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!
I mated on a 45′ Viking called TLC out of Avalon and again we had flat calm seas which is something I keep reminding myself not to get used to. We ran to the Wilmington hoping to get in on a first light bigeye bite, but the whales weren’t there, and nothing materialized so we pushed offshore. We ended up getting a blind bite on the Penn 50W on the right short rigger but it pulled off, as I was reeling it back into the spread the bite was a white that piled back on the blue/white sea witch/ballyhoo combo, but I got a bad feed on the fish and we never got it. Not how I wanted to start the day.
We pushed offshore and got into the edge of the eddy and we pick up two mahi and a 60# yellowfin tuna all on our long rigger naked ballyhoos. After pounding out the area a little longer with no action we ran offshore to 1000 fathoms where we were told there was a nice weed line with mahi on it. As we pulled in we had a white marlin come up and check out the baits, but we got covered up with weeds and the white lost his interest… We found the mahi and broke out the spinning tackle and picked away at a bunch of 6-8 pound dolphin for about a half hour. Its always fun when you can get into a bunch of mahi on spinning tackle. As we got back on the troll we were putting lines in the water and our double dredge had a white all over it. I got a bait to him quick as the Captain pulled the dredge away and we got a clean bait and switch on the white which we released. Great way to end the day along with the calm ride home.