Bob Lewis fished with Dave and Chris Ryan on Monday and Tuesday on board Mulberry Canyon, skippered by Capt. John Galvin, and reported that his first canyon trip was excellent. On Monday afternoon, they headed for Fishtail Canyon and managed a few small yellowfin and a large mahi. They trolled some at night, but also deep dropped some squid for swordfish and caught some of the frigate mackerel that darted around in the boat’s lights and used them as live bait for tuna.
Dave had emphasized to the captain that they wanted to try some light tackle and fly fishing as opposed to just trolling bars and skirted ballyhoo and John ultimately acquiesced, with Bob and Chris picking up yellowfin in the 45 to 50-pound class on 30-pound class outfits. John had marked a weather buoy on the way out and he stopped there on the return trip to let Chris and Bob try their hand at flyrodding some mahi. With the crystal clear water, Bob said it was like sight fishing and they put a number of fish into the air and onto the boat, while John and Dave hooted and hollered from the flybridge as they enjoyed the show.
Oceanographer and Hydrographer continue to provide consistent action on marlin, both blue and white, as well as yellowfin and bigeye. The winner of last weekend’s offshore event out on the Vineyard picked up two blues, two whites, and a swordfish, a sign of what is shaping up as a great billfish season. A couple of wahoo were also caught and plenty of tuna.
South of the Vineyard
A buddy of Steve Morris’ caught a white marlin about seven miles south of the Hooter earlier this week, and there have been reports of tuna, including yellowfin, in many locations closer to the island. Doug Asselin said the triangle formed by The Star, Fingers, and Gordon’s Gully has been holding plenty of fish; he said one angler he knows of didn’t even leave the dock until about noon and still caught plenty of fish.
East of Chatham
The bluefin bite remains hot in the waters around the Regal Sword, but folks are remaining pretty close-mouthed about where they are catching fish. The fish remain large this year, with most averaging 70-inches and around 200-pounds, although much larger ones have been caught, including a few giants, and there are footballs in the mix as well. Trolling bars and ballyhoo remains the most consistent methods, but a few fish have been caught casting plugs or jigging. Sand eels and squid remain the two main forage species in the area.