Sailboat trolling techniques
So, here's the deal, I want to get back into fishing this year. However, I am paying off student debt and work for the government, so I don't have money for an outboard or trolling motor (prob wouldn't want them anyway). I do have a small cartoppable sailboat/rowboat that I plan on launching from the beach on calm days (knee-high surf or less).
For the most part, I used to drift fish the bottom from some local jetties. Had some luck with that last summer, but sometimes the jetties get crowded and the fish scarce. Plus as the bait drifts closer to the rock piles, on some days the crabs would get everything. And although I had good success getting flounder, my preferred quarry would be stripers/large blues.
Now I have my boat. Drift fishing seems simple enough, just get out there and drift. Fine. And when the frenzy is on, casting a jig into the mix is also simple enough.
But I have been hearing alot about trolling for the big boys. Does anyone have any tips/pointers for this method of fishing? I could certainly row, and when solo I imagine rowing is the only practical option. But when two up, my boat doesn't balance well and rowing becomes a pain. Plus I could cover so much more distance under sail.
The way I see it, the problems are: dropping the sail when I get a hit, keeping the speed down (not that my boat gets above 4.5 knots, but I have read 2-3 knots is preferable), not capsizing...
I have a lugsail, and have read about the sprit being preferred by fishermen because it could be brailed up quickly and easily, and be out of the way. Is there a way to "brail" a lugsail? Should I just build a cheap sprit for fishing purposes only?
Thanks for any advice/stories/experiences/etc.
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