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Old 10-24-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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We headed out Of Perdido Pass Friday evening with an ETA of 12:30 At Marlin. We had a smooth dry ride the entire way until we were about 10 miles out and the wind picked up and the seas started to grow. We started to jig and were slowly catching Blackfin. after a couple drops for me I took a break and started making some rigs for trolling in the morning since I realized about half way out that I had forgotten my bag with all of my pre-made rigs in the truck. Made up several rigs while everyone was occasionally catching a fish. After and hour or so, I took back over at the helm and was able to put us on the Blackfin bite where it was a challenge to drop a jig 100' down and get it up with out a Blackfin on it. As the sun came up we began to troll around. The wind was steadily picking up and so were the waves. The Tiny (6"-10") Blackfin were jumping everywhere but the were to larger fish to be found. We began our way NE to troll toward another Rig and I noticed the boat was sitting a little low in the water. Pulled all the lines and tried to get the boat up on plane and there was to much water in the boat. opened a couple hatched to the bilge and they were full of water but the pumps were not running. (getting very nervous at this point!) felt around the pumps and they were clogged. cleared them and the bilge drained. Decided to head toward the house instead of fighting the nasty seas any more. Got the boat on plan and got about 20 rough miles with water coming in the boat continually and noticed that we have slowed. Looked in the bilge and the pumps were clogged again. cleared the pumps again, and got the bilge drained. Started running home again and noticed that the bow was running pretty low so looked around some and realized that the 200gallon fish box in the bow was full of water to the point where the lid was floating. Also the 2 - 50+ gallon storage compartments that drain into the bilge had filled with water and then their drains were clogged. so once I got the 300+ gallons (2500#+) of water out of the bow the boat road much better the rest of the sloppy ride home! Ended up keeping about 25 blackfin and trowing back a lot more then we kept.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:39 AM   #2
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Scary ride! Ever figure where the water was coming in?
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:47 PM   #3
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glad everything worked out capt'n. and ya'll made it back safe.
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That's scary. Hope you get it sorted out quickly. Nice catch on the blackfins though.
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Looks like over time debris has built up in the bilge and with the rough seas and the water splashing over the bow enough water made it's was into the bilge to float the built up debris to the bilge pumps and clogged them. once they quit working the extra water made the boat sit a little lower in the water hence more water splashing in. Looks like what I need to do is spend a day with a water hose and a shop-vac cleaning out the bilge so the pumps don't get clogged again!
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