Fishing from a boat is great. It also allows you to access alot of fishing spots. Wheather fishing in harbours or coastal waters there is a few basics that can help to increase your catch.
Once again reading the water and finding the fish is step number one. Onviously equipment like a fishfinder will help you find fish and areas of foul ground or chanels and deep water. However other signs can also help to tell you where fish may be such as, points, reefs, depressions, rocky outcrops, and islands. Hydrographic charts can also help to point out channels etc.
In addition to bait fishing trolloing is a popular way to catch fish such as Kahawai and Kingfish. Lures such as the bibbed minnow style work well. Its best not to troll with more than a couple of lures as to reduce risk of tangles. Lures are particularly good to run through “workups” if you are keen to catch a few Kahawai.
Jigging is another popular method of catching fish when drift fishing. The tackle for Jig fishing in the ocean is similar to jig fishing gear mentioned in our trout fishing section. A firm rod should be used that can lift the jig quickly. Cast your jig ahead of the boat so that you drift toward your jig. Let it hit the bottom, wind the line in tight then jerk up sharply letting it drift back down to the bottom again, Any change or difference in the feel of the jig should induce an instant strike from the angler. In general, deeper water and stronger currents require heavier jigs.
Good luck fishing!