Overnight Tuna Trip
Hey guys, just as I expected we had a great trip. The weather was supposed to be fair on Saturday and then get better on Sunday and it did, but I think it could have been a little better on Saturday, it was a little too bumpy and rolling. The waves were only 1-3 feet but we had to ride out "in the trough." Sunday was as good as it gets; slick calm, no wind, no current and the fish were biting.
Saturday we started off catching some White Snappers, Triggers, Mingo's and some Real Nice Amberjacks. Some were in the 60-70 pound range. We did troll out and back but the water is still so cold that we didn't get a bite. After catching some AJ's we went on out to the deep water rigs starting with the Petronius. We arrived about an hour before dark and put the Ballyhoo out on the slow trollers and pulled around the rig. Right off jump street, we got a double hook up. Two Black Fin Tuna. I told my deck hand Eric to pull the lines in and let us try some jigging if they were going to bite this good. He already had the poles out and rigged up so we pulled up to the rig and started jigging. We caught a few kind of hit and miss and decided to go on out to the next rig offshore, (the Marlin) and try it for some Yellow Fin Tuna before it got too late. After high Speed trolling out there it was dark when we arrived so we tried jigging even though I didn't see any fish on the fathometer. No luck, they just weren't there. So, we hauled butt down to the next rig (Ram Powell) to see if they were there. The report I got from another captain just the week before was that this was the only place they did any good. So with high hopes we pulled up to the rig and made a pass around it to see what we could see on the fathometer. Nothing! Not a single dot on the meter. No bait on top or fish below. At this point I made an executive decision and decided to go all the way back up to the first rig we left, the Petronius, where they were biting. We used this time to enjoy the Extra Large Filet Mignon that our customers from Birmingham, AL brought with them along with all the fixin's from there restaurant. It didn't last long, as a matter of fact if one of my deck hands hadn't brought me a few small pieces I wouldn't have gotten any, it went so fast. After we returned back up to the first rig, we jigged some more and caught several more Black Fin Tuna. However, everyone was spent by then, especially after that good meal. So we pulled out from the rig, dropped a squid over for a sword fish and caught forty winks. We woke up around 5:00 a.m. and returned back to the rig after having some coffee where we resumed jigging and ended up catching several more fish. By now the weather was absolutely beautiful. We fished our way back to the dock that evening and celebrated what a great trip we had.
Now the Cobia are running and we are tying on our ling lures. We have Cost Guard Inspection on Monday and right after that, I'M GONE! Check with me next week to get the whole story on the Cobia Run!
Check out the Amberjacks!
About The Author: Captain George Pfeiffer
Company: Action Charter Service, Inc.
Area Reporting: Orange Beach, Alabama
Bio: 30 years experience fishing in the Gulf of Mexico from Panama City, Florida to Port Arthur, Texas. I have been building private artificial reefs for over 20 years in and around the Orange Beach, Alabama area and have plenty of hot fishing spots.