve as second dinghy, great shallow water stealthy boat and a blast to fish from at their level!
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I fished today from my sailboat. I caught 4 different types of fish...none of which were the ones I was after, plus one turtle. And none of which were keeper size. Well, except the turtle. But he gave me the stink eye so I let him go.

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I think I may use a kayak as my primary dinghy when I head to the caribbean. My 15' skiff has to be towed. Dread having to jump on it and bale underway.
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