Archives for August 2010

3 Overnighters in a Row

8/26-27
Fished the Hudson on Thursday-Friday and got out there in choppy conditions.

We picked away at some dolphin on the troll and then released a white.

The chunk was slow out there but we managed a 50 pound yellowfin and we pitched a butterfish to a 55 inch mako.

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8/27-28
We headed back out Friday night between the hudson and toms amd started picking some dolphin on the troll.

We set up for the night on the northeast corner of the toms and picked a 50 pound yellowfin and tangled with a nice mako on 80 pound flourocarbon.

The fish took a full trip around the boat and the guys fought the mako within range for me to throw the harpoon. It ended up being 76 or 77 inches, i don’t recall at this point.

We finished up the trip by running to the tile grounds and put 15 tiles to 27 pounds in the boat.

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8/28-29
Turned right around Friday and ran to the tilefishing grounds before setting up on the chunk for the night. We put 15 tiles to 41 pounds (but mostly 5-12 pounds) in the boat.

Made a run to the southwest corner of the toms and set up for the night on the chunk.

We picked three yellowfin and broke off a 4th on a jig.

On the morning troll we picked up 3 dolphin and went 1 for 3 on whites.

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8/20-21 — Hudson Overnighter — Red Hot Chunk Bite!!!!!

We headed to the Hudson canyon Friday afternoon and got on the troll around 7pm.

We immediately had some yellowfin hitting the baits but as quickly as they showed up they disappeared.

We ended up keeping one 30 inch fish and releasing a few 24 inchers.

Set up for the night and it started off slow. We missed a sword bite around 11pm and that was our only action until 1am when all hell broke loose.

We had steady action from 1am until daybreak and ended up boating 14 yellowfins between 45 and 65 pounds and releasing a handful more.

The bites were split between jigs, live and dead bait.

We started off using our standard tackle and once we had what the charter wanted we switched over to some lighter tackle and ended up breaking off quite a few fish.

Conservatively we had between 30-35 fish on throughout the night. Several times you could pretty much pitch a bait to whichever fish you wanted as it swam through our slick picking off chunks..

In addition to the hot tuna bite we jumped off a blue marlin and had a bunch of dolphin.

If you’re thinking about a trip get in touch as soon as you can. We only have 2 available nights left in August and September is filling up very quickly.

8/19-20 — Cateret/Lindy Overnighter

Headed out to the Carteret and got on the troll for a few hours with only a couple of dolphin to show for it.

Switched over to bottom fishing for a bit and picked up some nice tiles and a 25 pound wreckfish.

Got back up on the troll and had a double header of white come up, hooked up with one of them and jumped it off after 4 jumps. Got the stuff back in the water and had another come up and swim behind a few baits for about a minute before taking off.

The night chunk was uneventful for the most part. We did have a pair of sword bites, only came tight on one but pulled the hook after about 4 minutes.

In the morning we gave the troll about two hours before getting back to bottom fishing and picking dolphin off the pots. We landed a handful more of each before calling it a day.

We ended up with 12 tilefish to 30 pounds, 15 dolphin and a 25 pound wreckfish.

Conservatively we had between 30-35 fish on throughout the night. Several times you could pretty much pitch a bait to whichever fish you wanted as it swam through our slick picking off chunks..

In addition to the hot tuna bite we jumped off a blue marlin and had a bunch of dolphin.

If you’re thinking about a trip get in touch as soon as you can. We only have 2 available nights left in August and September is filling up very quickly.

8/14-15 Overnighter

Headed out Saturday in a big NE swell and started trolling around 7pm.

In an hour and 15 minutes we put two yellowfin and 6 dolphin in the boat mainly on skirted ballyhoo.

We dropped the hook right on top of the bait we were working hoping for a nice shot at some yellowfins on the chunk. Unfortunately they didn’t show but we weren’t short of action.

We released our first swordfish around 9pm and our second around 1am. From 1am-4am we had all the dolphin you wanted swimming around the boat. Boxed up 11 more to 15 pounds and I think the guys released a few more.

On the morning troll we had yellowfin action in the skippies but could only pull singles and doubles for some reason. We went 9 for 13 in the morning before dropping down for some tiles.

We put 5 tilefish in the boat and then called it a trip.

8/10-11 — Hudson Overnighter

After slow fishing in the Toms on Monday we decided to try our luck in the Hudson on Tuesday and Wednesday.

