Monday, February 27, 2012

In search of Doggies (Dogtooth Tuna)

We have decided to try something new.
A new style of fishing.
A new kind of fish in a new depth of water.
Deep water jigging with knife jigs and flutter jigs.
With short jigging rods and big reels.

And a bunch of research.

We head out on a gorgeous morning. Armed and excited.
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We start the day out warming up on some smaller fish in about 30 meters of water.
Please note that some of the fish are sporting sunglasses and hats, that is for our fishing club photo contest.
First up is Wayne, aka, Fisher X.
Next on the board is yours truly. Note the two in the boat behind me. The guy standing up is Donno, and he don't know how to fish. They are trying to steal our spots. Not to worry, they did not catch a thing.
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Wayne with another grouper.
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Now it is Brendan's turn.
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The day was a cracker. Blue sky and clear water. Here is a shot of Bird Island. there are great reefs around this little beauty.
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Once we headed out to deeper water the fish started to change. Here is a double lined mackerel sporting some new piecing and preparing to go back to the deep.
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Down she goes. Do us proud.
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While our little mackerel was down in the deep, Brendan managed to get connected to something rather large. After a good fight from 100 meters deep. We catch our first glimpse of an Almaco Jack. Here is the video and image.

Sorry the image is a little foggy. That was inside the camera housing.
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Needless to say Brendan was over the top with his catch.
We try and do a bit of popping but the wind has kicked up and it is a lot of work just standing up in the boat. This does not deter Wayne and he continues to pop long after everyone else stopped.
His perseverance paid off. He lands a nice GT and Brendan lands a Bluefin at the same time.
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Here is another shot of that GT, I just love these fish.
From In search of doggies, take 1
We go back and do a little more jigging. Brendan is on today and hooks and Boats a Rusty Jobfish, again from about 100 meters.
From In search of doggies, take 1
Well we did not catch our target fish, Dogtooth Tuna, today, but we learned a lot about jigging in deep water. As a side benefit I am learning a lot about how to use my sounder to see fish at 100+ meters.
We are preparing to head out again and focus only on catching a Doggie.
Until then I leave you with a parting shot of happy and tired anglers.
Tight Lines

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tuna and Trevally's

This summer the weather has been amazingly calm. I know for those of you above the equator it is winter, but for those of us below, summer. We have had a lot of rain but also a lot of very calm days. That of course makes for great fishing.
Our good friend and artist extraordinaire, Nick Hannan of Marine Graphics Ink, is visiting from Melbourne Australia. As promised we take him out for a fish along with our friend Bendan Yee.
The weather was perfect and the fish reports were even better.

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Overcast skies and calm seas with
Mr. SUAVE (Nick) posing on the boat.
It was not long before we found the tuna schools and birds.
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We were able to get right on the school without them dropping or spooking. This of course made the fishing all the more fun as all you had to do is flick your lure out and bang, your on.
It did not take long before the tuna were coming onto the boat. First up was a nice double with Brendan and Nick.
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That was followed closely by Rosie catching a YFT.
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And of course not to be out done, yours truly caught a really nice skippy.
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All of this fish kissing has to do with our fishing club monthly competition. This month of course was kiss the fish.
After an hour of this hot and furious action it was time to move on to bigger and better fish. So a short run inside a lagoon and time to catch GT's.
A little background on Brendan first, he has never caught a GT in all the times he has been out with us so this was going to be his day of reckoning.
We motor over to some of our favorite bommies that we know will produce and start casting. I have Rosie take the wheel so I can give Brendan a few pointers and a head start.
Guess what, I catch the first GT of the day.
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Not huge but a hell of a fighter. Here is the video.

So after a little bit more instruction from Rosie it is now Brendan's turn to catch his first GT.
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A beauty and here is the video.

Next up is Nick, and he catches a cracker also. He is by far the closest thing to being a fishing machine next to Rosie.
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Now you know who's turn it is next. She has not boated a GT yet and that just ain't right. So here we go. First up is a little fella.
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But you know that is not gonna do. So I move the boat here and there, at here behest of course. Until finally she lands the GT that is deserved of it's picture with Rosie.
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The days tally was 4 yellowfin, 5 skipjacks, 6 GT's. Not bad for 5 hours of fishing. Brendan was happy he caught his first GT, Nick was happy he was fishing, Rosie was happy she was fishing and I was happy just to be out there.
Until next time.
Tight lines