THE BOTTOM LINE. Spring Cobia Fishing

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1 THE BOTTOM LINE The Newsletter of the Beaufort Sport Fishing & Diving Club April 2010 Wahoo Madness & Dreams of the May Cobia Run by Capt Tom Thomas WAHOO is the one of the fastest fish in these waters with top speeds of 50 miles per hour! It is listed as one of the fastest fish in the world. A huge Wahoo can spool a 50W Penn reel with 80 pound monofilament line in less than 1.5 minutes. A Wahoo strike is the most awesome thing in saltwater fishing. We recently had our best two days of Wahoo fishing ever! I call it "Wahoo Madness". We found a huge school of feeding Wahoo and they were ferocious. At first light, they cleaned off my Tuna rigs with 300 pound monofilament and 200 pound fluorocarbon lines in less than 5 minutes. We immediately switched to all wire and we were reeling in doubles in no time! No one on board got to rest or take a break for over 5 hours. When the action was over we had 7 large Wahoo in the box. Two were huge 55 and 57 pounders. The average fish was in the 40 pound range. We finally got a drink of water and a sandwich before we headed home. Everyone on board caught the largest Wahoo of their life. Two caught the all time biggest fish of their life that day. We all decided that was our best day of fishing in Beaufort, South Carolina. Continued on page 2 From Our Club President! by Capt Bo VonHarten I m sure everyone is excited that spring is finally upon us, and with it the promise of increased fishing opportunities. Wahoo are being caught well offshore, the sheepshead bite is good, red drum are still being spotted in the shallows, and my favorite mud minnow hole is loaded. I even saw a small school of either menhaden or greenies the first weekend of April in Trenchards Inlet, as well as a small school of mullet. We are pushing our April meeting back one week to APRIL 15th! When scheduling our speaker, Jason Dubose from the Oldfield Club. Jason has fished professionally for many years in the Florida Keys as well as the Beaufort area, and will discuss fishing for cobia at the offshore wrecks and reefs. I would also like to introduce our slate of officers for the year. Jack Gallagher will be handling the treasurer s duties, while Michelle Tannis will serve as secretary. Von Stroppel will continue in the social capacity, as will Jim Kindwall as membership chair. Nick Russell and Frank Gibson, being the club s founding fathers, will continue to serve in the emeritus advisors. I am still looking for a vice-president, whose only duties are to fill in at a meeting when I m not present. Please call or me ( if you are interested in serving in this position. Finally, our Annual Club Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 28th. High tide is that morning around 11am. The Captains Meeting will be at Port Royal Landing Marina Friday afternoon the 27th. Awards and light food and beverage will be at the PR Landing docks that Saturday afternoon. The format will be the same or very similar as last years. Please mark this on you calendars now! See you at the next meeting! Bo Von Harten Next BSDC Meeting Is Thur. April 15th With Guest Capt. Jason Dubose Spring Cobia Fishing Capt. Jason DuBose, Head River Pro at Oldfield Club, runs inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing charters for the communities members and guests. Aside from his duties as a charter fishing captain, Jason conducts a number of monthly educational seminars at Oldfield Club covering topics ranging from fishing techniques to local navigation and boat handling skills. He also serves as the weekly saltwater fishing columnist for Bluffton Today. Capt. Jason has worked as a professional sportfishing captain, mate and angler for the better part of the last ten years and has fished extensively through out the Florida Keys, Bahamas, and North and South Carolina. His specialties are offshore trolling and live bait wreck and bottom fishing. Capt. Jason is available for charter, freelance captain work, and tournament crew. To contact Capt. Jason please call him at or him at