We arrived at the west elbow and had more bait than I’ve seen in a while. We saw a tailing blue marlin that wouldn’t take a bait. Whales, dolphins, birds and fresh slicks occupied the area as if confined by underwater fences. But we couldn’t get a tuna to bite.

Headed down to the southwest corner and saw little bait but we did run some fish over. Marked a pile of fish down 80 feet and quickly had 4 fish on. They were all small but all were big enough for the box. As quickly as the excitement started, it ended.

Worked back up to where we put lines in and spent the night drifting the west wall in 1000 feet. The current had us following the edge perfectly.

We boated a 50″ swordfish after a short fight. The fish hit a squid on a balloon bait and we knew it was there when the light tipped over.

Around 1:30am we had a massive run-off. Fought it thinking it was a sword for about 45 minutes and then the hook pulled. When the bait and leader came back untouched and unscathed we figured it was probably a manta ray as they’d been swimming through the lights all night.

The morning troll didn’t happen. We trolled in to thousands of birds, dolphins and dozens of whales. Again, no tuna took our baits. Frustrating to say the least.

Ended up tilefishing then fishing the pots for dolphins and had a couple of really nice ones.

8/9 — Day Troll

We had a day troll yesterday with the Adam Jaffe charter and left the dock at 1am Monday morning.

We headed to the toms and worked our way south. We put a yellowfin in the boat early and then had to work hard for them the rest of the day. We put three in the boat and released three and then went to work on the dolphin prior to hitting the bluefin grounds.

We boated 16 dolphin to 18 pounds and then ran in to 35 fathoms. We weren’t on the troll long before picking up a nice 110-120 pound bluefin. The fish ate a yellow/green skirted ballyhoo fished way back.

I’m about to leave for the boat but i’ll try to get some pictures up when i get back tomorrow afternoon.

BHWMIT, Day Trip, Fluking and Atlantis Propellers!

7/28-31

We fished the beach haven white marlin invitational tournament and can’t say enough about how much fun and how well run it is. As long as the boat is running we’ll be fishing it next year.

Fished friday in some tight 5 to 6 footers along the tourney fence line. we were 92-97 miles from the bell bouy the whole day. the decision to run far paid off as we boated a 79 pound yellowfin good enough for a second place daily for day 1. We boated another yellowfin that was just a couple of pounds short of qualifying and jumped off a big white.

On day 2 we fished in a big fleet of boats in the toms. moved off into deeper water and found some nicer class yellowfins with some whites mixed in. We boated a couple of yellowfins over 70 pounds and pulled the hook on another after almost an hour long fight at 24 pounds of drag. tough luck but with everything done right we tried not to be upset.

Our 80.2 pound yellowfin was good enough for a third place daily in the calcuttas.

There were some great fish caught abd we were proud to be up on the leaderboard for 2nd place tuna points.

8/2
We fished the toms on a day troll and experienced slow fishing. Got to the tip around 4:45am and marked mountains of bait and lots of fish. Quickly picked up a small yellowfin and figured we’d have some nice fishing ahead of us. That was not the case as the bait went deep and so did the fish.

Picked another yellowfin around 9am and a few dolphins off the pots.

We didn’t have a touch between then and 2pm so we ran into the bluefin grounds and put out a mixed bag of baits. Not long after we started we saw an explosion on a way back ballyhoo and it ended up being a 54″ bluefin. About a half hour later we picked up another 46″ bluefin on a spreader bar trolled in tight. With our bluefin limit and it being very late in the day we headed in.

8/3-4
Had a half and a three-quarter day fluke trip and hit the usual spots. Ended up with a few keepers on both trips with about a 15 to 1 throwback to keeper ratio.

8/6
Finally got a chance to meet Ray over at Atlantis Propellers and couldn’t be happier with the work he and his guys did. Not only were the props done exactly when he said they’d be, he was shocked by how well the props performed!

We must have hit something running out in the dark at some point recently but the damage to the wheel was minimal from a prop scan point of view.. The prop was still within class 1 specs but we decided to tune both up anyway….

went from 48 gph at 22 knots back down to 43 gph at 23.5 knots. when you factor in more burn on the troll that’s a 40 gallon savings on a typical canyon trip for us.

They certainly get the nod from me! Thanks again Ray!