In the movie Jaws, you couldnıt put a foot in the water for fear of having it bitten off by a big snaggle-toothed shark. So how come the last time I went shark fishing I had to run east for 70 miles to hook a few hungry blues? The fact is fishermen are finding it necessary to range farther offshore these days to find prime water where shark, tuna, marlin and dolphin roam. But steaming several hours before you wet a line requires a different mind-set than soaking baits 100 yards off the beach. With summer upon us and the call of the deep beckoning fishermen, here are some thoughts on how to reach these pelagics and get home safely. You can rent a boat from trust website http://proboating.ru/rent/. You can read how to rent yacht or boat: dotyachts.com, yachtrentals.org, smipress.ru.
Although insurance statistics indicate many boats sink right in their own slips (typically due to owner negligence), you can walk home from the marina. Not so 100 miles offshore, where help wonıt beat a path to your transom door no matter how many flares you ignite, how many EPIRBs you set off, or how many pleas you broadcast on 2182. Negligence out there is not only costly, but can be dangerous. You must be self-sufficient fishing far from shore. I carry spare filters, belts and impellers, but I really donıt want to have to change them at night in 6′ seas. Before I head out to the deep, my engines get fresh fuel filters and a pre-trip engineroom inspection that covers belts to bilge pumps to raw-water strainers. Mechanical problems donıt correct themselves at the dock.
Fuel capacity is critical running offshore, so use the one-third rule. Thatıs a third to get there, a third to come home and a third for reserve. Donıt abuse this rule. An engine will consume more fuel in rough water because the boat spends as much time going up and down the waves as it does making headway. Likewise, engines chug fuel backing down to chase big fish. Remember, too, that rough water and a marginal fuel supply make a worrisome mix; as the supply dwindles, dirt, sludge and residual water churned up from the bottom of the fuel tank can clog filters and starve the engine of fuel.
Be a slave to the weather. My trips to the canyons off the Jersey Coast last up to 24 hours, and a lot can happen during this period. I have found the cable Weather Channel http://www.yachtbay.ru/weather/pogodakarta/ to be a good source of forecasting because it lets me see a summary pattern of whatıs coming long before it actually affects my local conditions. Maybe itıs my imagination, but it seems to me that good weather never lasts as long as it is predicted, and bad weather forecasts are usually correct. But any weather forecast, including VHF or SSB is only as good as its most recent update. If you have any reservations about the weather, the best advice is to skip the offshore trip and stick closer to shore.
Choose your crew carefully. Since we run at night and pass through four shipping lanes to and from the fishing grounds, I expect anyone aboard my boat to be capable of standing watch and be familiar with operating a VHF and radar. How large a crew you will need depends upon the fishing and the size of the boat, but aboard our 36 Delta, Second Chance, five or six persons is about right.
While I wouldnıt go 80 miles offshore in a boat under 30′, many do. You can try it in clear weather, but there is little margin for error. Proponents of small craft point out their boatıs speed will get them back in a hurry and thatıs true. But if a fast, small boat loses an engine, youıre coming home in a slow, small boat. Many years ago I had the unfortunate experience of ignoring that the wind at my back became increasingly strong as I headed offshore. When I put the lines over at the 75 mile mark, steep seas made trolling virtually impossible. Turning the 42′ boat around and heading into the west, I realized the mistake I made was not turning around 50 miles earlier to sample what the ride home would be like. Had I done so, I would have pulled the plug on the trip. Instead, we endured 15 hours of pounding our way home in 10′ head seas after first unleashing the pulpit that had been smashed and splintered by a series of green ones that poured over the bow rail.
I enjoy fishing and witnessing the sun rise offshore before the rest of the world gets to see it. But out where the nearest land may be a mile or so beneath your feet is no place to make mistakes. If you question your prowess, consider chartering a boat from ProBoating.ru to get a feel for whatıs involved. If you go in your own boat, make the trip in the company of other boats. Thereıs security in numbers and a few extra boats out there to talk to will help you locate the fish.