We predicted tuna in September and for once the crystal ball worked when on the weekend BILLFISHER AND BROADBILL caught a swag.
On Saturday BILLFISHER taught me a fishing lesson when they caught them all and I couldn’t get a bite and then on Sunday it was my turn when we caught some reasonable fish to around 23 kg. All our anglers were tuna virgins and had a ball even despite some unusually sloppy conditions and big swells.
Double hook ups were common and the fun was continuos, bearing in mind we only fished on the cubes for two hours on account of the time it takes to get there and then back home, but if you load up with a good catch, then it’s worth it I guess….Where are the “Glory Days” when we used to catch them at the Peak bring them back I say!
It was Glenn Hunter on BILLFISHER who found them first with his charters from the company Tullet Prebond headed up by Wayne Marshal. The crew were all new to the wild action of tuna fishing and were thrilled to experience the gut busting action that only these fish can simulate.
On BROADBILL we sat abeam all day and never turned a reel , but that’s fishing , however that all turned around on the Sunday when it was our turn and we were running all day with the red hot tuna action
Our charterers head up by Dave Bellingham who got a real work over on the biggest tuna of the day. Dave reckoned that they pull like draft horses.
We had an action packed day and caught some nice yellowfin and striped tuna.
We saw whales, dolphins, albatross and many other sea birds.
It was Mother Ocean on display at her best and after an active days tuna fishing, it was the icing on the cake for our clients
I know you want me to tell you exactly where we caught the fish, but for safety reasons I will not…Both Glenn or myself will never encourage small trailer boats to go to the “Badlands” if there were a disaster of any kind we don’t want that on our consciences.
The trip home took 4 hours but once inside the shelf the seas settled and it was a beautiful afternoon
We also caught 9 striped tuna … they are salted down for our snapper trips in Spring to the southern Grounds. There are still a few of those big bumpies to catch before the summer currents kick in.