Fishing while on board a ship requires alternative techniques using a rod and downrigger setup or the outrigger technique. Also, lures that cast and sink well can be used and combined with natural baits. When fishing at night, light from the boat attracts squid which can be caught by net.
FISHING, PART II
How to fish from a stationary sailboat, whether in an anchorage, over a reef, or offshore waiting for wind
It was our last evening anchored in the lee of Malden Island, Republic of Kiribati. We were preparing a rainbow runner for the grill when a yellowfin tuna began to eat the fish scraps we were throwing overboard. I couldn’t help it. I chucked a piece out on my 300-pound-test monofilament hand line, and the fight began. Ten minutes later, I called Wendy to interrupt her work in the galley as I was ready for her to gaff the fish. She grabbed the gaff as I muscled the fish’s head into position only to see the hook fall out of its mouth. Wendy flopped down on her belly and free-gaffed the tuna, got to her knees, ordered me to “hold this,” grabbed a second gaff, nailed the tuna a second time, handed me the second gaff handle, and calmly headed back for the galley. I was holding the two gaffs and staring at the lifeless 70-pound yellowfin as Wendy paused, halfway down the steps, long enough to say, “Well, you said you wanted it, didn’t you?” She then casually disappeared below.Continue Reading