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One More Time – Trade In 10/21

With the perfect weather forecast, we decided we had to give it a go one last time offshore for the season on Maureen Klause’s 27′ Contender Trade In.  The ride was perfect all of the way to the SW part of the Baltimore.  We started our day pot hopping on the troll when we saw some birds packed in tight and there were some explosive splashed under them.  I had to speed up the troll to 8 knots to catch up to the school of tunas but once we went through the school we had 3 25 pound class yellowfin tuna on.  We managed to put 2/3 in the boat and got back on the troll again immediately.  We saw them pop up two more times but by the time we got to them they had sounded again.  We worked the area in the blue-green 67.8 degree water for about another 45 minutes and picked up and ran once we were convinced the fish were gone.

We made a 4 mile run down the 100 line until we hit blue 69.5 degree water.  We found a set of lobster pot balls and made a few passes.  Once we saw there were tons of mahi there, we broke out the spinning rods and started bailing dolphin until we had our fill.  Most were small but we managed to get 5 gaffers in the mix.  Catching mahi on spinning tackle right under the boat never gets old.  We got back up on the troll and switched over to targeting wahoo working our way down to the Poormans Canyon.  We had a lull for awhile until we had a blue marlin hammer our shotgun bait (a blue/white 8 ounce Joe Shute with a Baitmasters Select Ballyhoo).  It made one half hearted jump to show her size then the hook pulled.  I cannot seem to have one stay stuck this year.  I have had plenty of shots, but 2013 is the cursed year of the blue marlin for me.  Oh well, we had a lot of fun today.  The addition of a blue marlin release would have been great, but it was a beautiful day on the Atlantic Ocean.

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10/6 Hot Doggie

I went out on a friend’s boat today called Reelality in search of some wahoo.  His son, Stephen, and friend, Mike, had never caught a Wahoo, nor had he put wahoo on the deck of that boat yet.  The 15-20 knot SW wind they called for late in the afternoon was already blowing, and the seas were a choppy 3-6.  With that we stayed fairly close to home, but ran to where Wahoo have been holding in good numbers the past 6 weeks – the infamous Hot Dog.  We got there around 9:00 am and were fishing in 73.5 degree blue-green water with scattered weed.  We pulled a spread focused on catching wahoo with mostly skirted ballyhoo on wire and two planers down about 15-25 feet.

Our first bite was a small dolphin which we bailed in the boat.  Shortly after we had a wahoo crash our way back blue/white Joe Shute and take a hard run.  Stephen was on for his first ‘hoo and brought it to the gaff after a 20 minute battle.  We got back on the troll and had a little lull in the action before we got hammered again by another wahoo on the same bait.  Mike fought it for about 15 minutes before we sunk the meat hook into its head.  Keith kept working the Hot Dog since the direction we wanted to go would have been a head sea all day.  We had two mystery bites that just never came tight.  I saw the splash on one of the two and it looked like a wahoo bite, but I can’t confirm it.  The way the bait came back on the other made me believe it was a small dolphin.  At about 2:00 pm we picked up and ran in.  Successful day since the goal was to get two people their first wahoo.  I can’t wait to slice some up for sushi!

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