Well after the Billfish Blast we fished an overnight liveaboard trip out of Cat Island. We trolled a little and caught some dolphins, but we spent most of the day free diving on some coral heads. We set up on the anchor and caught a bunch of grouper just before dark then the Yellowtails started biting. Fun trip and a good way to end our season. We packed up Friday evening and left Cat Island this morning arriving in Nassau just now. Tomorrow we make our way to Fort Lauderdale, FL where the “Over Under” will stay, then driving back to NJ Monday. I’m looking forward to the South Jersey Shark Tournament next weekend on the “Saltitude”!
Monthly Archives: May 2014
We fished the past three days here in Cat fishing in the Billfish Blast and we ended up taking third place. Fishing was tough overall, but we were able to slip into third.
Monday – we had a slow start and an early white marlin bite that took is by surprise so we never got a great shot at it. Then at the end of the day near Columbus we had a triple header of sails. With some bad luck we lost 2/3 and ended up with one sailfish for the day. We were 1/3 boats that caught a billfish on Monday, very tough fishing.
Tuesday – fishing was slow as far as billfish again all day but were were getting plenty of dolphin bites, unfortunately none big enough to take the dolphin Calcutta. We jumped off a sail mid day, then caught 1/2 sails and a longbill spearfish in the last half hour of fishing time.
Wednesday – we got covered up with dolphin early around Devils Point, and Joe stuck it out here and pounded the area all day. We had a double of sails up but only one are and we released it, then a white mid day. We ended up seeing one more sail come in the spread but it never ate. It was just enough to slip into third place.
After a few days back home in NJ I am on my way back to Cat Island, Bahamas to finish up our season there on the OverUnder. We have the Hawk’s Nest Billfish Blast Tournament coming up that I am really excited to fish. Then if the weather allows we will anchor out at Conception Island Thursday Night, fish back to Cat Island on Friday, then start our way back to FL with the boat Sat and hopefully drive home to NJ on Monday. The tunas are in our canyons back home in NJ, hopefully they will still be there thick when we get back.
Today was our last day with this group, and Ryan, Jeff, Dave, and Greg had been patiently waiting for the billfish, hoping today would be the day it turned on. With more favorable weather today we ran a little further to get started and right away we were into the dolphin again. We ended up keeping a dozen and letting the rest go. Joe and I traded places and we got into a few yellowfin tuna on Columbus Point, but still no billfish. On a down sea tack in the deep, we had a small blue come in for our mullet dredge then fade to the left teaser. We couldn’t get him to switch off, after a few tries and eventually he made his way across the spread to the right short rigger and ate the MoldCraft Wide Range. Dave was on for his first blue marlin ever and got a clean release. Congratulations Dave!! The rest of the afternoon was quiet, but plenty of action all three days with the Mahi.
We had a very similar day to yesterday as far as weather and fishing. Lots and lots of dolphin. We jumped off a sail and got a bite from one more but no connection. All the dolphin you wanted all along the entire edge from Devils to Columbus Point. Hard to get through the dolphin to find some billfish, and the Full Moon is most likely not helping us out either.
After 4 lay days we were back at it today. We spent the past 4 days doing a lot of rigging, boat work, and some spearfishing. Today we were greeted with a stiff 20-30 out of the ESE which made for some big seas at Devils Point. We got into the dolphin early and were covered up. As we were fighting them we had a solid wave crash over the stern and float the coolers. Pretty wild. It got a little calmer with 4-7 foot seas by mid day but we had some squalls roll through in the afternoon. Nothing terrible, and the dolphin were in thick so they kept us busy all day. We were also lucky enough to sneak 2 small blackfin tuna past the sharks. That should make for some good sashimi tomorrow!
Well, the billfish bite went off yesterday, no real rhyme or reason, and today we had all of the same conditions and the bite was slow. We picked at some Mahi early and then had a déjà vu moment with a blue all over our right dredge again, he wouldn’t switch for anything and finally went to the right long chugger head ballyhoo combo. He are and dropped then are again. We had him on and after a jump we got nothing but the hook back. You’ve gotta be kidding me!
Anyway, we shrugged that off and caught a few single dolphin then hooked into a sailfish. Jeff ended up getting that one for his first sail! With the slow bite we ended up switching to bottom fishing and caught a few yellowtail, but overall that was slow too. Not sure what to expect at this point, still waiting for that epic billfish bite here in Cat Island.
Given the poor fishing lately, we decided to take Kim and Jeff bottom fishing for the day. Of course, the weather didn’t cooperate and we had hard ESE wind against tide making for difficult conditions. On too of that, the marlin bite went off all morning. A friend of ours was 5/6 with a slam by 1045. With that we had enough and pulled the “hangover bait packs” out of the freezer, pulled the anchor and got on the troll.
The first hour and a half was slow but we got into a white marlin after it swiped at our left dredge then ate the flat line naked ballyhoo. Jeff got a clean release on that fish. Not too much longer after at Dolphin Head we had a small blue all over our right dredge which happened to have the dredge cam on it. After a minute of eating he dredge and teaser we finally it it to eat the big pitch bait, but after a 5 second run he pulled off. Seriously? I couldn’t believe it. The blue marlins and I haven’t been vibin the past two years… Anyway, amazing footage!
Later in the day we got a bite on the left long rigger naked ballyhoo and Kim was on for her first white marlin. After about 10 minutes she got the fish to the boat for a clean release. Finally we have some serious billfish action, hopefully with a full day tomorrow we can put up the numbers we have been waiting for.
With the wind going west, we weren’t expecting much, but we didn’t even see a dolphin all day. Wind was cranking out of the NW all day at 25 knots. We hooked into a sail late in the morning and it made a direction change on its jumps and landed back on the main line breaking us off. Really bad luck, but it happens once I awhile. The day just was slow all of the way around for everyone. We got a white marlin bite but it was missed later in the day while I was busy clearing a line that got smashed by a small tuna. Extremely slow fishing for the time of year. Hoping things pick up soon!