Beautiful day, decent action, we boated a nice tuna and then Nick Veteri, from Philadelphia caught his first sailfish and Dominic Santoro, also from Philly also caught his first billfish, a very acrobatic white marlin.......but we should have had a few more but the captain of the Obsession missed two and a third that he hooked threw the hook..... BOOOOO!!!
Funny, there was a fair bite going on but when the eclipse started it pretty much shut down.
We actually found a grass line with dolphin around it today... not very large ones, but Everett & Lindsey Treadway, from Ashland, VA and crew boated a limit of small school dolphin on light tackle.... AND their daughter 12 year old daughter Cali Treadway caught and released a 75# blue marlin which she did a great job bringing to the boat unassisted
AND I had a hitchhiker join me on the bridge for an hour or so......
We fished our three days of the Pirates Cove Billfish tournament... had good action but won no prizes... First day we rolled the dice and headed south looking for sailfish...... started off great and were keeping up with good action on white marlin up north, but then the sailfish stopped biting for all the boats on the south end and up north the whites kept biting....so even though we had a good day, with Robert Crowder, Shani Diggs, Charles Townes and Mason Camp each catching a sailfish we ended the day in the twelft place...
The second day did not go well... we had four good oportunities but we san cochoed, wifffttt, screwed up and to end the day zing-powwedd four or five good white marlin bites ..... Robert Crowder caught our only fish of the day.
The last day, we did great, hooking and catching five of our six chances, jumping off one and stayed in the race for the daily all day, but fell a bit short, ending up forth in the race for the daily prize out of 75 boats.... everyone caught a fish yesterday, Charles Sr & Charley Townes, Mason & Robert Crowder all did a great job. RIght now we are in 13 th place but a number of boats are fishing their last day today.
A beauitiful day on the water for the ladies..... we had a lot of action and were in the running all day.... Top boat released 4 billfish and we were tied with6 other boats that all had three billfish.... Monica Witt, Abby Long & Kelly Cassidy did outstanding catching a sailfish a apiece..... we pulled the hook early on another sailfish.... Laura battled a blue marlin for a half hour, which would have given us second place out of 97 boats ( and Alice Kelly tournament record) but the light leader unfortunately chaffed off. But the weather was great and the girls had a blast.
Sam Coburn & his son's, from Summit, NJ took their first marlin fishing trip with us yesterday..... marlin fishing is still hit or miss along the whole east coast right now with lots of green water.... but Sam did catch & release a white marlin, and son Brian did a great job boating a 152# bigeye tuna.
JOSEPH DIPICATRO, FROM PUNISUTAWNEY, PA CAUGHT 275# BLUE MARLIN ON FIRST OFFSHORE FISHING TRIP!
Andrew Smith and his sons had lots of action yesterday, with both young boys boating 35-45# yellowfin, and everyone bringing a 75# class dusky shark along side the boat.... we hooked several of them them damm sharks while slowed up fighting tuna and even hooked one in the mouth on a silver spoon on a deep rig..... fortunately we did boat some tuna but damm if the sharks didn't get more than half of them..... the whole fleet had to head in early as storms move in over us.
NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SAY IT BUT IT WAS TOO CALM!!
Radio reception was excellent on VHFs and from Hatteras to Ocean City I could hear captains talking about slow fishing.... Even the tilefish weren't biting very well..... We did have some action Edwin Faunce, from Doylestown, PA released an acrobatic white marlin caught on light tackle, Rick Krader did a great job on a big yellowfin tuna on light tackle, only to have the hook pull with the leader on the reel and the fish in sight..... Fortunately after that heartbreak, we hooked a 200# blue marlin.... awesome shortrigger bite, and John Pisklak, from Lebanon, PA did a great job catching the fish after 1/2 hour battle.
MORGAN TAYLOR, FROM SHARPSBURG, MD CAUGHT A LARGE WHITE MARLIN TO START THE DAY
DAVID BILLUPS FROM BEL AIR,MD CAUGHT A BLUE MARLIN AROUND 175# ON LIGHT STANDUP TACKLE AND DAVID BURKE, FROM EGG HARBOR NEW JERSEY CAUGHT A WHITE MARLIN AT THE SAME TIME.... COCKPIT CHAOS TO SAY THE LEAST... SAW ANOTHER SMALL BLUE THAT WOULD NOT EAT AND JUMPED OFF ANOTHER WHITE......
