07/15/19 to 07/21/19 Slow tuna fishing in the canyons has our parties making the wise choice and opting to fill their coolers with other tasty options. This week yielded great catches of triggerfish and king mackerel with a few nice mahi mixed in as well. Action slacked off late in the week but came back strong on Saturday and Sunday.
07/14/19 Out with an ambitious plan with a crew from Lancaster PA, find a cobia will to take Charles’s fly. Cruised around the nearshore //shoals looking for the “man in the brown suit”. Finally we spot two, one jumbo and one small guy. Of course, the small guy jumps on a jig before the fly can get in position. After that, the big boy just swims off. Moved over to a shallow wreck and spent a few hours putting some of the best tasting fish (triggers) in the box, several on the fly rod. Finished the day looking under some buoys for more cobia but never found any more.
07/12/19 & 07/13/19 Out with the same lucky crew as last year for the Ocean City Tuna Tournament. Friday starts out slow but we finally get the right bite late in the morning and after a struggle we have Kylleigh’s 88# bluefin in the box. Spent the rest of day #1 looking for the elusive “under” bluefin but to no avail. Day #2 was a struggle. No bluefin bites only monster bluefish and king mackerel. Fortunately most of the other 110 boats struggled too and after the dust settled Kylleigh’s fish held on to win First Place Female Angler and First Place 35′ and under Boat netting the crew a cool $7125.00 in winnings
07/11/19 Out with a crew from PA for a 9 hour bluefin trip. Worked around the first hour and managed to put a beautiful 22# mahi in the box. Sometime around 8 we get the bite we’ve been waiting for and twenty five minutes later we but a 85# bluefin in the box. Worked the hill for the remainder of the trip pulling the hook one another over bluefin and adding a nice king mackerel to the stew.
07/10/19 Another trip looking for some bluefin. First bite comes at mid morning and after a arm breaking fight Dave sinks the gaff into the 90 lb fatty. The next bite comes about two hours later but the hook pull after about five minutes. Continue to work the area for the next two hours but only manage a double header of gaffer mahi. Back in early at the charters request to allow extra time for the drive home.
7/08/19 This trip begins with a phone call the night before letting the guys know about the pending wind and the options we have based on the forecast. They decide to give it a go so we run east in fairly decent condition. Our first encounter is a double mahi bite, one makes it in the box. Our next encounter isn’t with a fish but with rain and wind. This wind wasn’t to arrive until noon time and not a word about rain in that forecast either. By 9:30 it’s downright crappy and getting worse so we start working toward home. Pulled lines in at 10:30 and ran for shelter in some very nasty seas.
07/07/19 Today’s fishing starts at one of my favorite bluefin hills. Worked that old hot spot for nearly an hour before deciding to run south and put the guys, especially the young guns on some kings. After putting together a nice catch of kings we run back to where we started the day not wanting to give up on old faithful. Thirty minutes after we arrive our short rigger gets pounced on and we add a 85# bluefin to the box. Continue to work the area and get lucky enough to find another hungry bluefin that goes along for the ride home. Back in the slip with some very happy anglers.
07/06/19 Ran SE with a yearly crew for a 9 hour day of fun fishing. First bite of the day is a nice mahi. Spent the next several hours adding a nice catch of king mackerel to the box. Big surprise of the day…a 50# bluefin slams our bait and goes in the box too. Back in a little early to get one guy, who wasn’t loving life, back to solid ground.
07/05/19 Second trip of the season for this father and son crew. Told them I’m sure we’ll get Austin his first bluefin on this 9 hour trip…words I would come to regret. Worked three of our honey holes but could only manage mahi, king mackerel and bluefish bites.
07/04/19 Out looking for a July 4th bluefin with a crew from southern Lancaster County PA. Our first bite comes on our first pass across the shoal. After a very impressive first run William buckles down for an epic battle with a 90# fatty. With our over in the box we go on the hunt for a under. Looked here and there, high and low but could not find any smaller bluefin on some of the other lumps. In quite a bit early at the guys request due to the possible holiday traffic on the 3 hour+ drive home.
