Friday the 13th and 13

13 sure was the number today. I would say even the wind was about 13 knots out of the NE as well. Thank goodness 13 was not the number of feet tall the waves were. Beautiful sunny day and a little chop.

We started our day with some tough luck getting 9 bites but only coming tight on half and boxing 3 decent yellowfins. They the bite shit down a bit and turned into a pick, and we weren’t picking. We made a few adjustments to the spread and started hunting a bit. With a little help from a friend, we got into the pick ourselves and picked away at small to medium size yellowfins ending our day boxing 13 tuna and releasing a white marlin. We only had two bites on spreader bars today and all the others on Islander Trackers and Fish Downsea Tuna Flares with smaller ballyhoo. Another fun day on Exile with an awesome group of guys!

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7/5 Report

Made the decision to make the long run based on a few solid reports compared to everywhere else. Got 2/3 smaller yellowfins right away and then shut down again. Lots of mammal life but otherwise not a lot to it. Pounder it out for awhile and started to get the feeling it was time to go look around. Ran down the line and pulled the hook on a better yellowfin end of the day and that was all she wrote.

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July 3: tough one

Quick report here. Covered a lot of ground today looking for something good and unfortunately never found it. Fishing seemed slow for just about everyone, ourselves included. We boated 1 yellowfin and had two white marlin bites that never connected. Tough day. Flat calm and beautiful yet again though

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July 2 – Eight’s our number

So again today we boxed 8 yellowfins and released two smaller ones. 4/7 trips here in NJ now we have been stuck on 8 yellowfin in the box. I guess you can call that consistent, haha. Anyway we fished the Lindenkohl Canyon again as it seemed the fish are scattered about all along the 100 fathom line from the Carteret to the Wilmington. We got into one smalller yellowfin right away then it was quiet for awhile until we got into a good flurry catching 7 in the matter of an hour. All fish were 15-30 pounds. Tougher fishing as the water is warming up drastically. Ended the day seeing 78 degrees. Another flat calm beautiful day with plenty of meat in the box again.

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July 1 Report

The weather here this season so far has remained flat calm almost every trip and today was no exception! I’m loving it! We made our way out to the Lindenkohl where there has been a rediculously hot bite the past three days and for lines in at 430 in grey light. 15 minutes later we hooked into 3/4 yellowfins and boated all of them on green spreader bars. We fired them back out and we were hooked into 4 this time and got them all in the boat quickly. Fired em out and again had 3 bites on the tuna flares and ballyhoo, hooked into two and boated 1 nicer yellowfin. After that it went quiet! We didn’t get another bite the whole day other then when we went inside to try Lemkes for bluefin but caught 3 bluefish. We ended the day with 8 yellowfins, not bad at all. The water was 74 degrees and blue green with no real break as these hotter days seem to have the water blending.

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San Salvador WAHOO Video

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!

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6/24 Marlin Surprise

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.

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