A Short Guide to Fishing from Your Sail Boat


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.


Best Sailing Watches

For sailors, having the best watch is more than just about fashion. Wearing the right sailing watch is vital when you are out at the sea. Watches that are used for sailing obviously aren’t the typical ones. Yet sailors still need the usual watch’s functions, many of the sailing watches have more capabilities and more advanced features that will make the sailor’s life easier and safer.


Sailing watches needs to have the most necessary features and capabilities to be able to aid the sailors in every step of the way. Some of the important features that you have to look for are as follows:

  • Excellent water resistance. This is quite an obvious feature that you need. But make sure that it can at least resist up 100 meters.
  • Tough cases. The ones made of stainless steel and titanium is your best options.
  • Digital Compass. For sailors, what’s more even helpful than having a great compass in your hand?
  • It can serve as a barometer, thermometer and even an altimeter.
  • Longer battery life
  • Large digital display
  • Countdown specific for Sailing

Best Sailing Watches to Consider

In order to help you identify the best sailing watches, we have run through some of the best watches that you might want to consider.

Gill Men’s Regatta Master Watch

It has a large digital display. With its user friendly program interface, you only need a single button to set it up. It also has an easy to calibrate digital compass that can save coordinates and gives a backward bearing mode option.

Suunto Elementum Ventus

What makes this watch different from other typical rugged watches are its sapphire crystal protected by a steel case as well as a strap made of leather that makes it more durable and fashionable to wear. It can also trend up to 12 hours of pressure. Its programmable regatta timer is much more helpful for sailors.

Alpina Regatta Countdown

alpinThis watch is particularly designed to make your life easier.  It was programmed to follow the yacht timer convention. It has an in-house mechanical caliber that will give an accurate signal telling you when to go.

Timex Ironman 30-Lap

This might be considered as the simplest yet not to be ignored sailing watch. This is the suitable option for those who have smaller wrists. It has a rolling countdown option, making easier to start and reset.

Rolex Yachtmaster II

Rolex watches aren’t just for fashion. This watch has a mechanical regatta countdown timer that can be programmed easy and fast by using a rotating bezel.  The brand itself definitely says the quality of material it is made of.

More Ideas…

There too many great watches that you can find in the market. The only trouble is that how are you going to know which one to buy.  You just need to consider some things such as your taste, which would say about the design and the color of the watch. How often are you’re going to use it? And most of all, you have to consider your budget. Sailing watches come in many price ranges. Make sure to know what your wallet can handle.