Fish for sup­per

Yachting World - - Letters -

I have been read­ing and watch­ing your Blue­wa­ter Sail­ing Tech­niques on­line (www.yacht­ing­­wa­ter­sail­ing). The fish­ing episode was very in­ter­est­ing, and from my per­spec­tive in the Mediter­ranean, I catch a lot of blue­fish, which are called Lüfer in Turk­ish. They are ab­so­lutely de­li­cious.

We catch them for around two weeks in au­tumn as they mi­grate south. They are vo­ra­cious and will take al­most any­thing when they are feed­ing but strips of fresh fish are best, es­pe­cially bar­racuda. They can be tricky to un­hook and if you catch one, be care­ful as they have been known to do fair dam­age to fin­gers.

In Greece, a tip I have heard was to take a long length of brightly coloured wool or cot­ton, wrap it around your hand and tie it off so it forms a loop, then if you are ever sail­ing past a con­cen­tra­tion of fish you can tie the loop onto the end of a line (don’t use a weight) and troll the line. I am told this is a good way to catch garfish, as they strike the loop and can­not let go, and you can keep them in a cool box as live bait. Then if you put these on a line with at least a 30ft long trace and a de­tach­able lead weight, and start to troll very slowly, you will bring in big­ger fish.

Max Müller

The right tech­niques will help in catch­ing fish while cruis­ing

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