07/03/19 Out with Hans and the boys for a 9 hour bluefin trip. Our first bite comes after about 45 minutes but the hook pulls less than 15 feet from the gaff. Thirty minutes later we have another chance but the exact same thing happens……????? Wondering if we’ll get another shot I jokingly tell Dave he better start searching for the long evil fruit…bananas. Third time is the charm and after dealing with a very stubborn 95# bluefin Dave sinks the gaff into the slob and he goes in the box. Moved inside to a hill that we hope might be holding some unders. Manage to get cut off by a wahoo, release another over bluefin and put two mahi and one king mackerel in the box.
07/02/19 Arrived at the bluefin grounds only to find much stiffer west winds than the forecast was calling for. Our first bite takes about an hour but with a little ways to go the hook pulls. About an hour later we get a second chance but the same outcome, the hook pulls AGAIN half way in. Praying the we get another shot we set the spread and the hunt for bite number three starts. After nearly two hours in building seas the deep rod goes off and after a great battle we finally have our 80# over in the box. Start to troll toward home and after about 30 minutes the wwb takes off. Fifteen minutes later we release another over. Decided to get in before things get even worse.
07/01/19 Today’s trip begins with some nasty seas and stiff north winds. Asked the folks if they like to turn around…nope, we’re good, lets go catch a big bluefin, was their response. First hour was without a bite but sometime around 8:00 we have a bluefin trying to eat our bar. Finally he explodes on it and after a great fight we have a 80 lb. “over” in the box. Worked the area for a while longer when our deep rod get slammed. Another great fight and we have a similar size fish next to the boat. Started working some other hills trying to fine the elusive “unders” but never did.
06/30/19 Out with a father and son duo who wanted to try for a big bite before spending some time just bending a rod later in the day. Looked at a couple nearby bluefin hills but only managed to foul hook a cow nose ray in the wing. Put away the big tackle and set out the smaller spoons. The action on bluefish, atlantic bonito and king mackerel was outstanding.
06/29/19 Spent today with a super fun crew of big time hunters from PA looking for a couple tuna bites. Morning was slow with only a white marlin and a mako encounter. Finally got a double of yellowfin around noon. Worked the area and got jumped by yet another marlin who really wanted our spreader bar. Ended the day with another single yellowfin bite. Back in the slip with three yellowfin in the box. Not great fishing but when I heard of an excellent boat in our marina that ran 90 miles to catch one mahi I felt better.
06/28/19 Another day of deep drop action with the guys from DE. Got a rude slap-in-the-face when we tried sending down 36 oz. only to find it wasn’t enough…not even close. Worked several spots all day with finicky fish while battling some of the craziest current I’ve ever seen to nick out 27 tiles when the bell rang just 3 shy of our limit.
06/27/19 Out for a day of tuna fishing but hearing about some very hungry bluefish instead. Our first 30 minutes of trolling finds us covered-up by 15 lb.+ chopper bluefish destroying our stuff. As the other boats pull out I ask the guys if they’d consider going after tilefish instead since these blues are going to make our day miserable and costly. The guys love the idea! Made the 25 mile run to find fair tilefish action but crazy current to deal with making it difficult to hold bottom with less than 48 oz of lead. Hit our limit around noon and work our way home hoping to find some tuna on the surface along the way.
06/26/19 Ran south with a father and son duo looking for some triggerfish. Bite was spotty but the triggers that were biting were jumbos. The guys also had a ball throwing spoons to some 2-3 lb. bluefish for the smoker. Back in the slip with a limit of bluefish and a boat imposed limit (7 per man) of triggerfish.
06/25/19 Today finds us working the same hill as yesterday looking for a couple bluefin bites in some very sporty conditions. Our first bite comes after about 15 minutes but isn’t pulling quite like a bluefin. Turns out the flase albacore, aka: turkey, have moved in. The rest of the morning all we could manage were turkey bite. Regardless of what we did or where we went, more turkey bites. Finally around 11:00 we get a huge explosion on our spreader bar but the fish completely misses the hook. Shortly after that the guys decide to pull the plug in ordwer to get one guy who’s been VERY sick back to land.
