Monthly Archives: August 2012

8/27 Heartbreaker

We ran out today on the Boss Lady looking for anything that would bite. We started the day in 50 fathoms inside the Wilmington on a .5 degree temperature break and a lot of birds. It wasn’t long before a white marlin came up and ate a naked ballyhoo on the left long. After an awesome aerial display we got a clean release. We got the lines back in quickly and had another white come up behind the teaser for a look but never ate. We also managed to put two Mahi in the box then things slowed down.
We made out way out to the West Wall of the Canyon and marked a lot of bait all day but couldn’t get a bite. Finally we get whacked by a big blue (easy 500 plus pounds) that dumped a 50W. We chased the fish for awhile before it made an erratic turn and got caught on the running gear. That was a heartbreaker, and the remainder of the day brought no better luck as we didn’t get another bite.

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Mid Atlantic $500,000

I mated on the 58 foot custom boat “Lizanne” for the MA500. It was a last minute setup, but I was stoked to be in the tournament.
Day1: we ran to the blue water in the Wilmington Canyon and had a solid day of fishing. We went 3/5 on white marlin, 2/2 on sailfish, and 0/1 on blue marlin. The Blue was about 300 pounds and ate a MoldCraft SuperChugger off of the left short rigger. Unfortunately it didn’t stay connected. There was a phenomenal BigEye Tuna bite in the East Notch of the Canyon.
Day 2: we ran back hoping to find more action, but only had one white marlin come up on the teaser and pulled off a small blue marlin. We wound up pulling plugs for half the day tryin to find a big blue marlin.
Day 3: Captain Jon Ball ran the Lizanne towards the Baltimore Canyon, and we found a half degree temperature break in 35 fathoms with a lot of scattered weed in the water. We started off with our white marlin spread and just had so much grass it was too difficult to fish. We pushed out toward the canyon and switched over to pulling plugs again, but couldn’t get a bite all day.
It is always fun being a part of a tournament, and I had a lot of fun getting to know the crew on the Lizanne. Everyone one the boat was active and knew what to do which made it fun when we were on the fish.

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8/18 Ladies Billfish Tournament

I Captained the 56′ Viking Nightwind for the Ladies Billfish Tournament. We ran through some storms on our way to the Lindenkohl Canyon. Our morning started with more storms dictating where I could go, but we managed to raise two whites and catch a 56# yellowfin tuna. It was sloppy weather all day, but we pushed on. We found a huge pod of pilot whales in the middle of the canyon, but there weren’t any fish under them. We worked the canyon hard and hit some pot balls hoping to dig up a Mahi, but no luck. I decided to push inshore a bit and then we found some whites. We raised a triple and got one of them. We got the lines back in and then got covered up with skipjack tunas. At that point tournament time was up and we had to leave. We wound up winning the Tuna category in the tournament with Roxy’s 56 pound yellowfin tuna which was her first tuna. I will be mating on the 58′ custom Intensity Boat called Lizanne for the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 this week. Hoping for a little luck.

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8/13 Unlucky 13

Today I was running Maureen Klause’s boat Trade In for a canyon trip in search of marlin.  I had 80 baits rigged and ready and we were going to pull a dredge for the first time from her boat, so we had  a few new things going on.  Right out of the inlet we saw at least 15 shooting stars, and with the Moon so close to New, the stars were so bright even with the glow from Atlantic City looming over us as 2 am.  After a few miles we started to smell fuel, and the smell got worse very quickly.  We opened all the hatches and we had fuel in the bilge so we immediately turned the boat around and headed back in.  We turned off all electronics and diluted the fuel as much as possible.  We made it back in safe, and the boat is already out of the water to get fixed, but a leaky fuel tank was definitely the last thing we expected today.  Bummer!

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8/8 Wahoo!!!