2 Club Classifieds! Diving Services! SeaJay Bayne is the owner and Divemaster of Deep South Divers, a Beaufort, South Carolina company that specializes in underwater boat maintenance. For more information % Off Frozen Bait! Beaufort Boat and Dock Supply are offering 10% off the price of frozen bait to fishing club members. Just mention that you are a club member at checkout. Address: 1734 Ribaut Road - Phone: Boat Electronics installation, electrical service and troubleshooting. Specializing in saltwater corrosion issues. On site and mobile. BSDC member Jim Goller, Technautica ( Lady's Island or cell: Rod & Reel Repair - Custom Rods. Captain Mike Edmonds offers a full range of services to keep your rods and reels in perfect condition. A complete take down and cleaning for most reels costs $20 to $25 plus replacement parts - more for larger reels. Mike also repairs rods and building custom rods is his specialty. Give him a call at or send an to Chipper / Shredder 7.5 HP Briggs & Stratton. 2" Capacity Cutter. Collection Bag and Operator's Manual. Low Hours / Excellent condition $ OBO. Frank Wahoo Madness - continued from page 1 The next day we had a triple with just three people on board! Everyone was fighting a 40 pound class Wahoo at the same time. Mates Mills and Taylor did a great job and we got all three of them in the boat! The bite only lasted for 5 minutes. We finally picked up another huge one just before we decided to call it a day and head back to the hill! Taylor Thomas caught a huge pounder and edged me out by.2 pounds in the Beaufort Sportfishing Club's year round tournament. We currently have 9 first place categories! The Hilton Head Wahoo Shootout is coming up in two weeks and we are hoping for good weather and the hot fishing to continue. The water temperatures are rising fast now and by the time this hits the stands the Cobia run will be in full swing! Beaufort Cobia fishing is some of the best in the country and it also ranks as one of the best places for Cobia fishing in the world. They will start in offshore waters in mid April and will peak Chipper / Shredder 7.5 HP Briggs & Stratton. 2" Capacity Cutter. Collection Bag and Operator's Manual. Low Hours / Excellent condition $ OBO. Frank Wagner Electric Chain Saw 16" Automatic oiler. 100' Cord and Manual Excellent condition. $50.00 OBO Frank in the Broad River in mid to late May. Water temperatures of 68 degrees will bring them in and I believe that they spawn around 69 degrees. Beaufort has the State Record fish and it keeps getting beaten in Beaufort waters. I believe two or three State Record fish were caught last year. They head back out to sea and can be caught over structure throughout June and July. Wahoo is my favorite fish to eat! I love it grilled over a charcoal fire and then I make a grilled Wahoo salad for later. You can't beat it. Ask your favorite restaurant for grilled Wahoo. Saltus and Breakwater currently have fresh local Wahoo. Cobia is a great tasting fish as well. I think grilled is the best tasting and blackened is good, too. Get your boat ready or book a Charter now! You don't want to miss this awesome action. Topgun Charters will be fishing for Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi and Cobia during May out of the Downtown Marina! Come try us out! You can also try Port Royal Landing Marina for inshore and near shore Charters. Tight lines to ya! Capt. Tom Thomas CANNON UNI-TROLL H.P. DOWN- RIGGER High-speed retrieve with reduced cranking effort. Vertical spool design with clutch/brake system. Three-digit depth counter Ball storage hook prevents boat damage. Rod holder, low-profile swivel base and line, release also comes with hardware to mount in boats rod holder " telescoping heavy-duty boom. Pre-spooled with 200-ft. stainless steel 150-lb-test cable. Comes with a 8 lbs. & 12 lbs. ball. Excellent Condition. $ /: OBO Frank

3 More Tanks For Our Reefs! About 10 years ago the National Guard prepared 54 tanks to be deployed at the Tire Reef, Eagles Nest, and create the 45. The Tire Reef and Eagles Nest was sprinkled with new materials of opportunity. Then one afternoon a barge appeared at the Waterfront Park with 18 tanks / APC s. A news conference was held with the head of DNR, National Guard General, other members of DNR, and politicians showed up to say a few words. We had several hundred people in attendance with our BSFDC banner in the background. They also had a live feed from one of the Savannah TV stations. Later that evening the people involved adjourned the Yacht Club and were fed a fish supper with hush puppies, cole slaw, etc. The National Guard has notified that they are giving us an additional 60 tanks and they would like to repeat the above event. If everyone agrees it is scheduled for