Most of my crew bailed on Sunday so Fred and I ended up flounder fishing - nothing but empty beer cans to show for it.
On Monday, Fred and I were joined by Neil and Richard for the first offshore trip of the year. We ran to the 245 line in 63 fathoms (just at the temp break). The temp went from 67.4 degree water to 74.5 degrees in less than a mile! Shortly after putting lines out we had a couple of nice sized gaffer dolphin in the box. We went 3 for 5 on YFT and picked up a bunch of Skipjack Tuna (kept 2 for bailing bait for later in the summer). We even got covered up with what we thought were YFT that turned out to be gaffer dolphin – we went 3 for 6 on that group.
The fish were hitting everything we put out (a variety of colors in spreader bars and blue/white islanders). The only thing they left along was the green machine/bird. The bite pretty much died around 1:00pm.
I heard and saw a few boats fighting blue marlin.
Total for the day = 3 YFT, 9 Dolphin, 4 Skipjack tuna
Can you believe that we are seeing this kind of action in May? On Saturday, we couldn't get a crew so David & I went to the same area as you and did 5/5 on yft, but our fish were 3 of the 5 on the wwb bird/gm. What a difference a day makes. And based on the dorsal of our late mystery bite on the shovel, we now suspect that a big blue hit the planer and took off like a freight train. But yesterday, it was a bit rough for my 28 Carolina so we went see bass fishing and trolling all over the Jack Spot with little results. Wish we could have gone back to that big temperature break! I hope it is still there after the big blow.
Nice Mahi Tim and crew. I should have joined you, but sleeping in sfter a long day and many crushes felt great.
Not trying to thread jack, but my report from Sunday was more of the same, so didn'y feel like posting a seperate report. Same area we came back with 4 YFT and one dolphin. Our high/low lights were pulling a hook on the biggest bull dolphin I've ever seen on my boat striping 18 lbs of drag off a 50 wide after a 20 minute fight. Then later in the day had a shotgun release clip failure launch a Tiagra 50 wide 20 feet in the air before the tuna attached to it dragged it creating a wake before sounding. If anyone snags it deep dropping in 70 fathoms, I would like it back, pleeez.