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know how bailing for mahi-mahi works?
The basic concept is easy to grasp. Search
“how to bail for mahi-mahi” online, and
you’ll get it in 10 minutes flat.
If you’re a savvy angler who has a
solid grasp of fishing in general, hopefully you’ve noticed a similarity in the
two above-mentioned KISS tactics. They
both rely on bait. Though it may not be
true 100 percent of the time, as a general
rule of thumb, fishing with cut bait – as
one does when chunking or bailing – is
simpler than mastering how to effectively fish with lures, trolling techniques,
or advanced methods, like kite fishing.
Added bonus: It’s also quite effective.
Again, variables like where you fish and
what you fish for will dictate the specifics when it comes to the type and size of
rods and reels you need. But that doesn’t
mean we can’t help you make some good
decisions. Generally speaking, get rods,
reels, and lines rated for at least half the
weight of the largest fish you’re likely
to encounter. Remember that yellowfin
tuna chunking example we used earlier?
If you’re hearing that most of the fish
are 60 pounds or less, 30-pound-class
gear and lines should be hefty enough to
do the job. Or, if you learn that most of
the mahi-mahi being bailed are 20 to 40
pounds, opt for gear that’s at least in the
Beyond rods and reels, there’s other
gear you’re going to need to outfit your
boat. Leave that landing net you use for
stripers and blues at home – most pelagic
species will have the oomph to swim
right through the mesh. That means
you’ll need to land them with a gaff.
A billy club is another item you may
want to add to the list. Many fish found
offshore can be downright dangerous if
you don’t dispatch them quickly. Hard
plastic is better than aluminum, because
it’s less likely to chip your gelcoat if you
swing and miss a flipping, flopping fish.
Unless your boat has extremely big
fishboxes, a fish bag may also be in order.
These soft-sided coolers can be purchased
in sizes large enough to hold hundred-
pound fish, yet they roll up and stow in
relatively small areas. Finally, if you plan on
bringing any fish back to the dock in that
bag, don’t forget
to outfit your boat
with a National
noaa.gov). This is
required to fish
for pelagic species
in federal waters
along the Atlantic
and Gulf coasts. But check with your
regional Marine Fisheries office.
If you feel ready to go offshore fishing
on your own boat, remember to closely
monitor the weather prior to your trip,
check and double-check your safety gear,
and when in doubt, err on the side of caution. If you don’t feel completely confident,
get more on-water experience captaining
your boat before you go. When you do
leave the inlet and hunt for those deep-sea
pelagic fish, you’ll find that tackling them
isn’t an impossible dream – unlike making
a tackle in the Super Bowl.
rent for a