August 22nd, 2009No Tuna, Just Some Crazy Whales
Stardate August 21, 2009
The rumor of possible hurricane seas and winds didn’t keep us off the dock on Friday. Paul, Frank and myself took off at
5am (which I am not sure why, the fish aren’t even up yet) to try again to catch the illusive tuna. I also have to say I have never felt it that hot or humid that early since when I was in boot camp for the Navy at Great Lakes, Ill. Wow! We motored out on the ‘About Time’ (Franks boat) to Stellwagen Bank to see if
we could christen his boat with a tuna. It was dark when we took off (as you can tell by the ‘fancy’ photo. I always wanted to try to get this affect, but honestly, this was an accident) and we also watched the sun rise through the fog and it was pretty cool.
We headed to the Bank and as we headed south it really looked like we were headed into the eye of the storm. As we were making our way south along the edge of the bank, in the fog, we saw two tons of fish – whale (which is small for a whale) jump completely out of the water. In all my days on the ocean, I have never see this. Then we saw the larger whales again do things I have never seen before. They started slapping the surface of the water with their large fin. We were trying to understand what they were doing. We thought they were startling the bait fish so they could eat. This would be a good sign because tuna also eat bait. As we were looking for the fish and the bait that the tuna eat, we were struggling. We were tracking no bait fish on the chart. It was crazy to watch these whales breech and slap the water. It was amazing. We fished for another three hours without seeing anything except this whale, behaving exactly like the whale we saw that morning. Then, out of nowhere, and me without my video camera on, the whale came all the way out of the water, just like you see on National Geographic. It was awesome. My dad always said, you’ll only see this a couple of times in life, if ever. He was right, since I have been on the water from age 15, I have never seen this.
Well, the hurricane will be keeping us on the dock for the rest of this weekend, then the next two weekends we will be back to the water and one of these weekends is our fabulous Labor Day weekend meat fest. Then I head to Germany for work for 10 days so I’ll miss a great weekend of boating in early September. I already can’t wait to get back.
See you all on the water. Captain SteveK