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Re: Fishing gear for the Bahamas
Hand lines are the way to go trolling unless you plan to stop every time you hook up underway (we normally troll at 7 to 10 knots). We use an 18' outrigger on one side.
Spear guns are pretty much illegal to the point of possible confiscation of your boat some places, so don't waste the money. Some islands (countries) charge for a fishing license and the fines for not having one can be quite steep, so check with the authorities when you check in.
If you plan on sport fishing (fishing for fun) when you are at anchor or in the dink, then go for light tackle rigs, under 10#, 6# is even better. I have one 6# graphite pole with a Shimano Bait Runner which does just fine up to 40# jacks. I use a 3# spinning rig when in a school of schoolie dolphin, after we have all the food we want and if we stop the boat; it's a gas. If it's food you want, 20-40# wire leader stinger rigs on lever drag reels on conventional poles are the best from the boat at anchor or the dink, with live bait.
We're pretty successful trolling, with plenty of Dolphin, Cuda, a couple of nice tuna, a small Blue Marlin and a 40# Wahoo (27 steaks, enough for everybody, including the folks @ customs and immigration in St Lucia). Now that's how to win friends and influence people!
Every year it is getting harder to catch fish in the EC and there are more longliners fishing around the islands. Coincidence? Grouper have almost completely disappeared and snapper get smaller each year.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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Last edited by capta; 12-06-2019 at 01:46 AM.