Monthly Archives: April 2013

4/16 Better Billfish Action

We had a new group out today (Bob, Debbie, and Chris). Winds were light out of the SE and we had another beautiful day. We picked up a few Mahi then soon after hooked up a double header of sailfish on the long riggers. One jumped off but the other went ballistic jumping all around the boat and Chris got the release on the sail. We moved our way up towards the caves where we picked up 3 white marlin and saw another that came up behind a Rick’s Fancy Plug right in the center from the bridge, but it never ate. We spent the rest of the day searching for a blue trying to get a Grand Slam, but no takers. We put a few more Mahi in the box and headed back to Hawks Nest. I’m stoked to see some better billfish action!

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4/15

Today was an interesting day. Winds were lighter out of the SE and we had calm seas. Fishing was slow in the morning but we picked through some Mahi. We got hooked into a nice tuna that got Sharked in no time. Joe told me to get ready to get the deep drop stuff ready and of course we would get 2 white marlin bites while I was messing with that. Shortly after we had a blue marlin eat our right teaser and I said goodbye to my Red/Black Expess. We had another white marlin bite that ate before I could get to the rod and spit it. Finally towards the end of the day we picked up a white marlin and also got a nice 30 pound Bull dolphin to end the 4 day trip for these guys. Big thanks to all the guys, I had a blast fishing with all of you!

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4/14

Today was another day full of action. Winds were SE 10-15 today and it was blue sunny skies. Keith, Rich, Jon, Greg, and Kevin were amped to get back at it again. We started off the morning picking at a few Mahi then Rich got hooked into a white marlin that we released. We kept picking at Mahi throughout the day and played with them on light spinning tackle for a while. We ended up picking up one more white marlin that came up on the right teaser super aggressive. It was an awesome bite and Rich got the release on the 80 plus pound white marlin. Back at it again tomorrow. To those of you following my blog, I apologize for the poor/short write ups and lack of pictures, but Internet is super slow down here and just getting in a quick report is a challenge.

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4/13

We had a stiff 15-20 knot SSE wind all day today and it was a solid 4-6 all day. The dolphin were in think again. We ended up putting 15 in the boat. Out near ‘Columbus’ we were in an all out melee and had tuna, wahoo, and dolphin bites but the sharks were so bad they ate everything after it was hooked up. We moved out of there and finally towards the end of the day we had a white marlin on the left long and it wasted no time eating the naked ballyhoo. John fought that one and released his first white marlin. Another fun action packed day on Over Under.

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4/12

Started off our 4 day stent with a new group of guests today. We had a SE wind blowing at 15-20 all day. We found a frigate bird early and the dolphin were there thick. We picked through 20 pound Mahi all day and brought back a dozen.

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4/10 Hang Em High

66 pound bull dolphin!!!

I ended up getting asked to fish/mate on a 63 foot Bertram called Full Time. They were short handed with only the captain an mate for the last day of the Hang Em High Meat Tournament here in Hawks Nest Marina. I was amped to get back out on the water! The wind was blowing hard out of the SE at 20-25 knots, but SE is a favorable wind to fish here. It was pretty rough, but the fishing was on fire all day! We ended up whacking a lot of dolphin and 2 little wahoo in the first two hours. The best part was one of those dolphin was a big bull that we knew was a contender. We ended up catching quite a few dolphin over 30 lbs and I caught my personal best, a 43 pounder.

A little later we picked up a better wahoo that weighed in at 53 pounds and the bull dolphin ended up weighing a whopping 66 pounds. The big bull ate the old faithful blue/white Ilander Flasher with a horse ballyhoo and all of our wahoos ate a naked swimming mullet trolled behind a trolling weight to get it down. The dolphin ended up winning the whole tournament and the 53 pound wahoo helped pull together a hefty winning stringer for the tournament which consists of total weight of your biggest tuna, dolphin, and wahoo. It’s nice to be the lucky one! We even went 1/2 on white marlin. I’m looking forward to the 12 day stint we have coming up starting Friday. The Hawk’s Nest Staff did a great job making sure everything went smoothly for the tournament. It really seemed like everyone had a lot of fun!

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4/7 Big Bull

Weather was much better today, sunny and temps in the 80s. The wind went back around to the SE and its supposed to kick up over the week.  Today the fishing was still less than decent, but we managed to put 7 dolphin in the box. One weighed in at 48 pounds. Pretty nice bull!  The bite was awesome.  It came paddling in rom way outside of our spread and lit up neon like  a marlin.  It ate my naked ballyhoo on the left long, then wasted no time going to the right long naked ballyhoo, ate that, then was coming in for the flat lines.  It did all this so fast, and we wound up getting two hooks in it.  It was pretty funny.  Our next trip is Friday.

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