Jimmy Johnson Tournament Wrap Up

We just finished up the Atlantic City Jimmy Johnson Tournament on the 61′ Viking “Wish You Were Here” which hosted 85 boats or so. We ended up finishing 7th Place in release points letting go 7 white marlin. On day 1 we made the long run way outside the Hudson Canyon and picked away at small yellowfins and mahi, but no marlin bites. Day two we went to the deep of the Lindenkohl and picked away at white marlin going 4/5 on whites along with some mahi. Day 3 we were in the hunt but needed a big day. We ended up 3/4 on white marlin. Such a fun tournament with a great crew!

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July 6 – whites arrived

We ran back to the scene of the bloody crime from yesterday hoping for action at least half as good. It was a choppy 3-5 foot sea with winds 15 knots out of the SW. we got into action on the troll at 600am and it didn’t take long to get our first bite, and we hooked up a white marlin on the Downsea blue tuna flare. Jim got a clean release. About an hour later the left mid rigger blue and white tuna flare had a big hole created on it and we were on. Dana battled it out and boated the 50 pound yellowfin tuna!

As we were setting lines back out another white marlin came into the spread wreaking havoc on our spreader bars until I was able to switch him again to my left long Downsea blue tuna flare and converted that one for Jim’s second release. After that the fishing went flat! We had a long lull until 100pm we got 4 big bites and came tight on 3. We managed to get all three 50# class yellowfin tunas in the boat to make the day a great one!

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July 5 – slamming tunas

Quick report here but WOW! Phenomenal fishing! The tunas are thick and we continue to break double digits on the Euphoria…

Today we got started at 5 am and by 530 had our first bite. The bite just continues nearly nonstop until we were done with 18 yellowfins and 2 stud longfin tunas at 1030. Incredible fishing!!! wish I could elaborate but no time at the moment. What I can say is they bit EVERYTHING today for us. So many first second and third tunas for the crew today!

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June 30 Report

We ran right back to where we had the action yesterday and in the first 15 minutes the right long Fish Downsea Blue Tuna Flare goes screaming. That color has been hot this season so far! After. A solid battle we put a 90 pounder on the deck! Went back into gear and then the right mid rainbow bar hooked up to a 40 pounder. We continued to pick away at singles and doubles until 930 am until the bite shut down but not before we put 10 nice yellowfins in the box.

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June 29 – whackin yellowfins

Started in one of the northern Canyons at 530 in blended 71.5 degree water. I found where there were some rips and a fair amount of birds picking away so we pounded it out. At 635 we got 7 bites and only one came tight on right bridge long Downsea blue tuna flare, 40 pound yft. Ouch. Not the start we wanted.

Then at 930 double header of 35 pound yellowfins. Left short rigger rainbow spreader bar and left mid rigger Fish Downsea blue and white tuna flare. At 1000 left long Downsea blue tuna flare 45 pound yellowfin. As we were gaffing that last fish the left short rainbow bar got piled on which turned out to be a 35 pound yellowfin.

That kinda dried up so I Paddled across towards the NE corner and about 2 miles shy of it in the deep we got piled on: 1200 quad yellowfins all 40-45 pound class. As we were fighting the quad we had a spreader bar dangling from the outrigger and we had a white marlin come in and hack at it twice and take off. Pretty cool! We had our hands full so we couldn’t try to convert it to a switch! Water at this point is still blended and 72.5 degrees. We boated all four yellowfins and then at 1230 quad yellowfins all 40-45 pound class.

At this point we had plenty of meat and started to work our way towards home and at 204 we got a double header – only caught 1/2, both on Fish Downsea tuna flares. Then at 230 in 50 fathoms left bridge long blue and white ilander 30# yft to end the day.

Awesome day of fishing on Euphoria!

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June 26/27 overnighter

Here are the notes from the trip:

Ran to the Lindy and started at 1115 I. 71.5 blended blue water

1130 40# yft on black and Downsea blue shotgun tuna flare

1145 pulled one off on left long tuna flae

200 right short purple bar 40 #

315 pulled off a screamer on right bridge long

345 right short purple spresder 40 pounder

430 left bridge long blue white inlander monster yellowfin about 125 lbs

510 right short purple bar 30 pounder

540 right mid bar throwback

546 left bridge long blue white inlander and missed one on right bridge long Downsea blue

820 right bridge long Downsea blue tuna flare 40 yft

Setup for night drift in NE corner and had a drift up the wall in 1000’

1045 release 150# mako

1130 caught a small swordfish

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June 18 report – yellowfins!

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.

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CaptainsVlog 11 – Cat Island Fishing

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6/14 Report

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.

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June 3rd Report

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.

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