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.
I ran the 27′ Contender “Trade In” with Maureen Klause, Cullen Wright, and Joe Carey in search of wahoo and white marlin. There has been a consistent bite of some wahoo and white marlin around the Hot Dog and the lumps outside of it to 50 fathoms. The ride there was a little rough, and the SW 15 knot wind kicked up the seas throughout the day, but we still fished. We started our morning at the Hot Dog and I was marking solid bait on the edge at 160 feet of water. We dropped a planar down with a blue/white Hawaiian Eye with a ballyhoo on wire behind it and WHAM! It was whacked within 10 minutes and up to the surface came a nice wahoo screaming out line and jumping all over the surface. Maureen was on her first ever wahoo and after about 20 minutes of gaining line back, we had a nice 65-70 pound wahoo in the boat!
We got back on the troll and went back over the same area and we hooked into another wahoo. Cullen reeled this one in which was his first wahoo and in came another nice 40# wahoo. I worked the area a little longer but the bait disappeared and a friend was just offshore of me and had 2 white marlin already, so we pulled up the planer, put the dredge in and worked out. Once we got into 45 fathoms we started seeing the bait and put a nice gaffer dolphin in the boat. We were looking for a white for Joe since he had never caught one and after working the bait for a while, we had a white come up and hammer a bait. It took a screaming run and the white marlin made Joe work hard to get the release, but he stayed on it and we got a quick snapshot of him with his first white before the release.
It was later in the day so we started working in towards the Tea Cup where I saw on the satellite shot that the same 73 degree water was, and it was on our heading for home. Once we got inside 40 fathoms we put the planar back down and we were on with our 3rd wahoo which I actually got to have fun with on the rod and reel. We put that 40 pounder in the boat and called it a day. Fun day of fishing and plenty of wahoo meat – my favorite!