Being sick being sick on a boat is unbearable, but we can keep sea sickness from ruining your vacation.
NEVER VOMIT on the boat or in the head, OVER the RAIL. Feed the fish, not contaminate the boat.
DOWNWIND, BACK OF THE BOAT, courteous to others
Things You will need to battle the sickness;
Bread and other grains
Step 1: DRUGS!
preventively take an over-the-counter antihistamine/Dramamine the night prior to boarding the boat (you can also consult your doctor for prescription medication)
You need to take the Dramamine the night prior to having it in your bloodstream before we leave. Taking in the morning of will not help you with the morning bar crossing.
Smoking of any kind prior to departure could cause you to get sick.
Step 2: FOOD!
Drink plenty of water prior to boarding. Dehydration can make you dizzy and cause nausea.
Bread and other grains apples and bananas are all good to snack on prior to departure.
Avoid anything greasy
Drinking Alcohol the night prior will doom you.
Step 3 –Finding a good spot on the boat:
find a spot on board where motion is least noticeable such as the inner middle part of the boat. A window can help with the rocking Motion in a perspective but can also worse than the feelings of nausea as more objects are moving.
Step 4 – focus on the horizon
If you think over and over again you are gonna get sick, your gonna keep feeling sick. Find a way to distract your mind until we get out to the fishing spot. Most times the feeling goes away in the presence of adrenaline in the blood. Many greenhorn deckhands tie knots on the way out to avoid the sickness.
Step 6 – Oral distractions
suck on hard candy or eat dry crackers to keep nausea in check
Laying down will doom you and increase the feeling.
Its best to ride it out and stay fishing, it does help when you catch a 30lb fish.
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A deckhand is that extra eye that is always looking out for the skipper. The extra ear when a pump turns off unexpectedly. As the captain takes responsibility for the safety of the passengers of the vessel. The deckhand is that extra hand who knows where all the tools are.
Some tasks Before a Tuna Trip:
Filling Fresh water tanks for drinking use while out to sea.
Taking the Vessel over to the fuel dock to top the old girl off.
This is vital to our Tuna trip.
No chemicals in or around the tank.
Never flash lights in the tank.
Scooping out deadloss often to prevent more loss.
Ensure pumps are running AT ALL TIMES when carrying bait.
When not storing bait, keep tank well flushed. No stinkin bait.
Proper amount of spare stackle aboard to accommodate the needs of the anglers.
Managing Assigned rods and Spare rods maintenance.
Ensure all rods are rigged and ready to fish
Drags are set to 8lbs of pressure. (able to pull out line by hand)
Untying and ShorePower
When Docking a boat, your top priority is securing that boat.
Ensure dock Power station is off prior to unplugging or plugging shorepower cord.
While underway, deckhands will manage trash collection process.
Changing out full bags and storing them for proper disposal when we return to port.
Secure bags with Rope.
No Plastic overboard.
During a Bite
The Anchovy is difficult to grab sometimes and we are expected to be fast.
So Get fast…
Many will learn the knot and fly fast this small obstacle during a bite. But the deckhand is usually a lot faster and can share tricks to trying faster.
Ensuring to gaff in the head and no loin shots.
Responding to Gaff Requests
Ensure you have accountability and awareness for the gaff’s
Throw intial scoop of bait when we first hookup a jig fish.
Pending inflow of hookups steadily throwing 2’s and 3’s
This takes a lot of practice/experience to understand fully or even to explain.
Look for weak bait or damaged bait on the deck to chum first.
Don’t Put bait back into tank after it’s hit the deck. Chum it!
After The Bite
Instructing Anglers to get jigs in the water.
Yell Jigs out to the skipper.
Prepping the boat for the Next bite
Tying hooks, prepping gear
Stacking Fish in Ice Storage/When time Permits/Within Guidelines
Washing the Boat
This is a never-ending task for the deckhand. During the trip we will wash all the blood off each stop we encounter.
Trying to keep the deck moist to help eliminate blood from drying upon impact.
Ensuring handrails are kept clean and towels available.
Washing the outside of the boat often.
NO BLOOD NO SCALES = Goal
Processing The Tuna
We will hand bleed each tuna we bring aboard immediately and placed aside for bleeding. A cut across the chin strap.
Most Bites will be in the lip and easy to retrieve.
Some will be swallowed and the fastest option is to cut the line and retie the hook.
Looking for Frays in the line that might create a weak spot and lose a fish.
Now this is no simple task to have to fillet 200 fish with a 20lb average.
Storing the Tuna and separating the portions up for the anglers in salmon bags
20lb average can get 5 fish in one Salmon bag.
