South Florida to Charleston
We left Ft. Pierce inlet the next morning and headed up the east coast. Once we got out into the Atlantic, the fishing lines were set. The fishing technique I've perfected over the years is perfectly suited to sailboats. Just sail along at 5 knots and wait for dinner to come to you. At this speed, small to medium (i.e. eatin' size) fish will be yanked to the surface and skim across the water like a water skier.
Besides securely setting the hook, there's practically no drag on the line while it's "skiing".
Once the fish is aboard, it is immediately filleted on the transom chopping block and put on ice.
Then it's onto the grill while the rest of dinner is being prepared
in the galley.
This leg of the trip is all offshore, but the passage was uneventful. Two days after leaving Ft. Pierce, we entered Charleston harbor, sailing right past historic Ft. Sumpter. Ft. Sumpter is famous for firing the first shot of the civil war. Today, Charleston is a great party town with a great city marina. It's our favorite city on the east coast and we always try to make Charleston one of our stops.