Here’s a question I often get: Do I need to work my way up to a longer long range trip?

Well, the quick answer is: ABSOLUTELY NOT!

I’ve been on two long range trips that fished Clarion Island since December 2011 and both of these trips had fishermen on board who had not “worked their way up”.

And most of these anglers were good overnight/3 day trip type anglers, and they all fared well on the bigger tuna and the wahoo.

Then again, we’ve also had some anglers who have never even fished in the ocean before going long-range fishing for Giant Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo, and they have fared extremely well.

How can that be, you ask? Well, it’s simply not true that you must work your way up to the longer trips. When we head down to these distant, warmer, big fish locations, it can take 3 to 4 days to get there.

During that travel time the captain, a crew member, or some knowledgeable fisherman spend time each day doing a seminar or two, and then provide one-on-one help to those that need it. The topics could be connections between the spectra and leader material, selecting and hooking the bait, casting, safety, fighting the fish, setting the drags, etc.

By the time we arrive at our fishing destination, even the most inexperienced novice can hold his own and enjoy this wonderful sport without having to work their way up to the big leagues.

So, what’s the big takeaway here? If you’ve dreamt about making one of these voyages, you should not let fear keep you from enjoying some extreme angling. Now get out there!