Archives for July 2009

7/24-25/09 — Yellowfins, White Marlin, Big Sword!!

Headed to the Hudson friday morning but stopped along the way to pitch some baits to some floating structure. Picked up a big trigger fish and a dolphin before the fish stopped biting. Our hooks were a little oversized for the task.

Once at the hudson we immediately went on the drift to try some tilefishing. It was wind against current so the conditions were tough but we did manage to put an 8 pounder in the boat.

Got on the troll and had 17 yellowfin before dusk. Many of these fish were 40-60 pounds! We released a bunch of legal ones as the charter felt they had enough tuna in the box. The fish hit everything in the spread but the larger fish were keyed in on Canyon Runner 9″ rainbow squid bars.

In addition to the good tuna bite we picked up a fat white marlin. it taped out at an estimated 79 pounds based on the 800 rule… that thing bit about 6 days too soon as we’re doing the beach haven tournament next weekend.

The night bite was slow but we did get the right bite and made the most of it when it counted. We fought a nice sword for about 20 minutes before i got the dart in it. It was a darn lucky shot; the fish was straight down 9 feet and the dart went through both gill plates. Fought it on the dart line for another 15 minutes before finally getting it in the boat. Its fork length was 70 inches.

The action on the morning troll was similar to the day before except we only found the smaller fish. This was fine with me as we were releasing the fish anyway.

Ended up with 22 yellowfin, a white, a sword, a dolphin, a tilefish, a trigger fish and too many skippies to count…we did go through 6 dozen ballyhoo so you get the idea.

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7/19-20 Overnighter

Headed to the Spencer canyon on Sunday and put the lines in around 6pm. Shortly thereafter a 30″ yellowfin bit a Canyon Runner rainbow squid bar and then hit the deck.

We managed to pick a couple more throwback yellowfin on the troll and jumped off a white. The yellowfins were keyed in on squid and bit the squid bars. The white came up on a rainbow squid bar then switched off to a purlple/black canyon runner jet over a ballyhoo. It threw the hook on its second jump.

We set up for sharking at the 500 fathom tip and the drift took us right down the 500 fathom line towards the Wilmington.

As soon as we turned the lights on to set up a bunch of yellowfin came up to the surface to eat some bait. Pitched a couple hammered diamond jigs over the side and hooked up with two of them before the school disappeared. Both were 30″.

Sharking was good. We had steady action from midnight till 4:30am on blue sharks and makos. We ended up releasing 5 blue sharks and 2 makos. We boated our 3rd mako of the night which ended up being a 68 incher that ate a chunk of skippy.

The morning troll wasn’t productive for us until we hit the tip of the Lindenkohl around 11am. Once there we picked away at 9 more yellowfin with 3 being keepers.

Finished the day off with a 19 pound bull dolphin that ate a ballyhoo in the wash.

37 Yellowfins, 61″ Mako, Dolphin

Had an open boat overnighter last night and headed to the hudson canyon.

Began trolling around 3:30pm and had fish right away.

We started in 67 degree water and picked a few fish, including a few skippies that went into the box for shark bait.

Once we got into the 72 degree water the yellowfin bite was on fire.

It didn’t matter a whole lot what we had in the water when we were covered up but when we had singles and doubles bright colors were the ticket. 9″ Canyon Runner rainbow squid bars, green machine bars, and skirted ballyhoo worked best for us in those situations.

We landed 25 yellowfins prior to setting up for sharking, 9 of which were keepers.

The shark bite was somewhat slow in that we only got two bites. One was a blue shark and was the right one. Around 1am we boated a 61″ male mako that ate a butterflied mackeral.

On the morning troll we tried trolling 13″ squid bars hoping that it might trick a larger yellowfin into biting. That wasn’t the case and we landed another 12 small yellowfin before 6:30am, all of these were released.

At 6:30 the wind picked up out of the west and we began our 90 mile run home into a stiff breeze and steep 4-5′ wind chop.

hopefully someone on the trip can email me some pictures so i can post a few up.