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Paige Reeves, West Sussex, GBR asks:

Hi Scot and Mary,

First an enormous thank you for the inspiration you have given me and many others. I check every day to see if you have posted an update on your adventures. Without your example I doubt that I'd be preparing for my own little venture into the unknown.

To the question. I noticed you mentioned outriggers in one of your posts focused on fishing. Do you use the 'flopper-stopper' poles for this or do you have a separate system? In the UK outriggers are a little exotic to say the least, but I think I've grasped the basics of how to use them. To be honest, I'm mostly interested in catching tuna and wahoo/dolphin as a welcome variation to the food in the freezer (though the sport would make another exciting milestone).

Wishing you calm seas and clear horizons.


Scott Flanders from Egret responds:

Paige, a fisherwoman with a long distance boat. This is as good as it gets. Mary and I simply pull two baits from heavy rods held in rod holders installed in the cap rail. We angled them roughly 45 degrees off each corner. Only in the South Pacific when two young men (swabs) joined us did we rig up an unused pair of fiberglass mooring whips to use as outriggers. This allowed us to pull 4 baits. For what you are doing I would simply pull one or two baits from cap rail mounted rod holders.

Sub surface baits like a simple 6 ounce red and black Japanese feather with 2 meters of 75kg monofilament as a leader will do just fine. You will also need a chest high gaff as well. If this is to complicated an easier rig and what most sailboaters (yachties) pull is a heavy handline with the same feather or similar sub surface bait. When the fish strikes they tow it until it drowns then pull it in hand over hand. This alone will keep the freezer full in fishy places.

Good luck to you. Actually you made your own luck. And it's not "a little adventure", it is a BIG adventure. You'll see. See you out here.