Wednesday June 9th for the display of tanks and speeches at the Waterfront if allowed by the City of Beaufort etc. The Yacht Club has been taken over that evening by the Waterfestival for their big kick off. Mr. Tom Wilson owner of the Port Royal Landing Marina and his manager Rion Salley has graciously offered Port Royal Landing Marina as the site for the dinner. I have Roland Gumbo Washington on stand by to cook the fish, hush puppies, and cole slaw etc a turnkey job. Hopefully our club can supply the fish. The next day weather permitting the tanks will be deployed at the Beaufort 45 and everyone is invited to witness this event. We will utilize My Time Out for VIP s and over flows can go to Miss Fripp and Sea Wolf etc. Von Stoppel shows off a nice catch of Sheepshead. Nice job Von! My son Mikey and his girlfriend Jamie Lynn is in town from Portland. We had a special day. Busy, busy day. Jamie Lynn caught the first one and the most. We put 4 big Redfish and 1 big Sea Trout in the boat, two others were too big to keep (over 23", had to put them back) and hooked up three more but could not get them in the boat. That's 6 big Red's and a big Sea Trout. Mikey also caught a flounder. Don Hinton

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6 Made possible by a grant from Marine Ventures Foundation April 2010 Just Coincidence or Is It a Pattern? Once again, I have the pleasure of presenting another story about an amazing movement by a dolphinfish. In studies of the behavior of wild animals, the first time a behavior is observed it can be dismissed as a possible random occurrence. When the behavior is observed for the second time it becomes far less likely to be a random act. A good example is the movement of south Florida dolphin into the northern part of the Mid-Atlantic Bight. The first recovery was a wow-moment but not proof that it was a common behavior. By the third, fourth, and fifth recoveries, the possibility that this behavior was a random act by individual fish was dispelled. Movements Along Florida s East Coast Possible Movements for Dolphin X07541 We now have a second dolphin tagged off the U.S. East Coast and off Puerto Rico. And it is not just a recovery off any part of Puerto Rico or at just any time. This second recapture occurred on the same day of the year and within 19 miles of the first recovery. Coincidence? Maybe. The first dolphin tagged off the U.S East Coast to be recovered off SW Puerto Rico was a fish tagged in July Justin Brown and his father, Don, tagged the fish off Islamorada, Florida, and it was recovered 246 days later south of Guanica Bay, Puerto Rico. This story had its start off Charleston, South Carolina, on August 7, 2009, when Billy Morrill of James Island, South Carolina, tagged a 19-inch dolphin while fishing aboard Scotty Mill s boat Miss Pasco. This fish was recaptured 231 days later in the Caribbean Sea off the southwest coast of Puerto Rico. Candido Pou of Coto Laurel, Puerto Rico, recovered the fish eight miles south of Guanica Bay on March 26, 2010, while fishing aboard the private boat Sin Prisa. At the time of the recovery the fish was estimated to be 40 inches in fork length and weigh 20 pounds. This indicates an estimated growth of 21 inches during the 33 weeks of liberty or roughly 0.6 inch per week. This is virtually the same growth rate as estimated for the dolphinfish reported on in the March 2010 issue of this newsletter. However, the first East Coast dolphin recovery off Puerto Rico was estimated to have grown slightly faster, at 0.8 inch per week. These estimated growth rates are within the ranges reported by various scientific studies. Sponsored In Part By: Route Distances 1,400 miles 1,700 miles 2,300 miles While we do not know what route the dolphin took on its journey to Puerto Rico, there are three routes that are highly probable. Six Mile Creek, LLC

