OI report for Sat 6-23
Boat: Reel Fancy
Crew: Bert,Scott,Matthew,Bobbie,Becky & me.
We left the dock late cause we were waiting for a no show. Last time that will ever happen but atleast we had enough crew regardless.
I could hear the desperation on the raido as we approched the fishing grounds. It sounded about as we expected based on the reports from the past few days. Slow Slow Slow. We decided to break the mold a bit & held her a little north. We covered a ton of water from the 700 overboard to the 800 both shallow & deep. Found nothing but dead sea. Worked the an awesome sulfur slick to the N/E & even that didn't produce. It should of been flat out loaded. We listened to the fleet further above trying the 900-000 with not much to show for their efforts so after spending nearly the entire afternoon taking a boat ride, I decided to put the tail between the legs & yanked the riggers for a quick run back down to the same old same old. We put lines back in on the 645 @ 2:00 pm & quickly found marks. Man I can't believe these fish don't spread out further. Well with the little time we had left we managed 5 bites working over marks but only caught 1 Tuna & 2 gaffers. Pulled lines @ 5 & went home with a ton of ice. The boats that worked the area all day were rewarded with a few but I don't think the fish were feeding very much on sat. The marks are still there so I'm hopeing it's just one of those time frames when they have lock jaw. It's funny but I use a site called fishweather.com for weather info & it has a fish catching index based on moon phase & other stuff like that. It predicted that this period would be slow so thats my lame excuse & I was gonna stick to it untill my buddy LC met us for dinner last night @ JK's. He asked how the fishing was this weekend & then went on to tell me that they managed not only 11 bosco's on sat but 12 on sun + a 66lb Dolphin & then added 3 Whoo's,a bunch of bailers & even a White, so on so Bla Bla Bla.
Both days the boxes were overflowing. Rom on the Release & Lee in the pit are flat out getting it done down south on the kite.
We tried the stick sat also however it didn't change things for us. It sounded like the stick boats were having a slow day as well but they did catch a few.
I'm looking forward to some lessons in the sound from Lee on this kite fishing some day soon. He owes me since he had me pick him up some Olympic gym weights, bars ect, from Northern VA. Seems thats something that you cant just go out & pick up @ the end of the earth.
BTW Lee, if you happen the read this, Beck & I want to say thanks for the dinner & hope you guys can make it up again REEL soon.
Final tally: 1 Tuna but glad to have him. Matthew, Scotts boy was very pleased.
Congrats Matthew & 2 Gaffers for Bobbie, Scotts girl from Texas who has never seen a Dolphin before, she's hooked.
I just got back last night and I'm already planning the next adventure.
Only the truly ate up understand the maddness.
Bill, great report. If you are like me, just being out there is what it's all about, coming home with full boxes is a bonus. Besides, aren't you getting tired of eating tuna?
I've never paid attention to the fishweather.com fish index, perhaps I should.
Tough fishing but you got some meat in the box for them. I am sure you will make up for it next time and I hope I will be with you for the blood bath
24' Albemarle Express
Good report. Sorry the fish Gods werent smiling on you. We fished on the 900 and managed 2 yft-missed another 6 or or so bites. Ill be heading north this weekend for a while.
We had a tough day too. We left early and arrived at the point at 4:45am looking for the early bite. Well it never developed. We ended up catching one tuna then headed south where we found a nice weedline and a capsized 24ft boat. no motor or numbers, and had been there a week or so. Prob a refugee raft. The boat gave us a good portion of our 12 gaffers (20-33#). We had 4 bulls right at 30#. The current was horrible and washed us north most of the day. I wish we had gone straight to the 300, but we were happy with our catch considering the way the bite was. good luck to all this weekend.
Bill same thing here we only managed 2 gaffers all day. We had great marks but lockjaw seemed to be the order ofthe day on Sunday. Fished from the point notrh, east ,north east you get the point. But it was really nice out there today.
As always a great wealth of information. Sorry you had a NO SHOW, I hate it when that happens.
You can't always have a box full, but I am sure you will next trip.
I'd love to try the KITE THING, I've heard it is a BLAST.
I second the wealth of info you sure helped us out Bill!!!! Thanks again for the info and report
Oh, so go ahead and spread the word about the magic number will you... . I told you scientific data is all you need to catch fish! I remember 23 hitting the deck last fall and the magic number was like 89. Last saturday it was around 70-ish so we ONLY caught 8 and that was mostly cuz them pointy fish were a PITA and kept wasting our time.
Way to stick with it Bill. Sorry to hear about your no-show. Sounds like a frequent happening from that person