We did an overnighter in the area of the Norfolk Canyon Sat-Sun. Trolled during the daytime, swordfished and chunked at night. We had action the whole time. We had a number of wahoo bite offs, pulled off a big eye after about an hour fight, pulled off a swordfish and I don't know how many tunas we lost. We did not lose everything though.
We started out trolling a weed line on the Fingers. Charles Southall caught a 40 pound wahoo. It had another hoo with it but it did not eat. Stephen Powell caught a barracuda. We caught a number of false albacore including a 32 inch release citation for Stephen. One of the alberts was having its tail chewed up by another wahoo. We picked up a yellowfin and some dolphin.
We then ran out to 44 fathom wreck where we found some decent seabass. We started trolling again catching more dolphin and several yellowfin up to 50 pounds. Then we hooked up to a big tuna that I'm pretty certain was a bigeye and spent the rest of our day light fighting it until the hooked pulled. We could look at it but never got it anywhere close to gaff range. It wanted to live straight down under the starboard corner. Impressive strike and fight.
We then set up for swordfish at the mouth of the Norfolk Canyon. I was putting out the first bait and had the line jerked out of my hand. Fishing for 1 minute and I was hooked up. I was expecting a tuna but when it came up, it was a swordfish. For the rest of the night, we caught dolphin and hooked up with another sword but that one pulled off after a short fight.
At first light, we started trolling again. We picked up a couple of longfins up to 40 pounds. We then started bailing dolphin off of a weed line. Dolphin are everywhere. We kept about 30, we could have filled the boat with them. Running out of bait, ice, and places to put fish, we came on in.
That's some great work. we were out there sunday & picked up a nice #40 longfin.....just finished dinner & that is the best tuna ive ever had...........better than bigeye, yft & bft. better grilled & better raw. just a completely different taste.
cant wait to get out there for another shot at one. when & where is the best time to target longfins?????
I saw the flag when I went out yesterday morning and assumed it was a white....when we got back we noticed it was a sword flag and we were all drooling. Nice work. Next time you go you better check the fish boxes to make sure I haven't crawled in there for a boat ride to your secret spot