-By Rich Miller
In a week I went from the Jack Pines and cool air of Northern Canada to the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. I was invited to do some offshore fishing for a few days by a friend of mine. He told me that the past month had been a really good time to be on the water. He said he had been catching sailfish, dolphin, kingfish, and black fin tuna.
We were up at 5:00 am Friday morning and were all ready for a big day on the water. The weather report we wasn’t the best for fishing but we only had three days so we had to play the hand we were dealt. About the time we came through the jetties and hit the ocean we realized that the 4 to 6 foot seas had turned closer to 8’s. It was pretty rough, but the bad part was the wind constantly blowing water all over us. By the time we started fishing everyone’s minds were off of the rough water and looking forward to getting a fish hooked up.
We had the baits in the water for about twenty minutes when the rod on the port side sounded like it was screaming. One of my buddies grabbed that rod and that is when one of the rods on the starboard side lit up and I grabbed it. After a couple minutes of trying to keep the lines out of each others way while fighting the fish we landed two nice dolphins. After those fish were in the boat and the rods were back in the water it got quiet for a while. With not much going on everyone started talking and goofing around, but when one of the rods got a hit we got back to business pretty quick.
That is exactly what happened when one of the kite rods went off. There was a big kingfish on and one of the guys had his hands full while the other three of us were getting rods out of the way. While I was on the front of the boat trying to stay out of the way, I looked around and there was a monster sailfish that hit one of the kite rods we had left out. I grabbed the rod and it was on, the sailfish started dancing across the water. It was pretty hectic with two big fish hooked up at the same time. After I got the sailfish on it wasn’t long until the king had broken the line and gotten off of the other rod. The guys got the rest of the rods out of the water and let me have the boat to myself to fight this trophy fish.
Now, I went Costa Rica several years ago and caught a lot of sailfish but I am here to tell you that Pacific sails don’t have anything on those in the Atlantic. I went round and round the boat with that sucker for over forty minutes, and with the rough water it was all I could do to stand up at times. I got him up to the boat several different times and thought I had him whipped then he would get his head down and take off again. Finally I got him close to the boat and my buddy Rich was able to get hold of him. We pulled him aboard for a quick picture before releasing him to fight another day. After landing that fish we decided to head back in because it seemed like it was getting rougher by the minute. It was a shame though, because we had only been there two hours and had landed two dolphins, a sailfish, and lost a big kingfish.
Over the nest two days the weather didn’t get any better but we did fish a couple of hours each day and manage to land a couple of more dolphins. That night those dolphins made a great meal and they made us forget about how rough the seas were that day. I don’t get to do very much fishing offshore but when I do it is a blast. You just never know what is going to be on the end of the line or how big it is going to be when that reel starts screaming.