Thursday, November 12, 2009

Scotts day two + night fishing 8/13/09

We decided to skip a day due to weather around the islands caused by a diminishing hurricane south east of the Big Island. We gambled our odds by traveling 29 miles offshore to check out the tsunami buoy. With the recent high winds, we were hoping the buoy would hold some action, Mahi Mahi if nothing else. We ran most of the way out, putting the lures in about 8 miles away from the buoy. The area started to look fishy by the way the birds were working the area. It was for good reason, one of our lines went off with a small blue. We estimated it at 120 pounds and let it go. Hoping that was a sign of more to come at the buoy, but the buoy was dead. No bait, no birds, no Mahi Mahi. So plan B, we started to make our way back towards the island. On the way in we found a roaming Mahi Mahi school catching one 25# Mahi and loosing another at the back of the boat. We caught another Mahi in the blind. A little while later we came across a floating log that had at least 60 Mahi Mahi around it but none of them would bite with all the boats around it. The day sounded pretty slow for most everyone, so we considered our self's lucky for the action we got.
We got back in to the harbor with enough time to check our night fishing gear, load up with ice and go back out to sea for the evening. We left around 6:15 p.m. set up our drift out side town and started chumming. It was a beautiful night, and the night life came in full force. Squid kept us busy, catching them, using them for bait and changing bait because of their appetite. All in hopes of getting one good strike out of a tuna or broad-bill. The night was pretty slow, we had to wait right up until first light the next day. A few marks came under us and one of the lines went off. We got a nice 40 pound Albacore tuna, these fish usually feed in packs but this one ate alone. Nice way to end the night with a great eating fish.

Aloha, Capt. Teddy Hoogs

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