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Posted: April 1, 2013  |  Tag: Sportfishing

By: John Temple

We go out every year and go to restaurants, but we are often seeing other boaters eating their own catch. Any suggestions on how to catch, if you are not a seasoned fisherman?
First, you need to learn what is indigenous to your cruising area. Then, go to your local boating stores, visit the boat shows, talk to other boaters and buy books. You want to learn how to adapt your boat — if it’s not a sportfisher — to the local catch. We live in the Northwest, so we learned about oysters, clams, prawns, crab, salmon, cod and rockfish — fish that live deeper — because that’s what we’re going to catch. In Southern waters and along much of the coastline, there are other fish that are closer to the surface. Wherever you live, learn how to fish and how to adapt. Many a sailboater catches salmon or tuna. You just need to learn how to do it and have the equipment on board. In the Northwest, that means having prawn traps and 350 feet of line, crab traps with 60 feet or more of leaded line, downriggers or divers, and one type of rod for salmon and another for halibut. Then you need nets, gaffs or harpoons. Many a fish has been brought to the side of the boat and not made it to the dinner table. And finally, you need to know the regulations of the state or country where you will fish. This is important! Regulations protect the health of the fishery and help you avoid fines.

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