We took a shot running out on the Boss Lady today to the Wilmington Canyon. We put out a mixed spread looking to catch whatever we possibly could since the bite has been relatively slow. We were fishing in 80 degree blended water, but managed to find a few birds and a little bait in the North Heyes that we worked the entire day. We ended up raising 7 whites, hooked 3/4 of the bites, and got one to the boat. That was a little frustrating but we had good action. Towards the end of the day we had a small blue marlin come clear out of the water and crash the right short rigger, which was a hawaiian eye/ballyhoo combo, and miss. Immediately after that a wahoo bit off the right flat and the. Hammered the right short that I was reeling back into place after the blue hit it. We wound up getting a nice 60 pound wahoo on the deck of the Boss Lady that made the day. We ended our day pitching to dolphin on the pot balls, but they were few and far between and we were only able to pull 5 in. It turned out to be a fun day!

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8/7 Lookin for Whitey

I ran out today with a good friend of mine on his 35 Viking, Reelality out of Cape May, NJ. We went out looking for marlin and started our day in 600 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon. We found a solid stretch of a weedline in beautiful blue water and worked it most of the day. Our water temperature was 82-83 degrees all day. We picked at some dolphin and went 1/2 on whites. We started to push deeper but decided to work our way back in after we reached 800 fathoms and had nothing to work. We worked our way back in towards the West Wall of the Baltimore and ended our day. I found out that we were 5 miles short of the great white marlin action. Fun day, but bummin we were so close and never knew it. Just needed to be a little deeper.

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8/4 No Love

Well, the fish decided to keep their elusive trend going and we got no love from them today. We took the Boss Lady to the deep of the Spencer after hearing a good catch report off of a weedline there yesterday. The day started with a white marlin pulling the hook and another getting bill wrapped. Then we pushed north and found pilot whales and dolphins everywhere pushing schools of squid to the surface. I’ve seen this on overnighters but never during the day. It was amazing to watch, but there were no fish in the mix there. We ended to day trying to hit the lobster pot balls for dolphin in the Wilmington canyon which we were only able to pull two off of, one which went 20 pounds. The white marlin are here, and I’m hoping to get some trips to fish exclusively for them soon since double digit days are common right now.

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8/1 Even Worse Today

Today was a tough trip.  We ran back to the 19 Fathom Lump (where we have been fishing and picking at fish the past week) hoping to put together a decent catch of tuna.  Right now a good day is 3-5 tuna, and it is really the only game in town.  We had beautiful weather and we cruised the Boss Lady South out of Townsend’s Inlet to get setup at first light.  We started off on the drift and there was too little wind to get the kite up so we dangled a live bait off of the opposite outrigger and it only took 5 minutes to catch a dolphin on it.  After that it was quiet for a while and a few guys we knew were anchored on the top of the hill and getting a bite here and there, so we followed suit.

We marked bait all day long, but we couldn’t catch any on the sabiki rigs.  The wind kicked up a little mid day for us to get a kite up, and we got a tuna bite on it which broke off and then a wahoo cut us off as well.  Our other tuna bite that broke off came from a whole sardine down 60 feet, and that was it.  Just an unlucky day today.  A few guys were able to catch 2-3, but it was slow all around.  One boat we know was not able to get live spot, so he ended up taking out bull minnows and he caught every fish on a bull minnow attached to a long length of 30# fluorocarbon (same as we are using).  The tuna bite is tough right now, especially after a stellar season that had started with a May and June troll bite and turned into a phenomenal chunking bite inshore all of July.

We need another push of Gulf Stream water to come in and it looks like we might get it up north.  There has also been an amazing white marlin bite going on the past week in the DEEP which is far, but worth the hike.

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7/31 tough one

We had a repeat charter today on the Boss Lady with a fun group of guys. We whacked the tuna the last trip they were on and we were hoping to do it again. We got setup on the hook and started chunking a little later today since the bite has been later in the day. Of course today was the day there was an early morning bite. We did manage to put a tuna in the box that hit a jig. We marked all kinds of bait all day, and we sure put in a solid effort, but the fish never came back. We tried to troll up some wahoo to salvage the day but came up unsuccessful. We are planning to try it again with tomorrow’s trip and try to get on them early.

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