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Old 06-04-2015, 12:22 PM   #1
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Fished offshore this past Sunday night through Tuesday evening. Idled out Sunday night to Ensco 8506 with all intentions of live baiting at dawn. Upon arrival at 8506 the current was as strong as I have ever seen offshore, a solid 5-6 knt west to east current. This current would make locating or catching live bait impossible. So we headed back north looking for the “break”in current. Found it about 20 mile to the north of the rig. Unfortunately is was a well defined break, more of a gradual change. This allowed for an ocean of scattered grass.

We fished this rough edge towards Blind Faith on Monday. We hooked the marlin in the pics below around 10 AM. The fish was super acrobatic and fired up. After dumping maybe half the 50W going away from the boat he made a 180 back towards the boat. Unfortunately the big bow in the line started picking up scattered grass and this broke the line. Even though we lost the fish, it was still a super exciting 10-15 min.

Over the next day and half we hit Thunderhorse, Blind Faith, Black Rhino (which ran us off), West Capricorn and Nakika. Scattered grass was everywhere making trolling almost impossible. The only bait we marked was at Nakika and it was not thick. I was surprised that we did not see a single tuna sky or mark any blackfin at any of the rigs.

Wound up catching a few wahoo and maybe a ˝ dozen mahi mahi to round things out. Weather was awesome!














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Old 06-04-2015, 12:43 PM   #2
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Awesome pics, as usual!
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Tough break on the blue great pics though, Not monday morning quarterbacking here by any means but a quick look at the hilton current layer would have shown the 8506 was in swift current, anywhere near the main loop current has been fast this year.
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Is there anything illegal about fishing in the ocean close to a rig since you were run off.
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Man those are sweet pics!!! My most vivid fish memory was a big ole poon that I hooked it skied and then was gone!!!! So I'd be stoked just to hook that marlin!!!

Curious on the rig too, not that I'll ever get to get out and fish em.....just curious?
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I had been watching that intense current on Hilton's all week, was hoping to find a really nice break to fish as the boats there the previous week did very well. I knew the current had moved north was just hoping it was fishable.

As to the laws regarding fishing around a rig, it's my understanding that if you are under 100' you are allowed to fish as close as you want. Sometimes rigs will be polite and tell you they have divers in the water or are doing some experiment and ask you to leave. I always do, this time they just said stay at least 500 meters from the rig with no explanation. I probably could have kept fishing, but just chose to move on.

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The rigs will ask you to leave if they are doing diving operations or running explosives. We were asked to leave Petronius last year (give them a 5mi berth) as they were diving.
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Nice weather even though fishing sounded tough. Saw the current on Hilton's and it looked strong. Better luck next time Robert. Crazy lightning pic.
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Thanks for the report and the pics were great. Congrats on the blue hookup and the hooters.
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