06/24/19 Made a run to our bluefin grounds today based on some info I got last evening from a fellow captain. Our first bite takes about an hour and we put a “under” in the box. The next fish comes shortly thereafter and we put another “under” in the box. Spent the next two hours looking around before a nice 45″ under explodes on a spreaderbar. With the boat in neutral our wwb takes off and I’m sure we have our “over” on the line. Fifteen minutes later I hear Dave say “you’ve gotta be kidding”. Turns out we foul hooked a 100 lb. sandbar shark, something I only ever remember doing one time before…Ready for this…its the same angler on the rod. Bruce’s new nickname, Sharky. In a little early due to the charters four hour drive home.
06/23/19 Yesterday it seemed we cleared the inlet with every boat in the state of MD. Today I’m fairly certain it was every boat on the east coast. Ran 50 miles and set out our spread. Hours pass and nothing…..except lots of boats zigzagging everywhere. With a tilefish hole nearby we decide to drop. Couple drifts, a couple fish. Guys decide to leave the tiles and keep looking for something big. We never find a tuna but the last two hours yields two gaffer mahi and two others that miss the hook.
06/22/19 Ran 55 miles south with what seemed like all every other boat in MD too. Started in 50 fa. and worked out to the 100 with no encounters. Finally, sometime around 10:00 we get our first bite, a double, but only one comes tight. Couple minutes later we put our first yellowfin in the box. A few more circles and we add another yelllowfin to our total. The next hour is dead so I push out a little deeper. We just cross the 100 fathom line and two rods go down, both go in the box. That’s our last bite of the day.
06/20/19 Out with a crew from PA who come bearing gifts. Some of the best sweet bologna I’ve ever had from a little butcher shop just outside Lampeter, PA. First part of the day is dead but sometime around 9:30 I start hearing of a few bites. Shortly after we get our first encounter of the day, and double that sees one yellowfin going in the box. Next bite comes shortly after and we add another yellowfin to the box. The next hour is uneventful except for the wind which has arrived much earlier than forecast. In pretty sporty seas we get a double and both make it to the box. The last hour produces two mahi. Joined the other boats running home a little early due to extremely rough and building seas.
06/19/19 Today we’ve got “sinker man” Glen and his kids on board for what we hope is another day of great tuna action. Listening to the radio chatter from some boats who left crazy early the action seem a much slower. Our first wham-o takes comes around 9:00 when several rods go down at once. The crew finds out that even small yellowfin pull harder than most would ever expect. All the fish are undersize and get thrown back. Next hit takes another 20 minutes and we put two blt (barely legal tuna) in the box. The rest of the day sees a few more bites, some come tight, some miss the hook. At the days end we have 5 in the box.
06/18/19 Didn’t think tuna fishing could get much better than yesterday but today’s make-up trip discovered dreams really can come true. Our first baits hit the water at 7:15 am and by 9:15 we have 16 yellowfin in the box. Absolutely some of the best trolling action you could ask for. Back in the slip at noon with some very happy and tired anglers.
06/17/19 Out with the a crew from Advantage Metered Concrete looking for some tuna action. The first 30 minutes is dead but as soon as we hit the 66.5 degree water it’s game on! I’m talking about the stuff tuna dreams are made of. The next couple hours sees constant action. I doubt 15 minutes goes by that we’re not doing battle. Shortly before 11:00 we hit our number. With sore arms and a full box we head for the beach. 16 yellowfin and 1 mahi.
06/15/19 Out for what I though was to be a combo trip for tuna and tilefish. Started trolling just outside my favorite golden tilefish hole and after two hours of no action I ask the guys if they’re ready to deep drop but they decide they want to keep tuna fishing. Hearing of a few fish 18 miles south and what seems like a decent bite up north but out of our range Dave pulls the spread and we run 12 miles farther south. No action until we hit 67 degree water when we finally get a skipjack. A mile later, 68 degrees, we get hit by four yellowfin. One pulls off just after the bite, one breaks off next to the boat but two manage to go in the box. Worked the area with a couple more small bites and one more yellowfin added to the box. Picked up lines one hour later than normal looking at a 72 mile run to get back to OC. Would like to say it was worth it, but just not sure.
06/14/19 Today’s hopes of tilefish were crushed by a forecast that was calling for west winds to 25 knots and seas building to 7 feet in the canyons. The crew decided to stay a little closer, still 22 miles off the beach, and try and put a catch of black sea bass together. Ride out wasn’t too bad but when we tried our first drift, 2.4 knots,…..THAT’S NUTS. Set the anchor knowing it would greatly cut down on the action but no choice, had to do it. By the end of the day we had around 30 in the box, 20-25 knot west winds to push through on our ride home and one of the guys desperately longing for land.
