South of the Vineyard 7/19
Went south of the Vineyard yesterday morning after the thunder and lightning was over. The seas were pretty rough around Noman's but improved as the day went on. Put out the spread at the claw and immediately caught one suicidal bonito the size of a keeper scup. We thought we would have a great day, but it was not to be.
Working on increasingly old info (the cloud cover from the storm made the most recent sea temp charts useless) we headed east looking for the temperature breaks along the 20 fathom line that had been so prominent. No luck. The temps went from 70.3 to 70.4 to 70.3, etc. In the entire day we did not see one other sportsfishing boat, only draggers, dolphin, birds and one humpback whale. The wind came up quite a bit and we were beginning to be concerned about the long ride home right into it when we had a huge hit on the left outrigger while approaching the star. We ended up bringing to the side of the boat the biggest bluefin we have caught in our brief offshore career, but not big enough, as it was just short of the 47 necessary inches. We trolled the same area for another hour with no interest. We were also not able to find again the big ball of bait that showed on the finder when the bluefin hit, despite the use of the man overboard button.
Anyway, a great day on the water and can't wait to get out there again.