Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Open Boat Overnight Canyon Mixed Bag 8-11/12

Had newcomers Pete, Chuck and Allen on board for an overnighter. was torn on which canyon to start at based on recent reports. Went with a sat shot and off we went, settled in the Hendrickson canyon and found the life I wanted, bait,birds and mammals, trolled but nothing doing. Hit some pots and landed half a dozen mahi. Trolled some more and with the amount of life and no touches made the 30 mile run to the Hudson to try to get in on the big eye bite, got there and very few were landed, set up for the night, instantly had squid and bait, flying fish, schools of bait and squid all night but no tuna. Deep rod gets slammed thinking a swordie, turns out to be a 200lb shark, let him go and nothing rest of night. In morning get on the troll and of the 50 boats a few Bigeye were landed. Crew decided to change gears, went Tilefishing and landed a dozen blue-lines. Went mahi fishing and landed another dozen and a half to 15lbs. On way home we found some scallopers and tried chunking and jigging but no luck. Tough trip with no tuna but great guys and great weather made the tuna skunk a little easier to bear.

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