Gratitude is one thing, but attitude is another. Capt. Jordan Ellis and his offshore charter displayed both on their trip this weekend. The group, fishing from the F/V ShockWave, a 40-ft Freeman Boatworks catamaran, went out of Venice, and quickly landed six yellowfin tuna.
Content and thankful for that haul, they went looking for dolphin, and caught a couple mahi. But, the mahi weren’t plentiful, and the day was young.
Ellis made a recommendation, when he turned to his group of six and said, “how bout we get us some daytime swordfish?”
Swordfish feed and are caught mostly at night. It’s a unique style of fishing, but swords are a fun catch, and great table fare.
Daytime swords, though, are a different story. It’s a rare treat to catch a swordfish in the daylight. Rarer still to hook two of them, and rarest of all to be witness to an acrobatics show. But, … that’s just what this group got when they said they were game if Capt. Jordan was game.
Here’s how it went down. Fishing from the ShockWave, and already plush with yellowfin and a couple of dolphin, the team stopped in about 1,500 ft of water.
Ellis and 1st mate Lane Hensarling dropped a squid down to those depths. Almost instantly, they hooked a fish, and fought it some before losing it. They dropped another bait in the same general area, and landed a feisty swordfish.
This one was brought into the boat after a fun fight that featured an aerial show for all on board. Soon after, the 89 lb. sword joined six nice sized tuna and some dolphin in the chest, and the ShockWave was headed back to the dock — smiles and beers all ’round.
You saw it on the drawing board, and you saw it at the Miami Boat Show. It caught your eye riding on the Interstate from Florida to Louisiana, and this week ahead, … it makes its debut as the newest Freeman in our fleet of Freeman’s at The Mexican Gulf Fishing Company — a 42 foot Freeman Boatworks masterpiece.
Offshore Venice — is off to a good start in 2017. We’re seeing monster yellowfin tuna, plenty of blackfin tuna, wahoo of great size, and temps (water and air) that you just won’t believe.
“It’s been wild,” says Captain Wade Wells. “We’re seeing really nice temps making for some nice warm days. It’s bringing in the fish, too,” said Wade.
Captain Jordan Ellis agrees. “I’ve put customers on yellowfin and wahoo and we’re surprised at the size of both species. The ambient temps are great, and the water temps running a bit higher than normal too. It’s been a fun start to the new year. Looks to me like Spring is gonna be awesome.”
Justin Rackley, known as Lakeforkguy, creates fishing videos on youtube and other social platforms. Lakeforkguy travels to freshwater and saltwater fishing spots to explore new fish species and fishing techniques to show as many fishing places as possible and help viewers catch more fish, and recently he wanted to make a yellowfin tuna video.
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