Star Island held their Mako Mania tournament over the weekend and the results are as follows:
1st place mako – 203 lbs – AM SAM
2nd place mako – 186 lbs – JACK POT
3rd place mako – 167 lbs – MY ROCK
1st place thresher – 289 lbs – DREAM CATCHER
2nd place thresher – 260 lbs – BETTER DAYS
3rd place thresher – 240 lbs – CRACK OAR
In last weekend’s SHARKS EYE all release tournament, there were three makos (APRIL, PRINCESS & RIZZILIENT) and one blueshark (BEAMER) fitted with GPS tracking tags. You can track them at: http://sharks-ocearch.verite.com/
They were all decent sized fish and over the last week they have all headed offshore past the EDGE. Inshore where most of the shark boats have been fishing there were tons of smaller makos caught. I don’t know what that all means, but I bet when next year’s shark tournaments are being held there will be a lot of anglers checking that website to see if any of those sharks have reappeared, and if they do, that area is going to be pretty crowded.
Tuna fishing has been pretty unexciting over the last couple of days. Out on the EDGE, there are some yellowfins and longfins on the flats and some bigeyes a couple of miles off the EDGE, but don’t count on catching much right now. It’s not very hard to come back empty. Closer to home, it’s even quieter. I was out around the 600 line mid-week and got one out of two small yellowfins and saw tons of bait and a bunch of baskers jumping all over the place. But I wouldn’t waste my time going back there again until I get a better report. There is even less to report on bluefins.
Inshore the striped bass fishing couldn’t get much better. There are a lot more twenty pound and up bass being caught than there are small ones and they are being caught just about any way you like. Live baits are doing it as well as dj’s and trolling.