We left out of Shinnecock at 4:30 am.
It took about one hour to get to the destination. It didn't take long before he had bluefin on troll. It was a small bluefin which was released. Small bluefin in 10 - 20 lb range invaded into the area.
We had a nice bluefin on troll, but it pulled hook. As we mark good, we decided to jig. I had three hookups with bleufin upto 40 lb with 200g Super Sardine jigs in short order.
After playing with small tuna with jigs until 10:30 AM, we decided to fish fluke. We didn't have any fluke bait except a few squid. Capt James of the Hampton Lady gave us nice bait. Thanks James.
Fluking was excellent with nice fluke upto 8 lb.
Fishing is fun and eating fish caught is fun
We left Shinnecock around 7:00 AM. We saw lots of boats jigging.
We soon as we marked tuna, we started to jig.
It looked good bites were in early in the morning. After catching one small tuna on jigs in two hours, we went wreck fishing for cod or seabass. After searching around for a while, we located a couple of wrecks, but we didn't get any bite.
So we decided to go fluking again. On the way to fluke ground, we encountered massive school of bunkers. It looked striped bass or bluefish were under the bunkers.
Fluking was not as good as yesterday's due to fast drift, but we could pikced away nice fluke.
I was going to South of Martha's Vineyard/Fishtail, but fishing report s were not great thought I heard some nice bigeyes were caught around Fishtails. So we decided to go to bluefin ground though we expected mob scene because it was Saturday and wind was calm.
We decided to leave early at 4:00 AM.
We saw a few whales when we arrived at the destination, but we didn't mark tuna for a while. After trolling a couple of hours, we finally started to mark tuna in the same area. We saw two boats nearby fighting tuna. Then, I heard screaming sound. Tuna On !!
I knew it was a nice tuna because it took lots of line.
Two fishermen fought the fish alternatively, but they both gave up and nobody wanted to fight. So unfortunately I had to fight.
I could increase drag because the 50W reel has 130 lb main braid line and 200 lb mono leader line, but It didn't tough the drag because I didn't lose this fish. After I got the 200 lb leader line, I increased drag and Cliff gaffed perfectly when it came up to the surface.
The is the first tuna over 100 lb on this new boat. Mission was accomplished.
When we weighed it at the dock, it was 119 lb dressed. It could be around 140 lb. We left tuna ground at 9:30 AM and went for fluking.
After fluking until noon, we went to the dock.
What a great day in fine weather.