Well what a weekend we’ve just had, Yellowfin, Bluefin, Albacore and just to confuse the issue Mahi Mahi and Spearfish. You may well ask just what season we are in; it can’t be the middle of winter. The only problem is that you have to be on the spot to catch anything, the bite being short and sweet.
On Saturday I left late presuming to stay out until dark and do some cubing. We passed over Browns the current and wind making it very difficult to have a drop so on we went. A couple of miles past the mountain the shot gun was smashed and after a long hard fight Mikko landed a Yellowfin of around 50kg. we continued on and heard on the radio that Gale Force who had been fishing the mountain had had a multiple hook up on Bluefin near where we had caught the Yellowfin, obviously we turned back. In roughly the same area we’d caught the ‘fin we had a doubly hook up excitingly thinking ‘Bluefin at last’. But alas they were two more Yellowfin both in the 45 to 50 kg. range. It makes you wonder what your values are when you can be disappointed at catching great fish like that.
Throughout the day there were boats hooking both Bluefin and Yellowfin all along the coast South of Browns but there was no single concentration where everyone was getting them.
Sunday was a totally different kettle of fish, no pun intended, with calm seas and light winds every man and his dog was out there searching with very few finding. There were a few Yellowfin and Bluefin taken but it was hard going though at least in ideal conditions. The surprises were in the Mahi Mahi and Spearfish that were caught and good sized ones too.
Hopefully the main body of Bluefin haven’t passed us yet and the best is yet to come, here’s hoping…