Thursday was Day 1 of the Viking Ocean Shootout and we were fishing it on Saltitude. We had some sensor issues the night before but got them squared away. We were headed off and got about 40 miles off when we started having some throttle issues. It was too risky to troubleshoot offshore so we have to pack it in and go home. Bummer but better safe then sorry. Headed out for tuna charter chunking for tunas tomorrow. Stay tuned…
Monthly Archives: July 2016
Today was our first day getting offshore on Saltitude this year. Billfish were our primary target but we were ready for some tunas as well. We started on the 100 fathom line in between the South Poormans and Washington Canyon. We found the break that went from 76.5 to 78 degrees, but not much life. We worked up the edge and between 11:00am to noon we had some Marlin bites.
It started with a blue marlin bite on the right short rigger ballyhoo/PartySkirt but after two swings and misses he was gone. We worked the area hard and at 11:20 we got a white Marlin bite on the left short rigger ballyhoo/party hat and unfortunately another miss. Almost immediately after a white slammed the left flat baked ballyhoo and he was on. In the end of our turn another white came in on the left teaser but never switched. We got the release on the white and the was pretty much it for us for the day other then a small yellowfin. Slow fishing other then that hour of goodness…
I have been running around like crazy after the overnighter and about to go for a solid day tomorrow, but we just got off a great trip aboard Justified. I mated for Captain Joe Trainor and we started our day in the Wilmington dropping for tilefish as we heard the bite was slow on the troll. We caught 14 tilefish then got on the troll around 4. At 5:50 pm with the pilot whales working hard in the East Notch, BAM, game on. 5 bites from bigeyes and 4 came tight. One was gut hooked so his teeth sawed through the leader and we still had 3. We got 2 out of three bigeyes in the boat and got back on the troll. Shortly after, WHAM, on another bigeye. The way this fish was fighting you could tell he was gut hooked, but the leader was holding up. After an hour and a half we ended up losing this one too from a chafed off leader. Bummer.
The night was slow and we released two very small makos then ran inshore to Massey’s for first light troll and right away we had a double of bluefins. We got 1/2 into the boat which was a 43 inches and called it a trip. Fun trip with a great group of guys!!!
With the window to get on a good mako closing fast we focused our efforts today on trying to get Maureen a line class record mako. We ran down to Masseys and setup in the blue green 73.5 degree water. There was a huge fleet of boats Tuna fishing and some were getting a few and others none. We setup outside of the fleet and drifted the drop off for most of the day. It was wet and rainy most of the day and no action. We had one small blue shark at the end and a few mahi swim around the boat that never ate, but that was all for the day. Not much to it, a lot less bait there then I have seen the past two days there.
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…!
Today we got to the boat at 130 am so we could make it to the Southern Lumps off of OCMD at grey light in search of bluefin tuna. Unfortunately the only storm cell on the entire east coast was right on top of us so it delayed our departure, but we still managed to break the inlet by 245 am and were on our way to fish at Massey’s. After going through some rain and a choppy head sea, we made it at 5 am and were on the troll.
Already the fleet was growing by the minute to fish the green 73.5 degree water at Massey’s and the crowd made fishing difficult. There was tons of bait on and around the hill but we weren’t marking many fish. At 615 am we lucked out and had three tuna swing and miss the green machine spreader bar on the left short rigger before the fourth bite finally came tight. Awesome bite! Cullen got the 30 pound bluefin to the boat and we continued on the troll until 9am without anymore success. The bite was tough and the fleet was large so we got setup to drift for mako sharks to try and get a line class record for Mo.
A little more then two hours into our drift we had two makos in the slick, one barely legal and one around the 150# mark, the one we needed. The smaller mako snuck by and grabbed the 2# test rod with a whole mackerel and game on. The mako took off. Knowing this fish wouldn’t make weight we got rid of it quick in hopes the bigger one would decide to eat. We gave it another hour but no luck. We had to pack it in and head in. Not a terrible day compared to what we were hearing from others lack of success, so I guess we will take it. Not sure what I’m going to get into tomorrow but I’ll be headed offshore somewhere on the 52′ Ocean Yacht “Saltitude”. Hopefully we can find something a little better.
Today we decided to try to give it one last solid shot at line class shark fishing. There have still been a few mako sharks lurking around even though it is a bit late for the inshore shark fishing, but we had good weather and wanted to give it a shot. We ran up to an area on the 20 fathom line out of GE Inlet and went about 35 miles. The water was a blue green color and 70.8 degrees. We had some wind on the first drift and drifted at 1.2 knots for 2 hours without any success. We reset and the wind started dropping out but maintained a solid drift for almost 3 hours and nothing. We ran about 6 miles South and setup on a few lumps. The wind had completely dropped out and we still had no action. Only this we had was a Mahi swim leisurely up our slick and disappear. Beautiful sunny day on the water, but no action. We are switching gears tomorrow and going for some bluefin tomorrow…