Traditionally, angling has always been considered to be best done on big boats if you are aiming for a big catch. Trailer boats were nowhere in the picture. But, the present day scenario has trailer boats catching the majority of the big fish. With improvements in their outboards and commercial grade electronic systems, they can catch a fish of just about any size.
The pros and the ways to catch big fish on a small ship are as follows:
- Improvements in outboards mean that the trailers can travel further into the sea, even for night long sorties.
- Anglers understand the risk involved in catching big fish on small boats as some fish have a nasty habit of jumping at the vessel and wreaking havoc on it. This is true for fishes which are nearly as big as the boat themselves. But, despite this drawback, the trailer has an advantage due to its flexibility. Maneuvering up and down the sea is easy. This allows the angler to follow his catch along the coast.
- Catching big fish does not necessarily require big gear. Advancement in technology can help in catching big fish from trailers too.
Precautions to be taken on Small Vessels
There are always certain precautions that need to be taken for the safety and well-being of the crew while using trailer boats.
- Due to the shortage of space, the equipment needed at hand at the same time from its stowed away area is limited. The equipment will also need to be stowed as and when it is used. This prevents it from coming in the way during times when the catch is being reeled in. So, the best approach will be to secure it in such a way that it is accessible at just the right time without any delay.
- Delegating work to the crew beforehand is very important. There ought to be no confusion and no scope for error when the big fish hit.
- It is necessary to have an accessible EPIRB at all times when you are in the water.
- It is wise to carry navigational tools such as charts and compasses
- onboard. Never overestimate the seaworthiness of the vessel. It will just put everyone’s life at risk, and that is not worth any catch, however big it may be.
- Be adequately prepared with regards to the weather. Fighting nature is the last thing one would want to do when out at sea.
The fact that bigger vessels can spin around with ease is as much an advantage, as it is a disadvantage. The weight of the boat makes the spinning around difficult and time-consuming. Small trailers can spin around faster due to better power to weight ratio. The convenience of maneuverability is a big plus for small boats. The obvious plus that a large vessel has over the trailers is that fighting big fish can be done sitting down or with enough space. The big fish have to be challenged and caught standing up in smaller vessels.
The Best Approach to Tackle Big Fish
- Both the wheel and throttle have to be within reach so that the response to the fish’s movements is immediate.
- Anticipating the fish’s movement is a skill which can be developed over some time.
- It is best to keep the vessel in gear and idling in the sea. A moving vehicle is any day better than a dead boat.