A couple of bright moments in an otherwise very bleak day on the high seas. Deteriorating
weather conditions and almost zero sign of fish were the predominate theme as all of us in
"the zone" were either off the fish or simply suffering through a down day - my guess is
the latter. Actually it's a pretty common story: the wind comes up and the Bluefin go down.
So be it.
Aside from one school seen before our mid morning arrival a handful of deep marks and
fleeting sonar images were the sum total of our day. Two of the larger Bluefin were
mercifully landed from one afternoon deep school saving us the indignation of a total
skunk. Needless to say by early evening the writing on the wall was clear - time to move
So the southerly slide continues with plans to target yellowtail and variety tomorrow and
beyond. It appears that Mother Nature is setting up a fit offshore for at least a couple of
days so our options are fairly limited. But fortunately for us time is still on our side.
As for the Bluefin offshore both far and local do not despair - they are here in good
numbers, it is simply a matter of time and conditions before the next big float; and it
Today's photo features veteran angler Dave Slater who drew the lucky card yesterday using
the right gear in sloppy conditions to make good on his sole opportunity. This sixty six
pound Bluefin was the reward for the trusty old combination of preparation and opportunity;
a job well done!