Caught Aboard the:
A bachelors party to the other side results in a 70 lb.
Yellowfin and some Blackfin Tuna and Mahi for dinner.
Today my fishing buddies were Scott
Santomauro, CJ Hatzel, Michael Duffield, and Anthony Thermenos all from
Orlando and out to celebrate the upcoming marriage of Scott later this
year, a bachelors' party of a different sort. The purpose was for Scott,
who also owns a boat with radar to pick up on a few tricks of the trade
on fishing for tuna, Port Canaveral style.
I was a little apprehensive about the expectations of
scoring on the Yellowfins and warned Scott that so far this year the
catch rate was definitely not what you would ordinarily expect. Still
off we went from Port Canaveral at 3:00 AM on a flat calm sea and very
light westerly winds. I decided to work the area pretty much north of
Walkers and northeast of the humps and we were able to mark a number of
packs of birds. First off we got into the schoolie Mahi and put a few on
ice. Next pack resulted in a few more schoolies and a gaffer. Moving on
off to the southeast we finally found some tuna and managed a few
blackfins and a throwback yellowfin. Next pack we caught a couple more
blackfins and had a really nice hit with a good run into the braid
backing on the TLD 50 LRS and unfortunately pulled the hooks. Next pack
we hooked up with two fish, the first one got off right after the hook
up but CJ hung on for dear life and after a typical straight up and down
battle with the fish doing the circles I was able to sink the iron into
what turned out to be a fine Yellowfin tipping the certified scales at
70 pounds. We fished a few more packs of birds and picked up a another
short yellowfin, a few more blackfins and a couple more missed
opportunities at what were probably keeper yellowfins but for whatever
reason couldn't keep them buttoned up.
When we started the long run back to Port Canaveral we were
101 NM southeast of the port and it took 3 hours and fifteen minutes to
make the run. We hit the jetty at 5:45 PM I cleaned their fish and Scott
and the guys were on their way back to Orlando by about 9:00 PM. Would
have been a stellar day if we could have stayed buttoned up with the
ones that got away, but all in all a beautiful day on the water with one
quality Yellowfin in the box and a bunch of eating fish for the table.
Final tally for the day:
3 Yellowfin Tuna one 70# and two short.
7 Blackfin Tuna
Anthony's all over it.
It's a yellowfin, but, it's too
Scott puts a Blackfin Tuna on the
CJ bowed up on a nice sized Yellowfin.
Half hour into the battle a I still
don't have any color.
We have color now and it's a pretty
Score, 70 pounds of Yellowfin Tuna
invited to dinner.
Another picture of CJ's prized
Another short Yellowfin Tuna gets
Doubled up on some more Blackfin
Scotts bachelors' party crew with
today's other side catch.
(Pictured from left to right: Anthony, CJ, Scott and Michael)