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#1 backeast

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Posted April 21 2011 - 10:31 PM

With fuel skyrocketing and no end in sight, is it possible to efficiently rig a sailboat for fishing?

Optimistically, I am about five years away from affording the costs of owning and operating a boat. Gas might be $20 a gallon by then if these futures markets are not regulated. But sailboats seem to be significantly cheaper per foot than a Grady or a Parker and if this is the case I could probably afford one as soon as next year.


#2 johnhodges

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Posted April 22 2011 - 4:56 AM

If you try trolling at night turn on as many lights even spot lights around your boat this will attract fish and keep your lures near the boat.

#3 mitchman

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Posted April 22 2011 - 7:59 AM

Hahaha, I have a center console and everytime the fuel ticks up I think about the same thing! Yes, sailboats can be rigged to fish. I have fished behind them for and usually trolling or anchoring is the best approach. You want to use heavier tackle for trolling as you can't chase or backdown on a fish. Catamarans make great fishing platforms with their wide beams. You might also want to consider a boat that has a swim platform/easy access to water, or at least a pair of long gaffs.

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Posted April 22 2011 - 8:24 AM

If your going one handed check out a catboat. easy to work out of and handle . Time proven

#5 Bucktail Pete

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Posted April 22 2011 - 9:16 AM

Yes, sailboats are real good on fuel. However, most sailboats have a keel or a centerboard which drafts a fair amount of water so you will be limited in where you can go. Also, they tend to be more rolly and will pitch from side to side more the a CC boat. What I have seen is guys using jetskis, but that is limiting in a different way. Usually 1 person fishing machines. I've seen some real nice rigs out there too. Here's another thought, get the sailboat and launch a kayak from the sailboat when you want to hit the shallow spots.

#6 Bunker Head

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Posted April 22 2011 - 8:50 PM

Here's another thought, get the sailboat and launch a kayak from the sailboat when you want to hit the shallow spots.

I have been thinking about doing this for years! I really wouldn't want to fish from the sailboat though, even in deep water I would rather fish from the kayak. However, I have always thought a sailboat would be the perfect boat to transport the kayak to different fishing locations, especially out front. You wouldn't have to worry about risky surf launches and landings, getting dumped and losing all your equipment. Also the sailboat would be a great place to rest and take a nap after you are done fishing. I'm surprised I haven't seen anyone doing this yet. Probably because most people who own sailboats are a bunch of jerks who don't fish.

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Posted April 30 2011 - 12:38 PM

I only make this comment caus I just saw it on PBS.It was a show on Oysters up on the NE coast.If they can pull a oyster dredge behind sail boat. Does anyone know the draft on these boats. You can surely fish from it.If this GAS keeps going up Were fixing to see all kinds of Stuff out there.....CVA34