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Date posted July 13, 2018 3:38 PM
Posted by Jillybird
Report location New York > Offshore > Jillybird IV's First Montauk Adventure - An Overnighter to West Atlantis
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The new Jillybird IV took its inaugural Montauk offshore adventure with a Monday/Tuesday overnighter to West Atlantis Canyon. With the Jillybird berthed in Mamaroneck, this trip is what's known as a real "schhlep." My son and I first ran the boat out the 95 miles to Montauk on Sunday evening where we stayed at our perennial hangout - Star Island Yacht Club. Unfortunately, our great friend and mentor, Capt. Lou Rosado, is recovering from some health issues and is not working in the shop this summer. Lou, we miss you!

Monday morning we fueled up, and loaded up with ice and supplies. We were joined by crew members Nino, Vinnie, Marco, and Chandler and left the dock at 12:30 pm. The bite the past week had been hot on big eyes in West Atlantis, but had died out. My Roff's report had interesting temp breaks at the drop offs on the edge so that's where we headed, though one of our friends tipped us off to a bite further east and out in the deep.

The Roff's report accurately located the temp and water color breaks but they were devoid of life. Instead, my son headed us out to the east side of the canyon wall in 1500 feet of blended water. At sunset, our Sterling Tackle wide track bar got smashed by a big yellowfin, and the bite was on. After the fish came tight, I took the honor of the first yellwofin ever on the new Jillybird, and after a nice fight on the 50 wide, brought a hefty 60 pound yellowfin boatside. Nino and Vinnie each stuck a gaff into the fish, and we had bloody decks. What a great sight and feeling to be 110 miles offshore with a magnificent thrashing yelllowfin in the cockpit.

After we subdued the fish and cleaned up the cockpit, we quickly got back on the troll in the setting sun. As the sun dipped below the horizon, a wolfpack of yellows crashed the spread, and we soon had three fish on, along with total pandemonium in the cockpit. Fortunately, we were able to handle these small yellwofins and put all three in the boat.

The bite stopped after the sun went down, and no big eyes appeared to keep things interesting. At 10 pm we settled in for the night. We decided to set up in the middle of the canyon drifting for shark and swords in about 1800 feet of water. We put out two shark rigs and one sword rig, but they were untouched all night.

At the first hint of dawn, we were back at the troll. We had a quick knockdown and hooked up a small yellowfin for a bit but he eventually jumped off. At that point, the wind and seas built up, and with the hurricane heading up from the Carolinas, we decided to play it safe and head home. Overnight, the decent water had moved well east of us, and we heard ecstatic radio chatter from East Atlantis of an awesome yellowfin bite. We simply did not have enough fuel to make the run and get back to shore -- any shore. Very frustrating. I see a collapsible fuel bladder in my future.

The new Jillybird, a 2018 Stamas 390 Aegean, powered by triple Yamaha 300s, is a real tank, making the ride back to Montauk in relative comfort. Thank God for autopilot. Can't believe I never had it on my prior boats.

We got back to the dock at 12:30 pm, exactly 24 hours after we had left. After my son cleaned the tuna and distributed the catch, and the crew cleaned up the boat and departed, my son went down below to catch a few well deserved Zzzzs at 3 pm. I finally roused him at 7:30 am the next morning so we could hit the Point to do some bassing.

Since we only had a couple of hours to fish before I had to head back to Mamaroneck and we had the bad tide -- the ebb -- to fish, I bought only a half dozen eels, and we bought some squid and spearing to fluke too. I headed to the Elbow. Within a minute after dropping down, I was hooked up to a nice 15 pound bass which we kept. For the next two hours, each drift produced one or two big bass up to 40 pounds. Remember, we only had six eels. One eel got chopped by a blue so we were down to five. One eel was huge and for some reason none of the bass wanted it. So all the bass were caught on four small eels, which started out alive, and then were re-used dead. Nothing mattered, just the size had to be small. This was a classic epic Montauk bite -- on the ebb tide which had not been producing. We wound up landing 8 big bass, keeping just two. Only two bluefish interfered with us, one of which we caught and released. That's how incredibly good the bassing is at Montauk right now.

The rips were feisty Wednesday morning, with the outgoing tide, a swell from the hurricane, shifting winds -- i.e., your typical Montauk washing machine. Best of all, only 3 0r 4 boats were fishing this "lousy" tide.

After the eels were finally gone, we tried fluking on the North Side but it was bad. Just a couple of shorts and birds. On our way back west, we stopped at the Ruins for 1/2 an hour and had non-stop action with short fluke, birds, and a big porgy. I'm sure had we stuck around we would have found some keeper fluke among the millions of fluke that were there.

Once in the Sound, it was a pancake flat ride home. One of our best trips out East. Wish the price of gas and the dockage rates were a lot lower.

Just another epic day bass fishing at Montauk on the "bad" tide

Sushi time

Why can''t we live in Montauk in the Summertime!

Sunset trolling at West Atlantis - Time for a three pack of yellowfin

Nice way to break in the Jillybird IV as a yellowfin machine

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Joined: 06/10/2008
Posts: 906
Location: E. Setauket, NY
 07/13/2018 11:51 PM  

What a great trip Bob! Way to break her in.

Joined: 12/27/2012
Posts: 49
 07/14/2018 10:47 AM  

You are more than a fisherman. YOU ARE A LEGEND

Joined: 12/10/2004
Posts: 1921
Location: East Moriches
 07/14/2018 09:11 PM  


All you need to do is post the pictures right-side-up!
Healing wishes, Lou.


Joined: 11/17/2000
Posts: 107
 07/15/2018 07:55 AM  

Great Report, Jilly !!!

Your report made me feel like I was there. Sounds like you had a great trip and that you will be enjoying those memories for a long time. Good luck with your new boat although it appears that she is already lucky for you and doing a good job taking you to where the fish are and getting you safely back home. You can’t ask for more than that. I wish you and your crew endless good times on your beautiful new vessel. Cheers!

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