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Wahoo Fishing Grand Cayman – VIDEO

Here is the video from our Overnighter fishing the infamous Pickle Bank off of Grand Cayman in the Caribbean.  Be sure to watch in HD.

 

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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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Costa Rica Dreaming

This past week I was lucky enough to get invited to be an angler on a trip to Costa Rica.  The first day we did a 4 hour ATV tour which was AWESOME!  I got to do some cliff jumping at a waterfall in a remote location which was pretty wild.  Now for the important stuff, we fished on the ‘Dream Maker’ which was a 2004 35′ Cabo that is part of Costa Rica Dreams charter operation out of Los Suenos.  The mates had a box full of flossed up medium sized ballyhoo ready for circle hooks.  They pulled 5 naked ballyhoo and 4 different teasers for their spread.  Costa Rica is loaded with Pacific Sailfish which run larger than Atlantic Sails.  My first one of the trip went an estimated 125 lbs, and it put on an awesome aerial display.  Day 1 was slow by Costa Rica’s standards, but we still caught some sailfish, and Day 2 we had plenty of action raising over 15 sails.  We saw at least 20 tailing sails throughout the day on the surface as well on Day 2, sometimes 4-5 at a time.  It was pretty amazing.  We had the majority of our bites on a Zuker 5.5 in the ‘bleeding mackerel’ skirt color pulled behind a squid chain.  That lure was hot!  The whole trip went by so fast, and it was so fun, that the whole trip felt like a dream.  Fishing Costa Rica is an amazing experience that I highly recommend.  It’s simple, the crews there are great, and the ocean is always calm there.  I will be putting together a quick video edit of the trip which I hope to post up before I leave for the Bahamas early next week.

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Virginia Beach Day 3 (1/11)

Unfortunately we were blown out yesterday due to a small craft advisory warning, but we were back at it today.  We focused on targeting a bluefin tuna today since there have been a few hooked up each day here in VA Beach.  The tuna have been weighing in around 200 lbs, so we wanted to see if we could be one of the lucky few to get the bite.  We left the dock at 7:20 am with  light East wind and partly cloudy skies.  There was a fleet of boats around Cape Henry so we decided to stop and try for a striper for an hour.  There was plenty of bait, but no bites.  We picked up and ran out towards the Light Tower right around where we stopped on Wednesday and caught our fish.  The birds, bait and stripers were there again and we caught 7 stripers pretty fast trolling Mojos at 4.5 knots.  The stripers were aggressive, and were eating mostly chartreuse until the sun went behing the clouds, then the majority of our bites came on white.

We kept pounding it out hoping for a bluefin tuna bite.  A boat near us ended up hooking up into a bluefin, but broke it off after and hour and a half.  We keep getting bit by stripers, and the sounder was lit up with bunker and striped bass all day as the birds kept telling us where the stripers were all day.  We ended up catching and releasing 27 stripers, 2 of which weighed in at over 42 lbs on the Boga Grip.  We had a blast, but unfortunately we didn’t get our tuna bite.  We did hear that some boats found stripers inside of 3 miles for the first time in weeks.

We will be putting the Trade In back on the trailer and dropping her off in NC tomorrow, then back to NJ tomorrow night.  Overall, we had a great trip, and we were stoked we came down to VA Beach to do some fishing.

Maureen's 42.5 pounder