When I got to my range and dropped I started catching cod immediately and had a 20 min drift good for 10+ fish, all tossed back because they were too small. Unfortunately during that 20 minutes the wind rose to a good steady 15 kts. When a gust over 20 kts hit the boat I said, screw this I’m out of here.
However during the drift the splashes moved closer and yes I could finally confirm them as tuna when a 6ish ft fish came a good 8 ft out of the water to let me know Charlie was in the building. Thank Poseidon that I took the tuna rod off the boat earlier in the week. Had it been there, I would have probably made a poor decision and thrown the spreader bar over in swells of 8 ft, a chop of 3 ft, 15 kt winds and by myself trolling in an area full of lobster gear.
It would have ended badly for sure had I hooked up, but it would have been on hell of an epic fail tale…
I got to lick my wounds upon returning to the harbor where I hit my favorite mid-tide incoming water spot for a pair of 24" bass. All in all better than sitting around watching the Sunday AM Talk Shows…
Despite the nautical conditions, it was good morning for the Joe Defino group! We had non stop action on stripers, a lot of shorts, blues and then played with the albies before calling it a morning. We have a few weekdays open in October for Block Island mix bag and stripers! Call Capt Ken at 516-641-2138 or go online to www.myjoycefishing.com
A Norwegian fisherman recently lured a catch fit for a horror movie.
Oscar Lundahl works as a guide with a sports fishing tour company. He recently went out to fish for blue halibut off the coast of the island of Andoya in Norway. While on the hunt for the rare species, he caught something that nearly caused him to jump out of the boat.
"We were looking for blue halibut which is a rare species about five miles offshore,” he told The Sun. “I had four hooks on one line and felt something quite big on the end of it. It took me about 30 minutes to reel it in because it was over 2,600 feet deep."
What he reeled in was a catch that is sure to inspire bad dreams: a fish with gigantic eyes, a slimy mouth and a snake-like tail. To some, it resembles a prehistoric creature.
The frightening specimen is called a ratfish, a relative of the shark, which dates back 300 million years. Its Latin name, Chimaeras Monstrosa Linnaeus, stems from the mythical Greek creature that had a head of a lion and a tail of a dragon. It feeds on crustaceans like crabs and is considered non-threatening to humans – despite its ability to induce nightmares.
Since the fish was already dead when it was caught, Lundahl took it home and fried it up. Surprisingly, the creepy catch didn’t taste as bad as it looks.
"Despite its ugly appearance, it was really tasty,” Lundalh told the paper. “It is a bit like cod but tastier.”
We had another excellent trip offshore over Labor Day weekend! We got our limit of Yellow fin from 30-80lbs a decent mess of Golden and grey tiles with some pollock, hake and barrel fish mixed in, a handful of mahi and a beauty sword that weighed in at 220lbs! Day one we managed 7 nice yellows on the troll and didn’t do any bottom fishing due to the unfavorable conditions. That night we picked a few yellows early then fought the sword for a good while and as soon as he was on the deck the yellows attacked! From 3am thru sun up we had non stop action on the bait and jigs with fish jumping all around the boat after first light. Mid morning we got back on troll and picked a couple small yellows that we released and then we put the afternoon in bottom fishing. We still didn’t have idea conditions but we managed a nice catch. At sundown the guys were worn out and agreed to go in early rather then fish the second night to play catch and release. Over all another great trip with a good group of guys. Congrats to our regular customer Bruce Wahl who did a hell of a job on the rod with the sword!
With hurricane Dorian coming our way later this week we will not be getting back offshore until the beginning of next week. This break will give us some time for our regular maintenance and a trip to Trophy Fishing Tackle -www.trophytackle.com / www.tunafishtackle.com to load up on chunking tackle!
We have a couple openings on some trips in the end of the month but they are filling up quick! We also have our fall bottom fishing trips starting in October and the weekend trips are filling up fast!! Give us a call at the office for all bookings before it’s too late!
We also have the new T-shirt’s in at the office but only in limited numbers and they are going quick!