The crew of Bongos III set out yesterday to relocate fish that Capt. Ben Knight had caught the day before. A close group of friends came along as ‘clients’ to indulge in the magnificent fishing that is happening right now.
I’ve known Ben and Travis Potter for over 25 years – we grew up surfing together and it’s pretty incredible to be working with them on the water now. Years in the making and countless conversations about making it happen, finally we’ve built a team that I’m so proud to be a part of – Bongos Sportfishing.
We found the fish pretty quickly once we were back in the general area that Ben had gotten bit in previously. In the morning, there were large groups of fishing milling about and definitely feeding, but not in a full state of frenzy. Once the sun came out and the gentle breeze picked up, the ocean really came to life and Mother Nature put on an unforgettable show. There were acres of explosive fish blasting into the air and devouring bait balls pinned to the surface.
In the middle of the chaos, a massive swordfish slid along the surface and had us frantic for a few moments. We pitched our lone 2 pound mackerel at him a couple of times with no results. For 10 minutes he circled the boat and left us thrilled and confused.
In total, we caught 4 blue fin and 1 yellow fin, all eaters of the popper. With a half dozen explosions,missed strikes and a few fish that pulled the hook, we stayed on our toes throughout the day until we had to pull the plug and head home at 4pm.
There were so many groups of breaking fish within 1 square mile, all you had to do was drift and wait for the fish to come to you. We fished hard and witnessed an incredible scene of natural beauty. Hard to imagine that someday not far off, this incredible fishing will pass and all of us fishermen will be on the hunt for the next phenomenon.
Good luck to everybody out there on the water, doing what they love. I hope you find what you’re looking for.