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Capt Art Sapp Report - Tuna Frenzy

July 17, 2012

With all the phenomenal yellow fin tuna reports coming in from the Bahamas, we had to go check it out for ourselves.  To say the least, we were not disappointed.

The trip started on Wednesday, July 16, with a bait mission.  We heard people were not having any trouble catching them on dead chunk baits, but that was not our goal.  We wanted to have a large load of pilchards for live chum.  Our intentions were to get the tunas frothing on the surface around the boat for some video footage (it worked). We were fortunate with our bait fishing and were set to leave the dock early the next morning.  The weather cooperated for the most part, aside from a large thunder storm we had to run through to clear in Lucaya.  Fortunately, the wind laid and the lightning quit by the time we finished with our paperwork.   We left the cut in a decent rain, enough to make the radar useless for finding birds. It didn’t matter.

Only twenty minutes into the search we found our first flock of birds.  As we approached the birds we saw a solid fifty-plus pounder air it out with a small skippy t-boned in its mouth.  Even after 38 years of doing this, a sight like that still gets me giggling like a little kid.  Well the next seven hours were a blur of nice tunas, giant sharks and even one large blue marlin sighting.  Basically, what I am saying is that the reports are right on the money.  So if you get the opportunity or can create the opportunity, you absolutely need to get over there. 

Captain Art Sapp

Native Son sport fishing

(954) 444-0820




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