Turning and burning here daily and headed to WMO on the Wish You We’re Here. We finished our 4 day stretch yesterday on Euphoria and ended with 4 yellowfins, 1 that should have went around 100 pounds! Great week of fishing.
We started our day at 5:00am at grey light in 50 fathoms. We happened to get two lines out and wham! We were on a double header but only caught 1 of them which was a 40 pound yellowfin. After that is went entirely flat. We worked the entire canyon. For 3 hours and it just didn’t look like anything was going to happen.
At 830 we made a solid run north for about a 45 minute move where we ended up having consistent action all day on yellowfins ranging from 10-40 lbs. We even had a nice 400 pound blue pile on the flying fish teaser and we made the switch to the 80 pitch which was a Fish Downsea big Chugger and a Spanish mackerel and game on. After a while we eventually pulled the hook but what a show. Really fun day of fishing yet again!
Today we started our day in the Wilmington Canyon looking to get into some action with tunas the first few hours of daylight. Unfortunately there wasn’t much to it and we were one of the lucky few to get a yellowfin at all this morning. Shortly after the right long goes off and we are on a nice blue marlin. After a lot of chasing the fish around in reverse we finally got the release on the 400-500 pound fish. Great show and fun catch!
We worked offshore and got into the warmer, bluer water and worked the edge of the temperature break. Not long after we hooked into a white marlin but somehow got too wrapped and POW. There goes that fish, ouch! Not long after we got hooked into a double header and got both anglers their first white marlin! Then it was silent for a few hours until finally on the left teaser a white marlin came cruising in, and we got an easy bait and switch and another first white marlin!
Very fun day of marlin fishing!!!
We just finished up the Atlantic City Jimmy Johnson Tournament on the 61′ Viking “Wish You Were Here” which hosted 85 boats or so. We ended up finishing 7th Place in release points letting go 7 white marlin. On day 1 we made the long run way outside the Hudson Canyon and picked away at small yellowfins and mahi, but no marlin bites. Day two we went to the deep of the Lindenkohl and picked away at white marlin going 4/5 on whites along with some mahi. Day 3 we were in the hunt but needed a big day. We ended up 3/4 on white marlin. Such a fun tournament with a great crew!
We ran back to the scene of the bloody crime from yesterday hoping for action at least half as good. It was a choppy 3-5 foot sea with winds 15 knots out of the SW. we got into action on the troll at 600am and it didn’t take long to get our first bite, and we hooked up a white marlin on the Downsea blue tuna flare. Jim got a clean release. About an hour later the left mid rigger blue and white tuna flare had a big hole created on it and we were on. Dana battled it out and boated the 50 pound yellowfin tuna!
As we were setting lines back out another white marlin came into the spread wreaking havoc on our spreader bars until I was able to switch him again to my left long Downsea blue tuna flare and converted that one for Jim’s second release. After that the fishing went flat! We had a long lull until 100pm we got 4 big bites and came tight on 3. We managed to get all three 50# class yellowfin tunas in the boat to make the day a great one!
Quick report here but WOW! Phenomenal fishing! The tunas are thick and we continue to break double digits on the Euphoria…
Today we got started at 5 am and by 530 had our first bite. The bite just continues nearly nonstop until we were done with 18 yellowfins and 2 stud longfin tunas at 1030. Incredible fishing!!! wish I could elaborate but no time at the moment. What I can say is they bit EVERYTHING today for us. So many first second and third tunas for the crew today!
We ran right back to where we had the action yesterday and in the first 15 minutes the right long Fish Downsea Blue Tuna Flare goes screaming. That color has been hot this season so far! After. A solid battle we put a 90 pounder on the deck! Went back into gear and then the right mid rainbow bar hooked up to a 40 pounder. We continued to pick away at singles and doubles until 930 am until the bite shut down but not before we put 10 nice yellowfins in the box.
Started in one of the northern Canyons at 530 in blended 71.5 degree water. I found where there were some rips and a fair amount of birds picking away so we pounded it out. At 635 we got 7 bites and only one came tight on right bridge long Downsea blue tuna flare, 40 pound yft. Ouch. Not the start we wanted.
Then at 930 double header of 35 pound yellowfins. Left short rigger rainbow spreader bar and left mid rigger Fish Downsea blue and white tuna flare. At 1000 left long Downsea blue tuna flare 45 pound yellowfin. As we were gaffing that last fish the left short rainbow bar got piled on which turned out to be a 35 pound yellowfin.
That kinda dried up so I Paddled across towards the NE corner and about 2 miles shy of it in the deep we got piled on: 1200 quad yellowfins all 40-45 pound class. As we were fighting the quad we had a spreader bar dangling from the outrigger and we had a white marlin come in and hack at it twice and take off. Pretty cool! We had our hands full so we couldn’t try to convert it to a switch! Water at this point is still blended and 72.5 degrees. We boated all four yellowfins and then at 1230 quad yellowfins all 40-45 pound class.
At this point we had plenty of meat and started to work our way towards home and at 204 we got a double header – only caught 1/2, both on Fish Downsea tuna flares. Then at 230 in 50 fathoms left bridge long blue and white ilander 30# yft to end the day.
Awesome day of fishing on Euphoria!
Here are the notes from the trip:
Ran to the Lindy and started at 1115 I. 71.5 blended blue water
1130 40# yft on black and Downsea blue shotgun tuna flare
1145 pulled one off on left long tuna flae
200 right short purple bar 40 #
315 pulled off a screamer on right bridge long
345 right short purple spresder 40 pounder
430 left bridge long blue white inlander monster yellowfin about 125 lbs
510 right short purple bar 30 pounder
540 right mid bar throwback
546 left bridge long blue white inlander and missed one on right bridge long Downsea blue
820 right bridge long Downsea blue tuna flare 40 yft
Setup for night drift in NE corner and had a drift up the wall in 1000’
1045 release 150# mako
1130 caught a small swordfish