We took the 52′ Ocean Saltitude down to Ocean City, Maryland on Thursday to fish the Challenge Cup which is Cape May vx Ocean City. The fishing has been scattered this September which is uncharacteristic for this time of year, but everyone was amped and ready to go for it.
FRIDAY we ran down towards the NE corner of the Norfolk Canyon and started in 50 fathoms just above the canyon. The first 3 hours were slow for us with no bites. We were fishing in Blue Green 79.5 degree water. Finally we picked up a single white marlin and started marking solid bait. We pounded it out here for the remainder of the day an managed to go 4/7 on white marlin and saw one more. Fun day for sure and this had us in the hunt.
SATURDAY we ran right back to where we had the bites and found the bait again before lines in. We gave it a few hours without a bite then started looking for something better. We picked up and ran to the southern part of the Norfolk where there was a hard edge and a rip line. All that amounted to were a few small mahi bites and one wahoo bite. We worked back up towards the north and late in the day we luckily ran over a hungry white that piled on the black and red party skirt on my bridge rod and that was all we had all day.
Cape May ended up winning the tournament for the 4th year in a row. We had a lot of fun and even with the mediocre fishing, we still managed to pick up some fish.
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We ran out to the Poormans Canyon on the Saltitude. It was fairly calm in the morning and weather was nice. Once we got to 100 fathoms there were a ton of chick birds picking so I pulled the throttles back and we got on the troll. We made a few passes by the lobster pots to break the ice with a few mahi then started pushing offshore and up. The water was a blended blue and 80.5 degrees. It wasn’t long before we hit a scattered weedline which turned out to be the edge I was looking for where the water turned to blue and 81.5 degrees. Once I got to 300 fathoms it was game on. I was marking bait balls at 180′ on the sounder and we started to get our marlin bites. We went 4/5 on whites in about an hour and a half, then it shut down… I found myself getting sucked into the fleet that developed about 4 miles to the South and there wasn’t a whole lot going on. The wind came on strong out to the SSE as did the rain and seas. We pushed back into where we had the bites and managed to scratch out one more white marlin to end our day 5/6 on whites along with some mahi in the box. Another fun day of fishing!
We ran out on the Saltitude to the Baltimore Canyon. I cam across the middle of the canyon and found the 1 degree break where the water went from Blue Green to Blue so we got started there. From the reports I had it sounded like the weed was going to be an issue, but fortunately for us the scattered weed had mostly lined up and what was left was a fishable scattered weed. We started off the day right going 3/3 on white marlin in the first 2 hours. Then we came across a small log that was loaded with gaffer mahi. We played with that for a little over an hour and put 19 nice mahi in the boat before we decided that was plenty. We got back on the marlin hunt around 11 am or so and it seemed the white marlin bite had slowed down. After that we didn’t see another marlin for the remainder of the day. Very disappointing for September. I sure hope the fish didn’t blow by us and hopefully they come in a little late. The water temps are still fairly high as we were fishing 82 degree water yesterday, so hopefully when the water starts to cool it will trigger the all out white marlin bite that September in the Middle Atlantic States is known for. Regardless, very fun day of fishing!
I am excited to announce that we are launching a new fishing company called Fish DownSea. Fish DownSea is based around these skirts I designed that we call the Party Hats and party Skirts. I originally designed them to be a way to add a skirt to circle hook ballyhoo without impairing the hookup ratio. Check out the website FishDownSea.com and this little “teaser video” I put together and spread the word. I am about to get back to the fishing hardcore here over the next week with trips in the books everyday. Can’t wait!!!
With the incredibly flat seas we put together a quick trip on the Trade In and headed out to the Wilmington Canyon. We started our day in the tip of the canyon and caught plenty of bailer mahi right away. We trolled our way out towards the natural 100 line up on the NE flats and ended up having a pair of white Marlin come up but we lost the one we got a hook into. The bait was scarce after that so we picked up and ran to 800 fathoms in the deep of the Wilmington but it was dead out there in the bluer water too. We slipped back into the west wall of the canyon and trolled our way in towards the India arrow hoping to get a wahoo bite but no such luck. Slow day overall, but so flat calm!