Today I ran the 52′ Ocean Yacht “Saltitude” on the hunt for bluefin tuna on the inshore lumps. With all the bait we saw at Massey’s yesterday it seemed like the best place to start our day considering the poor fishing reports just about everywhere yesterday.
We made our way out breaking Cape May Inlet at 3am and had lines in at 5am grey light. The bait was still there but I wasn’t marking many fish yet. Around 600 I marked a solid school of tuna on the sounder and here is how the rest of the day went (as per my notes from the day):
500 lines in, only about 8 boats today compared to 50 yesterday. 73.8 degree clean green water.
-605 hooked up on left long way back on Fish DownSea pink/purple tuna flare 80# fluoro with medium ballyhoo. Landed 52 inch bluefin at 630
-635 hooked up again on same lure left long way back on 80# fluoro caught at 705 49″ bluefin release
-645 drift bite while hooked up on second fish for the double header on DownSea blue tuna flare 130# fluoro and caught at 700 42″ bluefin.
-Trolling 5 knots, lots of bait and marking tuna every pass on sounder.
-730 broke one off one tuna on the short shotgun DownSea blue tuna flare 130# fluoro
-830 hooked up left long way back DownSea blue tuna flare 80# fluoro and released 52 incher
-900-915 left long way back DownSea blue tuna flare 130# fluoro 50 incher released
-930 hooked up left long way back on and 945 release 54″ on Crystal/pink sea witch 90# fluoro
-1050 right long way back hooked up on Fish DownSea blue/white tuna flare 130# fluoro and released 54 incher at 1105
We had plenty of fun fighting tunas and we’re happy with our over and under bluefin so we packed it up while fighting the last fish and decided to call it a day. Great day of fishing, and very happy to have got it in…!