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Old 05-02-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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I'll keep it short. Had a rough trip out and got banged up pretty good. Hit a rig on the shelf 60 miles out and got our limit of AJs quick with jigs and live bait. Got to Marlin about 5:45PM, put lines out and had pretty steady action with school yellowfin, blackfin and monster skippies. Fish went a little deeper after sundown and we started jigging and trying to chunk. Chunking was next to impossible with the sharks. The guys kept jigging and eventually I broke out the flyrod.

About 10:00PM we eased over to the drillship Enterprise. Marked some bigger fish and but jigging and chunking yielded blackfin only. Decided to get some rest and wait until the morning. The morning bite didn't happen like I had hoped. Zero surface action and not as consistent of a bite. We did manage a couple more nice YFTs for the box. Went on to Ram after that but it was shark city and after lost tackle and tuna heads, we headed in.

All in all we had a good trip and brought home plenty of tuna. Water was dirty until about 3 miles north of Marlin and Ram. Blended blue out there, around 76 degrees consistently and a lot of scattered grass. All the tunas were feeding on very small tinker mackeral about 1-2 inches long.
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Nice job chris . Sharks have been tough lately ..
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:00 PM   #3
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Nice work, we are trying to decide between the rigs or the spur for this weekend....leaning towards rigs but we will see what the charts look like later this week. What sort of fly would you toss at those blackfin?
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Thanks for the report! I wish we could have made it out instead of turning around at 7nm due to a little leak...
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Thanks for the post, I wonder what's up with all the sharks this year? I have never seen them like this before that far offshore?? I wonder if it's a sign of overall health of the ecosystem or just the opposite?

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Dunno Robert. I don't know about the health of the ecosystem, but I do know the sharks are healthy. I've been doing a good job this year of fattening them up on tuna.

SniperP, the flies I use on tuna are nothing fancy. They are kinda like a big deceiver. I'll tie them with craft fur, SF blend or any other material that allows me to make a larger baitfish pattern. As far as what you can buy, we sell some great tuna patterns here in the shop and there are many online shops you can get a good selection from as well. If there is a local fly shop in your area, drop in and tell them what you are wanting to do. Chances are they will have something for you.
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Thanks for the post. Any pics?
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RT, I don't think we took a single picture this trip. I did take a cool one of the drillship at night but that was it. If we had caught some big fish or some other above average catch we probably would have but....
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Thanks for the post, I wonder what's up with all the sharks this year? I have never seen them like this before that far offshore?? I wonder if it's a sign of overall health of the ecosystem or just the opposite?

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Wonder if it has anything to do with the ban of the long lining within certain distance from shore .
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Wonder if it has anything to do with the ban of the long lining within certain distance from shore .
Never thought of that Capt. Alex but I bet that might have something to do with it.

Good report Chris.
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