Well, we ended our day 6/9 releasing 6 white marlin. A few mahi in the mix. Great day pre fishing for the White Marlin Open. I have to keep the location semi hush hush, but some other boats did even better. Felt fortunate tho overall to have caught what we did! Fun day for sure. Hope to keep the good vibes rolling through the White Marlin Open!
We went back at it looking for billfish today and ran up between the Wilmington and the Spencer Canyons. The water in the morning looked green and lifeless although we did catch two small yellowfin tuna. We picked up and ran off to 700 fathoms of the Spencer and nearly right away we released a long bill spearfish. Very cool catch! The rest of the day we trolled around looking for something better, then picked up and ran again. At the end of the day we did manage to release a white marlin off of the right long party skirt ballyhoo, and that was the day.
Wow, well today was a pleasant surprise. We ran out to the Baltimore due to 3 days of wind keeping people on the beach so no fishing reports and also no SST image, and we went in hopes of finding maybe a stray tuna, and couple whites, and some maki. The mahi were certainly there and we put about 2 dozen in the box, but what really made the day great were some awesome blue marlin bites, fights and releases along with a white marlin.
The morning started with a 300 pound blue that piled on the party skirt on the flat line and game on. After some awesome jumps and chasing the fish around a bit, the leader chafed off. Ouch. Shorty after we had a 175 poun blue marlin piling on the left teaser and Radny switched that fish off to a blue and white tuna flare that was on the short rigger. Awesome fight and clean release. Mid day things slowed down but we did get a white marlin off the left flat line with a party skirt and a nice release on that one.
At the end of the day as we were starting to pack up we had a small blue marlin around 100 pounds pile on the right teaser and randy switched that one off to the right flat line and we needed the day going 2/3 on blues and 1/1 on whites. Lots of fun!
I made the crossing to Grenada on the Exile Friday. We lucked out and had relatively calm seas for the crossing so we stopped and deep dropped for about two hours and caught some red snapper for dinner for the week.
Saturday was day one and the sails showed that they were still here. We had a little bad luck on getting hooks into them and ended up 3/10, ouch. We had most of our action early on and the afternoon everything got real quiet, no birds, no life.
Sunday we got back to it and right away we saw some nice yellowfins. We gave it a shot chasing the birds on the yellowfins. But they never really came together so we got back to billfishing. After that flurry the sea went dead. It was lifeless, no flying fish at all, which is strange for here, and the water was blue green. Anyway we picked at a few here and there and went 0/2 on sailfish in the morning. We did manage to pluck a 30# bull dolphin in the blind. We picked up and ran 12 miles to the south hoping to find something different with no success. We did get a double and halfway into the fight we pulled the hook on both of them – certainly not what we needed – then got right back on the troll and caught a white marlin and that was all she wrote for the day.
Today was day 2 of the spice islands billfish tournament and the bite was on. Plenty of fish caught today in the blue 81.5 degree water here. We fished outside 100 fathoms in the morning and had an amazing sailfish bite and even found some sails balling bait. The first bite of the day was a sail on the right long and we got into the turn for a bit and then WHAM – 300# blue marlin on the teaser! We eventually got it to switch and got it hooked up but unfortunately pulled the hook after 10 minutes.
After an epic morning bite we slid south and shallower and managed to get a bite here and there’s the end of the day it turned on again and we had 6 bites in the last hour. Our day ended with us going 9/18 and lost a blue. Those numbers placed us in first with a 900 point lead (basically 3 fish lead or a blue and a sail/white). Hopefully we can keep our composure and make it happen on Saturday!
We slipped out for 4 hours this morning on the layday and went 5/6 on sailfish. Unfortunately we lost our steering though and we McGyvered something hoping to get a little bit of steering for the last day of the tournament. Gonna make it interesting tomorrow. I sure hope we can get on em and hold the lead.