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Old 06-04-2019, 12:34 PM
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Couldn't find the Bahamas 2019 Tuna thread but wondering if anyone has any recent tuna reports in the Channel. Thanks
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Two weeks ago. Nice tunas
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Old 06-04-2019, 07:25 PM
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Last weekend lots of birds no yft’s
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Old 06-05-2019, 02:35 AM
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Yesterday. The birds were there, but that was all I saw
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Old 06-05-2019, 04:20 AM
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Appreciate the feedback guys. Heading to WE on Friday and trying to decide whether to make the trip to the Channel or not.
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Go up north offf the corner. Plus great bottom fishing and deep dropping up there. Less sharks if you find yft.
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Last weekend lots of birds no yft’s
What he said... We fished Saturday afternoon, wells full of live bait, chunking and pitching the live bait, one Tuna on spinner and sharks got him at boat, that was it. 70 miles from Bimini...Bummer
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Old 06-05-2019, 02:14 PM
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Went on Monday out of Bimini past Great Isaac to the northeast. Found and fished 3 big groups of birds and a few weed lines running over 100 miles for the day and and we came up empty. Did manage to pick up some groceries with the deep drop on the way in, but otherwise a bit of a let down. The run over Sunday and back yesterday was flat calm.
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fished it last Saturday afternoon, lots of birds, even more boats. most have no clue what they are doing and come in hot on you and try to fish like they are on schoolie dolphin.
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:26 AM
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Seems the odd big one if you can get it by the sharks. Going to nite, see what happens. I'll let you know!
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Originally Posted by dtdutch View Post
Went on Monday out of Bimini past Great Isaac to the northeast. Found and fished 3 big groups of birds and a few weed lines running over 100 miles for the day and and we came up empty. Did manage to pick up some groceries with the deep drop on the way in, but otherwise a bit of a let down. The run over Sunday and back yesterday was flat calm.
We did almost the same exact thing. Ran over monday, out to the breads and tuna grounds. got three football BF and a couple of nice phins. came back tuesday after some DD for yellows. awesome weather on the way back.
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Went out last evening/night. Ran almost 100 miles. Only got 2 -very small BFT and a shark. As is the law we released the shark unharmed.
Talked to two other boats this morning and they also have not been having any luck!
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Not the area that you asked about but we only managed blackfins and one dolphin last Saturday
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fished it last Saturday afternoon, lots of birds, even more boats. most have no clue what they are doing and come in hot on you and try to fish like they are on schoolie dolphin.
This drives me nuts and pretty much keeps me away on the weekends. 10 boats could fish together when they know what they’re doing but if one meatball pulls that stunt, it’s pretty much over.
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This drives me nuts and pretty much keeps me away on the weekends. 10 boats could fish together when they know what they’re doing but if one meatball pulls that stunt, it’s pretty much over.
What do you consider some good ways to approach an area birds are going crazy on with visible signs of tuna on top, and not scare off the fish? When I've seen them off in the distance, I've tried having cedar plugs way way back and circle outside the school at a faster speed than they are moving such that the cedar plugs will end up going over the school with some success, or else just run past the school passing off to the side to not scare them, and position myself where I think they will drift into me and have some cut up bait waiting to pitch at them, again with some success.
I'm always looking for better ways to try. Thanks!
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What do you consider some good ways to approach an area birds are going crazy on with visible signs of tuna on top, and not scare off the fish? When I've seen them off in the distance,
I'm always looking for better ways to try. Thanks!
I also am looking for other, better ways!

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This drives me nuts and pretty much keeps me away on the weekends. 10 boats could fish together when they know what they’re doing but if one meatball pulls that stunt, it’s pretty much over.
How do you get 10 boats or even 4-5 to get into the fish and be able to fish together? How are the last boats in supposed to approach the group? How far should you be from the nearest boat?
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What do you consider some good ways to approach an area birds are going crazy on with visible signs of tuna on top, and not scare off the fish? When I've seen them off in the distance, I've tried having cedar plugs way way back and circle outside the school at a faster speed than they are moving such that the cedar plugs will end up going over the school with some success, or else just run past the school passing off to the side to not scare them, and position myself where I think they will drift into me and have some cut up bait waiting to pitch at them, again with some success.
I'm always looking for better ways to try. Thanks!
We usually stop, shut engines ahead of the pack and create a chum line to the boat with livies and cut sardines. Sometimes they come in to you and its game on, sometimes they move away and they turn around come back in to us. Sometimes we have to move again and do the same thing. Its definitely not an exact science.
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How about find your own pack and not mug someone who’s on it?

If you need to ask how to fish more than one boat on a pack, prolly better to sit back and see what’s happening
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How about find your own pack and not mug someone who’s on it?

If you need to ask how to fish more than one boat on a pack, prolly better to sit back and see what’s happening
Well stated. Years ago I completely stopped trying to fish the Tunas on weekends here as boats were always running up on me. It just became too frustrating. I'm a Monday thru Thursday kinda guy.
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What do you consider some good ways to approach an area birds are going crazy on with visible signs of tuna on top, and not scare off the fish? When I've seen them off in the distance, I've tried having cedar plugs way way back and circle outside the school at a faster speed than they are moving such that the cedar plugs will end up going over the school with some success, or else just run past the school passing off to the side to not scare them, and position myself where I think they will drift into me and have some cut up bait waiting to pitch at them, again with some success.
I'm always looking for better ways to try. Thanks!
Please stay away if you see a boat already working a flock, unless you are invited in. You should be able to tell on your radar from miles out of there is already a boat on the birds. If you see another boat heading to a flock (on your radar), whoever is going to get there first should get it, if that is not you find others for to fish.

I'm all for sharing information and think we will all catch more fish if we do, but in this particular fishery a second boat coming in to try and fish the same flock rarely ends up in success for both.
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