SUR­PRISE BITE

Sport Fishing - - DISCOVER THE NIGHT BITE -

A sim­ple trolled bal­ly­hoo spread at­tracts plenty of other species be­sides bigeye tuna. My good friend Capt. Da­mon Sacco, who runs his Casta­fari Sport­fish­ing char­ters out of Nan­tucket, trolled up a 400-pound sword­fish dead cen­ter in Welker Canyon last sum­mer at 11:30 p.m. — on bal­ly­hoo. An­other well-known Nan­tucket cap­tain won the tri-state tour­na­ment about five years ago with a 275-pound sword­fish he trolled up in the dark, again while us­ing bal­ly­hoo.

Last sum­mer my crew and I rolled into West At­lantis at 2:30 a.m., marked some bait and put out our four-rod spread. Ten min­utes later, we boated a 50-pound yel­lowfin. We cir­cled back and hooked an­other 50-pounder. A se­cond re­turn yielded noth­ing, but af­ter we ex­tended the cir­cle an­other half mile, at 4:30 a.m., three rods arced over hard and we tripled up on bigeyes — all on bal­ly­hoo.

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