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Only Takes One

Today we ran out on the Trade In looking to get into some meat fish with wahoo and mahi the target. The first 15 miles was fairly bumpy but after that the wind dropped out and we had a smooth ride. We started just inside the tip of the Baltimore on a small weedline and caught one bailer dolphin and worked to the canyon. After about two hours of no bites we decided to try pot hopping for mahi with light tackle.

The first couple pots had mahi but they were very finicky due to having already been messed with by other boats just before us. We were just a bit too late. They other balls had just been cleaned by the pot boat so no go.

We trolled a bit more into 40 fathoms on a few lumps then back out to the pots that had a few mahi. We were able to get them to eat somewhat and picked away at 10 or so. We got back on the troll back inshore to look for the weedline we found in the morning and we did find it. We worked around the line and finally the right flat 2 ounce Fish Downsea Tuna Flare color Rasta goes SCREAMING! Wahooooooooo! A nice one at that. Steve battles it out and we got the 60# wahoo in the boat.

Sometimes it only takes a fish to make the day. Beautiful sunny and flat calm day on the water, and some fish for dinner to top it off.

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New Jersey Offshore Fishing 2018

Check out my latest video. I am back to being up to date and plan to start doing more of a Video Log Style set of videos on my YouTube Channel which I will continue to post here in my reports as well. I hope you enjoy the action!

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Southern Bahamas Liveaboard Video

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Cat Island 2018 VIDEO

As usual, fishing out of Hawk’s Nest Marina in Cat Island, Bahamas did not disappoint this Spring on Exile 65!

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9/5 Lotsa Bites

We made the run up to the Hudson to get the crew a lot of action and it paid off. Plenty of bites. Ended up release 8 whites. Here are the notes from he day.

Lines in at 650. Started just before 100 square, 78.5 degree water and blue

655 hooked 2 out of a triple released 1

709 had one behind right long but picked up weed and fish faded

715 long rigger Bite, chafed leader didn’t see

810 pulled Hook on one switched from left teaser

829 missed white left long black blue party skirt

834 missed white left flat Naked

852 release white off left teaser naked

905 right flat naked released

1016 pulled Hook on 1 in turn hooked off left flat naked

1108 hooked White off left teaser party hat  released

1151 bridge rod blue white party skirt jumped off white

1236 miss one right long naked

111 non eater on left teaser

132 right flat party skirt released

343 white right long naked trail and fade. Tried dump and nada

408 bridge rod black red party skirt white released

429 left teaser blue switch to bridge rod chugger Head and lost fish

4:38 left flat party skirt white released

451 release white left long Downsea blue party hat

602 missed double. Bad sunglare due to going after a free jumper. SUCKS!

635 miss white off right teaser 

638 stayed in turn and pulled Hook on one hooked right long naked, probably same Fish from teaser bite we missed

650 one on teaser and bridge rod. Epic fail all tangled up. Hooked neither and a zing pow!

GAME OVER – FUN FISHING

 

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August 30 Report

We finished off our last trip of the month on a high note. We started early in the morning looking for a wahoo and after searching for a little less then an hour we got a screaming run on the right long and watched a nice wahoo screaming across the surface. Game on! Him did great getting it to the boat and Matthew sunk the gaff into the nice 50# class wahoo!

Shortly after that we had a white marlin that we got a release on. Good start, but the water looked bad and no life or bait so we kept pushing off looking for better conditions. After a couple hours searching and 1 more white marlin bite we got into a slow and steady pick of white marlin action on a slight color change and a little bit of bait in 500 fathoms.

We went on to go 5/9 for the day on white marlin. Jim, Dana, and Paul got their first white marlin releases as well! Fun day of fishing! I’m looking forward to checking out the troll pro footage that was on the Downsea Blue Shad dredge! Had quite a few bites behind it!

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Mid Atlantic Wrap Up

I’ve had my hands full lately so I haven’t been able to keep up as well as usual. Thursday was day 2 of the Mid Atlantic for us. We raised 6 whites in the NE corner of the Wilmington on the edge, got bites from 4 and released all 4. No size to any of them.

Friday I went with my gut and we fished 500 fathoms of the Heyes. We had quite a few mishaps early with some solid action. Unfortunately we only ended the day with 1 blue release and 1 white release. The afternoon the bite shut down entirely for us. Oh well, just gotta come back and show next year. Fun times and good fishing though for the week!

Big thanks to Mary, Charlie, Jody, Justin, and Casey for fishing with us on Exile 65!

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