Captain Larry Backman and the crew of F/V Skipjack made an exploratory early canyon trip last weekend. Leaving Saturday afternoon they ran into lots of whales and porpoises in the shipping lanes south of Nantucket. They trolled the life until dusk and were unable to raise any tuna from it. They continued on to East Atlantis Canyon and set up for a night drift in 66 degree water. By dawn, warmer grey blue 68 degree water had rolled in.
Trolling the deep, the first knockdown occurred at dawn on a Joe Shute/ballyhoo combination on the long. It turned into a feisty and hungry Roundscale Spearfish, a rare catch in the northeast at any time of year.
Continuing the troll, a longfin albacore ate a shrimp colored 6” squid bar and shortly thereafter, they trolled up a mahi off some drifting debris. While slowing to handle the mahi, a boil occurred on the ghost-white SI squid bar and turned into a 44” Bluefin.
Not a bad start to the Canyon season – 4 separate species in 3 hours trolling!