Saturday I ran the 52′ Ocean Yacht “Saltitude” for a day trip of white marlin fishing. The bite has been on, and unfortunately I could not make it to where I wanted to be on Friday, BUT this trip was a different story. I ran down towards the 100 fathom line in between the South Poorman’s Canyon and the Washington. Once we hit 50 fathoms we found a solid temperature break (75-78 degrees) and a weedline. We picked one dolphin off of the weed line, but we pushed off towards the edge to find billfish.
After trolling for about an hour we finally got our first white and started off 1/2. Then we picked up a single and then a triple. It was ON!!!! We had a great morning going 8/10 then mid day the bite slowed down. We had single bites here and there which unfortunately were missed, and then around 2 pm the bite turned on again. Small bonita were on the surface and I marked some small bait balls around 60-80 feet down int he water, we had a ton of bites and a lot of misfortune on hookups. We ended the day going 9/19 on white marlin. Fun day full of action!!!
I ran out on the Trade In hunting for white marlin yesterday. Maureen and I always get in a “birthday white marlin trip” around her birthday every year. We had Cullen and Spencer (my two mates) with us for the trip so we were pretty amped to go get on some white marlin.
We started just north of the Olinda Wreck and worked our way to the Poormans Canyon. We worked around some lobster pot markers and picked up quite a few gaffer mahi then picked up a white marlin. Mo was stoked to get her birthday white marlin for her third year straight. We saw three more whites here but they didn’t want to eat.
We worked into the poormans canyon and worked through the weeds and managed to pick up some more gaffer dolphin and another white marlin. We had pretty blue water around 77 degrees all day. We had one more shot at a white but it turned out to be a miss.
Man other fun day on the Trade In, my first of the season.
Went fishing yesterday with a great group of guys in search of some meat. We ran to the 30 line around the Indian Arrow and found a nice weedline with some meat fish around it. We managed to out a catch together in a few short hours and headed back in. Beautiful day on the water!
Well for Day 3 we took a shot and went inshore looking for that big white marlin and some slob wahoos with a good possibility at a big bull dolphin in there too. From a great report from a very trustworthy source, we slipped into the Tea Cup area on the 30 fathom line and found everything that was described to me. A 2 degree break with a weed line and color change with plenty of bait. We pounded the area out all morning with no success then made a 10 mile move that just didn’t pay off. End of the day we picked up a gaffer dolphin and got covered up in false albacore and that was all she wrote. Not a great day, but had the plan came together, a winning wahoo worth 40-60 Grand and possibly a fat white marlin would have really upped the payout, but, we will have to go get em next time…
After yesterday’s good fishing we decided to go back out today and try the same area again. The first 40 miles out was a smooth ride minus having to change an impeller on the generator on the ride out, but I got that straightened out. Once we got closer the wind was up out of the ESE at 20 and we had 4-6 foot seas at 5 second out of the SE (head on). Oh well, we were already there and in out first 2 hours we were 2/3 and saw one more white. It was looking good, so we kept at it. We picked up a 40# class yellowfin but popped it off at the boat. After that it went silent for us the rest of the day.
Well today we had pretty good billfishing going 3/6 on billfish and seeing a blue and a white that just didn’t eat. Two whites and a sailfish today, the sail was a nice surprise. Back at it again tomorrow.
Well, we decided to go give the Wilmington a shot searching for bigeyes today. We got there before first light and went 0/3 on white marlin in the first hour (oh boy – here we go). We pounded out the area with about 50 other boats and the eyeballs never bit. Around 10 am we made out way back to the West wall where we hooked up a White, but due to a tangle fiasco that fish pulled off. Chalking up to be one of those days.
After all of this I made the cal to go tilefish and turn things around a bit so we caught some tiles then got back on the troll. The edge of the eddy pushed into the SW corner of the canyon and was pretty blue 77 degrees but full of weed, pretty much unfishable. From there we pushed inside to 50 fathoms where we missed another white marlin and had a yellowfin bite on the rainbow spreader bar that never came tight. We works hard til 4 pm trying to get a hook into something, but nothing panned out unfortunately. The wind has come up out of the South and made the seas a choppy 3-5 for the ride home.
With the daytime chunking craze we set out on an overnight trip on the Low Profile and headed out to the canyons. We got right into the whales as soon as we arrived around 4 pm and right away we were on the tunas! Unfortunately it took some experimentation to figure out how heavy of leader we could get away with, but once we figured it out, it was game on! We had a ton of bites and put plenty of nice yellowfin tuna in the boat. Most of our bites came on free floating lines with butterfish chunks. As soon as the sun hit the horizon, the bite was over.
We setup on the drift for the night targeting makos and swordfish, and early on we got hooked into a 175# hammerhead that we released.
The remainder of the night was calm, quiet, and beautiful with the full moon until around 330am we got hooked into a nice Mako! It started off the fight skying way out of the water and basically doing a backflip, then we settled in for the fight. We didn’t have a gun on board so we ended up sticking it with a flying gaff and tail roping it, but it sure didn’t go smooth! The first flyer went I to the shark and he bent it up as he twisted up and ripped the gaff right out of him. I had to let go of the leader and we were back on for another 15 minutes of battle, then we got it back on the wire and got it into range for the second flyer and after a lot of team effort and wrestling around with gaffs, we got the tail rope on the fish and let him lay. It weighed in at 250 pounds and measured 7’5″.
At first light we got back to chunking where we had the fish in the evening and we got I to a few more nice yellowfin tunas and headed for home with a box full of meat! Awesome trip, and a really fun charter we had!
Unfortunately we did not get into anything great our last two days of the tournament. Thursday Matt got a yellowfin and we had the right blue marlin in the spread, but she just didn’t eat. Of course I ended up hearing similar stories from other boats back at the dock, but what a bummer. I have noticed that I have had most of my window shoppers going into a full moon. Something I will keep my eye on.
All in all we had a lot of fun fishing the White Marlin Open out of beautiful Sunset Marina, and we couldn’t have had a better crew. Everyone was positive all week, and regardless of the fishing, we had an amazing experience in this year’s White Marlin Open. Looking forward to fishing with everyone again in the future. Thanks Matt, Kelly, Anthony, Sarah, Andrew, Jim, and Brian for fishing with us on the Low Profile.
Been kinda crazy keeping up with reports while I’m here In Ocean City, MD for the White Marlin open but here is a quick wrap up.
Fished Wilmington Sunday and caught some small Mahi and 1 white marlin which was Kelly’s first ever!
Fished same area for Day 1 of the tournament Monday and went back. We went 5/7 on longfin tuna, 8 Mahi, and Matt caught his first white marlin.
Congrats to two first white marlin!