Chumlord VA Beach 6-29-09
Good friend and long time fishing partner John Maciejczyk came in town to spend a week at the beach with his family and perhaps get in some fishing. We have been trying to put together an offshore trip for what seems like the past five years but Mother Nature would simply not cooperate and kept us inshore. With the Tuna snappin’ and the forecast looking very do-able this year would be different John and I headed 65 nm off the coast of VA in search of Yellowfin. The bite had slowed considerably but in the end we managed to cratch out two very heathy YFTs and three small gaffers.
Water temp was 68.4 to 70.2 degrees, 50 fathoms to 110 fathoms 422 to 370 line both fish came inside at 55 fathoms one on a blue/white sea star with a medium large ballyhoo and the other crushed a green machine spreader bar right on the transom.
A terrific day on the water. I’ve got limited pictures and video footage since there was only two of us onboard.
Thanks John for coming down!!!
Tuna & Mahai
Glad you finally got your friend out in the blue water and put him on some nice fish.
SWEET.... slick calm water too!
Nice pics Lou...it has slowed but back to "normal " tuna fishing patterns.
That fishing the past two weeks was just CRAZZZZYYY!
I love it when a plan comes together!
WTG Lou. Glad you guys finally got a chance to get out offshore.
1995 17' Bass Tracker TX17 40 HP Merc
Pretty Work, Lou.
Nice feesh, great photos, and calm weather..
Nice...glad you found some out there!
It was about time. Nice to have a forecast below 25mph out of the NE. I'm not sure what kind of roids that last tuna was on but that was a serious ass kicking. Six times to the boat and then burned drag each time. Landed everything that stuck, but could of had a banner day if the other half dozen or so came tight. Always a blast to fish with you Lou, even better with perfect rigs, rods, WEATHER, and the Whaler. Although, I think I am a half inch shorter from running for 5 hours there and back! Ha.
Next time I expect you to be able to leader, gaff, and video at the same time.
I'm working on a head cam. Dang!!! If I would have brought that roll of duct tape we would have been good to go. The footage I took was entertaining. I need to review it, if for nothing else but the sound bites. There must be some gut busters in there somewhere. My hip is bruised up something good frome slamming into the wheel on the ride back. Always a fun time!!!