August 16, 2017 Ian and his quest for tuna

DSCN0898Ian and Tim along with Jason, were at the marina prior to my arrival at 11:15 pm on Monday night. We had planned this trip early in the year and were hopeful mother nature would give us enough window to make the long trip east. Last year she forced us to cancel. Reports were sketchy, however  with the moon almost here, it should open up any day now. My son got all the bases covered, reports, temps,color and of course tackle. We left Twin Lights at 11:45pm with just a slight NW breeze, weather reports have a hard SE coming in between 2-5 pm. Not what we need when we are far offshore. A beautiful ride out with the moon out for most of the trip. We had a 9 rod set a full hour before the early morning darkness gave way to the lavender sky gave way to the great blaze orange fire ball that is so awesome to watch every morn. The anticipation was evident for all of us. A whole lot of nothing for hours did take the edge off. I went further then I had planned but we trolled the 500 line for miles, then across the canyon back to the 100 line down to the 100sq. No signs of life, no bait, to temp breaks, just beautiful blue 82′ water. We found a set of pots off the beaten path. SO we first started trolling around them, and that produced nothing. Also, a SE breeze came on, and its only 9am. Then we got our first hit. WE all were  in the back of my boat ready to clear some lines and change the set, when a very nice White Marlin came up on the port rigger spreader bar. She ate the right squid and provided a very nice aerial show before diving for the deep. All along we figured no way we will boat this fish. Tim got on the rod and did a very good job fighting this fish. After a decent battle my son reached down put her in the boat for a quick pic. That pumped us up enough to troll little longer, but the wind got little harder. Time to try for the Mahi. The first few pots had nothing, but the 4th one we stopped on had some fish, and they were hungry. Jason and Ian hooked up first, Jason’s fish went nuts and jumped and threw the hook. Ian’s did the same, however the hook held fast and he boated a very nice size Mahi. A few dinks before Jason got into another one. This one made it very interesting. A great battle before Jason caught his first Mahi and it was a beauty!! and the SE breeze turned into a stiff wind and it went from calm to 2-4’s with caps and building. The choice was easy and it was time to go. By time we made the tip of Sandy Hook, no one regretted leaving the deep a few hours early. Except for catching any tuna, we had a very good trip with a good crew and a good time had by all.DSCN0893DSCN0895DSCN0897  Ian will have to wait one more year before he gets on the tuna. The 3rd year will be the year……

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