Ed Begin & crew wanted meat fish today, and with not a lot of dolphin around, we focused on yellowfin....as did the whole fleet in one small area around some whales....we were lucky to come up with some 40-50# tunas that the sharks did not get, though they did get several of my rigs.
Jacob Leitch, from St Leonard, MD & Thomas Richard, from Losby, MD each caught & released their first blue marlin ever after exciting half hour battles....both fish were 250-275# class fish..... the first a big hole bent pole on my long shotgun and the second a hot teaser fish that Lee picked off nicely.
Matthew Barron, son Bernie & his sons Tyler, Nicholas & Matthew Jr along with Brandon Euba, from Pennsylania, have fished with me for many years..... we have had much better catches but never hooked as big a fish.... the boys had caught a few yellowfin in the morning when we hooked a lunker.....his oldest son Tyler (age 18) battled the bigeye for over an hour, did a great job, had the leader on the reel a couple of times, the fish in sight... at least 150 if not more, when the ceramic ring in the tip of the rod blew out and the line broke in the broken tip.... MEGA BUMMMER.... never had that happen before.....They were good sports.... I was devestated.... fishing was tough with a lot of boats circling one spot, sharks getting a lot of what we hooked, but we did scrap out a few and Bernie's youngest son Nicholas caught a tuna & did catch a few sharks. They booked us again for next year which was the best part of my day!
Got a late start today....unusual for the OBSESSION....Tony Glass & crew, from Maryland, locked their keys in their truck with all their food and drinks... in Coralla....anyway, slow start.....we never had a bite till noon....behind the fleet all day....finally hooked a few large yellowfins & Tony's two teenage sons boated a pair of 50# yellowfins..... didn't have another bite till around 2 when we hooked two really nice yellowfins and Tony & Rusty each boated a 60# yellowfin 20 minutes later..... All the younguns come up on the bridge after that and I was tellling them stories about all the sharks eating our tunas this year.... one of the ones today had its tail about bit off.... when we had an explosion on my short shotgun & after several more misses, the MAKO finally got hooked...... Tony got in the chair and 15 minutes later we wrestled a 141# mako into the boat for a great ending to the day. Mikey Fulchum was filling in today as my regular mate Lee was running another boat for the day.
Gary Gardner, from northern Virginia, and crew were taking one of their first trips offshore.... dreamed of catching a big fish.....and wanted some fish to bring home, but didn't need much.... so we headed north where we have had excellent blue marlin fishing (yesterday we pulled the hook on two) in unusually shallow (25-40 fathoms) water....... luck was in their favor today..... we lost the first two mahi that got after us, but recovered nicely when a nice blue marlin appeared on the teaser, Lee switched him off to a pitch bait and off we went....HOOKED UP BLUE MARLIN....after a grueling 45 minute battle, Bruce Centner, from Stafford VA released a blue marlin we estimated to be around 350 pounds. A short while later we got hit by the yellowfins, but the only two we hooked were on 30# TLD's out there for mahi, but the guys did great and boated both in the 45-50# class range.
Tra Storey & crew, who fish with me several times a year, had a beautiful day on the water.... we started where there were some bigeyes yesterday, but that was a dry hole, and other tuna spots were not producing, so we ran back up north where there has been some excellent blue marlin fishing..... We hooked two nice fish, but both pulled the hook after some exciting jumping, we boated a nice yellowfin, and at the end of the day found a school of rays..... never seen that before offshore, and circled it and caught a few nice dolphin to end the day.
Tim Hill, a coal miner from Caspar Wyoming told me he wanted to catch something BIG.....he & his crew fished with me the last two days.... meat fishing was slow in hot hot weather but we boated a few yellowfin tuna yesterday and mahi today..... Nathan Neilsen, from Gillete, Wyoming released his first ever white marlin and Tim did a great job catching releasing a 350# blue marlin today after a very exciting half hour battle with a lot of close to the boat jumping.
Eighty degrees at 4AM..... I like calm seas but this is rediculous.....too still.... tuna are around but very lethargic... fortunately we found a nice weed line and Israel Lau & his crew worked hard to put a nice catch of 5-15# dolphin in box, all caught on light tackle.... we pulled the hook on a white marlin after 10 minutes.... circled some pilot whales to end the day and boated a 35# yellowfin, and then hooked another and had it 30 feet from the boat when a dusky shark exploded on our tuna and by the time we got it to the boat there was nothing but eyeballs, mouth and pec fins!