CarlG wrote:Interesting read. I can certainly relate to a lot of it, my mate recently upgraded his boat from a 4.5 to a 6.4mtr vessel. The learning curve from fishing for snaps, gummies and whiting in westernport, to heading out of the entrance, drifting for mako's, and down to Portland for tuna, is utterly enormous.
A mountain of study, both online, and asking people in the know, buying and setting up much heavier gear than we'd normally use. Different techniques and ideas, it's fairly daunting, and this is where using the same guys is especially important. I know my jobs, my mate knows his, and our new crew member is learning his, ( we've gone from 2 to a 3 man crew, especially for offshore).
We find the best way, is to discuss all the events liable to happen, and get all the order sorted out before hand.
Most important, and rule number one, skippers word is final. Offer advice, (if you've done your homework), but don't bloody whine if your skipper has another plan.