Again today, I begin my report with a tirade against the weathermen. Today, again, they were quite wrong – but, to their credit, their errors were less than they have been lately. The early forcasted offshore 10-15 knot wind was an easy 20 and the 2 foot forcasted seas were an easy, sloppy 4-5. However, to their credit, the wind lightened during the day and by the mid-afternoon, the whitecaps were gona and the ocean was as pretty as we hoped it would be.
Back to fishing – again, I had the pleasure of fishing with my buddy “the offshore master” Jay Blount and buds Adam and Scott. We left the inlet at 6am, and 180 minutes and 52 miles later we were amidst 72 degree water. The action was quick and stready – within 20 mins, we boated a fat 40lb class Bigeye tuna. Fifteen minutes and several missed strikes later, I brought in another 30-40lb class BigEye. Within a few hours, we landed 3 nice bigeye and a small 10 or so pound yellowfin. Today, with the nasty wind swell, it was hard to get a strike unless we were moving down swell – and often times we spent much of the good fishing time untangling lines and rigging baits. All in all, we pulled some nice fish and had more than a few awesome wahoo opportunities (including one that bit off every mono leadered bait in the spread). Bite was concentrated in the 40 fathom area with all colors and combinations of lines, leaders and everything else being hit.
The highlight came around 2pm when, after hearing of a boat bringing in a 150 mako today, we saw an enormous dorsal fin crusing through the swell – we made a turn and went that way. Low and behold – 3 massive hammerheads were sunning themselves on the surface, their backs out of the water. Each shark was an easy 12 feet – simply amazing animals.
After not having received a hit for a while, we pulled the lines and decided to put some grouper in the box before heading back to port. Within minutes, JAy boated a nice, fat red grouper. A couple minutes later, scott heaved up a nice strawberry grouper (speckled hing). At the end of the hour, Adam sealed the deal by hauling up the slob of the day – a beast gag grouper! Alas! I was skunked with the grouper today…those boys just make it look so easy!
Good company, topped off with a great sunset and a smooth ride home – you can’t ask for much else.