Left the dock at 3:30 am Sunday morning. Arrived at Massey's Canyon at 4:30 am to a fleet of boats. We set anchor and began to chunk! The bite really got hot around 9:30 am. We had 10 bites total and put 2 in the box. Great trip with Keith and Don! The sun rise this morning was amazing!
We had two trips scheduled this past weekend. On Saturday we fished the Jackspot with hopes of catching a big shark. We passed through the inlet around 6:15 am heading towards the Jackspot. The seas were a little sporty and we took our time making the 19 mile run. Upon arrival we deployed the chum bag and set up to drift. The wind and waves were not cooperating so we decided to anchor. After several hours with no shark bites we decided to called it a day and head in. Even though we did not catch any sharks it was a great day on the ocean with new friends.
On Sunday we left the slip at 4:00 am and headed towards Massey's Canyon. Arrived at the spot around 5:15 am and within minutes we had our first bite. The short story is we had 7 bites, 5 came tight and all were lost due to leader failure. We were using a 25lb fluoro carbon leader attached to our circle hooks and main line. Saw schools of yellow fin breaking the water throughout the day and had them coming up behind the boat eating chunks of butter fish. Another great day spent on the ocean!
Left the dock at 4:00 am heading towards Massey's Canyon. The group fishing today was Kevin Hogan, Lenny Simmons and Nate Simmons. We arrived at the fishing grounds @ 5:00 am. We set out a four rod spread at various depths using fluorocarbon leaders and circle hooks. We had to downsize the leader size throughout the day in order to get a bite. We ended the day going 1 for 4 on tuna. This was Kevin's first time tuna fishing. Due to the light leader size we had to slowly fight the fish. The fish pictured took the bait at 11:00 am and finally was boated at 3:30 pm. Kevin was on the rod for 2.5 hours and Lenny put in another 2 hours. The fish measured 52" and weighed between 75-85 lbs. A fish well earned and hopefully well liked on the dinner table!
We fished just north of Massey's Canyon today hoping for a bluefin tuna bite. We left the slip at 4:15 am and made the 32 mile trip north from the Ocean City Inlet. We ran a 4 rod spread with Joe Chute lures rigged with ballyhoo. Within 10 minutes of deploying the rods we had a fish on. After a brief battle we boated a 52" / 72 lb bluefin tuna. We had one other fish on but it became tangled in another anglers trolling spread and I cut the fish off. It was then we decided to try shark fishing since the seas began to build. We ran westward towards the 20 fathom line to setup for sharks. Soon after I placed the chum bag in the water we were swarmed with mahi. We ended up catching 2 mahi and no sharks.
This was a special trip for me since this was my niece's first offshore fishing trip/experience. She caught her very first and hopefully not her last mahi. Mike Liles also shared a special trip with his daughter, Tiff, and his future son in law.
We ventured out into the Poorman's Canyon in search of tuna and mahi. Once inside the canyon we were immediately greeted by several pilot whales. Within 20 minutes we had a decent mahi take a Shute lure off the long rigger. The second mahi was caught off another Shute lure off the short rigger. Later in the morning we had a marlin take a flat line bait which never came tight. On the ride back in we saw several sea turtles and large schools of rays. Great trip with Clint Bender and Jeffrey Gingrich from Hershey, PA. The day of the trip was Clint's 57th birthday and he caught a mahi!
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