2009-06-28 - The Yellowfin Gods are Smiling on Us - The OU Report

June 28 , 2009

After last Fall's dismal Yellowfin Tuna season, I think we all were scratching our heads a little bit and asking "What just happened?"...  All we could do was hope that after a season of virtually no yellowfin being taken by the majority of the NY/NJ/DE/MD fishing fleets, that we'd be blessed with an over abundance of Yellowfin in 2009.  Luckily enough, by all accounts, this may be exactly what has happened.  At this point, in just the short couple of weeks we've been fishing, we've already exceeded our catch of Yellowfin for all of 2008.  Yes, many of the fish are small juvenile tuna, but there are nicer fish underneath.  In fact on our last trip to the Washington Canyon, all our bites were nice 40-60 pound fish, and just to see the quantities of Yellowfin we are witnessing is encouraging.  The bait is abundant both inshore and offshore, so all signs point to the fish holding nicely for us in the canyons, and possibly even moving into 30 fathoms as they've done in the past.  BUT...don't wait...we know what happened last season!  If you can go now, the weather if great all of a sudden, and the fish are here. 

Also on a side note, I've been running around in the back bays a good bit the last few days and it's been a long time since I've seen so many people hauling Flounder over the side.  There are definitely  A LOT of flounder in the bay right now!  Our Flounder Fishing Trips start at only $400 this season, a great way to spend a morning or afternoon with the kids

 

Tight Lines & Great Fishing!
Capt. Trey  
305-619-0235
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Ocean City, MD Fishing Report

Wow what a great week, plenty of yellowfin tuna for everybody!! The first of the week started out great with lots of bites and plenty of small Yellwofin ranging anywhere from 15lb to 60lb. Lots of throw backs but nobody seemed to mind as the action was pretty steady throughout the day.

We started out fishing in the Poormans from the 000 to the 900 and continued to move down the line with the fish.  By the end of the week the fish had us in the Washington Canyon. Most of the action took place in 100 to 400 fathoms.  As the week went by, we found ourselves fishing from 50 to 200 fathoms. Towards the end of the week (and as the weekend boat traffic picked up), the bites began to get tough to come by. For example, the week started out with 20 to 30 fish, mostly throw backs and by the end of the week we were averaging more like 6 to 15 fish a day.  So over all it has been a lot of fun this week.

We managed to lose a real nice Wahoo one day, about 70lb’s.  It's hard to get the Wahoo on mono and he bit us off right at the boat. Not 10 minutes later, we got jumped by a 200lb Mako on a long rigger. We fought him for about 15 minutes until he broke us off, bummer.  Oh well, we'll get her next time!

The water also began to change towards the end of the week. In the beginning of the week, it was green with patches of dirt and clean and by the end we were noticing a blue tint to it. Seems the belly of water that is inshore in 30 fathoms has begun to mix with the offshore water, so hopefully, it will continue to be productive. The 30 fathom water is holding plenty of bait, both sand eels and squid. There have also been lots of whale and bird life inshore, but No fish,Hmmmmmm. We’ve been fishing a 12 line spread of 6 ballyhoo and 6 of our favoriteULTIMATE SPREADER BARS or daisy chains squids and Green Machines. The bigger Yellowfin Tuna have been eating the Ballyhoo pretty good and the little ones jumping on the plastic.

Tight Lines!!!

Capt.John Oughton - THAT'S RIGHT
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New Jersey Fishing Report

Well what a week we’ve had here in New Jersey. We got out quite a bit this week with a mixture of inshore and offshore trips.  On the inshore front, flounder in the back bay are still remaining small with only a couple keepers amongst the numerous flounder caught. It seems they are starting to make the move to the offshore shoals and reefs. Out at the reef this week we did start to see some flounder with some nice size sea bass also. So look forward to reefs really starting to produce in the upcoming days. 

On the offshore front bluefin fishing remains slow with limited catches to report although we have seen some favorable conditions in areas such as the Lobster Claw on recent trips. This area was littered with bait and bluefish and it may just be a first light thing but I am very interested in the area. Other than that bluefin fishing remains slow on the 20 fathom areas.

