Today we fished the Stone Harbor Invitational Marlin Tournament out of Cape May on a Exile65. We ended up fishing the Baltimore Canyon in green 77.5 degree water – pretty difficult to find anything better looking on the edge this year… anyway, we had some good bait marks and worked em hard and released a white marlin out of the gate on the left flat line ballyhoo with a pink party hat. Not long after we hooked into a white on the bridge rod ballyhoo with a downsea blue party hat and got a clean release.
We kept working the edge where the bait was and saw a tailing white that never bit, then had a white paddle in on the left dredge that had Fish Downsea purple dredge shads. The white went to switch to the left flat but never ate. Around 11 we had a 200-250 pound blue come in hot on the bridge rod but faded away. It was really quiet mid day until we caught a mahi at the end and that was the day. Overall we lucked out on the weather, stayed dry, and even saw the sun, haha. Looks like the next 4-5 days are going to be a blow out. Bummer….
I mated on Justified today to get in a quick 8 hour shark trip in the DE Bay. We had a fun family on the boat with 4 kids and it was a blast. We released 5 sand tigers and 3 brown sharks. They all did awesome on the rod and reel and lots of laughs.
Marlin mode tomorrow for the Stone Harbor Invitational Marlin Tournament. Prep day and moving Exile65 to the Canyon Club and at it on Friday.
We ran to the Southern Lumps on the inshore fishing grounds searching for tuna on the chunk. We got anchored up at first light in clean green 80.5 degree water. Right away we got a mahi from the kite bait and shortly after we boated a nice 50# yellowfin tuna that ate a kite bait. We had to bring the kite in unfortunately as the wind dropped out completely.
After about an hour and a half of no bites we got on the drift. We were able to pick at bites throughout the rest of our day ending 3/5 on nice yellowfin tuna weighing 45-60 pounds and anothe mahi. The fishing remains tough all around so we were pretty stoked on our day and plenty of fresh meat!
We ran an overnighter Sunday into Monday with Nick and Jane from Sebastian, FL. Nick was looking for his first yellowfin tuna. Fishing was very tough in the canyon and we only managed a couple throwback yellowfins, not what we wanted to get Nick. The water temp was 82 degrees and. Dry green. We covered a lot of ground looking for something different but no go. We found plenty of whales and porpoise but they weren’t doing much and we didn’t mark any bait at all.
We did drop for some tilefish and put more then enough in the box for the dinner table. The night bite was nonexistent so we picked up and ran to the inshore lumps to the first light bite hoping the tuna would cooperate and we got Nick into this nice 40# class Yellowfin. We will most likely be pounding out the inshore lumps for tuna over the next week or so until something better develops in our canyons. Congrats Nick and thanks to Nick and Jane for making the trip up here.
Today was day 2 of the South Jersey Showdown Tournament. We ran back to the NE Corner of the Wilmington and the there was plenty of squid on the bottom in the Flats. The water was green and 78 all day, and the current was pushing hard to the SW. We had 1 white marlin bite early on that we missed and that was it all day. There were some scattered tuna bites in there for the guys tuna fishing but otherwise pretty slow up and down the line. Since it was slow for everyone were were able to maintain our lead in the marlin points category so we got the Win!
Today we ran to the inshore tuna lumps looking to chunk up some yellowfin tunas. We anchored up at first light in 79 degree green water and got the chunk slick started. It took about two hours before our first bite but we picked at fish all day until we left at 12:30 pm. We ended up hooking 12 yellowfins in the 40-50 poind range but due to having to use light leader we had quite a few pop off after a solid fight and we out 3 in the boat along with 3 mahi. Not bad at all. Good day that could have been great.
Today I ran Saltitude, a 52′ Ocean Yacht, for Day 1 of the South Jersey Showdown Tournament. We ran out in a 15 knot SW wind and a 3-5 foot side to sea for the NE Corner of the Wilmington. We fished from 8:30-3:30 and picked at white Marlin throughout the day, raising 9. We released 3, lost 2, and missed 1. The three others never committed. Not bad at all for early July marlin fishing. We even snagged a 49# yellowfin and a mahi for the dinner table. Fun day for sure!
Today we ran down to Masseys on the Trade In. We had green 76 degree water on top of the hill and not many bait marks, but enough worth anchoring on. We have it two and a half hours chunking starting at first light and o it had a dolphin to show for it. We spent the remainder of the morning jumping around to different lumps searching for something worthwhile but we barely marked any bait and only mustered up one more mahi. The wind came on mid morning and made it fairly choppy and with the slow fishing we called it a day early.
Today I ran out on Exile65 in search of tunas. It was a beautiful ride out and we got to the Spencer Canyon at daybreak in 75 degree blue green water. It didn’t take long we got a triple header of yellowfins. 2/3 were keeper and one was a decent 35 pounder. The sailor gulls were wheeling around until 8 am and we kept picking away at fish all morning catching 7 yellowfins, 4 of which were keeper fish.
The bait and birds disappeared so we started making our way down the 100 fathom line and we found a little bit of bait and started to work it. For two hours we had a steady pick of quality 40-60 pound yellowfin tuna other then a pair of throwbacks. We caught another 8 more here keeping 6 of them.
There really wasn’t a hot bait today as we got bit on both meat and plastic. If I was to call out too three today it was the green machine spreader bar, Downsea Blue Tuna Flare, and the black/plum Islander sea star. Very fun day of fishing on Exile 65 on the troll in the canyons!
We had some perfect flat calm seas on the 4th of July and went out to the edge looking to check a tuna off of Mary’s bucket list. We got a late start with lines in at 8:30 and started fishing in between the Spencer and Wilmington Canyon on the 100 fathom line in blue green 74.5 degree water. We found some bait that we worked until we finally got covered up with a triple header of yellowfins. Unfortunately we pulled the hook on all three. Ouch!
After working down and back up into the flats of the Wilmington with no bites, we decided to make a run to the inshore grounds around the Hot Dog to look for something better. Right away we grabbed a gaffer dolphin. We worked down the 30 fathom line a little until we finally got whacked by a solid 45 pound yellowfin tuna on the right way back Downsea blue tuna flare and Mary was on her first tuna. After a great fight Tyler sank the gaff into the tuna! We managed to pick up another gaffer dolphin as we got lines back in and we headed home. Tough fishing but we got what we needed!