protecting the bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna & bigeye tuna through catch, release, tagging, conservation, education and research.
Despite the weather follies this season, we finally got offshore over the 4th of July weekend for some shark fishing and tagging. We elected to run South East from Sandy Hook NJ down the throat of the Mud Hole. For the first 25 miles the water was dirty green, then started to clear up closer to 30 miles. We found some structure in the clearer water and hung the chum bucket to begin our slick. Along on the trip was Geoff Taylor and Christian Burns, veteran taggers of large pelagic fish. An hour into drifting a nice six foot hammerhead came cruising through the slick about six feet from the boat. He didn’t take one of our fresh bluefish fillet offerings and with one pass of the boat he was gone. Shortly thereafter our short balloon begins to pop, and breaking the silence, a small mako shark jumps out of the water, 30 feet from the boat. We grabbed the rod and after two more acrobatic jumps we made quick work of him on the Shimano TLDs. We tagged him with a Cooperative Shark Tagging Program (CSTP) conventional shark tag #358440 and released him back into the deep. The program is a collaborative effort between recreational anglers, the commercial fishing industry, and National Marine Fisheries to study the life history of Atlantic Sharks. I was happy to get offshore shark fishing just in time for my favorite program show on Discovery > SHARK WEEK.…Continue
After the incredible fishing we experienced last year, it was a no-brainer to arrange for a return visit to Panama Sport Fishing Lodge again. This year, we joined up with the event organized by Scott and Jennifer McCall, who were also in the group that we fished with back in 2012.
Teaming up with Atlantic Tuna Project founder John Logioco, and members, Scott Kozak and Devin Nolan, we would be fishing aboard the Stamas with Capt. Carlos. After a late arrival at the Lodge we enjoyed an incredible wahoo dinner and heard tales of solid fishing action experienced by the group that was leaving. Last year, we arrived early and enjoyed a nice afternoon of rigging time, but that wasn’t possible this go around due to the travel schedules. So we headed out the first morning a bit disorganized, but the team was mostly ready to go by the time we reached the local bait fisherman off Isla Parida and loaded up on live blue runners and headed out to the grounds.
Day 1: Tagged 13 Yellowfin Tuna. 1 kept, as well as big dorado.
Running straight out towards Montosa, as we neared the island Carlos pointed and said “action” which indicated there was talk over the VHF about fish ahead. It didn’t take long to find them on the closer North side of Montosa. While approaching vast pods of porpoise breaking the surface and with the tunas expectedly cruising underneath, it was only then that we realized that we hadn’t brought along a dedicated bait fishing rod. We had our own jig rods ready with jigs and our popping rods, ready with poppers, and so after a little discussion, we converted over my Spinal and Scott’s Black Hole, putting on big circle hooks to cast out baits and the fish were immediately cooperative. After landing a couple on bait, there were signs all over that the tuna were here to play, and numerous “washing machines” erupted around the boat allowing us all to throw our top water poppers into the explosions. Hook ups were a…Continue
Hi folks - We created a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AtlanticTunaProject to make it easy for you to share your tagging stories and adventures. Check it out and if you like what you see, LIKE the page so we can stay connected. If you have ideas or suggestions on what you would like to see there, please let us know. Kudos to Parker Crawford for pushing this next expansion of the project. More to come - stay tuned....
Hi folks, as you know there is much brewing over at National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The big issue on the table is how does the USA account for the tragedy of long liners mistakenly catching bluefin tuna on their hooks, and unable to land them, have to toss them over the rail, dead, for crab food as they sink to the ocean floor. This is called Dead Discard and its an issue that needs solving.
The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Association and Recreational Fishing Alliance have done a great job explaining the issue and making it super easy for you to submit a comment. I strongly encourage you to submit a comment. Be aware that what you write will be made public so be conscience of what you write and any information you give.
Please go to the ABTA site to see their comments and recommended letter for submission to NMFS.
Happy Near Year!