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.