We rode out on Exile 65 for an overnight trip and made our way to the Carteret in a stiff South wind at 12-16 knots. We tried hitting a few pots upon our arrival for mahi in the 68.5 degree water but no bites so we setup for the nighttime bite.
Our first drift was to the NNE at 1.2 knots and at 8:30 we had a nice mako hammer our shallow sword bait and skies out doing flips 3 different times which looked awesome in the starlight. Chuck did a great job keeping the fish tight and after a few awesome runs we were able to bring the estimated 175# mako in the boat. Great start. At the end of this drift we did catch a small swordfish that we released before resetting for another drift.
The second drift we came across the canyon again and this time got hooked into a nice sword that Chuck and Zach worked together to bring the fish within range of the gaff. Amazing how powerful hear fish are, it took about 50 minutes until the end game. We reset for our third and final drift and had a few mystery bites and then at 5:30 am we had a sword pounding on one of our squids but never fully committed to the bite no matter what we did to try and provoke him.
At first light we got up on the troll and pushed off the the warmer 73 degree water in 800 fathoms but overall lifeless. We tried the pots for mahi in the Lindy but the water was green and 65 degrees and we only managed to squeak one out of there before heading home.