Well, it has been a while since I posted a video, and I am sorry for the delay. It wasn’t possible to put them together in the Bahamas, and things have been nonstop here at home in New Jersey since I returned. I am putting together a quick edit of some dredge camera shots I got in the Bahamas this past April and May that are pretty cool, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, if you haven’t already seen it, here are my last two edits from this year (Costa Rica and Grenada – January / Wahoo Fishing Bahamas – March)
Well, the reports have been slow at best this week, and with the southern canyons basically tapped out, I decided to push for a run to the eddy in the northern canyons on the Fin Addict. We had a pretty decent 92 mile ride to the Carteret Canyon and had lines in at 630. We found the edge which was a 3.5 degree break with a color change. The eddy was also full of weeds which kept the crew busy all day.
Anyway, we ended up getting a few tuna bites all at once, but only one 40 pound yellowfin connected. We also picked at a few small mahi, but after pounding the area with no more bites we made our way down the 100 line to the Lindy. The grass here was even worse so we pushed inside a little where we found the temperature break right in the tip. There were a lot of birds wheelin around and it seemed right. We ended up putting 2 nice yellowfin in the boat , another dolphin, and had a white marlin show up but never take a bait.
Another day of tough fishing but we managed to scrape together a catch and a full stringer for today’s tournament.
We decided to do a shakedown trip on the Fin Addict and go out tuna fishing. The tuna fishing here has been hot and cold, but when it’s on, it’s epic!! Today was not that day. We pounded it out along the natural hundred line from 5 miles above the Baltimore to 3 miles south of the Baltimore. We saw a tailing white early on, but the morning was very slow for us.
The wind came up a bit out of the East, but otherwise it was fairly calm all day. We were in blended blue 70.5 degree water all day, but we just couldn’t get any bites. We tried pitching chunks of ballyhoo on spinning rods to some lobster pot balls to catch some dolphin, and we managed to get 2 small ones. At around 2:30 on the bottom corner of of the Baltimore we finally got our tuna bites and put 2 solid 60 pound yellowfin tuna in the boat to end the day.
With the unbelievably calm weather, we threw in a last minute tuna trip on the Saltitude in search of tuna. We ran out and arrived on the east wall of the Baltimore and worked out way down to the true 100 line. The water was 65 degrees and blue green with no life. We worked our way up the 100 line and hit the break that went up to 68.5 degrees and blended blue water. There was a small fleet of boats where a guy was hooked into a bigeye tuna. I marked tuna sporadically throughout the day, and with little to no good reports anywhere else, we kept pounding this area. There were bonita on the surface all day long, but we just couldn’t get the bites. We did wind up getting a 35 pound yellowfin towards the end of the day on a blue/white Joe Shute lure with a ballyhoo on the shotgun, but that was all we had a shot at. Tough day.
Today we had an even calmer day then yesterday, and made the run out to the India Arrow, and of course there were 3 other boats there already waiting for lines in, so I moved a little further offshore to some structure. We ended up releasing about a 140 pound blue shark then got up to run and ended up with an issue on the starboard engine. We ended up drifting on no mans land for a short period of time before we got it up and running again and moved inshore to the Deco 5 wreck where we setup our drifts for the remainder of the day. The drift was next to nothing and the only thing we say was a small humpback whale that paid our boat a visit. I am hoping the underwater video turned out, but considering we were in green water, I am not sure it will show up well.
With nothing but a light North wind, a S swell and clear skies, we made our way out for the shotgun start at 6 pm in Cape May, N for the South Jersey Shark Tournament. It was an easy ride out on the 52′ Ocean Yacht Saltitude. We started our day in 63.5 degree blue green water at the Harpathan Wreck. After an hour on the drift we got into our first Mako which we released and was an estimated 110 lbs. Shortly after we released a 100 pound Blue Shark, then had a lull which made us make a move.
Next area was the lumps in 33-35 fathoms outside of the Hot Dog, and here we got a release on another smaller Mako and also had one on and jumping, but eventually pulled the hook. Luckily it wasn’t a big one or else we would have been pretty upset. After a drift through there we ran further inside to the Muff Diver Wreck on the 30 fathom line, and here we had 64.5 degree green water. We had no action here and only made a short drift before making a quick run 10 miles north to the Miss Arlene Wreck. We didn’t have much of a drift, but managed to get a bite out of an 80-90 pound mako that pulled the hook next to the boat. Fun day with plenty of action, but we need something bigger tomorrow for the last day of the tournament.