Archives for September 2008

9/11-12/08 — Toms Canyon — Hatchet Marlin, White Marlin, Swordfish, Mahi

Headed to the Toms canyon on Thursday afternoon looking to troll up a yellowfin or two…

Well, the tuna fishing didn’t happen for us but we ended up scraping together a pretty nice catch.

We picked up a few chicken dolphin off the pots before finding a nice 32 pound bull. I think Brian said it was his largest dolphin ever. It was also our largest of the season and the largest on the new boat.

After a couple more passes we had a big hatchet marlin(71″) eat a Canyon Runner green machine bar on the short rigger. This fish came up fired up and really piled on the bar.

We set up for the night on the northeast corner looking for swordfish as the guys wanted to target them. We fished a spread of two balloon lines and three tip rods, all rigged up with sword rigs.

Our first bite was early in the night and it hit a squid down 160 feet. The screaming first run made us think it was a keeper fish, unfortunately it was a pup that took a circle hook in the tail. It didn’t take long after the first run to get the release.

We had our only other bite of the night around midnight. The deep rod’s line went slack and seconds later the fish was swimming in the lights with the LP light behind it. Doug wound like crazy but we never came tight on the fish.

On the morning troll we found some hungry billfish. Our first shot was around 8am and at least 2 whites came up into the spread. One piled on a Canyon Runner 9″ rainbow squid bar trolled from the long rigger. We took the stainless steel hook out of its mouth and released it after a nice fight.

Our next fish, another white marlin, took a purple/black stalker annihilator trolled from the short rigger. After a short fight we removed the hook and watched it swim away. This one was the largest of the day, just over 72 inches.

Our third white of the day inhaled a purple/silver/black senior wide range trolled short off the center rigger and put on an aerial show… Shortly after clearing the lines we backed down on the fish, removed the hook and let it go.

Ended up with 6 dolphin to 32 pounds, a swordfish release, a hatchet release and three white marlin releases…

9/2-3/08 — Spencer/Wilmington

Headed out to the spencer canyon on a fun trip with my brother and my dad.

It was my dad’s birthday and he was supposed to be first on the rod but the fish caught him snoozing in front of the tv.

The first fish hit a black/purple islander in 45 fathoms inside the spencer. It was a 50 pound wahoo that my brother got to reel in.

Trolled out to the 100 fathom line and had a white marlin pile on a purple/silver/black standard wide range. Unfortunately, after doing a back flip a diver would be proud of it spit the hook.

The current was moving to the NE at around 1.5 knots so we set up close to the northeast corner of the wilmington. We drifted all the way up to the 500 fathom tip of the spencer.

At roughly midnight we released a 44″ sword that ate a live squid on 80# flouro.

We had some mahi swimming around the boat so we put out a squid strip on a small hook 5 feet below a baloon and drifted it out to the light line. A few minutes later we had a sailfish in the boat. not the biggest sail(total length of 16 inches) but it was the boat’s first sailfish on rod and reel north of the carolinas… we snapped a picture and let it swim away…

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Up on the troll in the morning we had a double header of monster yellowfin. We had a 29″ yellowfin hit a ballyhoo skirted with a zuchinni canyon runner cupped jet and the 31″ yellowfin hit a canyon runner 9″ rainbow squid bar…

At that point we decided on doing some tilefishing in the wilmington. Unfortunately, the tilefishing stunk and we didn’t even have a bite. However, while trolling across the flats to the east notch of the wilmington we had a white marlin commit suicide on a purple/black stalker annihilator.