I was waiting for someone to call me out on that! Yes, they are. In the commotion of landing the yellow and adrenaline pumping, I had a small box of hooks spill. They were put away shortly after bleeding this guy. I could probably have some in my foot there and wouldn't even know it with how stoked I am!!Are those bare hooks on the deck about 5" from your bare feet?
Next time I go down to my boat I'll take some pics of it and the bait tank set up for you guys. But yeah, you're right, it does have a lot of open area below for its length. Even had room for two sets of clubs to play a round of golf at Avalon.So cool man! Post up some pics of your boat too, I've never been on a sail boat but I'm sure most of us would envy the below deck cabin space. All the ones I've looked at online have a ton of cabin space given the length of boat, gotta be killer for Cat trips.
That's awesome man, glad to see another "sail-fish" on here. If you don't mind, how do you set up your 3 trolling lines (length, lures, etc)? I seem to get lines tangled especially when having to tac. Enjoyed reading your reply post. Cant beat free energy, and you are right about being silent and stealth, I think that helps out a lot, especially when the fish are a little shy and spooky.I fish from my 30 foot, outboard powered, sailboat out of San Diego. Last summer I got 4 YFT trolling on the 9 mile bank. One August night I left at 1 AM and sailed all night under mainsail and autopilot, at dawn I was on the 182. Keep in mind I used no fuel and slept most of the night in the cockpit keeping one eye open headed for that corner in the MX border about 25 miles out at about 3 knots. You may remember when that area was producing. I set the trolling rigs at first light and fired up my 6 HP outboard kicking us along at about 5 knots. I can troll a 3 line set. I also have a jig stick for throwing salas and other iron. Around 8 AM the port rig got hammered by a really large shark. Not sure if it was a hammerhead (you may remember all the hammers that were with the tuna in those days) could have been a blue or mako. I never gained any line on this thing. My seeker and Penn 113H trolling on 40 lb mono were outgunned. I was outgunned. The fish was pulling the boat backward. I did get the fish to the surface, when he jumped and spit the lure (thankfully). Around noon, I turned for home and the wind came up. Ran all the way back at 7.5 knots, trolling the entire way. Got a knockdown on the outside edge of the 9. Did not get the fish to color. Saw lots of breezing fish around SD1. Did not get bit (I was tired). Got to the home slip by 5 PM, burned about 2 gallons of gas. I had frozen macks and squid from Zion market (cost $5 in total). I had two bags of ice in the cooler.
Fishing and sailing is fun, I can't chase radio fish at all. That's a good thing. I've had big sport fishers wave me in on a paddy, that is really cool. You are always trolling and with the engine off the boat is silent. I like to sit on the side deck and throw iron while the boat sails along under autopilot at 4 or 5 knots. This winter I installed a fish finder.
See you out there!
PS - Will go to Catalina and beyond for 3 weeks in July, carrying all food, fuel and water, no need to gas up at $7.50/gallon at the island.
I've been mulling over that the last couple months. If your boat is big enough it needs a slip, then yes the sailboat is cheaper.well done! since catalina and back is a $400 proposition on my boat, I've always thought about how it would be done on a sailboat.