We had a hard WSW wind today which history has shown shuts down the billfishing. We gave it a shot in the morning and there was t much to it. As we made our way out to Columbis Point we saw the tuna birds working on the surface and we got hooked into a nice yellowfin tuna. Bruce was working him in smoothly but of course the whitetip Sharks were there waiting and ate the whole tuna.
We switched gears and targeted tunas with 3 heavy rods for the rest of the day and managed to catch 12 smaller blackfin tuna and 5 Mahi. We also had about two dozen tunas eaten so we’re were racing the Whitetips all day long. It definitely made for some excitement and we will be having fresh tuna for dinner tonight!!!
Today was another calm day at the start and we started out day at Devils Point and worked out way down the edge. We hooked into a Mahi at Dolphin Head but it was void of life otherwise. As we got into the pocket we had a white Marlin paddle in on the left long and hooked him up. Rick got a clean release.
We pounded it out without any real signs of life most of the day hoping sonething would develop, but we worked our way back at the slack Low Tide around 1pm. The West wind came up hard with the tide. We managed to get another Mahi but overall very slow day. Hopefully tomorrow things will shape up for us. On a high note today we hit 9 trips in a row with at least 1 billfish release. Hoping to keep that up…
Today started off strong. We have a fun group of guys on the boat for the next three days. We got a telegraphed white Marlin bite on the left long dink bait out of the gate and got Kevin his first white Marlin release. Then we had two good triple headers on Mahi the. Had a double of a sailfish and a wahoo. We snuck the wahoo in the. Went after the sail but pulled the hook about 40 feet away from the release.
We immediately got back on the troll and after about 5 minutes we got a long rigger bite from a blue marlin. Game on for Mikey. The fish went down and offshore. An hour and 10 minutes into the battle the rod broke! Mikey flipped the rod over and started reeling backwards to salvage the fight. The fish didn’t want to come up (probabably due to the whitetip Sharks in the 3-400 pound range hovering above) no matter what we tried. After 4 and a half hours the line finally broke and there was the heartbreaker. We got back on the troll but here wasn’t anything of an afternoon bite.
Back at it again tomorrow!
today was the final day of the White Marlin Smackdown. Fishing was tough and we were the only tournament boat to catch a billfish and snuck out two white Marlin. We missed first place by one fish but we did win the dolphin and tuna Calcuttas. That makes us the highest payout of the tournament so that’s a nice bonus. Fun fishing and the grand slam yesterday was a great bonus! Awards time. Video to come.
With the White Marlin Smackdown tournament things have been hectic but wanted to give a quick update.
We ended our 4 days with Keith, Kevin, John, Rich, and Jeff on a high note two days ago on the New Moon with a white and a sail along with plenty of dolphin. Awesome group of guys to fish with and we had a blast. Thanks again for fishing with us here in Cat Island guys! Looking forward to whacking tunas with you in NJ.!!
Day one of the tournament we caught a nice blue Marlin around 300 pounds along with some dolphin and a few smaller tunas which one is holding on to first.
Today we caught a Grand Slam! A white, sail, and a blue which pushed us into second place and also a 30.7 pound Mahi which is holding first. Last day tomorrow. Wish us luck!
Still at it here in Cat Island. Rediculously epic Mahi fishing today with all the big ones you wanted. Quite a few over 30 pounds and one huge 57.4 pounder for Jon! Awesome fish! Rich also caught his 3rd white Marlin of the trip today. Steady action and lots of fun!