Sunday I made my first trip out on the Fin Addict, a 54′ Ocean Yacht out of Cape May NJ. We were searching for some tuna, and with the solid reports of bluefin action, we decided to target them. Our ride to the Hot Dog turned out to be rougher than expected with the super tight chop so we got there much later than planned, and missed the first light bite, although it sounded like there wasn’t much of one. We had lines in at 6:45 pm and pounded out the NE Corner of the Hot Dog all morning with no success. We marked tons of bait, mostly sand eels on the edge of the Dog in 118-132 feet of water just about every pass, and I did mark an occassional tuna, but nothing like what I heard others were seeing previous days.
We did manage to troll up on dolphin. With the slow bite and my lack in confidence we would get any kind of afternoon bite here, we picked up and ran into Massey’s around noon where I heard a friend of mine had a few fish. At this point it was blowing every bit of a stiff 20 knots and we had 4-5 foot seas at a choppy 4 seconds. Up sea trolling was not a great option so we worked down sea towards the 19 Lump. Finally, the fish gods graced us with our tuna bite on the left wayyy back rigger at 1:15 and Richard put in work on a nice 100 pound bluefin tuna. After about 15 minutes Spencer wired the fish to the gaff and in the boat came our tuna. Needless to say, we were all ecstatic considering how slow it was all day. We threw the lines back in and decided to give it a little longer to see if we could catch Ryan his first big tuna, and sure enough, down went the left short rigger and we lucked out again on a carbon copy bluefin. After about a 20 minute battle Spencer wired and released the tuna and we headed for home. The hail mary at the end brightened everything up and made for a fun trip with a bunch of great people.