Fishing

As awesome as eating canned food is and having 4 guys survive off a dorm sized fridge for 2 weeks, having fresh food is pretty nice. Luckily, blue tropical waters host some of the best food fish in the world: tuna, mahi mahi, etc. 

For catching fish underway, theres pretty much two options:

  • Heavy duty fishing poles
  • Hand lines

Fishing poles have a few advantages and a few disadvantages. The big advantage is that you can carry lighter line that is harder to see for the fish. The big disadvantage is that you have to stop the boat to get the fish on-board.....that can take a while.  You can also get spooled when trying to get the sails put away (all line taken).

Hand lines have opposite characteristics. The line has to be MUCH HEAVIER. While a trolling pole might carry 100-200lb leader line right next to the lure, its necessary to have at least 300lb on a hand line if not steel wire leader. Last passage, something broke our 350lb monofilament fishing line on one of our hand lines. Hooks sometimes rip out of fish causing you to miss catches. If a fish is too big, it will probably break the line right away. The convenience is that when a fish does bite and get hooked, it ends up skimming on the water behind the boat. All that needs to be done to get it aboard is to put on gloves, grab the line and bring it in.

On Zephyr, we are dragging up to 3 hand lines at any given time and a trolling pole with a smaller lure. That hopefully gives us a shot at catching something even when picky fish are all that are around.

As far as lures go, we've got cedar plugs, mold craft squids, a special popper a Tahitian guy recommended and a few other random items. With that being said though, I'm pretty sure that if you are dragging a lure at 10kts, it all looks the same to the fish anyways.

On the last passage, we only had the pole in the water for about 3 hours or so. In those 3 hours, it got 4 bites yielding two fish. Nothing touched the handlines. We couldn't even find teeth marks in the handlines. Then, when we ran over a patch of birds, every hand line got a bite. We lost one of the lures from one when the shock absorbing bungie snapped, loading up the 350lb mono with the max force. We did get two yellow fin aboard though. Hopefully this setup keeps working will on our next passages!

On the last passage, we only had the pole in the water for about 3 hours or so. In those 3 hours, it got 4 bites yielding two fish. Nothing touched the handlines. We couldn't even find teeth marks in the handlines. Then, when we ran over a patch of birds, every hand line got a bite. We lost one of the lures from one when the shock absorbing bungie snapped, loading up the 350lb mono with the max force. We did get two yellow fin aboard though. Hopefully this setup keeps working will on our next passages!