Bluefin tuna are still scarce, but further offshore the yellowfins action is improving, at least for boats doing the overnighters. A couple of charterboats, the ADA K & SEAWIFE, did them during the week in considerably less than ideal weather and came back with three and ten fish up to sixty pounds or so. They both caught most of the fish in fifty fathoms rather than on the Edge itself. Thatís nothing like last season when boats had to go ten miles or more south of the Edge for fish. It would be nice if they moved in even closer, maybe to forty fathoms or so.
The MTK Canyon Challenge was held this past week. I donít have the final results yet, but as of Saturday morning these were on the boards; Heaviest Yellowfin Freedom 73.4lbs Blonde 52lb Gotcha 49.9lbs Persuasion 49.7 lbs JB Tackle 49.1lbs Bella Donna 48.4lbs Omerta 48.2lbs Open Bight 45.2lbs Persuasion 44.7lbs Lady Marion 39.7lbs Sneaky Pete 38.9lbs. Torta 37. 9 lbs ( plus a beautiful 50lb Wahoo) Overtime 35.8lbs On the Ball 32.4lbs Total of Top 3 Yellowfin Blonde 143.8lbs Gotcha 143.0lbs Persuasion 142.3lbs Bella Donna 136.3lbs Open Bight 128.9lbs Omerta 127.8lbs Heaviest Albacore Tuna Lady Marion 29.7lbs Overtime 29.6lbs Bella Donna 28.8lbs Persuasion 28.5lbs High Point Marlin Sneaky Pete 100 Points Blonde 100 Points Open Bight 100 Points Heaviest Mahi Mahi Bella Donna 15.5lb Blonde 13.3lbs JB Tackle 13.3lbs Persuasion 8.6lbs Heaviest Bass Useless 44.2lbs
On the Ball 38.5lbs Gotcha 33lbs Heaviest Fluke On The Ball 6.7l Heaviest Mako Santana 59.8lbs (55 inches tip to fork).
Shark fishing is a little more like it should be in the heat of the summer with fewer bluesharks around, but occasional surprises showing up in the slick like hammerheads and mahi.
Inshore the bass fishing is not great. There are some real nice fish around as well as some smaller borderline fish. From Pollock Rip and south around the Elbow and Great Eastern all the bigger fish are hanging out along with a million boats drifting eels making for a real headache for boats trying to troll, at least on the weekend. During the week itís a different story with so few boats out that you can almost troll blindfolded without any problems. The smaller fish are in the rips north and east of Pollock Rip. A couple of the charter boats have started making the run to Southwest Ledge or that other spot out that way, and doing better with less aggravation but higher fuel bills.
The fluke fishing right now is OK, but to come up with a limit, you have to spend a lot of time, in order to make sure that you are fishing when they are eating. There are some keepers in the Rips, but you have to cull through a lot of shorts first. Out in deeper water off the south side most of the fish are keepers, plus there are always some sea bass mixed in.