Guides' day off
Today it was guides' day off so Jeff and I geared up the Osprey and figured we would try something different. Launched out of Chatham and ran east, loads of mackerel all over the place with nothing in chase. It will be something to see when the tuna find this bait. Ran a little more northeast to find lots of dirty water, a few whales and not much bait. A friend was in the area and he had some activity on the troll, so we pushed out to where he was to find the mother lode of shearwaters and bait. Started the vertical jigging. On the second move we got bit and managed to get out of the bird melee; the fish ran a couple of hundred yards of line off the reel. I quickly got some line back and put the screws to this fish -- got it to the boat in 10 minutes, pretty impressive the drag pressure you can get out of the right spinning reel and rod combo. The setup was a Stella 18 and a Van Stahl jigging stick, both very well matched. The fish was 64 inches. By this time the south wind kicked up and we had a good run back to the inlet. Great day on the water.