I’ve been wanting to do a Bahamas tuna trip for a while, and with my friend Adam getting married and choosing me to be the best man, I figured a Bahamas tuna run would be the perfect bachelor party. We decided to stay next to the marina in where Phil keeps his 39′ Yellowfin, the “Kickin’ Tires” on Friday May 9th, leave early Saturday morning fish the way to Grand Cay, spend the night at Rosie’s and fish the way home on Sunday. The only problem with this was the three days of 15-20mph winds before Saturday. Friday we discussed just fishing the Fishing Frenzy tournament and staying local as the forecast ranged from 2′-4′ to 3′-5′ at 5 seconds.
Saturday morning after loading the live well with bait and sitting a few minutes waiting for the shotgun start we take off to find 3′-5’+ seas stacked on top of each other and scattered weeds everywhere. After a while of clearing lines we decide to go to look for some Bahamas Tuna anyway. The crossing took a while at 22 knots but was doable in the 39′ beast.
As we made our way from bird pack to bird pack we put a few Blackfin Tuna in the box and lost a nice fish while chunking one bird pack. Just before dark we called it a day and finished the run into Grand Cay in the dark.
After a few hours of sleep at Rosie’s we met at the boat at 7:00 to meet customs, have a quick breakfast, and go find some Yellowfin Tunas. We made short time getting to our first bird pack, then our second, and third. We come across a nice weed line and throw three Dolphin in the box pretty quickly before we decide to move on to another bird pack.
From bird pack to bird pack while traveling back towards Florida we decide that a shot of Jager might change our luck, and the next bird pack gives us a triple hookup on nice fish that turns into three Yellowfin in the box.
After a few more bird packs and another Blackfin in the box, its 6:00 and we have 80 miles to cover to get home. About 6:20 we throttle up and make the ride home between 35 and 40 knots.
No fish pictures because it was dark when we got back. Tally was 3 YFT to 40 pounds, 3 dolphin to 20 pounds and 4 blackfin.
Video is in the works.
A huge thank you to Phil for making the trip happen and putting us on fish even though the sea conditions were not good.