Caught Aboard the:
Tony and Tim go to Tuna Town after
waiting two years for good weather.
Today my fishing buddies were Tony
Calfee from Tennessee who has been trying to get into some offshore
fishing since he first contacted me over two years ago and his best
buddy Tim Quarles. Tony vacations in New Smyrna Beach about this time
every year and it seemed like every time he came down on vacation he
brought the "Small Craft Advisory" with him. I also asked a couple of my
buddies Mike Ullian and Craig Ashline to fill out the tuna town crew.
I took the boat up to Port Canaveral the evening before and
spent the night under the stars on the bean bag and my crew showed up at
the boat ramp at 4:00 AM and we were on our way by 4:30. Thanks to Mike
for picking up some doughnuts and coffee from Dunkin Doughnuts for me in
We had westerly winds for most of the day and the number of
thundershowers on the other side coupled with the wind they produce made
for a bumpy ride most of the day. With all of the rain and clouds we've
had recently there were no SST maps available to give me an idea where
the favorable temperature water would be located so I ran out on a
bearing of 105 degrees and never found any water below 80.4 degrees,
Since it was a little sporty and there were numerous thunderstorms
scattered about and the forecast was for more afternoon thunderstorms
later in the day I decided not to go too far offshore and went no
further than 112 miles offshore. We only found a total of four flocks of
birds all day and never even saw a Yellowfin tuna in any of the flocks.
A little after lunch we decide that tuna would probably not end up on
the menu so we went in search of some quality Mahi. We were successful
in our quest and were able to get a total of 9 Mahi with the biggest
weighing in at 50 pounds on a certified scale. The other Mahi were all
quality fish with only a couple under 20 pounds.
The highlight of the day was hooking up and catching a Blue
Marlin that measured right at 11' from the tip of the bill to the fork
of the tail that I estimated the weight at about 225 pounds. The fish
put on a magnificent aerial display as well as the straight up and down
dogfight that is typical of Blue Marlin. The leader material was
targeted at Dolphin/Wahoo and was #7 wire rated at 69 pound test on 60#
test Trilene Big Game fishing line. The battle lasted a little over an
hour and I wired the fish to boat side and removed the hook which was
embedded in the roof of the fishes mouth
Final tally for the day:
1 Blue Marlin estimated at 225# measured approximately 11' from fork of
tail to tip of bill.
9 Mahi to 50 pounds
50 pound bull on spin!
Marlin is hooked up and grey hounding
away with Tony holding on!
Tim take his turn and gives Tony a
Blue Marlin all lit up and in the
cobalt blue waters on the
"other side" of the Gulf Stream
Getting close now and Craig takes a
turn on the rod.
Gotcha or maybe you've got me,
you can stop beating me up any time now!
Let's make sure you're all better!
Beautiful fish and in excellent shape
will live to fight another day!
All better now and ready for the
Tony's 50 pound bull on the scale.
Plenty of groceries for today's crew!