Monthly Archives: September 2013
My mate Spencer and I took out the ‘Saltitude’ white marlin fishing for their first time on Saturday. I heard of a little bite inshore of the Wilmington from Friday so that is where I pointed the bow. We had a stiff 15 knot SW wind all day and moderately choppy seas, but it was fine on the 52′ Ocean Yacht, especially since our run was in the trough. We started in 40 fathoms just south of the Rockpile and fishing time started at 8 am. We had a few mahi as we worked out deeper. Once we got into 50-60 fathoms, we found the edge that went from 75-76 degrees and green to blue water. There was scattered grass, and a small weedline we worked around all day. The SW wind seemed to have stalled the southerly movement of the water.
Anyway, we were 4/4 by noon on white marlin and had a dolphin bite here and there, but all of them were small chicken dolphin. We had a little lull mid day, then it turned on as we saw 8 more whites and got bites out of 6 of them. Amazing action, and lots of fun! It’s great to finally have a solid white marlin bite. Everyone out there had solid action and saw some fish. Hopefully it is only the beginning, and marlin month is here, so I hope everyone is ready!!!!
Ran out with Maureen, Joe, and Jay on the “Trade In” today looking for marlin. We ran towards the Spencer and ran until we found the edge of green to blue water in 500 fathoms of the Spencer. We got on the troll around 6:30 am and caught a 20# yellowfin right away. We kept working down the edge SW and came across plenty of life between pilot whales and dolphins but no bites. Once we got a few miles below the Spencer we found a weedline and it was game on with Mahi. We caught 23 mahi before it settled down and we got back to trolling. All of the mahi were better than our average chicken dolphin which was nice to see, and our biggest was a 22# bull. We had a cover up on longfins on the troll after the dolphin melee and lost em which was a major bummer. No billfish bites, but plenty of action all day.