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Friday, October 14, 2011
We started off heading for little-fishtails where we saw satellite shots of warm water eddies pushing up into the flats. Unfortunately, there weren't any fish to be found. We picked up and headed south east towards the edge to see what we could find. What we found was mahi only. Tuna were eluding us.
We picked up once more and continued to head east towards West Atlantis. When we got there, we picked up more mahi and set up for the chunk. On the chunk, the story remained, mahi mahi mahi mahi. We did have one interesting run on our sword line, only for a knot to fail.
In the morning, we put out our spread at first light and within the first 15 minutes we had a triple header of yellowfin tuna. FINALLY! We circled back around to try to find them again but then they were gone. At one point, we trolled through a school of porpoises that were feeding on a bait ball that seemed to be an acre or 2 in size. Somehow, either there weren't tuna around or they weren't interested in our spread.
So by the end of it, the three yellowfin were all we got. On top of that we kept 13 mahi and threw probably 10 of them back. Everyone took meat home, but it wasn't the best tuna haul ever by any stretch of the imagination.
That probably wraps up the canyon season for us. Until the spring...
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Total trip took 7 hrs from Milford to Fish Tails. We trolled the Tails and found not much. No tuna but lots of small Mahi stacked up under the pots. As we went passed one pot, literally about fifteen 2-3 lb mahi were jumping out of the water at high speeds towards our spread. It was as if they were mammal dolphin, the way they were breaching. They were all quite small though, I think they knocked every lure out of the clips with their aggression, but we only caught one that time.
Reports were of warm water 10 miles south of the Tails so we went there and picked up 2 albacore.
The infamous "death rattle"
Set up there for the chunk around 8pm drifting in 2700 feet of water but it got rough. Perhaps the coolest thing that happened while on the chunk was that just after dark, we saw this MASSIVE thing moving slowly at the edge of our underwater lights. Eventually it came within 10 feet of the transom and it turned out to be a giant mola mola (google it if you don't know). A very cool site and a first for me. We had few hits on the chunk and at one point I hooked into something big. Real big. It made 3 huge runs but it spit the hook after about 1/2 hour of fighting. I barely got a foot of line back from it the whole time. I had it on a 30W, so I'm suspecting it was either a big eye tuna, a very large yellowfin, or a swordfish. We had recently seen a shark, but we ruled that out when the hook came back clean with no teeth abrasions on the line whatsoever. Also, the head shakes and runs were not typical of sharks. Anyway, you always lose the big one, so no story there. Here's me locked into the mystery fish.
We had a few more hits, Andrew landed another Mahi, but we were drifting at a fast pace and getting slammed by swells. Deciding that we could not drift and fish, we came off the drift around midnight and all we could do was drive slowly west (with the waves) to the Dip. We put a couple lines out to see if anything would hit a lure trolled at night, but nothing happened. We ended up at the Dip by the time it started to get light. Then we turned around at daylight and started trolling back to where we started and we were immediately on the fish.
We fought fish all the way back to the to the tails in 6-8 plus head seas. Constant action for 3 hours. Since it was rough, we only had 5 or six lines out at a time, and each time we hit the fish, almost all lines went down. But for whatever reason, usually only 2 or 3 of them would actually hold a fish after the strike and there were plenty of skipjacks mixed in with the Albacore.
Finished fishing at 10am. We still managed full speed all the way to Montauk despite the rough seas. Total was 9 albacore to 55 lbs and 4 mahi. Also threw back probably 10 skipjacks and a few small mahi. Here's Andy, Artem & Steve with the two biggest:
Monday, June 21, 2010
The winning shark ended up being an impressive 335 lb thresher. Full tournament results were:
Heaviest overall - AFISHIONADO - 335 lbs. thresher
1st place mako - CAROL LIBBY - 241 lbs
2nd place mako - PANCHO - 236 lbs
3rd place mako - CHANGE ORDER -224 lbs
1st place other species - AFISHIONADO - 335 lbs. thresher
2nd place other species - HALFWAY THERE - 330 lbs thresher
3rd place other species - WE GO - 325 lbs thresher
No qualifying blue sharks were weighed in this year. All the ones we caught were skinny skinny skinny. They say that an 8.5 foot blue weighs 250 (the minimum for the tourney) but this year they were still too light even at that length. Also, folks, make sure you know the difference in the shark species that you may encounter in our waters. One boat killed a great white shark and brought it in to the weigh station, only to be greeted by the authorities shortly thereafter. I'm not sure what happened, but I've heard the fine was $25,000. Not only will it hurt your wallet, but the restrictions on certain sharks are in place for a reason (we hope). There's no excuse for killing a protected species due to ignorance.
Anyway, it was a great weekend. The boat is running pure. The new underwater lights look fantastic at night, can't wait to break them in on an overnighter tuna trip. Shouldn't be long now... Below are some pics.
And in unfortunate news, due to moving to the left coast, David has been suspended from Team Small Fortune until further notice. The case is being reviewed, strict penalties are pending...