Hi Folks !
Yes the splashing of the squid bars on the surface as well as the rumbling of the boat engines, and noise of the boat wake, all make noise. The bluefin is a top predator of the area and when it hears that disturbance it moves in to investigate, thinking it is a food source. So when we make our squid bars, we crimp in a bird or two on the bar, usually a large one on the center stinger, and sometimes a couple little birds on the outside teasers. The splashing serves to attract the fish as well as hide the bar, the mono and the hook. Some noise is good. Some noise is not so good.
Try to imagine what its like to be a 250 pound tuna off the coast of Chatham, hanging loosely with scattered schools of other bluefin, swimming into the tide, and gorging yourself on sand eels as you move into your summer vacation area. After a few days of settling in the nice and quiet routine of feeding amongst the whales, you notice every morning after sunrise a buzzing and rumbling sound that always comes from the west. You also notice more than a few of the other tuna in your school seem to be fighting for their lives as they feed, and then disappear. Every day the early morning buzzing from the west gets increasingly louder and more prevalent. It seems the bait and the whales are also spreading out and dissipating as well.
Humans make noise too. We catch a fish we are proud of, so we want to tell our pals about it. We are proud. We want the world to see how accomplished we are. We share with our friends, and we post the pictures on Facebook and Instagram and a myriad of other forums in order to receive the affirmations we need to feel good about our accomplishments. If our pal tells us where he caught his fish, we then tell our other pals where he caught it so they they will know that we are “in the loop” or “in the know”. I have seen many folks “share” another’s picture on Facebook with a comment “They Are Here” or “Big Fish Showing”, yet these folks have yet to wet a line ! The point is that all this self serving “noise” is what kills the fishing. Last week there were 2-3 charter boats actively fishing for bluefin to the East of Chatham, and a few die hard smaller recreational boats. On last Wednesday, out in the dense fog, I managed to catch 4 nice bluefin on my charter, one was 500 pounds, and another almost 300 pounds. I sold my fish at the Pier and lots of folks saw them. By Friday, the word was out and there were 40 boats there. On Saturday there were 60, but the bite was over, the fish had scattered. Some noise just isn’t good.
The fish will be here for the summer. The bait is solid. Playing the boats is key. Going early is key. Keeping your ego in check is key. These fish are big and powerful, prepare your boat accordingly. Be safe. We have open dates for Bluefin Tuna charters on the following dates. WED 7/15, Sat 7/18, Mon 7/20, Sat 8/1, Sat 8/8. Call if you want to get in on the challenge of a big bluefin tuna on standup tackle.
Captain Bruce & “Marilyn S”