Today we ran out on the Boss Lady to the inshore lumps to setup on the chunk again. We setup on the drift at first light and had no action. We reset for a second drift and had a tuna hit a spot suspended from a kite, but the tuna missed the hook. Shortly after we hooked into a Mahi on a free floating chunk that broke the 10# mark. We had great bait marks, and this continued throughout the day. We marked sand eels, squid, and sardines.
Things remained somewhat slow until we were able to get hooked into a nice tuna which hit the deck. We were able to hold that school and pull in a double header. The fish were really finicky and we could only get our bites with light leader. Towards the end of the day we got one more tuna to cap off a solid day of fishing. Slow but steady pick. There were a few boats that had some wahoo on the chunk, hopefully we can get into some of them tomorrow.
I captained/guided lady angler Maureen Klause today on her boat Trade In with Mate Anthony Tsapis. We stayed close today and tried a different area looking for a yellowfin over 40 pounds on 6# test. The water temperature was 78.2 degrees where we setup, and our first drift over the lump was unsuccessful. I decided to look aroud for bait all around the lump before dropping the anchor. After about 30 minutes of riding around I found a solid baitball and sand eels on the bottom in 140 feet, and we setup on the bait. It didnt take long before we got our first bite on a butterfish chunk, but unfortunately it broke off on the initial run. We had a long lull before our second bite on a spot, but it didn’t come tight. Then we finally got teh fish we were looking for that ate a spot suspended from our outrigger. Game On! Maureen fought the yellowfin for just under 2 hours, and we got to see teh fish twice, but in the end the tuna just wouldn’t come up and it broke off. The long fight had taken the toll on the light tackle, and that ended our day. I am headed out on the Boss Lady again tomorrow and hopefully we can get on em!
I fished on Boss Lady and we made our way out to the lumps around the 30 line to setup on the chuk. We got setup and immediately were hooked up into a tuna. While we were on that one we had two more bites, but neither stayed hooked up and we lost the fish we had on. Rough start, but that is the chance you take using light leader to get the bites. We had a stiff wind against the tide making things a little snotty, and with the slow action we decided to pick up and make a radical move. Unfortunately we had a mishap and wound up getting some rope wrapped up in the prop and the shaft. After an hour or so of taking breaths and going under the boat, I was able to free it up enought to get teh majority out, and the boat did the rest of the work. Captain Bill May moved us to a different area and we had no bait marks. Things were looking grim, but we pounded it out, and it paid off at teh end of the day. We ended up putting 2 nice yellowfin and 2 mahi in the boat. We had a few more tuna hooked up, and all bites happened in about 30 minutes and all came from a live spot suspended from a kite. Watching the tuna come up after the spot splashing on top of the water was wild. It was great to pull it out at the end of a long day.
I Captained the 56′ Viking Nightwind for the Viking/Ocean Showdown fishing tournament. Without any satellite image or reports due to rough weather in the middle of the week, I decided to run to the Baltimore where there had been some marlin and tuna action. We worked the West Wall all day and managed to catch a few dolphin and raised 3 white marlin. Only one of the marlin ate but we didn’t get it. Towards the end of the day we were out in about 500 fathoms and found a 2 degree temperature break and a color change. It went from 75-77 degreed and went from blue-green to cobalt blue water. Unfortunately this water was lifeless and I had no bait marks throughout the entire day.
Day Two (Saturday) the owner and crew wanted to try and catch some tuna, so we tried to pound it out in the lumps around the Hot Dog, but were unsuccessful. We found a pod of dolphins on a little bit of bait, but they seemed to be traveling more so than feeding. We picked up and ran out to the Baltimore to see if we could salvage the day, but struck out. The Baltimore Canyon was full of pilot whales all over as well as Hammerhead Sharks. We saw about a half dozen 8-9 foot hammerheads and literally over a thousand pilot whales just lazily laying around the surface. It was pretty wild.
All in all, a tough two days of fishing, and it seemed to be tough for everyone. There were a few good catch reports, but the majority of boats struck out.
I captained the 56′ Viking Nightwind to the Hot Dog for a pre fishing trip. We wanted to make sure all of the kinks were worked out before we fishing the Viking/Ocean Showdown Tournament held by South Jersey Tournaments. It was a short day with 3 hours of fishing, but we managed to get 5 bites on tuna. It was every bit of 5 foot out there, but there was still a small fleet of boats looking for tuna on the chunk at the hot dog. I did not mark as much bait or tuna like I had been at the Dog the past two weeks, and the water temperature dropped from 78.5 to 74.5, but we still got our bites and came home with fish.
We ran out early Monday morning and spent most of our time dodging the storm systems on the way out. After we made it to the inshore lumps, we saw great marks and got setup on the anchor. Captain Bill May walked to the back of the boat with his new Fin Nor Offshore spinning reel/Fin Nor jigging stick combo and dropped down an Ava Jig. He was hooked up in no time. After about a 40 minute fight in a downpour and a team effort, we managed to put the 100 pound bluefin tuna in the boat. Always nice to start the day with the first fish successfully on the deck. We continued to chunk butterfish and sardines, and it turned out to be one of those days you dream of.
The tuna had us dancing all over the boat doing the tuna tango with the multiple hookups and the fish running the anglers all around the boat. We went on to get hooked up over 30 times, and at one point we had the fish schooled up thick behind the boat that we were handline feeding the fish and getting hooked up one after another. We had 4 fish on at one point. It was amazing. We wound up putting 3 yellowfin in the boat and releasing over 15 bluefin tuna ranging from 50-110 lbs. The yellowfin were 40 pound class fish. We didn’t get many bites on jigs, most of everything was on sardines and whole butterfish. What an amazing day of tuna fishing on the Boss Lady.
- bluefin tuna
We took off again this morning on the Boss Lady and ran back to where we were yesterday. The ride was perfectly calm. When we got there, we didn’t have the marks like we did yesterday, but we did mark a few tuna when we pulled in. We setup the anchor, and started chunking. It didn’t take long to get our first bluefin hooked up, and after a solid fight, we boated the 90# bluefin. We hooked into another and it ended up being a carbon copy which we released. After a long lull, we started to see the sand eels on the bottom and the tuna were marking heavy on the depth sounder. After dropping to 50# leader, we started to get bites and went 2/4 on a few more bluefin and also got a 5′ Tiger Shark. We wound up 4/6 on bft with our biggest being estimated at 125 pounds which we released. We managed to get our one over and one under fish which was great for the charter. The water temperature where we were was 78.5 and we had bites all over the water column and on all different baits. The only thing that seemed to make a difference was the leader size today. Other boats in the area had some success with jigs, and the bite was pretty consistent for everyone. Another fun day on the Boss Lady.
We ran out on the Boss Lady today with a charter looking to get some action with tuna. With the offshore action having been slow lately we decided to pound it out on the 30 line. We trolled around all morning with great marks on the sounder and we were in an area where there had been a little bit of a chunking bite so we dropped the anchor and started chunking butterfish. The sounder was lit up with sand eels and tuna marks, it was amazing. We wound up getting our two bluefin tuna plus another over, and we even got a yellowfin tuna. All of our bites were on bait. We will be headed right back again tomorrow to try and get things started early.
I mated again today on the Boss Lady and we ran out the the Wilmington. We put lines in around 6 am in beautiful blue 77 degree water near the squid boats. With the Full Moon the overnight bite has improved while the troll bite has become spotty. We fell victim to that on this trip with no tuna bites and one lazy white marlin that came into our spread and didn’t eat. Bill setup on some of his tilefish numbers where the guys got to all catch their first golden tilefish plus a few. We ended the day with 9 tilefish.