6/30 Should have turned right
With the iffy forecast, made a change of plans to fish a late start Saturday and come in at dark instead of an overnighter. Left OC at 7 and headed northeast to the warm spot inside of the Baltimore. Found the fleet and a beautiful break with dirty green water on one side and cobalt blue on the other with a sharp 3 degree temp break. Fish being caught here and there, but slow for most. A good number of white and blue marlin caught, and many more spotted. Alson sounded like a nice BFT bite near the Hotdog. But the hot bite was down in the Washington with 8 Bigeyes brought into Sunset! We couldn't buy a bite, but decided to stick it out and fish until 6:00, or so before heading to the barn. After trying deep, then back in to 50 fathoms, still nada.
At almost 4:00, after most of the fleet had headed in, I decided to deploy the planner rod. As I was letting the leader out and snapping the planner in the bridle, I get a tug. Fish on! Not sure how, but I hung on to the planner long enough for chris to come over and help un snap it. Aaron then reeled in a nice 40 lber. 20 minutes later, another nice 40lber single bite. Then it shut down again. Glad we stuck it out to atleast put a little meat in the box.
Want to thank and recommend Chris (Penning) and Bob (UncleBob) as first class TFer HOs. Two good guys that showed up early, happily helped clean boat and fish in the dark and were both a pleasure to have on the boat during a long and slow day with never a complaint. They will both be welcome back anytime. And of course, thanks to first mate Richard and the rest of the crew for helping with the late night clean up as well.
Thanks for the report Jim. With the wind models all over the place, probably best to not overnight. Not sure how the overnight winds were up there but the VB weather buoy blew up to 30 knots for a little while both Fri and Sat nights.
The thanks goes to Jim and his crew for taking me and Bob on board. I was super excited just to get off shore. What I ended up with was a first class, well run operation. Jim, Richard and the rest of the fellas are the real deal and I was just happy to not get in the way and hope to learn something. What's even better is knowing how slow it was out there, they stuck the rod in my hand on that second take down. Sincerely appreciate you taking me along and showing me a great day on the water.
P.S. What name are the YouTube videos posted under?
Your welcome Chris and also thank you for your 20 plus years serving our Country in the Navy. Proud to have you on board anytime. Search "markhutch7998" on youtube and you'll see some of our videos.