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A Short Guide to Fishing from Your Sail Boat

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When you’re on a long distance cruising, one of the fun things that you can do from your sailboat is go fishing. Make sure that you bring different types of fishing reels because there are different kinds of fishes in open water. Reputable fishing review sites can help you decide what reels to take, but by all means you have to be careful in making your choices.

You can also opt for a fishing tour, where real pros will ensure you have a good time. One of my favorite places to take an ocean fishing tours is Vancouver Island, BC.

Catching your own dinner from the sea is one of the best experiences that you can have in your lifetime. That is probably the reason why carrier fishermen are seldom stressed. They are actually enjoying life! Imagine eating sushi or ceviche or some other delightful recipe from a very fresh catch. Can you imagine the sense of satisfaction in that?

Now every fisherman has a golden rule to follow in order to ensure a fresh catch. These guaranteed methods are riddled with tales of successful catch cementing their reputation of being “the way” to fish. You can also find tons of books detailing some time tested techniques to catch different types of fishes. But what we are offering here are dead simple technique which will definitely put fish on the table.

How to Choose your fishing Gear

You can find shelves of shiny, colourful lures, racks of rods, reels and whatnot but best thing to do is to ask a local fisherman what works for the fishes in the area. If there is a specific fish that you want to catch, ask for advice and find out what lures work best. Setting up costly equipment is just a waste of money if the fishes in the area won’t even give it a second look.

After choosing the right lure, you have to choose the right length of your line. You have to understand that the boat will create a disturbance in the water which consequently spooks that fishes out. The lengthier the line the better because this means that you lure is as far from the boat as possible. If it’s too close to the boat, you have a very slim chance of catching a fish because there isn’t one to start with.

The typical rule of the thumb is to have a line of 60 meters. This is the measurement of four boats which means that your lure is that far away from your own boat. This distance is far enough from the disturbance created by your boat so fishes are no longer spooked from here.

 

Important Sailing Gear

Are you going sailing? Then it is important to know that to enjoy sailing, you need to bring the right gear. By having the right gear, you can enjoy sailing to the fullest. Plus, if you are going to sail in extended periods, having the important sailing gear in your tools will surely make your life much easier. Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most important sailing gear to bring with you.

Foul Weather Gear

This is a must as you don’t know when a foul weather might suddenly strike. Depending on your location, foul weather could be a rare event or it may be a thing that you’ll need to face regularly. No matter what the situation is, you’d better be prepared as it will mean the difference between a miserable experience and a great one. Get a foul weather gear!

Headlamp

Are you going to stay for the night? Then a headlamp is another important sailing gear that you need to have. A LED headlamp can help you get around a yacht with ease and what’s best is that both of your hands are free which means you can use the two of them to do different tasks easier.

Goggles

Aside from foul weather gear, goggles are also an extremely useful gear to have with you in times of foul weather. Not only it can help you see underwater, it can also help you protect your eyes from any hazards that may be present during a foul weather. It also improves visibility.

Sailing Gloves

These gloves are tailored for sailing purposes and they will improve your grip and make hauling lines easier. They will give you added balance as well as comfort and flexibility. They come very handy especially when you are going to deal with small boats with thin lines.

Knife

This is another no brainer. A knife is a very important tool to carry with you when sailing. No sailor should be without knife to cut into any synthetic materials used on boats. If you don’t have one, it’s time to get one.

Personal Floatation Device

PFDs or more commonly known as lifejackets are literally a life saver. If you don’t have PFDs, it’s like riding a car without seatbelts. You’ll hope that the time you’ll need them won’t come but when it comes, you will be very thankful you had one. Modern PFDs are comfortable and unobtrusive, not like the ones you saw in movies 20 years ago. So don’t be afraid to get one!