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Old 10-03-2011, 12:34 PM   #9
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KJ wrote:
Inquiry:*** Do you fish off the back of your boat when cruising?

What kind of rig do you use?

And --*God help me for asking this -- what's the biggest fish you've caught on your boat? (gotta have a photo)
*The answer is.... it depends on which boat we're talking about.* The Grand Banks is next to useless for the kind of fishing we do.* It's too fast even at dead idle on one engine for trolling for kings, and it's too big and cumbersome for fishing in the narrow inlets and passes where we fish for halibut.* Plus we don't want to be idling the engines all day, trolling or bottom fishing.* Also the GB has too high a freeboard for halibut fishing.

If we're talking our Arima (which I know is not the kind of boat your inquiry is about), yes, we fish off the back because that's why we bought it.

In terms of gear, we use Penn salt water reels exclusively.* For salmon we use graphite level-wind reels. However I learned a long time ago fishing in Hawaii for mahi mahi, ahi (yellowfin tuna), marlin, and ono (wahoo) that level wind is not a good feature for a game-fish reel, and while a halibut is not really what I consider a game-fish, they are extremely strong and can take out line very fast.* So our halibut reels do not have level-wind mechanisms on them.* We level the line with our thumbs as we reel the line in.

We use 30 lb mono on our salmon reels.* For decades we used 80 lb dacron braided line on our halibut reels.* The Penn Senator I use for halibut is still rigged with 80 lb dacron but earlier this year I loaded the other big Penn reel with PowerPro Spectra braided line.* This stuff has a square cross-section and is very thin for the weight.* In fact it's not something you want to have run over your boat's gunwale under high tension as it will cut through the gelcoat.* So it would be better on a level-wind reel than a manual leveling reel.

We typically fish for halibut in 150 to 300 feet of water so having a line with no stretch is a must. Ealier this year on our annual halibut trip up the north end of Vancouver Island I used my usual Penn Senator while my friend from France used the reel with the PowerPro line.* A couple of time we switched off and I was impressed with the bottom feel returned up 200-300 feet of the PowerPro line.

Sorry, no photos of fishing or fish from the GB, but here are a couple from the Arima.* I do fish from the GB's dinghy in protected waters.* There is very good ling cod fishing near the island where we have property in the San Juans--- third photo is of one I caught last year. I use a smaller version of the rod and reel I use for halibut and the same bait rig.

Fourth photo is our 1987 Arima and the last photo is the kind of waters we fish in for halibut and salmon.* The GB just wouldn't work for this.* If for no other reason than some of our fishing spots are twenty miles or more away from our base.* Not a time issue at 30 mph but it would be at 8 knots.* Add in the swift currents and tons of rocks and reefs and you need a fairly nimble boat to fish this area effectively.

-- Edited by Marin on Monday 3rd of October 2011 12:37:34 PM
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