Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A couple Cobia, some AJs and a pair of Sails


Last week was super busy with may successful trips. First trip was a afterword trip where we got a release citation with a 50" Cobia. We went out on Friday and found another but slightly shorter at 49", not a citation but a nice fish. We released him as well since we have enough meat in the fridge.  




On Sunday my buddy Brian asked me to help on a trip he had planned. I helped him gaff a few cobia, the biggest went over 50lbs.

Last week the weather started looking good for this week offshore, so after a few calls I had a crew of Lee, Al and myself set up. We get out and Al hooks up on the jig, his had been shot by a spear fisherman. Lee gets the next one but breaks off. I get one but it comes unbuttoned. Al gets the next and we move on. The coolest thing was seeing a giant Mola Mola, or ocean sunfish come check us out. 

At the next location Lee hooks up on the first drop, I break one off and Al lands another. Al hooks another and while I had told him I wouldn't reel in "his fish" several fish before I finally said "ok". I slammed the drag home and it almost took me out of the boat. The guys laugh and I tell em no its still taking drag, 25lbs worth. This lasted till the end and with the rod doubled over Al says that rod isn't supposed to bend that much. Once we see color we can tell its giant. We get it in, take some photos and a measurement and its 59". A true giant, after a quick revival we release it to the deep.



We look at the clock and know its either keep wearing out the AJs or try and troll. Lee rigs up the spread and gets everything just right. I tell him I'm going to try and get a nap in before we head in, but I would get up if we get a bite. Within 20 minutes Lee yells we got a bite, he is reeling in the left long, I jump up and he thinks its a gaffer. I start to grab the gaff and the right short gets a hit. I pick up the rod but its not tight. I hand the gaff off and slow the boat down when Lee's fish jumps and yells its a sail! The right short gets hit again and I pick it up and immediately am treated to an airshow, a double on sails! Lee gets his to the leader and is released to deal with mine I am still fighting. We get her in and get some photos to remember our first sail on the boat, and my first sail ever! On the way in we bail a dozen dolphin and get in and the seas build. Yeah Id say we had a pretty amazing day.



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Little Mahi Mayhem

A couple months ago, Lee, Howard and I decided to go on a spur of the moment offshore trip out of Hatteras, NC. When the fish are biting, you've got to jump at the chance to make it happen.

We had a few lines out at different depths, trying our luck at a couple different species along the spread. At first, we got a deep bait hit, but it cut off pretty quick - must have been a wahoo.

Soon after, we started getting some good action on our other lines and were able to reel in some gorgeous mahi. 

The bite stayed pretty solid throughout the day, but the weather eventually forced us back to shore.

Definitely worth the drive...
may have to make the trek back to the Outer Banks soon for some AJ action.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Crushin' the Cobia

We've been crushin' the cobia up here in VA with Brian of Stretched Out Fishing. We'll just let the photos speak for themselves...

We were even able to break Meghan's cobia curse, helping her to land her personal best!

And a couple smaller ones...

The Ron Z always gets the job done. Didn't even want to look at the live eels.

We decided to put our skills to the test the other day on the Kencraft and weren't disappointed! 

Now time to get back on that water and keep putting meat on the table...