Today we had a 15-20 knot wind out of the SE as we made our way down the edge to start our day at Devils Point here in Cat Island. Right away we got a long rigger bite from a sailfish but it never came tight. We picked at a Mahi here and there along the wall as we worked our way down the edge to Columbus Point. We picked at some Mahi here and there but the bite was fairly slow all morning.
We managed to get a white Marlin off of a flat line bite behind the dredge and it put on a great aerial show. The afternoon we saw more white birds out on the point and got into a nice tuna that we actually were able to get 1/2 of the 40# yellowfin to the boat. Some tuna steaks are better then no tuna steaks. We continued to catch Mahi here and there until we called it a day at 330. Back at it again tomorrow.
We got out on the water today for day 1 of 4 with our new group. The action was pretty fast and furious throughout most of the day. Signs are looking good that point to good billfishing. We hooked up 3 white Marlin and got 2 clean releases and put 16 Mahi in the 12-20 pound range in the box. The whitetip Sharks managed to eat one of them, but you have to pay the tax man every now and then. Great day one the water. Hopefully it’s just the beginning of plenty of more good days.
It seems all is well and good and we are back at it again. Today is the first of 7 straight days and I’m looking forward to spending lots of time on the water and hopefully less time wrenching in the engine room. Here we go!!
Joe made it back with the new turbo Tuesday evening and we had it installed and ready to go late Tuesday night. With that we took a fishing day/sea trial Wednesday and it was spectacular fishing at Devils Point just before High Tide. Flying fish were everywhere along with Frigate birds and the white birds chasing after the flyers getting jumped up out of the water by the Mahi.
We spent about two hours fishing there and loaded up on mahi and saw a white that never ate the long rigger it came up on. Then off went the alarm and the engine was starting to overheat. Unfortunately crisis wasn’t averted and it turns out we have an entirely different issue.
Today (Thursday) we have spent the day purging the water out of the engine so she can turn back over again and will be getting ourselves back to trying to determine the original problem which is seeking more like a faulty exhaust manifold now.
Lunch break is over, so back at it.
I was sifting through some footage today and captured a cool shot of some mahi fading off of the dredge and wanted to share it.. Here it is:
So April Fools had no good jokes in store for us. I never got a chance to mention that a shark broke off our dredge on Tuesday so we watched that sink to the depths in no time flat.
Wednesday we made our way straight to Columbus Poiny where there has been a little bit of a bite and we picked at a few dolphin and had a Marlin come off due to being bill wrapped but other then that, pretty slow overall. We also lost an engine and had to come in on one (thank goodness we weren’t 80 miles off the beach like we do back in NJ).
Today (Thursday) we are still trying to diagnose exactly where the problem is and so far just going through the process of elimination. Hopefully we can figure it out today and Joe will have to head back to FL to get parts.