Monthly Archives: August 2015

Bluefins Or Bust (VIDEO)

Here is my latest Episode of the 2015 season called “Bluefins or Bust”.  We did an exploratory trip back in late June on the 27′ Contender ‘Trade In’ and scored.  Be sure to watch in HD!!!

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8/5 More Bigeye Action

The Bigeye fishing in the evening has been hot, so we planned our trip to start late.  We started our day pot hopping and pitching spinning tackle to dolphin to get some meat int eh box right away.  It was a slow pick from pot to pot but we managed to catch a dozen and lose quite a few more.  It gets chaotic with 5 dolphin on and jumping everywhere you are bound to lose a few fish, haha.  After that we got right into the whale action in the canyon and got on the troll.  It didn’t take too long before we got a double header at 4:15pm.  Once we got settled in we had one that was still on.  This bigeye gave the 6 man crew a serious battle.  After an hour and a half team effort they managed to get the estimated 130# bigeye within reach of the gaff.  I ran down the ladder to stick the second gaff in the fish and over the rail the bigeye went.  The bigeye hit the deck, we all yelled out loud because we were all stoked, and the boys were done.  We cleaned up and headed for home.  Left em bitin’!  Fun trip!

  

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8/3 12 hour trip

We had a 12 hour 30 line trip on “Justified” and given what has been going on and the recent full moon we targeted wahoo and dolphin with the hopes of sneaking in a white marlin bite or two.  We started fishing around the Indian Arrow where we had a 1 degree break and plenty of rip lines but the morning only produced one dolphin.  We worked our way offshore a bit and had a white marlin bite and lost a wahoo.  Tough luck there.  We got into a mess of dolphin and by the time the cockpit stopped getting blood spattered everywhere from mahi we had 18 in the box.  Perfect!  We managed to get another white marlin bite on the troll but it did not connect and that was our day.

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Back to Back Overnighters

I ran back to back overnighters Wednesday and Thursday night and the quick turnaround made it tough to post in between trips.  The fishing was pretty good and we had some awesome fishing.  The Full Moon is July 31st and I am always curious to see what kind of fishing it brings.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT (7/29-30)

Wednesday night we ran a trip on Justified.  I mated for Captain Joe Trainor and we had a group of guys along with us who fish with us regularly and have fished with me in the Bahamas and Grenada. Needless to say, they are my favorite group, and they are pretty lucky on top of that.  We got on the troll around 3pm in the Lindenkohl and conditions were not great.  We did manage to get a white marlin which turned out to be Chris’s first white marlin.  I actually am just remembering now, he didn’t jump in – I’ll have to get him in the water next time I guess.  Action was slow otherwise so we deep dropped for tilefish.  Bill got a really nice Blueline Tilefish that ended up being 2 lbs shy of the world record.

Around 5pm we got back on the troll.  The whales were pretty active around 6:30 and a friend of mine had a bigeye on the jig but didn’t boat it.  As it got closer to dark the whales scattered which wasn’t a good sign, BUT we lucked out and WHAM, the left flat goes off and we were on a bigeye.  Todd beat the fish in 20 minutes and we boated a nice bigeye in the lower 200# range.  We trolled a little more into the dark without a bite then got on a drift for swords. I sent down the first rod about 200 feet with bigeye belly and skirt and as I was setting up the second rod we got that tell-tale swordfish tap and finally the fish committed.  Andy was on his first ever sword and we got that 60-70 pounder in the boat!  We went on to get 3 more bites hooking into one, but after 15 minutes, the swordy decided he wasn’t going to let us catch him and completely spooled us.  That was a first for me.  Very fun trip!


  
THURSDAY NIGHT (7/30-31)

Thursday I ran Low Profile with Tyler as my mate and we headed back out bigeye hunting.  We tried to pot hop for mahi right away and came up with a few, but there weren’t many mahi on them.  As I crossed the canyon headed to try some other pots we ran over the pilot whales and they were packed in tight and active.  We got on the troll but could not buy a bite, but around 8:00pm we got 4 big bites and had 3 come tight.  Game On!  After an hour and 15 minutes we had all three bigeyes in the boat!  What a great feeling.  We got our lines back in and got on the troll in the dark and after 15 minutes the right long rigger goes off and we have another bigeye on.  This one was feisty or our crew was just spent after whacking 3 bigeyes a few minutes earlier, but we did manage to get this 4th bigeye in the boat a little after an hour.  Great crew of guys and good anglers as well helped our ratio be 100%.  We laid up overnight and tried 4 different drifts but no action from any swordfish.


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