Sunday, October 25, 2015

Cape Cod June 2015 BFT Season opening

The look on his face was a bit serious, he asked us to sit down and steered in full speed toward the east, things start to get brighter and brighter and all what I remember is seeing that acre of busting Bluefin tuna on the surface pushing and feeding in full force right on the front of our eyes.
Cape Cod Bluefin tuna bite normally start around the first week of June but due to cold unstable weather the fish arrived a bit late, as every year and for the past 8 years I normally start fishing on the first week of June so it was time to make the call and head up north,
My companion on this trip was Bogdan and Thomas, they both came in to the shop and we took the drive up north at night under heavy construction and delay on I 95 and route 15 in Connecticut, the usual frustration that we go through every year heading to the Cape.
We meet Captain Josh and launched at 4:30AM and headed offshore to be greeted with whales, sand eels, Porpoises and shearwater, the ocean was promising, alive and full of life.
We start casting into that life knowing that something is about to develop and it is going to happen on the right tide for a short period, the usual tuna hunt and behavior in Cape Cod.
Josh shouted that he saw a flash on the water and said it is a big fish, something positive to start the day with and a bit encouraging to keep on putting the time and effort, the whales were all over the place and Josh was looking for the right set up with Shearwater and this is where it all started.
He put us on that position with Bogdan and Thomas on the front and myself on the back, he positioned the boat to give every angler on board the ultimate shot and we all fired our lure into the feeding zone but knowing where the guys are going to cast, I casted 10 feet away and toward where the school of tuna are heading.
Bogdan get a miss and I can hear him yelling with full excitement, Thomas get tight while I am watching my lure entering the zone, I made one twitch and I stopped to come tight instantly.
The take was spectacular while Josh shouting double hook up, yes, yes!
Thomas used a sinking Tackle House Britt in pink but unfortunately he get spooled with full drag and we all watched the line disappearing into the water in less than 1 minutes, he surely hooked a bigger class fish.
After 12 minutes I landed my fish using the CB One prototype rod matched with a CB One Rodeo 210 in Green Mackerel, delighted and happy to open the season on Captain Josh’s boat, the fish measured at 69 inches and looked very healthy, while at the fight the stickboat get a glance at what we encounter and they all steamed in that direction only to see them sticking up fish after fish, awesome day on the water and yet we get another great shot with the whales in between with no takers.
We ended up the day happy and headed to the hotel to rest and prepare for the next day.
On our second day we meet at the same time and found the same life as the day before, but we could not get a bite.
we had 2 good shoots and we saw fish rolling on topwater, they looked bigger class fish than the day before and those are the one that are not easy to fool, they were rolling on topwater and they didn’t seems to be interested by our offering, even the stickboats on that day had problem as the fish were scattered, so we enjoyed the rest of the day whales watching and looking for something to irrupt and develop but it didn’t happen, all in all it was a great day and I have to thank Captain Josh for his great service and good time spend on board, we will see you soon Captain.
  Tackle used:
Rods: Saltywater Race Point 250, 200, 100, CB One Prototype, Ripple Fisher Big Game Tuna, MC Works
Reels: Shimano Stella SWB 18000 and 20000
Lures: Moutoukenmaru, CB One Rodeo, Tackle House Britt, Carpenter Gamma, Shimano Ocea
Line: Power Pro Hollow 130lb & 80lb, Jerry Brown 100lb & 80lb
Leader: Saltywater Tackle Twisted Leader
Belt: MC Works, Hot’s
Hooks: BKK Prototype sided hooks, Shout Kudako, Owner ST-66
  Tight lines