WOW! it's been over a month since I had a 'real' fishing trip. I was starting to get the shakes.
Boss on the Ocean Yacht finally got the window and the weather to run across yesterday and we did. Cleared Customs in West End by 10:00 and headed SE. Reached target area by 11:45 and found birds fired up as if we made reservations. Big crashes made it clear these weren't just skippies and we looked at each other like - "Uh Oh!" With just the two of us on the boat we knew our work was cut out for us.
I had originally typed up the whole story, but then I read it and realized how long it was. I'll make it short and simple.
Loads of action on the troll. Landed a few small fish, a blackfin and lots of skipjacks. Fed several nice fish to the sharks :cry. As the sun got low we hooked a double and during the fight fish came up around us. Ended up catching a total of 8 yellowfins up to 60#, the one blackfin, one gaffer dolphin and countless skippies. Fed at least 5 decent yellows to the toothy ones and chafed off a couple as well.
We had fish on lures, live bait, and jigs. If we had more anglers or more energy we could have caught twenty+. It is AWESOME! when the fish come up around the boat and eat everything you throw at them. We used less than 10 pounds of chunks yet held the school for over an hour before we wimped out from exhaustion. In the end we were releasing 40 pound fish (the one in the video I called a 50, but when I later weighed comparable fish I realized it was more like 40-42#).
Keeping busy while away from Florida
Good questions for sure.
No I don't shut down. I find they are definitely more spooked by bigger boats when approaching. But if they don't run off before I get started, I think the hum of the motors actually keep the fish there. Once we got the first bite the school came up around us. With only two of us there we didn't have time to do any real chunking. We used three ziploc bags of chunks in over an hour and a half, yet the school stayed with us (mostly 200-300' down) the entire time! We went ten minutes or more between throwing chunks several times ((not on purpose) at least twice.
The cc's definitely have an advantage over the big boats though.
Hope to see you over there on Tuesday
PLANE FISH N
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Also Kudos on the YFT releases when you have more than enough.
20 years experience Offshore & Bahamas ( Sailfish, Dolphin, Wahoo, Swordfish & Bottom Fish.)
(I teach people how to be more effective AND catch MORE and BIGGER fish on their own boats!)
Thanks. Funny how "more than enough" never seems like it when you get home and find how many "friends" you have - all wanting tuna!
All good though. I never feel bad as long as the boss and his family have enough. And I can never eat as much as I think while it's still in prime condition and it's never as good when it's frozen.