7/17 Report

The seas were a little sloppy on the ride out with winds out of the SSW at 15-20knots but we made our way to the Wilmington Canyon. We pounded it out there all day because we kept picking away at bites and marking plenty of bait. Overall we had a fair amount of tough luck pulling some hooks on nicer tunas and Billfish but still put together a solid day. There wasn’t much rhyme or reason as to what the fish wanted as we seemed to get bites on everything in the spread.

The final tally was 3/6 on yellowfin tuna, 5/9 on mahi, 0/4 on white marlin, and 0/1 on blue marlin. Luck wasn’t on our side but still meat in the box and better quality tunas made for some great fights!

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Fish Art for Sale

I have been fortunate enough to have a job that I love that gives me the opportunity to travel to some amazing locations and catch lot of fish. In my travels and mostly the fishing part of it, I have captured some awesome photos that are sentimental to me, but they also are pretty incredible. I get asked a fair amount for the photos to use as wall hangings so I started a shop on Etsy that offers some of these photos as Canvas Wall hangings that turn out beautifully. I just added a page to my website here called FISH ART (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) that has all of the information if you are interested in getting a canvas print.

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Friday the 13th and 13

13 sure was the number today. I would say even the wind was about 13 knots out of the NE as well. Thank goodness 13 was not the number of feet tall the waves were. Beautiful sunny day and a little chop.

We started our day with some tough luck getting 9 bites but only coming tight on half and boxing 3 decent yellowfins. They the bite shit down a bit and turned into a pick, and we weren’t picking. We made a few adjustments to the spread and started hunting a bit. With a little help from a friend, we got into the pick ourselves and picked away at small to medium size yellowfins ending our day boxing 13 tuna and releasing a white marlin. We only had two bites on spreader bars today and all the others on Islander Trackers and Fish Downsea Tuna Flares with smaller ballyhoo. Another fun day on Exile with an awesome group of guys!

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7/5 Report

Made the decision to make the long run based on a few solid reports compared to everywhere else. Got 2/3 smaller yellowfins right away and then shut down again. Lots of mammal life but otherwise not a lot to it. Pounder it out for awhile and started to get the feeling it was time to go look around. Ran down the line and pulled the hook on a better yellowfin end of the day and that was all she wrote.

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July 3: tough one

Quick report here. Covered a lot of ground today looking for something good and unfortunately never found it. Fishing seemed slow for just about everyone, ourselves included. We boated 1 yellowfin and had two white marlin bites that never connected. Tough day. Flat calm and beautiful yet again though

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July 2 – Eight’s our number

So again today we boxed 8 yellowfins and released two smaller ones. 4/7 trips here in NJ now we have been stuck on 8 yellowfin in the box. I guess you can call that consistent, haha. Anyway we fished the Lindenkohl Canyon again as it seemed the fish are scattered about all along the 100 fathom line from the Carteret to the Wilmington. We got into one smalller yellowfin right away then it was quiet for awhile until we got into a good flurry catching 7 in the matter of an hour. All fish were 15-30 pounds. Tougher fishing as the water is warming up drastically. Ended the day seeing 78 degrees. Another flat calm beautiful day with plenty of meat in the box again.

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July 1 Report

The weather here this season so far has remained flat calm almost every trip and today was no exception! I’m loving it! We made our way out to the Lindenkohl where there has been a rediculously hot bite the past three days and for lines in at 430 in grey light. 15 minutes later we hooked into 3/4 yellowfins and boated all of them on green spreader bars. We fired them back out and we were hooked into 4 this time and got them all in the boat quickly. Fired em out and again had 3 bites on the tuna flares and ballyhoo, hooked into two and boated 1 nicer yellowfin. After that it went quiet! We didn’t get another bite the whole day other then when we went inside to try Lemkes for bluefin but caught 3 bluefish. We ended the day with 8 yellowfins, not bad at all. The water was 74 degrees and blue green with no real break as these hotter days seem to have the water blending.

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