2 for 2 on Blues!
Tuesday, 23 June 2009 by Tracy Epstein
The Melton team is all smiles after today. We had heard the fishing was pretty good but we didn't think we would end the day by catching two blues over 500 pounds. Any day that you can catch two blue marlin no matter the size is a great day, but two fish over 500, unbelievable.
Jessica Kelmer fights an estimated 550 lb. Blue Marlin, the first of two caught 6/23/09.
The fish have moved west from where most of the bites had been the last few weeks. Coming out of the harbor this morning we made a bee line for the western end of the island. We trolled through some small roaming piles of skipjacks in the morning but we weren't able to locate any fish. We trolled further west off Ponta da Pargo and followed along the 200 fathom ledge looking for bait. Jonboy had gone down stairs and left me with the wheel.
Tracy Epstein takes wraps on a nice Blue
Just before reaching the 100 fathom curve a nice blue charged up behind the long corner and knocked it out of the outrigger. Jonboy and I quickly traded positions and I jumped to the deck to tease the fish in for another bite. I gave the Large Polu Kai Tube a couple cranks and the blue lunged from behind and pulled the lure under. With the line now ripping off the reel, Jessica took the rod to the chair. The fish jumped herself in a few cirles as Jonboy turned to chase. Jess quickly got us back on top the fish where she dogged us for a bit down deep. The fight lasted some 25 minutes before Jessica gave me the leader. A few switch backs later and the fish was snootered off on the side of the boat. We took a few good shots and let her go.
Tracy Epstein dumps the leader on the second Blue of the day.
We set our lures back out and continued to troll the area. A few hours later there was another fish this time trying to eat the medium Polu Kai Tube on the long rigger. The lure came out of the rigger and we were off to the races. Jessica was in the chair for the second time in the same day on a fish over 500. This fish stayed close to the boat and was within photo range for most of the fight. As we snuck closer to the blue we were sure she would give us a show so Jonboy gave me the camera hoping to get a few shots. She only performed a couple jumps out of leader range and I was lucky to get a few pics. I gave the camera back to jonboy before the leader came out of the water. With the leader under her belly, she wasn't to happy about the added pressure I put on her, but it being so she performed quite the show at the boat. I had to dump the leader at least 5 times as she jumped away from us. She finally settled down just enough for me to turn her up the side so she could be released. With a few photos at the boat we let her swim free.
We finished the day off by seeing one more fish but unfortunately it wasn't interested in biting, guess we'll leave that one for tomorrow.
Thick Blue Marlin leadered portside