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Old 10-26-2020, 04:22 PM
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You guys love sailboats right?
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When I worked at a marina, some of the bigger striped bass were caught on a 35' sailboat while trolling.
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My friend sailed from South Africa to USA and they trolled the whole time. Caught mahi, wahoo and black and blue marling. All on hand lines with springs
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My brother is a blow boater and even lives on his 47' Catalina. He always trolls 2 lines and is constantly catching Mahi, Wahoo and Tuna.
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Spent a couple of weeks tuna fishing on a friends 21ft sail boat. Set up a temp rocket launcher thingy so we could tow 4 lures. Absolute chaos when you hook a good fish trying to get the boat rounded up and into 'irons' so you can play it. We were fishing an area where it was almost exclusively ramp launched trailer boats due to its distance from the nearest port. One thing that was very real was that a 21ft sail boat can fish days when the power boats weren't heading out. What is an exhilarating day of sail fishing is too much of a pounding in a similar sized power boat. In 2 weeks we fished twice as much as the next boat which was quite a bit larger.
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Caught both small tuna and wahoo off a sailboat between Tampa and Havana and lost a big dorado that came unbuttoned.
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There was a guy that used to write articles in the Big Game Fishing Journal and Florida Sportsman that wrote book on it.
Old 10-27-2020, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by tampapete View Post
You guys love sailboats right?
Not really. Yes, maybe one can troll and catch fish from a sailboat, but they're not fishing boats. I won't own a boat that's not designed for fishing first.
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Caught more big Stripers trolling off my Catalina 22 than my Stamas 26 .
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Originally Posted by FishLife View Post
Not really. Yes, maybe one can troll and catch fish from a sailboat, but they're not fishing boats. I won't own a boat that's not designed for fishing first.
I guess there were no fishing boats before people started putting motors into hulls :-/
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Originally Posted by FishLife View Post
Not really. Yes, maybe one can troll and catch fish from a sailboat, but they're not fishing boats. I won't own a boat that's not designed for fishing first.
I've had as much good luck on my stand up paddleboard and my old jet ski as I do on my boat. Every tool has a purpose. But when the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
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Originally Posted by FishLife View Post
Not really. Yes, maybe one can troll and catch fish from a sailboat, but they're not fishing boats. I won't own a boat that's not designed for fishing first.
Amazing a world where people could enjoy using a boat in a way that differed from your own. Funny how guys around here think they are badass fishing protected waters on their tacti-cool skiffs, all while making fun of the guys who cross oceans.

But to answer the question, yes it can be done. Trolling more than 2-3 rods gets very difficult. It’s kind of difficult managing your deck lines as well as your fishing lines, and if you hook up with a big fish you cannot maneuver the boat like a fishing boat. I would recommend oversized tackle so you can just winch the fish in. I’ve also seen some innovative hand line setups. One basically was a straight 100’ piece of 300# mono. There was a snap swivel on one end for attaching lures. The other end had a dropper loop a few feet from the end that was used in conjunction with a heavy bungee cord to act as a shock absorber. While it might not be the ideal situation for fishing, if you are already out sailing, there is no reason not to try catching diner.

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i've pulled stretch 30s with great luck in years past
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Plenty of YouTube videos of people sailing across the oceans with lines out catching dinner. I spent some time watching them very interesting
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Originally Posted by Yacht Huckleberry View Post
Amazing a world where people could enjoy using a boat in a way that differed from your own. Funny how guys around here think they are badass fishing protected waters on their tacti-cool skiffs, all while making fun of the guys who cross oceans.
Best comment I've seen in a while

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Originally Posted by Yacht Huckleberry View Post
Amazing a world where people could enjoy using a boat in a way that differed from your own. Funny how guys around here think they are badass fishing protected waters on their tacti-cool skiffs, all while making fun of the guys who cross oceans......
The OP asked a question and I answered it exactly how I felt, but apparently my opinion doesn't agree with you, touched a nerve. I didn't bash blowboats in any way and I don't think that I'm a "badass fishing protected waters on their(my) tacti-cool skiffs..." I don't own a "tacti-cool skiff" and I never make fun "of the guys who cross oceans". Actually, I'm pretty impressed with those who circumnavigate the globe and especially those who do it solo. I can still remember it like it was yesterday when first I heard about Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Most people have no idea what's involved with such a feat.

Not that it matters and just an FYI, but I spent many hours during my youth on a sailboat. From racing a couple of different skows and Hobie's, to cruising on a Valiant 40. That was all 30-40 years ago. But I also grew up fishing and I love it, blowboats are not my thing anymore. Boats designed to fish FIRST are what I like......

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Originally Posted by FishLife View Post
Boats designed to fish FIRST are what I like......
May I offer you a dory?




That's a boat that was very explicitly designed for fishing. Not a blowboat, too :-D
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"I would recommend oversized tackle so you can just winch the fish in."

Hmmm..interesting idea, especially when I think of the winches available on a sailboat.


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Troll a johnson squid on about 100' of 100# mono and you will have your answer.
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Originally Posted by Yacht Huckleberry View Post
Amazing a world where people could enjoy using a boat in a way that differed from your own. Funny how guys around here think they are badass fishing protected waters on their tacti-cool skiffs, all while making fun of the guys who cross oceans.

But to answer the question, yes it can be done. Trolling more than 2-3 rods gets very difficult. It’s kind of difficult managing your deck lines as well as your fishing lines, and if you hook up with a big fish you cannot maneuver the boat like a fishing boat. I would recommend oversized tackle so you can just winch the fish in. I’ve also seen some innovative hand line setups. One basically was a straight 100’ piece of 300# mono. There was a snap swivel on one end for attaching lures. The other end had a dropper loop a few feet from the end that was used in conjunction with a heavy bungee cord to act as a shock absorber. While it might not be the ideal situation for fishing, if you are already out sailing, there is no reason not to try catching diner.
Bungee lines are common on sailboats for harvesting dinner. We use them off my sporty when trolling for marlin so we can land bait tuna without slowing the troll. End up landing a few tuna lips though..

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