Finally the north wind stops blowing for the first time in about three weeks, and we can head out to see if there are any Tuna in the area!
July 31st, 2010
We had been stuck in port for a few weeks, and were becoming anxious (maybe even grumpy?) to get back out on the ocean again. The wind had been blowing 20-25 knots consistently, day and night, and really fowled up a bang-up start to our 2010 Tuna fishing season. The problem with the strong north wind is twofold. The first problem is that sustained 20 knot winds build up quite a nasty sea, and secondly, it blows lots of C O L D water down from the north. The water got so cold that it drove the Salmon off shore, and even shutdown the bottom fish bite on occasion. But the REAL problem is that it pushed out the Tuna currents from about 18 – 20 miles off shore, to well over 100 miles and out of range for us! Earlier in the week the forecasts were showing a doable ocean, so we started to get excited for our next trip scheduled for Saturday with our friends Todd, Ron, Marty and Brock.
Early Saturday morning the crew arrived at the boat, full of excitement and anticipation, hoping to venture after the ever wily Albacore Tuna. Because no one had been out for Tuna in several weeks, and because of a steady cloud cover, we could not rely on our satellite sea temperature and color reports, so we really had no idea where (or even if) the Tuna were. The sea conditions looked doable, so out through the hole we went. After clearing the buoy line, we turned north and ran a few miles where we set our crab pots for a few hours soak. From the pots we then plotted our course to a spot where we thought we might find some warm water and Tuna. We traveled in fairly good sea conditions for about 40 miles, where we found some water that might hold fish. Dave deployed the gear for the first troll, and before very long the cry of “Fish On!” went out, and we were into our first fish of the day! The fish came fairly steady for the next 4 or 5 fish when the bite kind of fell off. The chatter on the radio from the other boats in the area showed that the fish were apparently scattered, and were not in high concentrations anywhere. We decided to pick up and move west a bit, where we trolled for a while until we picked up a couple more fish and it was time to head for shore and check for crab in the pots.
On the way back in we got a little show from a couple of humpback whales. We turned off the motors on the boat so we could hear them blow, when were surprised when one of them breached. Wow…. that was a pretty cool sight!
Upon arriving near shore at our crab pots, we pulled them to find lots of BIG male crabs inside, which made a fitting end to a truly great day, spent with good folks, on a nice ocean.
Back at the dock we fueled up the boat, processed and packaged our fish, boiled and ate some of our crab, drank a little beer and wine, and cleaned up our operation before our crew headed back to town with their booty of fat Tuna and big tasty crab to share with family and friends. This was the second year for Todd to fish with us and bring a crew, and one we were eagerly looking forward to because of the fun we had with them last year. They did not disappoint, and again proved to be thoroughly enjoyable companions for another adventure on the big blue ocean! We also want to thank them all for the work they did in helping us process the fish, and clean up the equipment after. WHAT A GREAT GROUP!
Thanks guys we had a super day. Here are a few pictures of our day: