Clark and I ran out to the honey hole today.
We fished for 20 minutes when we got a call from a good buddy that it was wide open 12 miles away.
We picked up and ran.
It WAS wide open, but by the time we got there the bite was done.
Like done for the day.
We got two and hear of a few others caught, but it was a desert.
I started working my sources and got some great intel and we are going deep when the ocean sits down one Friday.
DirtyE just gave me a call on the way in.
Rough ocean and a lot more wind than forecasted.
They found them, but got blown off them so quick that they could not get a bait stop going.
They ended up with 7.
We are shut down for the next 2-3 days unless the forecast changes a bunch, but it looks real, real good from Friday on.
We ran out to the honey hole at 27 knots on a great ocean.
We were into the fish pretty quick and almost had the boat plugged by one (we left the dock at 8:30).
We hunted for the last few and then had a bait stop go and plugged the boat and then some.
Towards the end of the stop a client said "big shark" and Clark started screaming MAKO, MAKO.
Clark grabbed our mako rig, sliced off a tuna belly, and began to hunt.
Pretty soon the mako decided to eat one of our tuna on the surface.
Clark pitched the belly and got the mako to bite.
I got a gaff into it right away and 10 minutes later we had a 130 or so pound mako in the boat.
Clark was out of his mind and screaming like a little girl, as he is in love with makos.
We ran back in on a flat ocean at 27 knots.
Great crew, great ocean, great fishing.
DirtyE and Clark are at it in the AM.
Fishing seemed to be getting better, but we were not sure.
We had Meghan and Andrew, two phenomenal tuna fisherman, on board (they caught 30 of our 42 fish last time they went) so we had high hopes.
We ran out to the honey hole and were blanked for an hour, so we started trolling east.
We caught one on the troll and there were boils right away.
Six fish later, they left.
We did it all over again for 6 more a little later.
Then we found thick school of hungry tuna and it went WFO.
Our killers went to work and pretty soon it was a bloody mess.
An hour later we started counting and we were plugged.
We left boiling fish and ran home at 27 knots on a nice ocean.
Clark and I are at it again in the AM and we can't wait.
Clark and I took our crew back to the honey hole from yesterday.
We nailed a couple right away and then picked away at them all day.
We had them boiling next to the boat a few times.
We ended up with 15 very nice albacore and ran in at 27 knots on a great ocean.
At it again in the AM.
Half of today's crew flew in from Kansas, mainly to catch tuna.
Way to put the pressure on me and Clark.
A buddy called us in right away to a decent bite and we had 5 in the box early.
Clark begged me to keep going west, and as usual, he was right.
We left the fleet and went deep.
We started getting doubles on the troll, which is a real good sign.
About our 4th stop we saw boils.
All hell broke lose.
Apparently catfish bite like tuna, as these guys were PROS and let the tuna swallow the bait before engaging the drag.
Every bait got bit within 10 seconds.
Pretty soon it was hard to walk on the deck because of all of the fish.
The next thing I know, Clark GRABBED a tuna by the tail and lifted it over the rail.
That's right, he bare handed one that was tangled up with two others.
Our crew thought that was normal, as Clark did it 5 more times.
I started counting the fish on the deck and told everyone that they could catch one more fish each.
10 minutes later we were beyond plugged and stuffing near frozen (our first 12) fish in the spare bait tank and standing on the lids to close the boxes.
The fish were boiling all around the boat when we left.
At it again with Clark in the AM.
DirtyE just texted me on the way in.
Slow fishing and 7 tuna.
That is all I know.
I just got some intel from a commercial buddy that is VERY promising, but we are going to have to burn a lot of diesel tomorrow.
Clark and I are at it in the AM.
DirtyE and John took out a crew of killers that have plugged our boat before.
They went right back to the area where they got them yesterday.
They hunted and hunted and hunted.
Only 4 troll fish and zero on bait.
DirtyE and Clark are at it in the AM.
I just got a text from DirtyE and Cooney.
Good PM bite and multiple bait stops.
Marinetraffic.com shows them running in at 28.5 knots, so the ocean must be pretty nice.
DirtyE and Cooney are at it again in the AM.
The title says it all.
We had crew of killers and a full bait tank and lots of diesel
We ran out and the bar was looking pretty big.
The CG closed it, so we waited. And waited.
After two hours we realized we were not going to have enough time on the tuna grounds to make a trip worth it.
DirtyE and Cooney are at it in the AM.