06/17/17 Hit the inlet at the same time as what seemed like every other boat in the free world. After a 54 mile run the spread is set. Ten minutes later a bigeye tuna rolls on our long rigger but doesn’t find the hook. A couple seconds later he explodes on the bait and the drag screams until the crimp at the hook fails. The next two hours provide ample yellowfin opportunities but the guys just aren’t ready for just how hard these buggers can pull and several are lost after battling each fish for a few minutes. The next couple hours are fairly slow with only the occasional skipjack and a 10 lb. mahi. With less than fifteen minutes left in the day a spreader bar gets crushed by a 25 lb. yellowfin. The fight is perfect and the guys have some fresh tuna for the grill.
06/15/17 Turned around at the 35 mile mark due to a non life threatening medical issue with one of the anglers.
06/14/17 Today started with a big run in some pretty choppy seas hoping to put a couple tuna in the box. The first two hours are slow until a change in our spread produces almost immediate action. The next few hours produce a couple “under” bluefin. Sometime around 11 am we get hit by seven big bluefin at once. The first fish to make it to the boat goes in the box. Three others are fought to the boat and released while two finally break off. Ended the day by adding our third under to the box. Back in the slip with our limit of bluefin the largest is Jim’s ( Mr. Lucky) 110 lb. fish.
06/12/17 & 06/13/17 Two days of Sea Bass research with a local university.
06/10/17 Made a 33 mile run today with a crew from MD looking to fill the freezer with sea bass. The bite was red hot and numbers started to add up quickly. By 10:45 the magic number is reached. Back in the slip with 75 in the box and a crew of very happy anglers.
06/08/17 Out with a crew from NJ for a day of shark action. Hopes were high as we broke the inlet considering our last shark trip just a few days ago. With 10 miles left to go I talk to a friend who’s been drifting for nearly 90 minutes without a pull. We spend the first hour trying to catch some false albacore for bait but can’t find any even with bait, whales and birds everywhere. We send out the shark baits and wait and wait and wait. Finally after two hours we have a blue shark on the line. After a rather lack luster fight by this sizable fish we cut the wire next to the boat. Another hour without a bite and the two other boats around us not seeing a fish we decide to run back inshore and try to snag some dinner. Spend the last 45 minutes of the day weeding through the sea bass and managing enough keepers for a nice fish fry or two.
06/06/17 Ran 35 miles this morning before finding some bait and birds working the area. Spent the first 90 minutes catching some false albacore for bait before positioning the boat for our drift. Our first bite comes about 90 minutes later but the fish drops the bait and doesn’t return. Twenty minutes after that we have a solid hook-up on a big bugger. After an epic 35 minute battle requiring all the anglers a turn on the rod we release a 300+ lb dusky. The next two hours are a shark fishing dream with four more dusky sharks and three mako sharks. We finish the day spending an hour messing with some sea bass. Back in the slip with a 66″ mako on the dock.
6/05/17 Decisions, decisions any yet more decisions. That’s how the morning began for this crew hoping for tuna but ultimately deciding on a sure thing and shorter boat ride. After 33 miles we arrive at the wreck and start picking away at the sea bass. Twenty minutes later, and several keepers in the box, the “allure of tuna” is too much for two of the guys and the discussion starts. After some back and forth and a wise warning from the Sr member of the party about maybe not getting another bite all day, the decision is made to make the 30 mile run to the deep knowing full well our lack of ice and ballyhoo for tuna. Looked all around trying to find some decent water temp but at the days end we only had added one mahi to the box and now had a 69 mile run home.
06/03/17 Another run for tilefish with Austin and the boys from Heggins PA. Bite was equally as good as yesterday with a slightly better size fish going in the box. Limit came fast so we point toward the sea bass grounds looking to ad even more fish to the box. The first two drifts see a couple fish added to our number. Then, out of no where, the wind goes from zero to twenty knots in 30 seconds making our remaining 20 minutes very tough. In the slip with a limit of tilefish and a couple sea bass.
06/02/17 Broke the inlet today in flat calm seas running north for a day of tilefishing. Bite was outstanding but the smaller fish were quick today and would find the hooks before the better size fish. Back at the marina with our limit including Lauren’s 12 lb. blueline.
05/28/17 Out for a day of shark fishing with a crew from southeastern PA. Water temp is still a little on the cool side but our drift was excellent. Took about 90 minutes for our first encounter, a feisty 150 lb. blue shark. Twenty minutes later we have the first sharks twin brother on the line. The next two blue sharks are in the 75 lb. class. After a drop in the action and with rain moving in we hook a serious blue dog. The battle ends with a 175-200 pounder being released. With more rain on the way the decision is made to head home.
05/27/17 Another great sea bass trip for Bruce and the boys. Moved from spot to spot adding several keepers to the box on every drop. Shortly before lunch time the boat limit (90) was hit. Back in the slip with a pile of those oh so delicious fish.
05/19/17 Today’s morning winds caused us to push back our leave time until noon. Even then we were dealing with some fairly sporty conditions. The first two hours found very limited action with only a couple keepers mix among a handful of throwbacks. Would have loved to be drifting but that was completely out of the question due to the winds. Sometime around 2:30 the fish started to bite and after a solid 2 hour feed the box looked a lot more respectable. Pulled anchor a little early since the guys still needed to drive back to Baltimore. In the slip with 45ish sea bass in the box.
05/16/17 Out for the second day of sea bass with a great crew of guys from the DC area. Bite was super good with a regular stream of keepers going in the box. Our five man limit was reached in less than three hours. The guys got an early start back to DC allowing plenty of time for the evening fish fry at Bruce’s home.
05/09/17 Out for a 36 hour marathon deep drop trip with two great guys from Long Island NY. First day provided good action but far too many chopper bluefish. A beautiful flat calm night in the canyon provided comfortable sleeping. Day two and the bite continues but today the dogfish sharks are thick. Back in the slip with three limits of those oh so tasty tilefish. The patrons of Bravo Nader Restaurant are in for a treat when our chef gets these fish to his kitchen.
04/20/17 thru 05/08/17 A couple half-day trips with good success on tog as well as some sea bass research that gave me high hopes for the upcoming sea bass season.