06/12/19 Out with a crew of recently graduated high school guys for a day of black sea bass and shark action. Spent the morning pounding on the sea bass and putting several tasty meals in the box. Threw out the chum bucket and proceeded to set some shark baits. First bite comes after about 45 minutes and we release a 60/70 lb Dusky. The next couple hours provide one more Dusky, two Spinners and two Sandbars both well over 100 lb.
06/10/19 Remember Three Dog Night ? One is the Loneliest Number; kinda how I felt crawling through the fog this morning on a forecast that had the entire fleet sitting at dock. Well, all but one. My guys really wanted tuna but winds up to 35 knots in the canyons changed their minds quickly and a day of Black Sea Bass action was just fine with them. Conditions were surprisingly comfortable despite the fog which broke somewhere around 15 mile mark. Bite was just like the last few trips. Lots of searching, fish that bite for a couple drifts then stop and lots of beautiful males with a keeper ratio of around 4:1. By days end conditions were down to just a swell and we ran home at 23 knots with 60 fish in the box.
06/07/19 A day of Black Sea Bass tagging for a local university doing research on how construction of the wind farm may effect these fish.
06/02/19 Threw the lines today with a lot of trepidation for today’s Black Sea Bass trip since the fish are spawning and the reports I’ve been hearing for some of my buddies were horrible. After the first 90 minutes I’m thinking I should have just stayed in bed this morning but after several moves and a crew that seems to have found the trick to getting these tight lipped fish to bite we star putting together a decent catch. By days end we are only 20 fish shy of our limit something I would NEVER have believed earlier in the day. Back in the slip with 70 in the box to 22 inches.
06/01/19 Pushed 35 miles east today with a crew looking for Jaws. Spent about an hour in the morning catching a couple false albacore (aka: turkeys) for bait. The first 90 minutes of our drift was without a pull but then the Dusky and Sandbars found us and the action was fairly steady the rest of the day with sharks ranging in size from 50 to 175 lbs.
05/31/19 First tuna trip of the season found us 58 mile off the beach looking for some bites. First three hours were dead with only one small mystery bite. Finally around 10:30 the long rigger gets slammed and after a great battle Dave sticks the gaff in a 85 lb. “over” Bluefin. The next two hours provide several more bites and we add two more “under” bluefin to the box as well as a mahi.
05/26/19 Out with a crew from North East MD for a day of fun fishing. Guys said they really weren’t worried about keepers so they saved some $$ with the std. trip. Bite was great and I was surprised at the number of keepers we were seeing. By days end we had 62 in the box. Not too bad for a area that’s been hit hard this year.
05/24/19 & 05/25/19 Two days of sporty conditions kept us closer to the beach than we’d have liked on Friday with a spotty bite and way too many shorts. End of the day found about 25 keepers in the box. Saturday’s solo charter decided to run up the white flag shortly after we arrived at the spot.
05/19/19 Out with a crew of friends who’s nationality spans the globe for a day of sea bass action. Weather was nice, current was crazy out of the north and the keeper ratio has dropped from about 3:1 to around 5:1. Lots of moves trying and fill the cooler for these guys throughout the day. When the bell finally rang we had 73 sea bass heading back to NY, 17 shy of our limit.
05/15/19 & 05/16/19 First two days of Black Sea Bass season found very similar fishing for both crews but fortunately Thursdays seas were much nicer than what we had to deal with on Wednesday, thank you Mr. weather man! Both days started off with way to many keepers but some fine tuning had our baits hitting the areas where more keepers seemed to be hanging. Just around 11:00 on both days we hit the magic number and head for the dock. Pretty good fishing since we mostly only had two or three rods in the water at any given time.
05/04/19 & 05/05/19 First two trips of the 2019 season found us looking for tog in moderately sporty seas. Saturdays bite was awesome and the crew of three of ours country’s finest (Air Force) hit their limit long before the bell range. Sundays conditions were similar but way more current and fairly dirty water which must have shut down the bite. Hit six different locations but just couldn’t find any hungry fish. Back in the slip with a disappointing 5 keepers in the box. One bright spot was Rodney’s 12 pounder!