Early morning in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Deep fog blanketed the surrounding area accompanied by heat, humidity and overcast weather. The team assembled for a 5am departure in search of Tuna. Our fingers were crossed the weekend's Nor'easter blow didn't push the tuna bite farther offshore. The course was set for "Tuna Ridge".
Pro Staffers Daphne Forster and Diane Womack got to work on the spread a few miles from the Block Island Wind Farm. We chose to troll 2 squid bars, 1 green machine, two daisy chains and two rigged Ballyhoo.
The seas were bursting with life! We were surrounded by huge pods of Bottle Nose Dolphins and Minke Whales throughout the morning. Always a great sign when Tuna hunting. If you find yourself surround by large pelagic mammals but are not hooking up, do not change course! Check the spread for weeds and change it up if necessary.
Double Hook-up with two "Chicken" Mahi from the get go! These fish hit out spread IMMEDIATELY while setting up in the morning. It appears the Wind Farm is loaded with these tasty fish, but no Bulls to speak of yet!
Sydney, age 5, the youngest member of our pro staff patiently waits her turn for a crack at a Tuna.
Not a Tuna but a Mako pup! Don't let it's size fool you. Young Makos are extremely aggressive and will bite if given the opportunity. Luckily Daphne is a seasoned "Shark Wrangler"! This little one was safely released within minutes. We hope to encounter him again in a few more years.
For the record, Ms. Sydney was the High Hook of the trip with 1 Tuna and 1 Shark! Both memorable firsts for the young angler.
Diane's Bonito came on on the green machine. A welcome surprise for sure. Although we prefer fighting these speedsters on light tackle no one is passing up on the free shark bait!
Lauren brought home our last fish of the day before the storms rolled in! Another gorgeous schoolie Bluefin. We ended our day with two Mahi, Bonito, Mako (released) and several Bluefin for the team.
Offshore fishing takes the kind of skill and teamwork of a dynamic, quick thinking crew. Here at The Fancy Fluke we take pride in ourselves as anglers and women. Experiences like these are why we can call ourselves New England's Premier Women Owned Fishing Company.
Special thank you to Captain Chris and Double Trouble Sport Fishing. dtsportfishing.com