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I again took watch around noon as we approached the fishing grounds I had held the wheel through the night and slept away the early morning. The first thing I noticed was the boys still hadn’t put lures in the water despite the sun being up for hours. I grumbled something about “what the fuck, what are you guys all rich now? Just out here yachting?” They looked at me with smiles and confusion, they had no idea I was taking a stab at them.
I went to grab a couple of the rigged chrome jets we normally run, but they all looked as haggard as the women I generally take home after last call. Skirts tattered, beat up, covered in bite marks and blood. Well that’s not going to work I thought, I’m way to sober to be seen with these things hanging around the boat.
A search of my bag brought up two pretty ladies. One a brand new jet that shined like the top of the Chrysler Building and the other a triple skirted black headed bullet that @jonah_marks had gifted me before going to Australia, however I had yet to run. Cowering like a cat from the heavy spray I ran out on the back deck bare footed attempting to avoid the cascading water on deck like a business man avoids puddles in his fancy dress shoes.
I hurriedly set the lures, disgustedly I found myself soaked from head to toe running back into the cabin like a school girl. Safely back in the cabin and toweled off I went about my daily on board yoga routine. Around 25 minutes into my routine I found myself in downward facing dog with terrible form constantly staring at my lures between my legs. That bullet is going to get eaten by a marlin I thought as it perfectly dish ragged down the large swells. No sooner had the thought crossed my mind I witnessed the most mind blowing head and shoulder marlin bite and the only one I’ve ever watched upside. My son had told me just days before that I should let big marlin go so he could catch them someday. Looking at this beautiful fish I couldn’t have agreed more. #bigone#catchandrelease#marlin#bluemarlin#pelagic#tunafishing#tunaandcompany#trolling#bluemarlin#blue#saltlife#offshore#fish#fishing#hawaiifishing#hawaii#niceone#properone#action#yoga
Smile! Hope you all had a great weekend and if you were able to get out on the water, I hope you slayed it and had some good times. Hoping to get out at least a day or two this week and try some new water and some of these new pattern variations I have been tying. Lately I have been noticing that the early morning is an awesome time to try out different rigs and patterns. If I get to a good spot where i always seem to catch a ton of fish, sometimes i want to hold it down until they start eating, especially in high pressure waters like the south Platte in Deckers. If you fish there, then you know that if you are the first to get into one of those productive runs, sometimes you dont want to move too soon and risk losing a good spot when it gets crowded. At the same time, If you have a productive rig that has been working all week, and you know that it will catch fish, you don't want to keep running those same productive patterns in front of fish that aren't really feeding just yet, especially when the flows are this low and slow. Lately I have been finding that if I try some new things and keep drifting different non-confidence bugs to these non-feeding fish, I dont give away my best patterns to those fish or get them used to seeing my confidence bugs before they start feeding. As the fish start to wake up and feed, and if I start getting a few hits here and there on patterns I dont usually use, I have been using that as a signal to switch to my effective bugs at that point and start really hitting those fish with the right bugs at the right time. Timing can be everything and you would be surprised at how smart some of these highly pressured fish really are. Remember to keep those confidence bugs on deck until the right time and take advantage of those glory rigs at the times when they will be the most effective! This is just an observation that I have taken into consideration lately and I figured I would share it with you. Tight lines!