Papa's Pilar Rum Fishing Report (4/2/21)


RJ Boyle | Lighthouse Point

Yellowfins Surprise! Pictured above is a nice yellowfin tuna that we caught last week. The fishing for these kinds of prize tuna is really heating up not only over in the Bahamas in the Northwest Providence channel but locally quite a few charter boats and private boats have caught them here right off our coast. There’s even a story of guys out of Boca inlet catching six yellowfin tuna while swordfishing. 

Of all the years of swordfishing I never really saw yellowfin tuna on the sword grounds. The story is that two frigate birds came down on the surface and the yellowfin tuna started blowing up everywhere. The guys had no live bait or chunks so they simply put out the swordfish baits and the yellowfin ate them. How awesome is that! 

Another friend of mine caught a 158 pound yellowfin tuna on the troll out of Boca pulling planers. He fought the fish over two hours before boating it. It is not really normal for us to see this many tuna close to our coast. Usually we have to travel a minimum of 85 miles before we see these fish. If you’re going to give it a go in the Bahamas make sure you clear customs and remember the pelagic limit is 12 fish per boat. 

If you have any questions about rigging we’re getting set up to catch yellowfin tuna give us a call at the shop.

-RJ

Captain Jimbo Thomas | Thomas Flyer

Been nice weather and decent fishing all week, fishing live baits under the kite in 80-200ft of water we have had sailfish everyday lots of bonita a few blackfin tuna occasional mahi and kingfish up to 30lbs, also had a 300-400lb giant bluefin tuna skyrocket on a herring under the kite on Wednesday but that didn't last long on 20lb test also a few big yellowfin tuna hooked only heard of one 160lber landed aboard the boat named bar south out of ocean reef, with the front arriving tonight it's going to be a different ocean out there Friday and the weekend, going to be Big seas but I think the fishing is going to be hot.

Captain Ray Rosher | Miss Britt

My report sounds a lot like Jimbo 's. We had a couple sailfish today on a half day ...conditions looked great good north current. There's been a variety of king fish tuna and Sailfish with the Occasional Yellowfin and Bluefin seen around Miami. Capt. Brian got the leader on about a 400 pound bluefin about five days ago on the Miss Cheyenne our 26 footer. He caught a 150# yellowfin a week or so before on the 43 Miss Britt...so Brian has been our tuna expert lately! Like Jimbo said the weathers gonna be windy but we have blueWater and North current and there should be some sailfish and tunas caught over the next few days.