The northstar fishing team prefished the Eastcape hard for a week prior to bisbees. Our normal focus of tuna was altered due to the fact that the tuna were scare and the large ones were in schools of dolphins…if you could find them, The last day of bisbees we got into the football tuna putting five on board in 15 minutes…but as Tio Jaime said, ¨this aint tournament fishing¨ We moved out to where we had some marlin luck the previous two days. About 18 miles off, 1500 feet down 6000 feet in a mile was holding the fish. Thursday of the tournament we had hooked a LARGE black marlin and fought it for about 15 minutes before throwing the hook. Friday returned to the same spot, lost about the same size Blue marlin, though only had her for about 5 minutes. Within the hour (11am or so) we had hooked four fish. The last being a nice blue, weighing about 200lbs we got to the boat before releasing it, still 100lbs under the weigh limit for the tournament. All were caught on an assortment of hurricanes…no live bait for us.
On a side interesting note, as sometimes happens, lines out at 4pm on the second day…shallo yells ¨wahoo¨ as he pulls his line from the water. I look back seeing i still have about 10 yards behind the boat, open the reel up and let about another 20 feet of line out into the engine wash when a 50lb Hoo hits my hurricane….see picture…though we didn´t win anything…it was nice to end the day with a beautiful fish.
Now the wait for the Fall tournaments. Thanks bisbees for putting on a great tournament!