By Jon Meade
It was so damn rough I kept wondering what we were even doing out there. The stiff breeze kept us working hard to keep the dink ballyhoo swimming and the spread tangle-free. But the bite had been good yesterday, and for the few boats that ventured offshore today, was still really good. But the seas were not making it easy on us. Fun-fishing, we had the option to head home anytime the conditions proved to be too uncomfortable or worse dangerous, but fishing in a tournament with big money at stake you’re much more likely to stick it out through adverse conditions. Remaining competitive when it’s windy and rough can require an added effort by the captain and crew alike. I caught up with five captains to get their input on fishing with bait in big seas. Here’s what I learned.