Want to Go?
I speak with a lot of anglers who have heard of the canyon and want to fish it but always ask, “How big of a boat do I need? What should I bring? Is it dangerous?”
A big boat is great, but with the right weather window, I easily zip out and back in my 31-footer. I know of people who have taken vessels much smaller, although I don’t recommend it. Regardless, your boat must be highly maintained. One hundred miles out is not the place to find out you don’t have spare fuel filters.
Regarding the last two questions, I suggest starting off with an experienced offshore canyon charter-fishing service. After you take several trips and see how the pros maintain their vessel for this kind of work and how they fish at different times of the year, you’ll get a better understanding of what it takes to do this on a regular basis.
That said, I encourage anglers of all levels who’ve ever wondered about what’s out there to try this fishery. One thing’s for sure, once you see that first family of whales pass by, hear that 50-wide screaming while a tuna strips it, or watch a marlin slash at a teaser, you’ll see that landless horizons don’t mean lifeless ones. All you have to do is look down.
Here are some real-world costs from Blinky III, a Viking 43 Express on which I regularly crew. They’re based on our typical 200-mile, two-day overnight trip to the Hudson Canyon and exclude maintenance, insurance, and initial tackle outlay (rod, reels, lures, etc), which can run several thousand dollars.
fuel—400 to 425 gallons @ 3.39 per gallon: $1,356 to $1,440
ten flats of butterfish bait, at $25 to $28 per flat: $250 to $280
one flat of sardines: $25
ten to 12 totes of crushed ice: $50 to $100
food and drinks for six: $150 to $200
total for a two-day canyon trip: $1,831 to $2,045
This article originally appeared in the March 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.