After all of the rainy weather I was really looking forward to getting some Blackfin Tuna and Mahi today. This was my last charter trip in Florida for the next couple of months, Saturday morning I am heading back to New Jersey to fish for the next three months. I explained to the charter group that our best chances for success today would be trolling for Blackfin Tuna and Mahi , they thought this sounded pretty good so we shoved off at 7:30 and headed east.
The water had been very dirty due to all of the rain flushing out of the canals and 2 days ago we had to run out to 400 feet to find clean water, a weed line and mahi, but today it was obvious that the water had cleared up and we had our first hit in 250 feet of water. Unfortunately the fish spit the hook right at boatside so we kept on trolling and I headed out to 480 feet. The water was very clean, but there were no weeds and no fish, so I headed back in. Working the drop off from 80 to 120 feet we started to get hits.
First up was a very nice Blackfin Tuna of about 20 pounds, and then we started trolling up some nice slinger mahi. The day was shaping up pretty nicely, and by staying a little offshore we were able to avoid the rain clouds that were working their way north. Along with the Blackfin Tuna and Mahi we also picked up three Bonita which will become trolling strips for future fishing trips. We had pretty steady action for the first four hours or so and then the bite seemed to peter out. All good things must come to an end, so at 1:00 we made the decision to head back in, The charter guys went to get a snack and I started filleting Blackfin Tuna and Mahi at the cleaning table !