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.
Today we ran out on the Low Profile searching for tunas and we were able to get into some action. The water was blue green and 71 degrees and winds 10-15 out of the SW.
We started the day with a mahi and then picked away at a few fish in the morning that all were shy biting on the long riggers with ballyhoo rigged with tuna flares. As the day progressed we caught a few throwbacks and then had a lull mid day. The dolphins got very active around 100 and wham! Triple header of 45 pound yellowfins to end the day with 7 in the box!
Today I ran the Wish You Were Here and we took a shot at the Carteret and Toms Canyon where there have been some bigeyes and yellowfins caught and an eddy that has been holding there the past few days. The morning started slow with just some mammal life.
Around 11 we released a nice white marlin and got back on the troll after a great acrobatic show. We proceeded to pick away at some tunas letting go about 10 throwbacks and putting 3 in the box along with a nice mahi. Fun day of fishing.
We fished the Washington Canyon on the Low Profile for our second day of the tournament. The day started off with a big bite on the right flat line which ended up being a mako shark we released. We sure were hoping it was a bigeye!
The rest of the day we picked at a mahi here and there and some tunas most of which were throwbacks but we did out three keepers in the box including one that went 55 lbs and placed in the tournament.
Unfortunately today was slow again for us. We picked at a few gaffer mahi and some yellowfins but only 1 keeper yellowfin fishing down between the poormans and the Washington canyon today. Blowout tomorrow but back at it Saturday.
Today I went out and ran the 61 Viking Wish You Were Here in hopes of getting in more on the hot tuna action. We started off just above the Poormans Canyon with a couple skipjack tunas then had a decent yellowfin on and lost it near the boat. Tough start. There wasn’t much to it, no edge, birds or really any life.
We continued hunting for some bites and had a decent quad of smaller yellowfin bites and only 1 came tight which ended up being out only keeper yellowfin of the day. We boxed 1 mahi after that then had two solid bites that pulled the hook and that was all she wrote today. Tough one. Just wasn’t my day. Hopefully tomorrow pans out better.
Today was my first day out here in NJ and I mated for Joe Trainor on the Low Profile. The tuna fishing has been pretty solid and it is holding. We boxed 7 yellowfin tuna and a 100# bigeye tuna and headed home a little early. We had a couple throwbacks in the mix but the yellowfins were all in the 25-35 pound class range, FUN FISHING!!!