Sorry for the delayed report.
I am just getting back from a guy's weekend. On Friday, I travelled to Cape May as one of my customers had an open slot for tuna with Stalker Charters. Then, we beat feet back home to meet my buddies for some canoeing and camping on the Delaware River on saturday and sunday. Lots of travel and tons of fun.
Tuna fishing was Great for our boat this past friday. Capt. Skip and Capt. Scott put us on the meat. We went 4 for 10 with bluefin at massey's. half the fish hits came on either 90 gram, 110 and 135 gram shimano butterfly jigs on 40 pound fluoro off 65 power pro. Hammered jigs, smith jigs and some otehr japanese jigs I had did not perform, probably because of their length but who knows why for certain. It seemd the 3-4 inch length jigs worked well for us. Larger Butterfly jigs, hammered jigs etc...took only one strike all day. the smaller, lighter jigs took 5 hits (and several bumps to no hookups) but that meant we lost battles due to 40 pound leader and MH rods needed to effectively work the lighter jigs. The other fish took sardines at various levels. We kept one fish below the 47 inch mark, one over 47 inch and released the other two over 47 inch but below the 73 mark. we also boxed 15 Mahi Mahi that were small. The fish we lost either broke off the 40 pound leader during the fight or got tangled with other fish being fought. Lighter leaders and small jigs worked well for me last year so we went with it again after our first light bite was over. There was a long lull in the action so we changed things up and It worked again this past friday, just like last year. For those that use the shimano butterfly jigs, we used the blue sardine color and the aji color with sardine being the best on this day. other colors did not get strikes. In all, A Fabuolous Day with Stalker Charters and the Guys at American Bar Products. On a side note: my friend Lou Grazioso weighed in a 170 pound slob on a butterfish - Big boy for sure. it was bigger than his mate.