We started our day at first light in Poormans Canyon along with numerous other boats. The water temp was 69degrees, green and Flat calm. Things started off slow until we got into a small school of yellowfins and picked away at single bites for an hour and a half catching 9 yellowfins, 7 of which were keepers. The hot bait today for us was the Fish Downsea 2 ounce Tuna Flare in Downsea Blue rigged with a medium ballyhoo. We tried to see if we could luck out on a swordfish but nothing to it for us… fun day and plenty of meat in the box! Looks like we will be blown out for the next 4-5 days but will be back at it strong after that.
We has some pretty weather today so we made the long haul to the deep of the Toms Canyong and started fishing 500 fathoms of Toms on a 3 degree temp break of 65-68 degrees. We worked the break hard for about 15 miles on both the warm and cold sides, but not much to it at all. Lots of birds pounding on our spread all morning, but we did manage to catch 2 40 pound bluefin tunas.
We ran into Lemkes for the afternoon to take a look around in there. The water was green 66 degrees, and unfortunately lifeless. Slow day for us.
We ran offshore in some random rain showers and headed for the 30 fathom line. We started fishing in green 57 degree water at the Elephant Trunk and quickly found tons of life. Whales, two tone dolphins, and birds everywhere. Unfortunately there wasn’t mush to it except for what seemed like rain bait and after working it for hours we never got a bit.
Finally around 9am we did get a bite on a wide tracker spreader bar on the mid rigger and boated a decent 35# under bluefin tuna. It seemed really quiet so we setup on the drift for some sharks. After about 45 minutes we finally got our first customer, a smaller blue shark. We ended up releasing 6 blue sharks ranging from 80-200 pounds and had some fun doing it.
We decided to get back up on the troll as the wind was coming us kind of strong out of the south. We managed to hook into another bluefin tuna on the right long Fish Downsea 2 ounce tuna flare and got that on deck in no time. That rounded out our day. While it wasn’t what we hoped for, still a fun day of fishing.
We started our long run offshore this am in beautiful flat calm weather. Always a treat! We got our lines in around grey light and had a bite on the right short spreader bar but that never came tight. We were on the edge of a 60-62 degree temperature break in green water with a fair amount of boats in the area. We picked away at some bites but had some bad luck and only managed to box one under bluefin tuna on a purple spreader bar.
The bite was scattered so I decided to make a move which paid off with a nicer under bluefin tuna on a blue and white fish Downsea tuna flare with a ballyhoo. With that we switched gears a d went sea bass fishing boxing a limit rather quick. Not a bad opening trip!
We put in a half day fishing in Cat Island for our last day and WOW we’re the Mahi thick. Nonstop Mahi fishing action! The wind went SW in the early morning. We managed one billfish bite but missed it. We ran up to little San Salvador and anchored for the night catching some yellowtails. The next morning we packed it up and ran to Nassau for everyone to fly out.
The wind was light SE today and I was expecting great fishing, and wow did we get it. The action was consistent all day until 3:30pm woth small tunas, a wahoo, Mahi, and great billfishing. We ended the day 0/1 on blues, 4/6 on white marlin, and 1/1 on sailfish. Incredible day of fishing!!
We fished most of the day and ended up 1:1 on blue marlin and 2:3 on white marlin. The wind was 15knots out of the NE. We made a move to setuo to anchor overnight, but we also did some bottom fishing and got into the yelloweye snapper good!!! So much fun, and great action.
The next day we ran back to Cat Island and got right into the action on a half of a day catching a couple small tunas, a Mahi, and went 1/4 on white marlin!
Today we had some choppy seas but it was still plenty fishable. We started the morning with a Mahi and then a white marlin release. The action was much more scattered throughout the day with a few Mahi bites here and there along with one massive melee where they were everywhere! That’s always fun having 5-6 fish on at once!
Later in the day we had a white marlin pile on the right flat line and we had some awesome displays of aerial acrobatics from that fish. Shortly after we released that one we had a blue marlin pile on the left flying fish teaser. We switched it off to a bait and game on!!!! Impressive fight from the 200# blue and we got the release after about 45 minutes to round out our day.