Tuesday October 23 Fish Tales –
Local angler Tom (Beerman) Kolasinski, fishes on the ECLIPSE with Alex and Carlos ever chance he gets, even when there are no tournaments going on. Here’s his first-hand account from Tuesday’s trip.
Ok, the tuna tournament is over, the water has calmed and we’re back to fun-fishing. Targets for today are blue marlin and anything else. We will be slow trolling, so we need to make bait, in this case, Pacific bonito. The fun started here as we maneuvered over a large school of bonito and started chumming with sardines.
Usually we take about an hour and catch between 6 and 10 bait. But, in 20 minutes we have 14 live ones stacked in the tuna tubes and half a dozen in the bait tank. I am soaking wet and can’t stop laughing. These fish were so hungry that as I baited the hook and tossed it back, the bonito would actually come out of the water and get hooked before the sardine hit the water. It was frantic to say the least.
During the day we had five fire drills. Four were with sailfish and one was with a striped marlin. During these drills, the action was fast and lasted awhile. The fish were persistent and stuck around to bang the lures and bait with their bills but no hookups, just fun and excitement.
A small (40-lb.) sailfish managed to eat one of the bonito and it took me about 20 minutes to get it to the boat for a release. It seems this fish, even though small, just didn’t want to be caught. It also didn’t want to stay in the water and did a lot of tail-dancing. I was apprehensive to bring it in too fast, as it looked as if it might jump right in the boat, bill first and cause a lot of damage. But it was safely released and will grow up to fight another day.
During the day the lines would get “bumped” as if a fish would grab hold but immediately release it. No knock downs on the outriggers, but enough to make the rod tips dip. We never knew what was going to happen, but we’re guessing they were maybe a small sailfish or maybe a dorado.
One bump brought the line out of the outrigger and the rigged bait rod was put into action. The bait was dropped back and the lures were retrieved closer to the boat. With the rigged bait skipping atop the water, the left outrigger comes unbuttoned and we have a hookup. The fish doesn’t jump, but it is a strong and steady pull. Dorado?
I kept the line tight but didn’t retrieve any till all the other rods were cleared and their lines and lures were onboard. Then it was time to retrieve and see what we got.
It turned out to be a 5-6 foot, 140-lb. hammerhead shark. When dried and mixed with the right spices and salsa, it will make good Machaka. We brought it to the boat and gaff, but the deckhand had some problems (like it’s a 140lb, twisting, turning, jumping SHARK!) and it bite through the line and is now a legal release! Life is Good!