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Old 12-26-2013, 08:45 PM
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What's clt?
Chesapeake light tower
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Old 12-27-2013, 04:00 AM
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Bluepoint- striper or BFT at the CLT? I only heard about striper, but if BFT, I may go target them...
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Old 12-27-2013, 05:23 AM
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I also heard the rockfish are offshore. Haven't heard a bluefin report yet.
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:22 AM
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CLT+ Chesapeke light tower 15miles off the beach
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:59 PM
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This is today's report from my buddy Jake Hiles :

Got a million people calling me. We went out to the tower area, 48 degree water there, rockfish there. Wew went further offshore looking for tuna around the triangle wrecks and south of there to about the Powell wreck. We found 50.5°, large areas of terns picking on top and there were pods of bluefins everywhere. Some of the pods were 150# fish. Some were 300#ers. Nonetheless. None would bite. They were keyed in on these little tiny minnows and didn't care about anything else. Watched them off my bow and under my riggers for about 6 hours before I threw the towel in. I never had a bite and to the best of my knowledge no one around me had a bite. Huge area of fish though. The terns that were over the fish showed to be about 6 miles long and almost 3 miles wide. They are definitely here. Now if anyone has a suggestion of how to get them to eat.
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What all were you pulling? Try any jigging?

Thanks for the report!

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This is today's report from my buddy Jake Hiles :

Got a million people calling me. We went out to the tower area, 48 degree water there, rockfish there. Wew went further offshore looking for tuna around the triangle wrecks and south of there to about the Powell wreck. We found 50.5°, large areas of terns picking on top and there were pods of bluefins everywhere. Some of the pods were 150# fish. Some were 300#ers. Nonetheless. None would bite. They were keyed in on these little tiny minnows and didn't care about anything else. Watched them off my bow and under my riggers for about 6 hours before I threw the towel in. I never had a bite and to the best of my knowledge no one around me had a bite. Huge area of fish though. The terns that were over the fish showed to be about 6 miles long and almost 3 miles wide. They are definitely here. Now if anyone has a suggestion of how to get them to eat.
When they wont bite and are close to the surface hit them with a harpoon or spear gun.... Make sure the go pro is rolling...

I'll have my boat next weekend and looking forward to heading down to VA to give it a try. If anyone wants to buddy boat let me know.

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are the stripers biting? don't care about keeping (3 mile limit) just want to catch.
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You aren't even allowed to "target" them outside the three mile limit.
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Originally Posted by scottdd1 View Post
You aren't even allowed to "target" them outside the three mile limit.
Oh we'll in that case I'm bft fishing
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Old 12-29-2013, 05:43 AM
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If they were feeding on tiny little minnows I wonder how small cedar plugs would work? Or even a small storm shad lure and cast it into them. Or drift and get some big live bull minnows....
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I went offshore Fri night into Sat morning (27-28 Dec 2013). Found water to 68 degrees (54 degrees inshore) on the 41000 line and setup on the 100 fathom curve with a nice slow drift to the SE over deeper water and great structure. Look over and see 3 sets of long liners laying 3 sets of strings one inside me, and two outside. Got lucky and didn't tangle lines. Talked to them and evidently the sword bite was better 2 weeks ago but not good now. They were right, didn't get a single bite all night. My buddy boat got a small, non keeper sword above us.

On the troll before sunrise at 350 fathoms and before we had the full spread out, got whammed by 3 Big Eyes. Was not expecting BE tuna but we managed to land 2 of the 3. Mine was 85 lbs and 95 lbs for Wes. Not big tuna for BEs but we will take them. No other bites and the rest of the morning. Finished off the day trying for BFT outside the Chesapeake Light Tower but no BFT bites. Beautiful December day on the water.

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The sword bite has been way off this year for some reason. Despite many attempts, I only got one keeper all year. Hopefully the swords are still out there in the mid atlantic just in different areas.
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Originally Posted by ltcavery View Post
I went offshore Fri night into Sat morning (27-28 Dec 2013). Found water to 68 degrees (54 degrees inshore) on the 41000 line and setup on the 100 fathom curve with a nice slow drift to the SE over deeper water and great structure. Look over and see 3 sets of long liners laying 3 sets of strings one inside me, and two outside. Got lucky and didn't tangle lines. Talked to them and evidently the sword bite was better 2 weeks ago but not good now. They were right, didn't get a single bite all night. My buddy boat got a small, non keeper sword above us.

On the troll before sunrise at 350 fathoms and before we had the full spread out, got whammed by 3 Big Eyes. Was not expecting BE tuna but we managed to land 2 of the 3. Mine was 85 lbs and 95 lbs for Wes. Not big tuna for BEs but we will take them. No other bites and the rest of the morning. Finished off the day trying for BFT outside the Chesapeake Light Tower but no BFT bites. Beautiful December day on the water.



The sword bite has been way off this year for some reason. Despite many attempts, I only got one keeper all year. Hopefully the swords are still out there in the mid atlantic just in different areas.
Must have seen you out there I was out Fri and Saturday. What boat were you on.
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Originally Posted by Greeneyed Pickle View Post
Good luck, let me know how you did. Hope to head up there shortly.

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I managed to catch some (untargeted) rockfish all returned to the sea. I think I will try chunking this weekend coming. The BFT bite was supposedly 26 miles out. I did not get hooked up nor did I see anyone get hooked up with my own eyes.
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With 23 MT of BFT about to be opened up, anyone who posts info on a site such as this would be a fool, cutting his own throat.
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:07 PM
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It's VA beach it will not be hard to find the bite.
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Must have seen you out there I was out Fri and Saturday. What boat were you on.
I was offshore in 350 fathoms Fri pm - Sat am which is where we got the BE. I came inshore Sat afternoon just east of the CLT looking for BFT and found none. I was on my boat Seaduction. I will be out again inshore Thur looking for BFT.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:26 AM
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Heard you fished just below shey, mike. Nice job on the bigeyes. Shame his sword was too small but at least he got the bite. We hooked a BF Saturday and yest. Unfortunately broke both off. Bigger class of fish than last year for sure. Gonna blow hard Tomm so hopefully the boys fishing today get a bite.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:00 AM
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Its going to be sweet Saturday if the wind doesn't blow the fish out.
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:22 AM
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Giving it a go tomorrow, anyone else gonna be out there? Think we are starting around the CLT and heading south unless we hear otherwise. Anyone got any intel on what we should drag? Probably will be putting a mixed bag out
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