I mated for a quick 12 hour trip on Justified. We ran to the Wilmington Canyon and found a 1.5 degree temp break with some scattered weed in the NE corner. Water was blue/green 67.5-69 degrees. Not much to it other then mahi all over the pot balls which we capitalized on and caught a bunch with spinning tackle to make the day. Looked good, just no bites.
I mated for Captain Joe Trainor for an overnight charter aboard the 48′ Ocean Yacht Justified. With the slower reports we decided to start the day on a high note and deep dropped for golden tilefish then went pot hopping for mahi on light spinning tackle. Luckily for us both types of fishing was on fire and we loaded the kill box up with plenty of meat before we even got on the troll. We trolled to dark without much action other then pulling off a tuna on a green machine spreader bar. There was a 1 degree break in the canyon and we were fishing clean blue/green 69.5 degree water.
We setup in the drift for the night with the wind out of the SW at 10-15 knots. We setup in the SW corner and right away had a swordfish come tight on the sword bait. We ended up putting that one in the boat rather quickly which was a great start to the night! After releasing a pup mako shark we got into some action with what seemed to be tunas while we were on yet again another swordfish. We hooked into 4 more fish but every one of them chaffed off since they swallowed the hooks and chewed through the leader, but the swordfish stayed tight and after 2 hours we got that one into the boat that went an estimated 150 pounds. Awesome fish.
We kept resetting our drift and got into another really nice swordfish that we chased around like a blue marlin for an hour. The sword proved its strength and kept swimming along the top all over the place effortlessly as we kept trying to get close enough for a gaff shot. The fish made a few wild runs at the end and unfortunately we pulled the hook. Just before sunrise we did release a blue shark and had an estimated 130# mako shark harass our tuna baits and never commit to the bait we had intended it to eat. We chunked hard into the sunrise but no tunas and took off for home. All in all fun trip, and plenty of meat for the guys! Fishing seems to be improving and I can’t wait to get back out there!
Here are a few quick clips from a trip we did on Exile 65 the end of 2016 while we were in Key West.
We got started today at first light in the Poormans Canyon in 70.5 degree water with winds out of the NE 5-15 knots. We trolled around looking for some signs of life all morning covering 100-400 fathoms down to the South Poormans and back up to the Poormans. The water did climb to 73.5 out deeper and down in the South Poormans. There were quite a few of us out there and nobody had any tuna bites so we ran up to the Baltimore for the afternoon but no luck there either. We ended the day pulling some mahi off the lobster pot balls with spinning tackle and that was all there was to it.
A little quick edit for Fish Downsea Tackle Company.
Here is a video of the fast paced action aboard Exile 65 this past April during the White Marlin Smackdown Fishing Tournament in Hawk’s Nest Marina located in Cat Island, Bahamas. Be sure to watch in HD!
Last week I slipped down to Trinidad to get the 45 Hatters Exile back into shape and hopefully ready for a sale or for more fishing in the Southern Caribbean. I was lucky enough to sneak out for tarpon twice, and the tarpon fishing in Trinidad is absolutely incredible. We released quite a few on artificials along with some jacks and one morning we slipped out with Jonathan De La Rosa of MonstaTarpon.com (check em out) and we released 16 tarpon up to 80 pounds on live bait in 4 hours. The 16th release on the trip was their 1700th release of the season!