I made the crossing to Grenada on the Exile Friday. We lucked out and had relatively calm seas for the crossing so we stopped and deep dropped for about two hours and caught some red snapper for dinner for the week.
Saturday was day one and the sails showed that they were still here. We had a little bad luck on getting hooks into them and ended up 3/10, ouch. We had most of our action early on and the afternoon everything got real quiet, no birds, no life.
Sunday we got back to it and right away we saw some nice yellowfins. We gave it a shot chasing the birds on the yellowfins. But they never really came together so we got back to billfishing. After that flurry the sea went dead. It was lifeless, no flying fish at all, which is strange for here, and the water was blue green. Anyway we picked at a few here and there and went 0/2 on sailfish in the morning. We did manage to pluck a 30# bull dolphin in the blind. We picked up and ran 12 miles to the south hoping to find something different with no success. We did get a double and halfway into the fight we pulled the hook on both of them – certainly not what we needed – then got right back on the troll and caught a white marlin and that was all she wrote for the day.
Today was day 2 of the spice islands billfish tournament and the bite was on. Plenty of fish caught today in the blue 81.5 degree water here. We fished outside 100 fathoms in the morning and had an amazing sailfish bite and even found some sails balling bait. The first bite of the day was a sail on the right long and we got into the turn for a bit and then WHAM – 300# blue marlin on the teaser! We eventually got it to switch and got it hooked up but unfortunately pulled the hook after 10 minutes.
After an epic morning bite we slid south and shallower and managed to get a bite here and there’s the end of the day it turned on again and we had 6 bites in the last hour. Our day ended with us going 9/18 and lost a blue. Those numbers placed us in first with a 900 point lead (basically 3 fish lead or a blue and a sail/white). Hopefully we can keep our composure and make it happen on Saturday!
We made the run to the deep looking for billfish on the Wish You Were Here. We got started around 630 and before long we found a weedline that was holding some mahi. We picked at a few of them and then in the mix we released our first white marlin. After that we had a little lull until we had 4 white marlin in the spread. We had hooks in 3 of them and somehow as bad luck would have it, pulled the hooks on all of them. Ouch!
Not long after that chaos we got hooked into a blue marlin that put on a great show and then got down and dirty for over an hour before we got the release on the 250# blue. Awesome teaser bites!!!
We picked away at a few more white marlin bites and ended the day with some mahi in the box, 1/1 on blue marlin and 2/6 on white marlin.
We fished the Mid Atlantic Cup out of Cape May, NJ on the Wish You Were Here. We had beautiful flat calm weather and some fog in the morning that burnt off around mid day. The fishing overall was slow in the area we were blue marlin hunting but we kept at it. Without a bite all morning we picked up and ran off about 6 miles into 600 fathoms. We had a big mahi up on the long rigger but it never ate. We kept on pounding it out and at 210 there she is on the left teaser (Breakfast). Then she moved in on the Fish Downsea 1.5 dredge. Once we had that out of the water the blue ignored the pitch and then piled on the right teaser (pink squid chain with a black and purple express mackerel chaser). I played a bit of tug of war before she let go and piled on the right shirt, and finally GAME ON.
After a little more then an hour Brett brought the fish into range of the gaffs. We pulled the fish through the door, took the measurement to be sure it was what we thought, and turns out she was better! 108″ long, 60″ girth and weighed in at 489 pounds to be the WINNER! Awesome fish, and what a day!!!
I mated today and wow, it’s was Lake Atlantic. Flat calm and beautiful weather today. We ended up with a gaffer mahi, 1 35# yellowfin tuna, and 3 throwback yellowfins. Bonus fish of the day was releasing an 8o# mako on the troll. Great fight! Overall tougher fishing today and a lot of boats out there taking advantage of a beautiful day on the water. Nice having flat calm days!
We ran up to the Lindenkohl Canyon in hopes of getting into the action we heard form a couple friends in the morning hours before we left who were picking away steadily at yellowfins. The weather was perfect, flat calm and a nice ride out. We dropped lines in and WHAM! We got a nice 50# yellowfin on the boat. After that we raised two white marlin that didn’t connect. That was it for the evening. The bite seemed to have shut down a couple hours before our arrival.
Night time was a beautiful starry night, but lifeless. No bait at all in our lights or on our sounder. Around 2 am finally we got a bite on our shark rod and game on. This one was serious and stripping drag. After about 25 minutes we had the shark close to the boat but pulled the hook. All I could think was “Really?” Ouch!
At first light we got on the troll and worked into the Carteret but only manages another white marlin bite and some small throwback yellowfins. We tried to work inside of the Lindy to see if the fish didn’t push in but no love. Tough one for us.