West Atlantis 9/7 - 9/8

greg

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We left Friday night and shuffled to west Atlantis, getting there just before dawn. All first hand reports were pretty dismal. No action overnight except for sharks. Day troll very slow the day before. Only heard of two bigeye and one yft.

We beat up the canyon pretty hard but no joy so we headed west looking for the warmer water. What we found was an island of cobalt blue 72 degree water in a dessert of cooler greenish water. Just a few miles square, but holding bait, whales, and birds.

Long story short, we went 5/7 on nice size Albies on the troll including a six rod slamdown and got a surprise mako just before dawn pn the overnight.

Great trip, couple of mechanical missteps (have an ir leak in fuel line) but will be easily fixed, and mostly perfect conditions. Winds howled over night sat but seas were ok, then sun morning it was lumpy/bumpy. No matter since we had planned to troll the sunup and leave early anyway, but we did miss the early am bite to be safe on the fuel line issue; I didn't want to spend another night out there. ;)

No pics yet, crew still groggy. ;)

Oh, and the tails were supposed to be dead. One guy even left veatch to try to find fish at west atlantis. Everyone was crying on the radio. A few Albies and lots of sharks.

Glad to hear of the yellows finally coming up from the south (saw a report of good yft catch above the dip). A couple of repairs and on to kartum.
 

tashmoo2

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Greg,

My neighbor with white T Jason like yours was in the Tails this weekend. He said about the same as you. They caught some LFT In shallow water and had a mako grab a diamond at night off the outrigger and almost jump in boat before line parted.

Ed
 

greg

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We do the jig off the outrigger as well. Its a free fish as far as I'm concerned. Nobody has to tend it or check it, but is gets hit fairly often.

Our mako came in green and we pulled it right in. It woke up in the pit a few minutes later. It put harrison sitting up the xactcs box holding a gaff. Luckily we had a short tailrope on it and safety lines on the rods. It almost knocked two right out of the boat.

Seemed like a good idea at 5 am. Not so much at 5:10. ;)
 
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