10/13 – Blown Out today. We planned to go sea bass fishing but with the DB Buoy stating 5 feet at 5 seconds we opted not to get beat up. Tomorrow is definitely another blow out given the 20-30 knot winds in the forecast. Hoping for a better weekend..
10/12 – So we tried the DE Bay again chunking bunker for striped bass even thought the bite has been slow at best. The few fish that are being caught though are quality fish close o or larger then the size we need on the line class we are fishing, so we had to keep at it. We got out around 7:30 in the dense fog and set up for the whole incoming tide with 56 degree water temperature. We started on the west wall of the 60 foot slough but the crabs were relentless chewing up our baits in 5 minutes every time. We moved out for the remainder of the tide in the Brandywine Range Area but no success there other then a few spiny dogfish. We packed it in around 1 pm and headed back to the dock. I don’t know if the fishing is just slow because we are in between moon phases or if the fish are coming into the DE Bay less and less the past couple years on their migration south, but I sure hope it picks up soon.
Today I moved the Trade In down to Cape May where she will live for the remainder of the month while we target striped bass. We slipped out from Cape May after the move around 11:00 am and got setup in the lower end of the 60 foot slough and fished throughout the 12:30 high tide swing then made a move around 2 to the deep water flats. Not much for marks all day and no bites. Slow fishing today for us.
Here is the latest video from a Blue Marlin we caught on Saltitude this past October. Location was the Lindenkohl Canyon and the fish ate a Black/Red Ilander Sea Star with a ballyhoo on the right long rigger. The Angler was Jody Brown hooked into his first Blue Marlin. Congratulations on the solid blue marlin release Jody!
According to the good ol’ weatherman we were supposed to have calm seas 2′ at 9 seconds. I guess he took the TRICK part of Trick or Treat seriously on this Halloween Day. I decided to head for the canyon in search of sharks on light line again hoping we would have better action in the deep since we were supposed to have the right weather. The ride out was ok, but 5 miles from the Tip of the Wilmington, the wind kicked up out of the NNE and so did the seas. We had already made it out and saw plenty of life from birds to dolphins so we setup in the blue green 65 degree water just east of the tip of the Wilmington.
It didn’t take long before we had a mako slip in past our teaser baits and eat Maureen’s light line rod and take off. After about a minute the line parted and it was over as quick as it started. We finished off this drift with an encounter from a small mako in the East Notch then headed for the elbow where the East Wall meet the Natural 100 fathom line. We hit the break here and were in 69 degree, blended blue, weeded water. Can’t get away from the weeds at all this year, but fortunately we weren’t trolling today. We drifted across to the mouth of the canyon and had a small white marlin try to eat our teaser bait. Another TRICK for us… that was all there was to this drift so we moved back into the West Notch which was the direction of home since it was getting pretty choppy out.
Our last drift we had a small mako and a small blue shark come in to check things out and we pitched the spinning rod to them to have some fun. Around 2:30 we packed it up since we knew it was going to be a long ride home, and that is was, long and wet, but we got home safe. Two other boats were out that trolled the Spencer and Wilmington Canyon throughout the morning and mid day and all they had were a few mahi off the lobster pot balls. No Tuna… Here we go again with the nonstop winds throughout the upcoming week as it looks right now. Time to switch gears to Striped Bass!!!