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Date posted August 24, 2012 2:14 PM
Posted by outrageous21
Report location New York > Offshore > 30-40 Miles
Fishing method Boat
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Saw my weather window to search for bluefin tuna/mako offshore with my 21' Center Console. With the confidence of a new engine and good weather sandwiched between both days we headed out on Thursday around 7am. We headed between 30 and 40 miles out of Jones Inlet were we had some marks and started to troll. I managed to get out a 6 rod spread without outriggers. Within a couple minutes of trolling a 47 lb BFT takes the shotgun rod with a green and orange squid. It was a valiant fight on a 6/0 Penn Senator and I actually could smell the drag washers burning and was pouring water on the reel. After a great fight we gaffed and landed our very first Bluefin Tuna on the 21' Boston Whaler Outrage. We started up on the troll again to hopefully add a mahi or two. We had a knockdown a short while later whatever it was kept coming back and hitting it over and over but would'nt hang on. We stopped trolling and started our shark slick. With no drift and no wind whatsoever it was nearly impossible to get a good slick. We had two run offs while sharking but that was it. With a bluefin in the box on ice it was already a very successful day.

Ill have to wait for my wife to get home to download the pictures from my phone so I could post.

We saw a bunch of other boats trolling the area but did not see anyone else hook up.

It was our lucky day.

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Joined: 10/04/2005
Posts: 960
Location: North Queens
 08/24/2012 03:04 PM  

When you have no drift then you power chum, which means you proceed at a very slow speed just above an idle and chum for several miles continuously. That's how you set out a lengthy chum line and hope for SHARKS.

It works great if you have chum and small diced chunks, blood, and maybe bunker oil set up in a live well type tub with a water pump. You keep stirring the cauldron of mush mess as it pumps out over several miles.

Try it even if you DO have a drift, just deploys your slick faster thus ringing the dinner bell for large squalis that much quicker.

I lift fish up then put them down!!

Joined: 07/21/2006
Posts: 902
Location: Massapequa
 08/24/2012 03:24 PM  

When we first set up I powerdrifted for a mile or so then set up. I was pulling two cans of chum at once. I was also utilizing chunks and bunker oil. The blood from the tuna was also going overboard through the self bailing deck.

Throwing the concotion into the livewell is a nice idea as well. I wouldnt want to clog up my hoses though.

Saw a few sea turtles out there as well.

Joined: 08/21/2005
Posts: 660
Location: Levittown/Seaford
 08/24/2012 07:16 PM  

Nice job on the bluefin! i dont know what time you started sharking but by 1:00 yesterday the drift realy started to pick up we went from .01 to 1.2 i less than an hour.

Joined: 11/29/2000
Posts: 1468
 08/24/2012 07:55 PM  

"Coming back over and over" sounds like a white marlin was in your spread, they can follow you and drive you nuts for miles ...

"It seems the harder I fish the luckier I get"

F/V Emily S

Joined: 07/21/2006
Posts: 902
Location: Massapequa
 08/24/2012 08:32 PM  

@lastrebel, we stopped sharking at 130, the drift did pick up around 1pm, however we decided to run in as ice was running low on the tuna and we still had a 43mile trip back to the dock. Also a factor was cleaning the blood filled boat, and filleting the BFT, and being home by 6pm so my wife can go to dinner with her friends. If we stuck out the next few hours we might of had a good shot.

@Paulh. I was also thinkin maybe some type of billfish as it kept knocking it down and never got hooked

Joined: 02/04/2006
Posts: 29505
Location: Raritan Bay NY
 08/26/2012 07:29 AM  

nice trip up
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