Out in the canyons this week fishing was nothing short of awesome. We are experiencing some great yellowfin action up and down the canyons from the Toms to the Poormans. However, the Baltimore and Wilmington still remain slow. Most fish are on the smaller side but we did get some nicer ones in the 45 lb range. On our recent trip to the Spencer Canyon we did see some more keeper yellowfin and boated some nice fish in the 40 lb range. All of the fish were loaded with squid.

This is shaping up to be a great year and I expect this fishing to get better with the bluefin bite to improve.  It is great to see the smaller yellowfin this early in the year. Remember when we had the bigger fish this time last year and we had no fall yellowfins. This is back to the typical yellowfin action we see this early in the year.

If I can help anyone fishing the canyons this week …. Here goes. First off. The yellows seem to be on the colder side of breaks . For example … we were fishing 69.3 degree water in the Spencer Canyon with limited results, moved to the colder side and we had great action with 67.5 degree water. Earlier in the week I had the exact same results fishing in the Poormans Canyon.

Second … the fish seem to be out in 200-300 fathoms first thing in the morning then seem to migrate towards the 100 line towards the afternoon hours. I would assume that the bait is migrating towards the edge in the middle of the day. But this has been the case in the numerous canyons we have fished this week. Hope this all helps!!!!

Capt. Joe Trainor  
215-740-5372
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Florida Keys Fishing Report

Offshore Keys Report

Our weather in the Keys has taken a slight turn for the worst but the fishing remains good. If you don’t mind dodging some rain showers and a little wind there are still plenty of different options offshore.

The dolphin fishing remains very good with large amounts of schoolies available with a few bigger fish mixed in. Most of the fish are being caught further offshore, between 20 and 35 miles. Look for the large flocks of birds diving on the water and troll past. Most of my fish have been caught trolling small feathers with the hottest color being pink.

The reef fishing is about as good as it gets right now. The yellowtails are in full spawn and it is no problem to catch your limit in no time flat. There are also a few mutton snappers being caught as well as the occasional black grouper. This week I am going to start night fishing as well. The mangrove snappers are starting to bite at night and it can be some of the hottest fishing.

Captain Andrew Asbury
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Backcountry Fishing

On Sunday I had friends in towns so we decided on a back country eco tour. Sighting included a small salt water croc, a group of bottle nose dolphin and scattered sea turtles.  Water temperature was approximately 86 degrees with 5 mph winds out of the west.  Locations visited on the back country included Flamingo, channels surroundings Captains Key and Snake Bite. On Monday a fly fishing companion in town was landing fish on Snake Creek bridge on the outgoing tide.  Two Tarpon with full body water breach.  Later in the week we had three visual sightings of bonefish.  Anglers attempted to entice the ghosts of the Florida fFats, but no fish on the boat.

Saturday took us to the Crooker Reef with 2 to 3 three foot waves out of the east.  Strong current required additional weights to get to the hungry bottom hugging reef fish.  Live shimp resulted in multiple strawberry groupers, grunts, small gag grouper keeper size spanish mackeral on every bait drop.   Inshore on the oceanside snorkeling at 15 feet sighted small schools of barracuda, large mutton snappers and scattered yellow tail.

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Avalon, NJ

June 27 - Great NJ Fishing Report - PRETTY WORK
June 24 - Captain Joe's NJ fishing report
June 22 - Two half day NJ fishing trip - PRETTY WORK

Ocean City, MD

June 27 - 6 x 40-60lb Yellowfin today - THAT'S RIGHT
June 26 - Yellowfin continue biting...just not like yesterday!! - THAT'S RIGHT
June 25 - Great Yellowfin fishing, with wahoo & mako action! - THAT'S RIGHT
June 23 - Yellowfin tuna & skip jacks report - THAT'S RIGHT

Florida Keys

June 25 - Tarpon Fishing in the Keys - 19' Twin Vee

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