Made a run to the east in some pretty sporty weather to say the least. Came to a flock of birds just out of the gulf stream approx. 45 miles to the East and started our chunking. Unfortunately, we only had a couple dozen gogs with us and 3 flats of sardines, no live chumming on this venture. Went through the flock with a couple 30 tiagras to try and pick up some skippies and mark the yellowfins. Successfully we marked them and caught some extra chunking bait "Skipjacks" before we made a drift. After a good 20 minutes or so the birds were about 1/2 mile away and we were starting to mark fish about 160ft down. We dropped a gog down and immediately got crushed... Swing and a miss... chunks start flowing at a rapid pace and the fish were feeding right under the boat. We end up hooking a quad. First fish in the boat was right at 60Lbs after a 30minute battle. Second fish is a little beefier and took a good 45min. Third fish ended up getting sharked after 1 hour battle and the 4th fish??? Well, in the heat of the moment rods were all around the boat and I happened to grab the Penn 8500 loaded with 20lb. and a 40lb Flouro leader....:nono:banghead Anyways, 1-1/2 hours go by and the birds pop up and the screen is loaded. Go through the drill again and hook up to a triple while we are still fighting the previous 4th fish of the quad. After 20 minutes one pulls off and another gets sharked. We are able to get the third fish in from the triple after 25 min or so and weighted approx. 45LBS. 2-1/2 hours into this fight and numerous times 50 ft. from the boat straight back down to 50 wraps on the reel we finally subdue the fish only to get sharked the last minute. We ended up bringing the 45LB head in the boat while she's still breathing so the sharking had just happened:banghead
I make the call to run home as there's some NASTY weather brewing to the west. Beautiful weekend in store for us and I'd love to run back over but my baby boy is due this week. So a local not so far offshore weekend for me.....:thumbsup:thumbsup:thumbsup
Nice work boys!
BONES AND BOOMER. :dog :dog LET'S MAKE EVERY TRIP COUNT
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Let's Go: Found the first pack of birds and got very lucky the Yellowfins were on them.... Chunking sardines is all we did with a few live gogs in the mix. We did catch the mahi's chunking as well in the same spot. Also, lost a nice bull at the boat.
“When you have to choose between two evils you still choose evil” Jerry Garcia
I just got back from Costa Rica yesterday, nice YFT action, but none better than what you found. Nice.
― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
Well done on a safe and productive trip.
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!)