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Old 06-17-2018, 08:13 PM
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Rough day today. Fished 30-60 fathoms in the area around the pork products. Insane amount of life. Just not the right kind. Multiple species of whales, porpoises, sunfish, ton of turtles. Saw a few big logs floating holding fish, but someone must've gotten there first because we could see the trigger and dolphin but they were holding tight and not interested. One short bluefin release around 3pm

It seemed like it was a really frustrating day for most boats. Lot of running around chasing word of a bite, all boats more spread out than I've ever seen. Time to lick the wounds and make more money to pay to do it all again next week lol.
Old 06-17-2018, 09:28 PM
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Went back out to Poormans today (Sunday). A whole lot less boats than yesterday. Put 6 yellowfin in the box. Nothing huge but nice fish. Weather was unbelievable both Saturday and Sunday.
Old 06-18-2018, 07:07 AM
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So we left dock in Hampton at 4 am and put lines in north of the norfolk by 7:15. Fishy looking water with tuna birds, slicks, whales and dolphins. Other boats were out there as well and apparently the bite was there on Saturday. Trolled a few hours with couple knock downs with nothing coming tight. Decided to pull in spread and run down to just south and overboard of canyon where Jack had seen some warmer water pushing in. Put spread back out and in short order get wolfpacked by nice gaffers. Hook 3 and boat 3. Few pilot whales and quite a few good size sharks but know more love from fish. Over all great day on the water for us on fathers day with it being the first time offshore for a couple of our boys. Ride out and back was smooth and fortunately uneventful so have to be thankful about that. Happy fathers day to all you dads out there!Figured I would past this on offshore thread. Wouldn't let me post pics because I havent posted 10 times. Whatever....
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Hammer Down 6/15 to 6/16 report:


Fished 100-200 FA North Poormans Friday (6/15) evening through Saturday (6/16). Ended up 9/10 on yellowfins 3/3 on the evening troll (2 rats released) and 6/7 on Saturday. Finished the day dropping for a boat limit of bluelines. Try again next weekend.


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Old 06-18-2018, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by seascritch View Post
So we left dock in Hampton at 4 am and put lines in north of the norfolk by 7:15. Fishy looking water with tuna birds, slicks, whales and dolphins. Other boats were out there as well and apparently the bite was there on Saturday. Trolled a few hours with couple knock downs with nothing coming tight. Decided to pull in spread and run down to just south and overboard of canyon where Jack had seen some warmer water pushing in. Put spread back out and in short order get wolfpacked by nice gaffers. Hook 3 and boat 3. Few pilot whales and quite a few good size sharks but know more love from fish. Over all great day on the water for us on fathers day with it being the first time offshore for a couple of our boys. Ride out and back was smooth and fortunately uneventful so have to be thankful about that. Happy fathers day to all you dads out there!Figured I would past this on offshore thread. Wouldn't let me post pics because I havent posted 10 times. Whatever....
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Originally Posted by seascritch View Post
So we left dock in Hampton at 4 am and put lines in north of the norfolk by 7:15. Fishy looking water with tuna birds, slicks, whales and dolphins. Other boats were out there as well and apparently the bite was there on Saturday. Trolled a few hours with couple knock downs with nothing coming tight. Decided to pull in spread and run down to just south and overboard of canyon where Jack had seen some warmer water pushing in. Put spread back out and in short order get wolfpacked by nice gaffers. Hook 3 and boat 3. Few pilot whales and quite a few good size sharks but know more love from fish. Over all great day on the water for us on fathers day with it being the first time offshore for a couple of our boys. Ride out and back was smooth and fortunately uneventful so have to be thankful about that. Happy fathers day to all you dads out there!Figured I would past this on offshore thread. Wouldn't let me post pics because I havent posted 10 times. Whatever....
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Lots of posts from OC, not seeing much else from Va
Old 06-18-2018, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by seascritch View Post
So we left dock in Hampton at 4 am and put lines in north of the norfolk by 7:15. Fishy looking water with tuna birds, slicks, whales and dolphins. Other boats were out there as well and apparently the bite was there on Saturday. Trolled a few hours with couple knock downs with nothing coming tight. Decided to pull in spread and run down to just south and overboard of canyon where Jack had seen some warmer water pushing in. Put spread back out and in short order get wolfpacked by nice gaffers. Hook 3 and boat 3. Few pilot whales and quite a few good size sharks but know more love from fish. Over all great day on the water for us on fathers day with it being the first time offshore for a couple of our boys. Ride out and back was smooth and fortunately uneventful so have to be thankful about that. Happy fathers day to all you dads out there!Figured I would past this on offshore thread. Wouldn't let me post pics because I havent posted 10 times. Whatever....


