Fishing from a Sailboat

Want to learn to fish? Wonder why you don’t catch fish on sailing passages? Want to catch more fish, larger fish? I’ll teach you everything you need to know about fishing from a sailboat. The technique isn’t much different but there are a important details, and tricks, that will enable you to catch more fish and bigger fish while sailing.  Master fishing on passage.

I’ve written a book titled Fishing To Live. It’s a how to guide for offshore fishing on passage with information on equipment, rigging lures, hooks, leaders as well as how to catch and clean fish. It has more than 50 photos of how to rig everything as well as detailed step by step instructions.

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Fishing to Live is a how-to fishing guide for anyone that wants to learn how to fish offshore. It’s specifically written for sailors who want to learn how to fish from their sailboats.

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 The techniques in this book will work for anyone who wants to go out on the ocean and catch fish, whether going out for a day or for an extended passage around the world.

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I’ll cover the equipment needed, how to rig lures, how to set up your boat for fishing as well as how to best land, fillet and store fish and clean everything up afterward.

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I’ve detailed everything step by step with easy to follow directions, step by step photos, and links to exclusive videos.  Download in pdf format and read instantly on any computer, iPad, smartphone or Kindle.


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Table of Contents:

Fish You’re Likely to Catch


Rigging Tools


How To Rig Lures


How to Rig the Boat

Landing Fish

Cleaning Fish

Maintaining Your Gear

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This book is also available on Amazon

2 Responses to Fishing To Live

  1. al says:

    looking for tips to supplement our food while cruising in French Polynesia next May (2013). There will be four of us on board a Pajot Athena 38 CAT. This is a low-key 25th anniversary cruise, so we’re mostly going to be in the lagoons. We’re chartering the boat, so I was wondering if I could get by with light hand-held jigging for small fish. I am also wondering about shellfish and lobster. Thanks much!


    • De Captain says:

      I haven’t done much inshore fishing in the South Pacific largely because of ciguatera poisoning. There are plenty of fish that are safe to eat but you really should check with the locals first. I wrote a book which teaches in detail how to fish from a sailboat titled Fishing To Live. In the meantime you can check out some of my how to fishing videos at: