Pat, Susan, Myself, Jessie, Monty, Sarge, and Shelby head back out one more time. Straight to the marks from earlier in the week, just north of the tip of the Norfolk (40-50 f). Same spread, spreaders on the short riggers, hoo's on the flat, spreader down the middle just out of the prop wash, islander and sea witch off the long riggers, and a hoo on the WB.
Picked up a quick YF off the spreader bar, Shelby's first Tuna hits the floor (12yrs old!) - about 45lbs. Got spread back out head back over marks and three rods go down, one on the bridge breaks the rod holder and a 50 wide and a Chaos rod are suspended in mid air by a saftey strap!!! Got the gaff and 3 more YF tuna. Troll area for another hour or 2 and troll to the east where grass had been earlier in the week (50f). Water temp now 73.1, 68.2 a few days earlier no grass found but a few pieces of debris which gives up 6 total Dolphin over the next few hours including two gaffers. Troll out to 200f no better signs of life. 1:00 trolled back to original Tuna marks and get crushed by 3 more YFT, we were able to get all 3 to the Canyon bag. End up with 7 YFT, one over 50lb, one 45lb, the other's from 25 to 40lbs, and 6 dolphin. Slick calm seas make for a great ride home. Only got out 3 times in 9 days because of weather but really took advantage of our time.
Thanks Pat for a great week at Wachapreague. The White was cool but the image in my mind of that giant blue just off the corner of the spreader bar with his pec's lit up was why we fish. I did look at the pitch bait rod with the 80LB. leader for a second and thought better not, good way to loose all that good line. She was a pig!!!! There were many highlights, the mauling of all nine rods by tuna's, several times tunas crashing the flats and bars, it was too much fun. Can't wait to get back at them. Oh, I think the boat will raise billfish.
Hey guys , Shelby and I had a blast. The weather was great and the crew was even better! Couldn't have asked for a better day for shelby's first off shore trip. She wants to thank you mule and jessie for holding on to her harness while she was fighting that tuna! That smile on her face was worth a millon! Red she said next time smile for the picture, and thanks for the great gaff job.
It was a good time even though we had a few more lay days than I wanted. I spent more money on the lay days than when fishing Congrats to Shelby on her tuna and thank God for leashes Ever heard a holder from the rocket launcher break That was different watching the whole crew fighting fish with a 50 wide floating over their heads ! Maybe a little less drag on the top rods from now on. Great time !!!