Day 2 for us found us starting on a 1 degree break in the spencer canyon. We had a white marlin up on the teaser early but it never switched. We worked the area for awhile and slid south with no action. It was pretty slow everywhere so we made the move to the Lindy to try a different area and hit the reset button.
Here we ended up grabbing 1/2 Sailfish and a white marlin to end the day. Overall slow day of fishing.
Our first day of the WMO aboard Exile 65 started off with acres of two tone dolphins everywhere! We were fishing in the NE Corner of the Wilmington Canyon and we didn’t see our first bite until 1030 on the left long ballyhoo with a blue party hat. Keith fought the fish for awhile and it didn’t look like a bad fish so we measured it boatside and the white measured an inch shy of the minimum so we let em go.
The remainder of the day was rather slow and we made our way to the SW corner of the Wilmington canyon when a decent sized blue came in on the left teaser (pink squid chain with a blue and white express chaser). After an awesome switch by Joe to the 80W pig pitch Keith was on for a heck of a fight. The blue never jumped and gave Joe a shot at the leader quite a few times and stayed down hard until finally we got the fish boatside to measure. She was 108″, 6″ shy of the minimum. Awesome fish! Made the day.
Today we fished the Stone Harbor Invitational Marlin Tournament out of Cape May on a Exile65. We ended up fishing the Baltimore Canyon in green 77.5 degree water – pretty difficult to find anything better looking on the edge this year… anyway, we had some good bait marks and worked em hard and released a white marlin out of the gate on the left flat line ballyhoo with a pink party hat. Not long after we hooked into a white on the bridge rod ballyhoo with a downsea blue party hat and got a clean release.
We kept working the edge where the bait was and saw a tailing white that never bit, then had a white paddle in on the left dredge that had Fish Downsea purple dredge shads. The white went to switch to the left flat but never ate. Around 11 we had a 200-250 pound blue come in hot on the bridge rod but faded away. It was really quiet mid day until we caught a mahi at the end and that was the day. Overall we lucked out on the weather, stayed dry, and even saw the sun, haha. Looks like the next 4-5 days are going to be a blow out. Bummer….
I mated on Justified today to get in a quick 8 hour shark trip in the DE Bay. We had a fun family on the boat with 4 kids and it was a blast. We released 5 sand tigers and 3 brown sharks. They all did awesome on the rod and reel and lots of laughs.
Marlin mode tomorrow for the Stone Harbor Invitational Marlin Tournament. Prep day and moving Exile65 to the Canyon Club and at it on Friday.
With the perfect weather we slipped out for a quick afternoon trip to explore for some bluefin tuna on the troll aboard the Trade In. We setup on the troll on an inshore lump and after about 30 minutes got into an under bluefin (40″) on the way back Downs Blue Tuna Flare and Kristie got her first personal bluefin tuna! Congrats! We also had a double header on the other way back blue and white 3 oz. Joe Shute with a mahi-mahi that we got into the boat as well. We gave it another 1-2 hours and picked up one more under bluefin (38″) on the way back blue and white again, put the fish in the boat and took off for home. Not bad for a 6 hour tuna trip!
We ran to the Southern Lumps on the inshore fishing grounds searching for tuna on the chunk. We got anchored up at first light in clean green 80.5 degree water. Right away we got a mahi from the kite bait and shortly after we boated a nice 50# yellowfin tuna that ate a kite bait. We had to bring the kite in unfortunately as the wind dropped out completely.
After about an hour and a half of no bites we got on the drift. We were able to pick at bites throughout the rest of our day ending 3/5 on nice yellowfin tuna weighing 45-60 pounds and anothe mahi. The fishing remains tough all around so we were pretty stoked on our day and plenty of fresh meat!
We ran an overnighter Sunday into Monday with Nick and Jane from Sebastian, FL. Nick was looking for his first yellowfin tuna. Fishing was very tough in the canyon and we only managed a couple throwback yellowfins, not what we wanted to get Nick. The water temp was 82 degrees and. Dry green. We covered a lot of ground looking for something different but no go. We found plenty of whales and porpoise but they weren’t doing much and we didn’t mark any bait at all.
We did drop for some tilefish and put more then enough in the box for the dinner table. The night bite was nonexistent so we picked up and ran to the inshore lumps to the first light bite hoping the tuna would cooperate and we got Nick into this nice 40# class Yellowfin. We will most likely be pounding out the inshore lumps for tuna over the next week or so until something better develops in our canyons. Congrats Nick and thanks to Nick and Jane for making the trip up here.