Offshore Fishing Report | August 11, 2016

With a lot of small yellowfin tuna out around Atlantis Canyon and other spots out east, Adam Fasci reported that boats fishing this area have been catching more marlin, both blue and white, than tuna. As he explained, these yellowfin are the perfect “snack” for marlin.

Jim Young had the word that the tuna bite south of the Vineyard continues to be consistent. Along with the bluefin, there have been more yellowfin reported, some up to the 60-pound class. Blue-and-white Capt. Joe Shute lures, particularly the heavier sizes, have been a top choice when paired with a rigged ballyhoo. Green machine bars and squid bars featuring natural colors have also been effective. Jim said that with all of sand eels at the Hooter, he wouldn’t be surprised if some bluefin are caught there since they are just south of the 20-fathom line.

The mahi action has also been consistent, with a greater number of large fish taking lures fished around any debris or high flyers. There are some wahoo around, as well, and some captains are carrying eels as pitch baits in case they happen upon a white marlin or two, with live scup another alternative.