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Back at the dock with the Father's day crowd
Old 06-18-2018, 07:38 PM
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Old 06-19-2018, 11:26 AM
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Nice gaff placement!
Old 06-19-2018, 11:28 AM
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Fished the Norfolk Canyon on Saturday out of Hampton, VA. We left the docks at Southall Landing at 9:00pm on Friday and chugged out at 9 kts. Beautiful FLAT night on the water almost a new moon so very dark. Wow stars, the milky way and several satellite fly overs. Hit the south wall of the Canyon at 5:30am and put out a spread. Got a 50 Lb yellowfin in the boat at 6:30am. Got another knockdown a few minutes later then nothing for a while. Saw many boats on the radar about 6 miles north and lots off chatter of fish being caught. Moved up to the 550/600 line inside 100 fthms and got on the fish consistently. Pulled up lines at 3pm to run home. Ended up the day with 8 yellowfin (a 15 lb and the rest between 44 and 52 Lb) and 2 mahi (10 &12 lb). Finished with a triple (1 mahi and 2 tuna) which was very exciting with only 4 on board which includes our 11 yr old daughter. Got them all in the box, celebrated and headed home! Can't wait to do it again!

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Old 06-19-2018, 06:06 PM
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Great job sfaatz!! Looks like we should have been there Saturday as opposed to Sunday!! Awesome work getting the young lady on some feesh!!
Old 06-20-2018, 09:19 AM
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Fished Poormans sunday 6/17. 5/5 on yellowfin but only one keeper (40lber) in 200fathoms. beautiful day on the water. Fish hit small bars and small ballys. Weeds were a real problem for part of the day. would have been nice if the shorts were keepers.
Old 06-20-2018, 11:46 AM
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We put 6 in the box @ Poormans on Sunday (two throwbacks). None of the keepers were real big. we were fishing 100 - 150 fathoms. The hot ticket for us was a cedar plug on the flat lines... 5 of the 6 hit the cedar plug. Had one on a ballyhoo with blue/white skirt...Definitely better than Saturday. We trolled from Poormans to the Baltimore and back on Saturday and only had one knock down. Big fat ZERO in the box. There was a whole lot of life on the way back in... I would bet the Hot Dog, Massys, etc. will be picking up real soon.
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sfaatz, that smile says it all. Glad to see people still raising kids right
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Old 06-21-2018, 07:51 AM
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8 yft and 6 mahi saturday above the norfolk. Yesterday a different ball game, zero tuna bites from washington to 461 (super pretty water there) up to rockpile, did manage 5 gaffers before coming back inside to grab seabass for dinner. Lots of bait balls on the 20 line.
Old 06-21-2018, 07:53 AM
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I'm watching next Tuesday/Wednesday, planning on picking one to go based on weather.
Old 06-21-2018, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Slobberknocker View Post
I'm watching next Tuesday/Wednesday, planning on picking one to go based on weather.
Good luck, I haven’t seen so many outright innaccurate forecasts in my entire life. Even the FishTrack forecasts differ between one another on the website vs the app.
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Good luck, I haven’t seen so many outright innaccurate forecasts in my entire life. Even the FishTrack forecasts differ between one another on the website vs the app.
Agreed. All the forecast does is give me a small sense of safety. It goes out the window once you're in real world conditions lol they sure as heck blew the forecast when we went out a couple of weekends ago! That sense of safety evaporated in a hurry...
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Originally Posted by Slobberknocker View Post
Agreed. All the forecast does is give me a small sense of safety. It goes out the window once you're in real world conditions lol they sure as heck blew the forecast when we went out a couple of weekends ago! That sense of safety evaporated in a hurry...
Exactly, you can’t even say it’s trending one way or the other because they’re just so....off. I’ve cancelled two trips in the last week because it was forecasted to be shitty only to find out we should’ve went. But, in the same vein, it could just as easily go the other way. Extremely frustrating.

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