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West Atlantis 7/9-7/10 Report

Old 07-12-2019, 11:28 AM
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Quick share on my unsuccessful trip this week to West Atlantis:

- Ran out Tues. night to get to the West wall before sunrise.
- Was a little rougher than anticipated, water was moving faster than I've seen in a while. Coming from Buzzards bay, water temp in the dump looked great, breaks from 68-71.5 on the SE corner.
- Once we hit the lanes water temp stayed 66-68 until we hit the canyon. Bumped up around 70 once we hit 1200 feet.
- about 5 miles down the west wall we marked some breaks from 72-76 that looked promising. Rough seas caused my starboard side outrigger to crack in half before the troll...Not ideal for the spread.
- Multiple boats on the temp break on west wall. Heard a few guys on the radio hookin up big eye at first light, but didn't see anyone hooked up.
- Fished 4-8am with no knock downs. Pretty disappointing... and had to start trolling home to conserve fuel.
- Fished through the Dump on the same breaks we saw on the way out the night before, no knockdowns, but plenty of dolphins / whales / life.

Overall, a very expensive tan. Pretty disappointing, and with the cold water prior to the canyons, no mahi fallback plan. Hydro is still the place to be, but the warm waters moving East FAST. Hope to get back out in a few weeks and have MUCH better results. Tight lines!

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Old 07-12-2019, 12:06 PM
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Thanks for the report. At least you gave it a shot. You'll get them next time.
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by SouthOfTheV View Post
Quick share on my unsuccessful trip this week to West Atlantis:

- Ran out Tues. night to get to the West wall before sunrise.
- Was a little rougher than anticipated, water was moving faster than I've seen in a while. Coming from Buzzards bay, water temp in the dump looked great, breaks from 68-71.5 on the SE corner.
- Once we hit the lanes water temp stayed 66-68 until we hit the canyon. Bumped up around 70 once we hit 1200 feet.
- about 5 miles down the west wall we marked some breaks from 72-76 that looked promising. Rough seas caused my starboard side outrigger to crack in half before the troll...Not ideal for the spread.
- Multiple boats on the temp break on west wall. Heard a few guys on the radio hookin up big eye at first light, but didn't see anyone hooked up.
- Fished 4-8am with no knock downs. Pretty disappointing... and had to start trolling home to conserve fuel.
- Fished through the Dump on the same breaks we saw on the way out the night before, no knockdowns, but plenty of dolphins / whales / life.

Overall, a very expensive tan. Pretty disappointing, and with the cold water prior to the canyons, no mahi fallback plan. Hydro is still the place to be, but the warm waters moving East FAST. Hope to get back out in a few weeks and have MUCH better results. Tight lines!

Steve
so you had enough fuel for 4 hours on the edge?
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:20 PM
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I hold 300 gallons. With the night cruise slightly above plane, was burning about 1:1. We could have spent a few more hours no problem, but with the conditions not ideal and the outrigger breaking and 4 hours of no knockdowns, we trolled the wall back and the flats.
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Old 07-13-2019, 08:39 AM
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One of the nice things about diesel engines is they really sip fuel at trolling speeds. An outboard will pretty much have the same mpg regardless of speed, and will actually do slightly better on plane than below.

But a diesel will triple it's efficiency at those speeds.
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One of the nice things about diesel engines is they really sip fuel at trolling speeds. An outboard will pretty much have the same mpg regardless of speed, and will actually do slightly better on plane than below.

But a diesel will triple it's efficiency at those speeds.
When’s the last time you’ve been on a boat with outboards?
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Originally Posted by 32regulator View Post


When’s the last time you’ve been on a boat with outboards?
My last boat had twin f150's. It had a pretty flat fuel curve. The faster you went, the more fuel you used, but the mpg was about the same. The mileage on plane was actually better than below.

Has that changed with the newest engines?

Could have just been the hull, but the performance curves showed the same thing.
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Old 07-13-2019, 03:53 PM
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.9gph at 6knts 9gph t 25knts
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9gph at 25kts? I need that engine

​​​​​​​what rpm and hp?
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.9gph at 6knts 9gph t 25knts
what kind of boat and how big?
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0.9- 1.0 gph at 37mph 4500rpm 1.8 gph at 6-7mph 1100rpm 32 regulator 2 X F350
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Do you mean MPG. My 32 Regulator w F350s was about 1.7 MPG at 1000 +/- RPM
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Old 07-14-2019, 04:33 AM
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Originally Posted by 32regulator View Post


what kind of boat and how big?
My boat is a 23' palm beach(seacraft splash) with a 175 suzuki. It is a bit underpowered from the original engine an OX66 200hp however the fuel burn is very kind in comparison. The 2str would troll at 2+gph 28knts was 12-14gph depending on load on ethanol and 9-10 on good gas. It had alot more in it though. I saw 44knts on the top end and 46 very light with a 21pitch 3 blade. I ran a 19 4 due to the load always being on the boat.
The 175 won't get to 35knts
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Hmm, interesting. The boat was a parker 25 dv. Light load in the sound it would get about 2.0 nmpg at cruise and about 1.6 at trolling speed. In the ocean with a full load it would be more like 1.6 and 1.3. That was per yammie fms gauges.
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