Jim Kennedy & his sons, from Cincinatti, Ohio, have fished with me the last 4 years, and we have had good luck but today took the cake! Didn't have all the lines in the water when we hooked a heavy fish.... Jim jumped in the chair and in short order boated a 167# bigeye..... we got the spread out, made a circle around some marks and hooked 2 heavy fish..... 45 minutes later Bala Venkatapathy, from Florance Kentucky & Patrick Kennedy boated 174# and 125# bigeyes.... we rode around for a while with no bites, got tired of the crowd of boats, and worked north and 4 rods bent over..... first two were 30-35# yellowfins, but the next two we fought for over an hour.....Daniel Kennedy did a great job boating a 184# bigeye, and Nick Kennedy also did a great job on a 200# fish that we had the leader on several times, but things just didn't work out and the line broke..... So we headed in with only 700# of fish....they are fishing again tomorrow and we are not going tuna fishing!!
I put together a makeup group today, and as is usually the case, they were all great guys & had a good time together, the weather was outstanding and they put a nice catch of 20-45# yellowfin in the boat. As well, Jesse Dorey-Ferrera, from Arlington, VA boated a 100# bigeye tuna..... at 3:15 Ed Bird put a 45 # yellowfin in the boat and I told the guys that was a good way to end the day.... we cranked in the lines and damm if the last one got creamed by a bigeye tuna.... my date with some cactus juice was suddenly delayed, but Justin Muller, from Charlotsville, VA put the heat on it, and boated the 150# bigeye in 1/2 hour.
We didn't have half our lines out when we hooked a yellowfin, got it....tried to get the spread out and hooked and boated a few more yellowfin, got going again and still didn't have all our baits in the water when we hooked a yellowfin tuna and a bigeye...we boated the yellowfin, & David Gammon, from Goldsboro, NC boated the 153# bigeye after a 45 minute battle..... we picked away at the yellowfin tuna the rest of the day, and we came in early with a full box of tuna..... Steve & Amy, Mary, David & Dan caught a bigger bigeye and more yellowfin than their host Cory did yesterday and I think the girls were going to remind Cory of that fact! Thanks again Cory!!
Cory Thorne has sent customers, employes & friends to fish with me for a number of years and today he even joined his group. Fishing was not great but we picked out a decent catch of 20-45# yellowfin, a few dolphin but the fish gods shined upon us at 2 PM as Cory hooked and boated after a 45 minute slugfest, a citation earning 143# bigeye tuna!
Long time customer Rudy Middleton & sons & friends from Norfolk, VA had beautiful weather today..... we started the day looking for dolphin, but the grass lines were not well made up, but we did catch a good handful of fish on light tackle from 5 -25 #, then went tuna fishing and caught some 20 - 30 # class fish.
Weather was beautiful, seas were calm and damm if there weren't alot of boats....we managed to avoid the overly crowded areas, found a unfished stretch of grass line, and Howard & Valerie Forbes, from Virginia Beach and their family had good action on 5-20# dolphin on light tackle, and then we picked away at a few 20 - 40# yellowfin tuna.
Good tuna fishihg that is for some of the boats today, but I skillfully managed to drive around them most of the afternoon. Nevertheless, John Niejadlik and crew from around West Point, NY, who have fished with me the last few years, boated a nice catch of 20-35# yellowfin tuna and 7 - 20# dolphin.
Charley, Shani, Mason & Robert have had 2 great days already this week, so none of us were too upset about how today went.....started great with a 40# tuna right out of the gate, but then a wahoo got my teaser, then a shark got our 50# tuna..... we did catch a few more yellowfin and half a dozen gaffer dolphin....then at 2:30, with weather deteriorating and seas building, we hooked two bigeyes, both of which broke the light leaders we were using for yellowfin....put the boat in gear at 2:45 (should have just quit then) and damm if we didn't hook another bigeye which ate a dangling bait before we even got half the spread out.... and we hooked a shark on a drifting bait before we got all the lines cleared.... and there were severe thunderstorm warnings going out..... got the shark release....200 # hammerhead.... Charley, Mason & Robert all fought the bigeye for 1 1/2 hours.... damm thing was mean....we had mucho heat on it.....and it was staight up an down but 100+ ft to go, Lee holding the line off the boat, the windward side, when a wave crashed into the side the boat and rolled her hard over and the line hit the chine and broke.... @$#%@@R%@ ......Robert, Mason, Shani & Charles are again fishing with me tomorrow and we're hoping for revenge! No picture today, as a deluge hit us when we backed into the slip.
Robert Crowder, Charles Townes, Irving Prichit and company patiently waited all morning with no action, and when we were all resigned to a slow day, the tuna finally started biting....didn't have a pin pot till 1AM, but then we had good action, boated 30-50# yellowfin one and two at a time for 2 hours of great fishing.
We started off looking for 'gaffer' dolphin which had been productive the last few days, and found some decent conditions but smaller fish then I was hoping for and the grass line took me in the wrong direction..... I thought.... but some guys up above me hit some bigeyes, so we ran up north, but by the time we got there a pretty large fleet had developed and I was thinking we should not have left fish to find fish.... but we got lucky.... I marked some bigeyes, but did not get a bite, and due to the number of boats, it took 20 minutes to get back to the spot but dammed if when I got there depth charges exploded behind the OBSESSION and three poles bent over and line was going away from us quikly..... Larry Lohman, from Naples Florida, (149#), Roger Riley, from Prince Fredrick, VA (173#) and Billy Poss, from Huntingtown, MD ( 174#) did fantastic, boating all three bigeyes in under an hour, their biggest fish ever!! Where was Tommy Palmer???
Mike, Bill, Joe, Pasquale & Ed drove down after work yesterday, got to the boat at 4AM, as they have been doing for 10 years or more, and had action all day long as we started on a weed line and picked away at 5 0- 20# dolphin, caught a few tunas in the process on light tackle, a surprise king mackerel, and the we hit 4 tunas at one time to end the day, of which we caught three, and went home with a box full of fish and a full stomach..... these guys bring the best custom hogies and buffalo shrimp known to man!! Love them lunatics!!
John Tierney, who has fished with me for 20 years along with Devin, Jay, Brad & Andy, all from North Carolina & Virginia, boated a nice catch of 20-40# yellowfin tuna and 5-20# dolphin, and my wife had a big boston creme pie layer cake for me when I got home!!
Seas were still substantial after the tropical storm and only a few boats went today, but I was glad to have a tough group.... Paul Winters, Becky & son Scott caught a scattered but nice size yellowfin troughout the day, but with time running out we had about 5 get after us and missed every damm one of them.....Lee and I were about to scream, but we rerigged, made a circle and hooked 7!! Paul, Becky & Scott cranked them all in and we were homeward bound!!
I'm glad David Cook & his crew from Deleware are tough cause it was all you wanted yesterday..... 7 ft seas from the tropical storm off South Carolina hit was when we got into the hot water and we set out along a hard to follow change that was a hobgobeld mess to say the least.... Took 15 minutes for me and my dock partner Bull on the Sea Toy to get the courage to lower the outriggers, but all in all the day went well once we got things dialed in..... picked away at 5 -20# dolphin all day long they guys all hung in there and caught a lot of the fish on light tackle..... had so much fun they booked the same day again for next year!
Paul Ebert, Phil Quam & their crew from Maryland have fished with me for a number of years, but said their trip a few days ago was as good as they had it�.we picked at fish all day, catching 15 1/2 yellowfin tuna from 20 - 40 lbs, 5 nice dolphin, and we released several mako sharks that were too small to keep and had several large ones destroy our rig. Had action all day long.