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Discussion in 'Out of Area Fishing Reports' started by Grape, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. Grape

    Grape 1,000 Post Club

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    Well, I'm back to the normal grind after a 10 day hiatus from work to spend some quality family time down in Delaware. I was able to get out for 2 days of off shore fishing which I have only ever done once before for 2 hours of flounder fishing on a party boat. Needless to say I was beyond excited.

    First trip was a planned 20 hour tuna trip with Katydid Sportfishing. We (me and 6 other guys) left the Lewes Marina at 2:30am for a 3 hour ride in some pretty darn rough seas, thankfuly I took dramamine just in case. We lost one guy for the day as about 45 mins into the trip, he started puking. For the entire trip, if he wasn't sleeping, he was puking. Not a great way to spend $300. Once we finally got about 40-45 miles off shore of Rehoboth, we started trolling ballyhoo. I ended up drawing #5. Our first tuna hit at exactly 8:30am, a 44 lber. 2nd one hit about 8:50am, a 51 lber. 3rd one hit about 9:10am, a 58 lber. All three were blue fin and under 48" so any others we caught had to be over in order to keep. Well, we didn't get another hit until about 10:50am. Lucky for me, the guy who had #4 was an older timer so he only lasted on the reel for about 2 mins and I jumped right in there. I can honestly say I have never fought a fish like that before. By the time I got it to the edge of the boat, I was sweating like a pig and my arm was blown out LOL. When it was about 15 feet from the boat, the captain yelled for me to reel faster because all he could see was "something the size of a pick-up truck" (his exact words) tailing it. When I got it to the boat, we didn't see anything behind it but could tell that it wasn't over 48" so the first mate unhooked it and it swam off very quickly full of life. Another hour of trolling after that and nothing so we decided to just pack it in and call it a 12 hour trip. As the mate started pulling in the lines before we headed home, we had one line pop but no hookup. The 3 hour ride back was much calmer and enjoyable. I have to say that Capt Brent and Chris were great. If you ever want to fish out of Lewes, I wouldn't book with anyone but them. The only downside is, that you have to book over a year in advance because they are that busy. We talked to them about doing something next year and they were already booked up through August 16th!

    Second trip was an 8 hour flounder/sea bass trip with Another Bill Charters out of Long Neck, DE. The day before the trip the captain called and said that we would have to strictly target sea bass because of the wind. We (me and 3 other guys) fished a wreck about 30 miles off the coast of the Indian River Inlet. We ended the day with 47 keeper sea bass, 14 ling, and a surprise mahi. The mahi got spotted swimming by about 15 feet from our boat. It ended up looping around the bow and coming by me so I tossed a chunk of clam in the water and it doubled back toward me. As my buddy was reeling in to cast at it, I just kept tossing clams about 15 feet apart and it kept swimming back and forth snatching them up. Finally he was able to cast out and bang, she was hooked and in the boat in no time. All in all it was another great trip and another solid group of guys I would recommend to anyone.

    When my alarm went off this morning and I was thinking trip #3 ... then reality quickly set in and realized it's back to work ..... UGH!
     
  2. Pliskin

    Pliskin I'm still the F'n Ukrainian Staff Member

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    Great story, Grape! Congrats on landing your first tuna. Fun fun fun!!!

    The tuna bite has been hot in the 50 to 100 mile range. Sucks for your friend who got sick - I've been there and done that, and contrary to what people say, it doesn't get better after you puke.

    Saltwater fish are a different breed than fresh. Don't get me wrong, i still love catching bass, trout, steelhead etc. Every fight is a great fight! But in the ocean, fish are just "stronger". Because everything is always on something else's menu. To your point, I'm sure that was a pretty large shark chasing after your 40# (or bigger) fish!

    I'm surprised you had to go that far offshore for sea bass, but I suspect you got some nice knuckleheads fishing wrecks that far. If you are a fish eater, I suspect you will love that sea bass!

    Now with all that, Pics or it didn't happen! lol
     
  3. josey12340

    josey12340 The fierce urgency of now.

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    Great story. Thanks for taking the time to recap your adventures for those of us stuck at work. By the way WHERE ARE THE PICTURES?
     
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    Nice catch. Thanks for the trip and info
     
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    Thanks for the pictures grape. Looks like a great time.
     
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    Great times Grape!!
     
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    Nice job! Tuna and Mahi, that is awesome. You're making my mouth water.

    Thanks for sharing your trip!
     
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    Pliskin I'm still the F'n Ukrainian Staff Member

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    Great stuff! Nice catch you put together!

    Pictures don't do it any justice. I can tell that was some sporty conditions you guys were in.
     
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    I love the pics! That sunrise looks awesome, but the water makes me wanna barff siting here at my desk.
     
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    It was alot worse getting there than being there
     
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    Is that because the ocean laid down in the afternoon? Interesting, in that I usually find people (including myself) do better when the boat is moving. When it stops is when it can be tough.

    You gonna tell us which one of dem ugly sumbitches is you? lol
     
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    Yes, it certainly did. As we were heading out, storms were a few hours from arriving into the dock area which I believe made for the rocky ride out. But once out there and even trolling for hours, it was no where near as bad.

    Well, you have about a 20% chance of figuring it out ...
     
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    I think this one looks like you are I right??? What do I win!!


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    Of course you had to pick the biggest one LOL
     
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    Nice Grape! Can't ask for much more for your first offshore trip.
     
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    It would have been nice to land a monster .... I'm just sayin lol
     
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    That's why we keep going back!
     
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