Today we started by finding a huge school of pilchards for the whole fleet inside of Crocker Reef , we blacked out both wells with nice sized razor belly pilchards in hopes of live baiting the Blackfins at our offshore humps. So I pointed the bow 180 degrees towards the 409 hump, on the way there we found some nice sargassum weed lined up in 480′ and picked 12 or so schoolie sized Mahi . We then arrived at the 409 and started chumming up the tunas , we picked away at the 10-15 lb Blackfins with a few Skipjacks mixed in, also losing quite a few to the Tiger Sharks . Headed back inshore we spotted 2 palets loaded with bait and Mahi , Wahoos, and Triple Tails. We caught 25 lifter, gaffer sized Mahi , and 5 debris Wahoos ( 10-18 lbs ), and a couple Triple Tails. Also some ( mammal/ flipper) dolphin showed up on one of the pallets and had the Mahis bunched up like a bait ball, was a really cool sight. With the box loaded down and a couple hours to kill before the end of the trip we decided to go ride the edge of the reef looking for some early season Sailfish swimming from the tower. Just as I slowed down and climbed in the tower in about 100′ , I didn’t see any Sails, but pack of 10 lunker -sized( all 30lb +) Wahoos. We managed to hook 3 and land 2 40 lb Hoos. My guests then looked at me and says , ” Capt let’s head on in because we can’t top this” And I happily took her on in. We ended the day with 7 Wahoos, 40 Mahi, 2 TripleTail, and a dozen Tunas. The weather today was absolutely beautiful with a slight wind out of North East and a flat calm ocean.
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Capt. Ross Early
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