I'm rather surprised to find myself writing about deep sea fishing vacations when I've never been on one - but I readily confess to having an ulterior motive...
OK, I've daydreamed about it often enough - even got around to planning one a couple of times - but actually signed up and parted with my cash? Er, no.
Because the truth is good deep sea fishing vacations - particularly those in far-flung, exotic locations - don't come cheap.
And the tendency is to seek out destinations far from our home fishing waters, where we can experience saltwater fishing of an entirely different kind.
They're clearly not something you can 'try before you buy' so just how do you establish that the advertisers blurb is all that it says it is, before digging deep into your wallet?
Now I'm guessing that most of the visitors to my site haven't gone on this type of holiday either, but like me, dream that one day they will.
But perhaps a fortunate few of you that have gone on one would be happy to give us the low-down on what to look for - and what to avoid - when our turn comes around.
Nothing beats personal experience, and advice from from saltwater anglers that have 'been there, done that' is often the best advice of all.
We'd really appreciate your experience. Was the holiday all it was cracked up to be? Was it properly organised? Travel arrangements, accommodation and food come up to your expectations?
Most importantly of course, what did you catch? Please tell all!
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Dec 20, 17 08:28 AM
If you use trolling lines, then rigging a bird teaser ahead of your lures is probably the simplest and most effective thing you can do to improve your strike rate
Dec 20, 17 08:19 AM
The classic technique for sailboat fishing is trolling a handline astern. But, as many offshore sailors will tell you, its not quite as simple as that. Here are the tips you need to get results
Dec 17, 17 02:47 AM
In 1995, a friend of mine purchased a 43' Beneteau (the Kai Luana) in Honolulu. He asked a couple of friends to help him sail it back to Kwajalein, Marhall