first get on the boat, find a spot to stow your gear.
Avoid putting your things directly on the deck. The
deck gets wet, and the crew and other anglers need room to
pass. Go sign in on the ship's manifest. Introduce
yourself to the crew and find out their names. You'll
be asked if you want a bag for your fish (Answer is yes.
It only costs $1 or $2) and you'll be provided a bag number.
Remember your number. When you catch fish later, a
deckhand will come get it off the hook for you and ask you
what bag to put it in. You may also be asked if you
want to enter the jackpot. It's up to you. It's
normally $5 or $10 per person to enter. If you catch
the big fish, you win the jackpot. Experienced anglers
normally catch more fish, but ANYONE can get lucky and catch
that one big fish. Each person entered in the jackpot
must have their own bag (vs. sharing). If you are
renting tackle, you'll get it later, so don't worry about it
boat gets underway, the captain will either come out on deck
or speak over the intercom. Pay attention to what he's
saying. The captain will tell you where all the safety
equipment is stored, give you an idea of what to expect for
the day, and tell you how to rig up. If you don't
catch all of it, don't hesitate to ask a crew member.
On a one day trip or less, expect to ride 30 minutes to an
hour to get to the fishing grounds. During this time,
a deckhand will be setting up the rental gear and giving a
quick Fishing 101 class on how to use it. Please pay
attention. Each boat may have slightly different
rules/norms, and this is where you will find out what they
are. The crew wants you to catch fish and have fun, so
it's in your best interest to listen and act accordingly.
get out to the fishing grounds, remain calm. Find an
open spot on the rail and wait for the captain to say it's
time to drop lines. If you drop early, more often than
not, the boat is still settling into the spot and you'll
either get tangled up or need to reel in and reset anyway.
Be patient and wait for the greenlight. If the bait is
squid, feel free to bait your hook early. If the bait
is live fish (typically sardines or anchovies), don't take
it out of the handwell until you are ready to fish.
You want a lively fish at the end of your line to attract
the target fish to bite. If you bait your hook early
and let it dangle on the line, it's dying and won't be an
attractive bait. Once you are fishing, if using squid
(live or dead) you don't need to change your bait until it's
gone. If the bait is live fish, try to feel it at the
end of your line wiggling. If it isn't active, reel in
and pin on a new bait.