30lb average can get 3 fish in one Salmon bag.
Anymore damages the fillets due to pressure.
Allowing Anglers pictures
Allow Anglers to get pictures at the end of the trip with the Largest Tuna caught. Prior to Filleting.
Find out what the fishing Derby weight is prior to filleting the largest Tuna.
Sometimes even a smaller tuna will win the daily.
The fish will be stored layered with Ice.
First create a bed of Ice and lay your fish. Layer of Ice… Repeat
Belly in and backs to walls.
Monitor Internal Temperature
Sometimes we will have to fix something in the middle of the night that just stops working. Being able to work efficiently as a team and assist each other with tasks to increase speed of repair. Some things you should learn;
Where the tools are and how to keep them organized.
Be on the look out for Special Gimmie rigged tools for special tasks? Maybe a metal bar that is used to plunge a clogged peacock valve that has sucked in seaweed. But you never know until your told.
Learn the Boat and take note to wear and tear you notice.
Be prepared to be a leader in a life saver situation.
Learn the emergency procedures unquie to the boat.
The Tuna Love Westports Anchovy selection. All bait is purchased here local and supports the fishing community of Westport.
Learn about live Bait:
Picking the right bait can mean an instant hook up!
Selecting a decent Anchovy:
Bloody nose or super easy to catch anchovies don’t tend to swim down and stay on the surface. Bad bait for albacore Tuna.
That Quick one that slips through your fingers is the one you want. Lively, Size does help sometimes, but getting depth fast is what we are wanting for hook bait.
Once they hit the deck, the impact stuns them and contaminates the bait. Please do not put back in the tank. Throw the anchovy up wind so we drift over the bait.
How to bait hook a Anchovy
Collar Hooking is going to be our main method for baiting.
Handing your Bait
Once that bait leaves the tank it’s slowly starting to die. So we need to move fast to get that bait back in the water. Moving to the Downwind side of the boat and tossing your bait in the water while in free spool mode.
Bait test: If your bait fails to swim down and stays on the surface, discard the bait and get a new one. Repeat this process until you get a good bait. Not All Bait is Created equal.
We like to work as a team for our tuna. Running two teams that will alternate tasks on the boat. Please let the deckhand know of any physical limitations. We want to offer the full experience of fishing for tuna and encourage enthusiasm while fishing as a team.
It is likely that you will only get 1-3 chances at tuna in a long 7 hour trolling day. Make each opportunity count.
Tasks for Teams:
Puts jigs in the water
Using the Clicker
The clicker is on the side of the reel. Used as an alarm from when a tuna Strikes on one of our jigs.
While dragging the jigs these will be on, Before we reel them in, turn the clickers off.
Watching Jigs during Odd/Even hours
7am- Odd, etc
Reeling in a jig bite. —TEAM on Duty
During a bite the crew has tasks that need to be performed and don’t have time to reel in a tuna. So this is quite vital task to the overall success of the bite.
When you hook up YELL “HOOK-up” Towards the cabin, During that time grab the line of lures that have not been bit and jig them forward and back, there is likely more tuna below that you are trying to bring up to eat.
After We get your fish aboard, please store the Jig Rod and retrieve your Bait rod.
Baiting your Hook –ALL TEAMS
The Crew will be doing their best to keep hooks baited. But some times it faster to just grab your own anchovies.
Bear Claw the anchovies into a corner and go for the gill plate grasp.
Be gentle, but firm, don’t crush it. It’s difficult, but with practice you will learn.
If it’s TOO difficult, we got you. 🙂
Tying your own hook –ALL TEAMS
Please Visit our Knots page to learn how to tie our recommended knot.
We encourage you to tie your knot, but we will when time permits.
Team 1 (odd) Team 2 (even)
Off Duty Team:
While the other team is reeling in the Jig rods, you will be grabbing your designated rods and heading to the bait tank.
We encourage having your bait rod in your hand. It’s one less step when we get a hook up.
Bringing Your Own Tackle
You are not required to bring any tackle, but you can. The El Matador will provide everything you’ll need. But many anglers have several rods for tuna fishing
We recommend a 6′ to 7’ medium-action rod, rated for #20 to #40
Look for life:
Birds, Bait fish, whales, dolphin and other life. These signs of life are important indicators of feeding tuna below. The more signs of life present the better your chances. This is why it is important for all to be watching carefully as you fish. Spotting some birds working or fish breaking the surface off your bow, you may have just found your fish for the day. So KEEP LOOKING FOR LIFE while you are on deck.