Gear And Costs

2 plastic "yo-yos," or open spools ($4 each) $8

1 spool 100-pound-test monofilament for yo-yos $5 100-pound-test snap swivels (package) $3 Pair of 1/4-inch shock cords, approximately 4 feet each $2 Clothespins $1

2 trolling rods (if new) $140 2 Penn 4/0 Senator trolling reels (ifnew) $140 80-pound-test monofilament for reels $14 Perko rail-mounted rod holder (if new) $50 Plastic rod holder and two chrome rail mounts $19 Brass snap hooks and line for rod leashes $6 Stand-up belt $24 Lures (a selection, at $3 to $12 each) $50 Gaff $10 Ice pick $2 Rubbing alcohol (in used squirt bottle) $2 Work gloves $2 Fillet knife $5 Total $483

can fight hard enough to cut your hands badly. We just grab the line and bring it in hand over hand, dumping the line on the side deck. We don't bother trying to wind it on the yo-yo; we leave it cleated for safety and worry about tidying up later.

Rods and Reels

We use 80-pound-test monofilament on our trolling reels. We spool as much line onto them as they'll hold; so far, we've never been "spooled" all the way to the end by a big fish. Each rod fits into a rail-mounted rod holder on opposite sides of the boat. One of these is a fancy chrome Perko holder that we were lucky enough to find at a marine swap meet. Instead of spending $50 on a new one for the second rod, we made one from plastic and inexpensive chrome rail mounts. On each reel we have a bolt-on clamp from Penn that keeps the reel locked to the rod and also provides an eye to which we attach a safety leash. When we began using the rods, we at first simply wrapped a bungee cord around the rod in its holder so that it couldn't be pulled into the sea, but the eye-and-leash solution is more elegant. For each rod, we have a short piece of 3/8-inch braided line tied to the stern rail; the other end has a stout brass snap hook attached that hooks into the eye on the reel. To remove the reel from the rod holder and fight the fish is a simple matter of unclasping the leash.

Luring In the Dinner

We've had the best luck with octopus-style trolling lures, which are easy to find or make. They consist of various styles of heads with fringy skirts made of feathers or rubber strips. They can be very fancy, with reflective metallic heads and googly eyes, or very plain. They can be very realistic, mimicking a squid or octopus, or rather abstract. Some have lightweight heads with flat ends that burble and bounce along; others have heavier heads, weighted with lead, to swim a bit below the surface. These lures can be bought pre-rigged, with leaders (the longer the better), hooks, and swivels attached, or you can rig them yourself. They also come in a wide array of colors. We started out with several yellow-and-green lures, a red-and-black one, and a red-and-white one. After losing most of the yellow-and-green lures to fish that broke the leaders or hooks, we concluded that this is indeed an effective color combination. However, we've also had good luck with the blue-and-white and the red-and-white ones.

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