I ran out today on the 52’ Ocean Yacht Saltitude on a nice little shakedown trip. After working out a few boat kinks in the morning we made our way to the 30 fathom lone looking for bluefin tuna and ended up filling out limit of unders in an hour and a half.
We switched over to shark fishing in the 65 degree water and had decent action on blue sharks and a dusky. We released them all searching for Mr. Mako but no mako encounters today. All in all great shakedown trip and sashimi on the table!
We ended up running to the Heyes today looking for a bigeye bite but no go. There was a nice 69-72 degree break right on the 100 fathom line, and we did manage to release 2 out of 2 white marlin. It looked lifeless so we ran inside to try and get on the bluefins like we did yesterday but only caught a throwback. With things being slow we decided to give shark fishing a go and managed to release a 200# blue shark to end the day. Tough fishing today but we scratched out a fun day of catching.
Today I ran out on the 55’ Gwaltney “Low Profile” searching for tunas! We got started at first light and found the whales, birds, and dolphins with some false albacore and a few bluefin tuna in the 30” class. We picked through the false albacore until we had our under bluefins in the box. All bites came on plastics in 64 degree water on the 30 fathoms line.
Once we had our under bluefins we made a move to go look for something different in the canyon. The water was 66 degrees and green, and we managed to lick out on a really nice 60” bluefin tuna to round out our bluefin tuna limit.
We continued to work towards the break and ended up finding 71 degree blended blue water but not much to it. At the end of the day I trolled into the cold, green water for a bit and we did end up getting a quadruple header of small throwback bluefins to end the day.
All in all it was a fantastic day on the flat calm Atlantic with meat in the box!
I ran out on the 41’ Jupiter Reel Work searching for tunas. We ran to the break in the Heyes Canyon and found a 62-64 degree break and then a 64-66 degree break a little further offshore. The water was blended blue. Overall lifeless all day. Reports on the radio were all the same – slow. We managed to go 1:1 on white marlin and that was our only bite of the day. We covered a lot of ground and tried to fish the structure in the Wilmington Canyon at the end of the day but the water was green and 59 degrees and also lifelesss. Not the day we were hoping for…
I ran offshore in search of the warm water eddy that had come in a few days ago with a mix of bluefins and yellowfins in it. We went out for the first trip of the NJ Offshore season for us on the 41’ Jupiter “Reel Work”. The fog was thick as could be all day which made finding signs of life tricky.
We ran to 1000 fathoms of the Lindenkohl Canyon and could not find any conditions to fish with cold 54 degree water. With that we ran north all the way to Toms Canton and in 800 fath found the 12 degree break. There was a little bit of life, but tough to see much of anything let alone our long riggers in the thick fog.
We ended up catching a bunch of throwback bluefins, lost a 60# bluefin next to the boat which was a bummer, and caught 1 out of a triple 30# yellowfins. That was our day. Not what we were hoping for but picked at it and made something happen.
We finally have the go ahead to be able to run charter fishing trips in the state of New Jersey. The weather seems to have other plans at the moment but it seems after another 5 days or so things are going to start getting better and hopefully the tunas will be showing up in our canyons soon.
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We did slip out quickly last Sunday for Black Sea Bass as the season is open now for them and there are plenty around. The wind came up hard and fast but not before we put some in the box. We are hoping to slip out a few more times when the weather allows next week. Gotta love the colors on the big ones, and I love the fillets in my frying pan even more!
Well in NJ we are still unaware when and if we will be allowed to run fishing charters as of yet, but we sure hope they will open us back up by early June which is typically when our tuna fishing is ON FIRE with bluefins, yellowfins, and bigeyes. I still plan to run my trips on the 61′ Viking, Wish You Were Here, and it is expected to be ready by early June. NC will be opening up in a few days, and they have some great tuna fishing going on now. If you need to fix the itch to fish, boo a trip with a charter boat in NC and help support charter captains and mates while having fun filling the boat full of sushi!
As for my boat, it is still stuck in Grenada as the borders continue to remain closed until further notice in nearly every Caribbean Island Nation. I have no idea when I will get back to my boat, but the way it is looking now, it will be remaining in Grenada until my season starts back up there in October.
In the meantime, I am just getting some boats ready up here in NJ for the upcoming season and hope to jump on some sea bass fishing as that opens this week and maybe even chase a line class black drum record in the DE bay with Maureen Klause. Until my next post, stay safe and stay healthy!
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