I finally got a day to do a quick video edit from our time fishing on the Exile in San Salvador, Bahamas. The fishing overall was decent to good with a couple of great days mixed in and some nice wahoos. We didn’t get another 100 pounder but we had plenty of nice ones!
We fished Day 2 of the Mid Atlantic Tuna Tournament and started off going on the hunt for Bigeyes. We needed a bigeye to get into the money and they have been proving difficult to find lately. We ran out to 1000 fathoms of the Spencer where there have been a few catches of bigeyes in that piece of water that was 72 degrees. We got a quad of yellowfin tuna in the 30 pound range and managed to get 3/4 into the boat. It wasn’t long after that the fog rolled in thick for the remainder of the morning and we were not able to see anything which made it difficult to search for signs of fish other then what we would run over with the boat.
Around 11:00 I decided to call off the bigeye hunt in this piece of water and got run south 28 miles to the other piece of water we have been fishing looking for a larger yellowfin to get a solid stringer. We ran over the break which went from 71.5-75.5 degree very quickly. As we were setting lines out BAM! Double header white marlin on the right side. We released both white and got back up on the troll. We went on to release 2 more white marlin and hooked into a massive blue marlin that ate the Downsea Blue Tuna Flare with a large ballyhoo on the right long. The bomb hole she left made me think we had the right tuna bite we were looking for until she did a jump and showed she was a sizable blue marlin. Unfortunately once we got settled in the leader chafed off on the blue marlin’s bill.
We continued to work the break to the SSW covering both the warm and cold side and picked at a few mahi until we got into another double header of white marlin to end the day. We released 1 out of the double and pulled the hook on the other. All in all, amazing day of fishing going 5/6 on white marlin, 0/1 on blue marlin, 3/4 on yellowfin tuna, and some smaller mahi.
Thursday was Day 1 of the Mid Atlantic Tuna Tournament and the weather was perfectly flat calm. Other then a few thunderstorms we had to avoid on the ride offshore in the morning, it was a beautiful day! We got pushed out of our starting position where I wanted to be due to the thunderstorms and started an hour late, but we got on the troll and began our search. The grass/weed was fairly thick so we were working hard all day keeping the baits clean.
I found the temperature break I was looking for and started working it. there was a very nice weed line and the water went from 72-74.5 degrees and was pretty blue on the warm side. We started off with a small mahi and shortly after that a double header of yellowfin tuna and boated 1/2. We kept working the line out deeper and then POW! 9 rods down and 9 yellowfins on. We went on two boat 6/9 yellowfins on that cover up. We got the lines back in and then we hooked into a white marlin on the left long and got a clean release as it was lit up neon when it was boat side giving everyone a show.
We kept working the area and went on to get 3 more cover ups on yellowfin tuna, one of which was where all 14 lines got hooked into quality yellowfins. We ended the day with 20 yellowfin tuna, quite a few of which we released and headed for the scales. All of our tuna were 45-55 lbs with one larger one at 64lbs caught by Mary! Great day fo fishing and if put us in the money for the time being in the tournament.
Wednesday we got right back to it starting off in the Baltimore Canyon targeting yellowfin tuna. The bite was pretty hot there YESTERDAY, but we all know how that goes. Action was nearly nil all morning until we started working up the temperature break to the NE and WHAM! 11 lines go down and hookup 9 yellowfins in the 45-55 pound range. We ended up boating 5 of the 9. Great way to get the day rolling. We kept working up the break and managed to get a triple header of which we got 2/3 of similar size yellowfins. We made a few more passes and then had a white marlin come into the spread looking for what he wanted to eat before he finally decided to pile on the long rigger and we got a clean release on it. As the day was coming to an end the left long went down hard and we were into a solid yellowfin. After a great fight we boated the yellowfin that went to weigh in at 86 lbs! Great day on the water with a fun crew!
We ran an overnighter Monday into Tuesday on Exile out of Cape May, NJ. Without a solid SST SAT image we went where we thought the water we were chasing would be and got on the troll around 2 pm. Unfortunately we missed and found the water late where we managed to get 2 yellowfins out of a quad all on tuna flares and ballyhoo and then two more single yellowfins on spreader bars just before dark. All of our bites were in 500 fathoms in the edge of the water but it was a very gradual break.
We setup on the drift specifically targeting sharks and sword hoping to get into a quality fish. As luck would have it, the sword rod goes off and the fish is stripping line at 22 lbs of drag and just going. Todd settled in for the battle and after a good 45 minutes Frank sunk the gaff into a nice 60” bluefin tuna! Awesome surprise.
We slid south to catch back up to the water and got on the troll just before first light. At 4:50 am we had a quad of yellowfins. We boxed one and released one that was small. Another pulled the Hook and we had a little bad luck with the last one boatside and lost that one. We kept working the area in 600 fathoms along the gradual break without much life or any bait marks and managed to grab two gaffer mahi and a double header of 40# class yellowfins.
Very fun first trip in NJ aboard Exile!
Let’s go fishing!!! Finished up all the tweaks and cosmetics in the yard and Exile 65 is ready to go fishing. Charter is in NJ all Summer long and then on the beautiful island and fish filled waters of Grenada starting November 2018! Check us out at http://www.ExileCharters.com for more information or the Charter section of my website right here. Hope to see you fishing with us!