Our last day of the Mid Atlantic was a little tough. We had a strong SW and and good 3-6 foot choppy seas. We got on some fish right away raising a double header white marlin but neither ate (one did try to eat the teaser but never stuck around). Then we raised another and then released a white. After that the bite dies for us. Just a bit offshore of us they had some better action early as well but we were too late for that bite and it was hard to leave when we were seeing fish. We searched around the rest of the day and did manage to catch 1 more white and what was our day. Luckily our tuna held up and we were able to win $29K and change so not a bad tournament at all. Lots of fun on the Saltitude.
Monthly Archives: August 2016
Today was an interesting day. We got to where we wanted to start our day And saw yellowfins busting on the surface. We had to wait a half hour before lines in watching this and of course they want down on lines in. We missed a white Marlin right off the bat. Then we saw the tunas again and got a double header of nice yellowfins. We picked at a few white Marlin on a sulphur line and ended up 2/5 here before it slowed down.
We ran down the line about 12 miles and setup on another sulphur line with chick birds picking. We weren’t there long before I could hear a friend further away that I couldn’t hear earlier and he was on the fish so we picked up and ran another 15 miles and had a little over an hour left of fishing time and ended up catching 2/3 whites here to end our day. We took the tunas to the scale and they went 72 and 68 lbs. For the time being the 72# tuna puts us on the board for two calcuttas for some money, but still two days of fishing left.
Quick report here. Ended the day 3/4 on white Marlin. Fishing seemed slow overall anywhere so felt fortunate to have caught what we did. Started in Lindy and didn’t see much. Bounced out to the 1000 for the afternoon and got a few bites and made our day there. Rough ride out but got pretty as the day progressed.
After being down for two weeks, we got the Saltitude back offshore fishing for Marlin. We ran back out to the 1000 fathom line between the Lindy and the Spencer and started of having a white come up on the pink squid chain teaser and switched the fish off to a naked ballyhoo. Justin got the release quickly and we got back on the troll. We pounded around the general area but we weren’t seeing much as far as bait or signs of life so we started working down the line a bit.
We saw a few whales and some rip lines and up on the left long with a DownSea Blue Party Hat/ballyhoo came in a nice blue marlin. Charlie was hooked up on this one a solid 300-350 pound fish. After chasing it down we got a clean release but not before a solid and beautiful jump right behind the boat! Always awesome catching blue marlin! Not to long after a white Marlin popped the left flat line out of the clip and the fish faded to the right long and was on. Casey got the release on this white and that was all before 11 am. After that we couldn’t get a bite no matter what we did. We ended our day on the 100 line in the Spencer canyon and picked up to go home at 330pm. Slow fishing overall in the 81.5 degree blue/green water…
Well this past Sunday after soaking in placing in the White Marlin Open, I picked up my new rig, a beautiful 65′ Paul Mann. The boat is named Exile 65 and I will be exclusively running charters on this boat year round starting in September in various locations. We went from Palm Beach, FL to GE Inlet, NJ nonstop chugging all the way and got here late Wednesday. What a boat. I can’t wait to get her out fishing! Please spread the word. I will have all the information up about chartering Exile 65 by the end of next week right here on my website. I have the Mid Atlantic Tournament coming up next week on Saltitude.
Well, going to do a long story short here. Been a busy week and I have to fly to FL tomorrow to grab our soon to be new rig (to be announced soon). Day 2 for us was overall slow with 2/3 white Marlin release and a few mahi. We did have a 68″ white but it was very slender so we let it swim.
Day 3 we were 2/3 on whites and at 2:45 we had tunas blow up on our long riggers. The tuna on the blue and white Fish DownSea Party Skirt stayed tight. Dave was on for a great fight and an hour and 50 minutes later we boated a nice yellowfin to take to the scales.
We knew it would be close but man, it was soooo close. 71.5 lbs and it held up through Friday and get us 3rd Place Tuna for the tournament and a nice little payout aboard the American Lady. Good times and a very fun crew!!
I am mating for Captain JoJo on the American Lady, which is a 58′ Ocean Yacht, for the White Marlin Open this year and stoked to be down here in Ocean City, Maryland! This tournament is always quite the scene with boats from all over coming to compete, and this year is certainly no different!
Our first day started off slow but we got on the fish good around noon and ended up getting 1 white out of a triple (pulled hooks on the other two). Then we picked up a single White Marlin shortly after for a release. Then we had a double header up and got one to eat for another release After that it went silent for us until 3:15 when we had a white eat the right long and I missed. Ouch, first one of those in awhile, but overall fun day in flat calm water ending 3/6 on whites. Not much weighed in today, so it’s still wide open! We are laying Tuesday due to some steering issues but plan to fish Wednesday and Thursday. Hoping to find THE ONE!!!
I mated on the American Lady for the OCMD for the Marlin and Tuna Club Girls Tournament called Heels and Reels. We had beautiful weather and the bite was going off! We had a somewhat off day, but still managed to catch 3/4 whites (lost the one 30 feet from the release) and every one ate the left long ballyhoo with a blue/white or black/red Fish DownSea Party Skirt! We also caught 4 Mahi in the 8-10 pound range so it wasn’t a bad day on the water at all… Great prep for the White Marlin Open coming up!
We lucked out and were able to get out on the Marlin Hunter for Day 2 to try and stay in the hunt for the tournament. Huge thanks to Kurt on that one by the way! We made our way back to the deep on the Lindenkohl and right away were marking bait. Kind of a slow start but we had a white Marlin up on the right teaser and switched him off to the flat line, but missed. Luckily he piled on my bridge rod with a black/red Party Skirt and we were on. Casey got the release. Not long after a 250 pound or so blue piled on the right teaser and we weren’t able to switch it. Bummer. The rest of our day amounted to nothing but it was good enough for a 3rd Place finish along with 1st Place team award, and Casey taking 3 top angler awards. Not a bad finish condsidering the adversities we had to deal with…