Archives for August 2007

8/30-31/07 — Carteret Canyon

Trolled down to the Carteret from the south toms as the water had slid south some and only managed two bites… one was a white bite that I missed and one was a tuna that broke off on the strike.

Set up for the chunk in between the Carteret and the Lindenkohl in 520 feet of water and immediately had squid in the lights. For about an hour we jigged and netted 12-13″ squid before we had our first shot at fish.

By 11:30pm we had 7 yellowfin to 90lbs in the box, had missed a sword bite on a sword rig and had broken off another sword on 80lb. fluorocarbon. All the bites were on live or dead squid.

After a short lull in the action we had another flurry of 5 fish between 3 and 4am. Again, all the fish came on live or fresh dead squid.

We picked one last fish around 5am and after a very brief morning troll headed in.

Overall we were 13 for 17 on yellowfin with nothing to show for the troll…

Spencer Canyon Report 8/12-13/2007

Headed to the Spencer Sunday and began trolling around 2pm. Had one yellowfin on the troll around 4pm on the NE wall, it hit a 9″ canyon runner rainbow squid bar.

Nothing more till we set up at night on the northeast corner in 520 feet…

Throughout the night we had more 12″+ squid around the boat than I’ve ever seen.. And man they were aggressive…

we ended up filling about 7 five gallon buckets full of huge squid…squid jigs, diamond jigs, dip net all managed squid effortlessly. We had so much squid we ended up cutting them into chunks and threw them over…

The highlight of the trip for me was a large sword we fought for an hour plus between 2am and 3am… at the end of the fight, with the mainline very chaffed, we chaffed through the leader with the fish about 5 feet out of range of our poon harpoon. Conservatively, I’ll call the sword 300 but it most likely went 325.

We ended up 5 for 8 on yellowfin on the chunk with most of the fish taken on live or fresh dead squid.

Trolled into the 40 fathom line in the morning and got a bite out of a white marlin on a pink/pink islander over horse ballyhoo, but it dropped off quickly.

8/2-3/07 — Toms Canyon

Headed to the Toms canyon with Joe Cunningham and first tried to find some tilefish.

A bit on the slow side, decided to get on the troll after a few drifts and 4 tiles in the boat.

Within 30 seconds of getting on the troll had our first yellowfin, a nice 55-60 pounder. It inhaled a purple/black jr islander over ballyhoo.

Did nothing until 7:30pm when a white tried to eat a ballyhoo/islander behind a bird. Had the fish on momentarily but it jumped off the hook.

Set up for swords and sharks at night and our first fish was a 50 pound yellowfin that took a sword bait.

Released a monster blue shark at 1:30am and then fought and boated a 72″ mako at 2:30am.

Had one more fish take a swordfish bait at 4:30am and it ended up being another legal sized mako. As we were reaching for the leader with the knife, its teeth cut through the mono.

Got back up on the troll and had two single yellowfin bites before 7, one on a canyon runner 9″ rainbow squid bar and one on a mylure jet over a medium ballyhoo.

Reset the lines and had a white pile on a purple/black canyon runner jet over a ballyhoo. Joe C took control and the fish was released after about a 10 minute fight.

Had a 3 bagger of longfin on the northeast side and landed two. the two fish we landed ate 9″ canyon runner rainbow squid bar and a yellow/green sea witch over ballyhoo.

Finished up with some more tile fishing and put another 6 tiles to 40 pounds in the boat before heading home.