7 Dolphinfish Research Newsletter April 2010 Page 2. The big question is what route the fish traveled to get to Puerto Rico. The old school science would be to draw a line from the release site to the recovery point. In this case the fish would travel southeast from Charleston, passing between Isla de Calebra and St. Thomas Island and then turning west to the recovery sight. This route would have the fish traveling roughly 1,400 miles or 6.1 miles per day on average. Past history of dolphin tagged off the U.S. East Coast has clearly indicated fish tagged off Charleston travel north riding the Gulf Stream current when they leave the Palmetto State. This would suggest that the fish most likely went at least as far as Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, before turning east or southeast. Under this scenario, the fish would likely have traveled 1,750 miles during its liberty, covering an average 7.6 miles per day. This fish could just as likely have traveled all of the way north to the Atlantis Canyon southeast of Montauk, New York, before turning east to southeast to begin its trek toward its wintering grounds. This route would take the fish to within 200 miles of Bermuda and extend the distance the fish traveled to more than 2,300 miles, requiring it to cover an average of 10.2 miles per day. The rate of travel associated with each route is well within speeds already documented for long-distance travel by dolphin. Looking closer at these rates, you quickly realize it would only require the fish to move along the routes at rates ranging from 0.25 to 0.4 miles per hour. These swimming rates are certainly not a very strenuous level for these animals. If the sustained travel speed was bumped up to 1 mile per hour, the fish could have covered more than 5,500 miles during its time at liberty. This distance could have allowed it to move into the Eastern North Atlantic during its travels. Dolphin Tagging Progress by Zones, March 31, Zone Area Southern Limit Northern Limit Number Tagged 1 Bahamas 22 o N 28 o N 7 2 FL Straits 23 o N 25 o N 5 3 South Florida 25 o N 27 o N 23 4 Central Florida 27 o N 30 o N 0 5 North FL & GA 30 o N 32 o N 2 6 Southern SC 32 o N 33 o N 0 7 N. SC - S. NC 33 o N 35 o N 0 8 Northern NC 35 o N 36.5 o N 0 9 Virginia 36.5 o N 38 o N 0 10 N. Mid-Atlantic 38 o N 0 11 Gulf of Mexico 0 12 W Central Atlantic Caribbean Sea 0 Total 82 Events Support Dolphin Research The 2010 Dolphinfish Research Program will be the beneficiary of five special events planned by sports fishing organizations and businesses in Florida and the Carolinas. These events are intended to encourage anglers to tag more dolphin, aid in deploying three satellite tags, and generate financial support for this important research. The kickoff event will be a cooperative effort on April 23 and 24 among the Central Florida Offshore Anglers out of Orlando, Florida, the Florida Sport Fishing Association of Cocoa Beach, Florida, and Sebastian Inlet Sportfishing Association of Melbourne, Florida. Terry Winn with the Orlando club, who is helping to coordinate the program to be held out of Ft. Pierce, Florida, says the event is intended to get two pop-off satellite archival tags purchased by the fishing clubs deployed, to encourage members of the clubs to tag more dolphin, and to provide financial support to continue the research. The second event is a members-only tournament being held in Georgetown, South Carolina, on May 22. Sponsored by the Blue Water Fishing Club of Florence, South Carolina, the tournament is intended to get more members active in tagging dolphin with all of the proceeds from the event being donated to the research program. Dr. Eric Heiden of Florence, who is heading up the event, said that club members felt that it was time for their organization to do more to aid the research on dolphin. When you tag and release a dolphin, you never know if it is going to be that one golden fish recovered in some distant body of water that reveals surprising new information about their movements. The Dolphinfish Research Program needs your financial support. No federal funds support this important research. This program exists because of private donations.

8 Dolphinfish Research Newsletter April 2010 Page 3. Also on May 22, the South Carolina Saltwater Sportfishing Association is hosting a Dolphin Days Tournament to encourage club members to tag more dolphin off Charleston and provide some financial support for the dolphinfish research. Scientific data will be collected on the dolphin that are kept. Length, weight and sex will be recorded for each fish along with a tissue sample collected for DNA analysis. Bohicket Marina, located just south of Charleston, South Carolina, on Seabrook Island, will hold a special dolphin tournament on June 19. The event is intended to serve as a fundraiser for the Dolphinfish Research Program and to stimulate more tagging activity among local fishermen. The Piedmont Offshore Sportfishing Club based in Greensboro, North Carolina has scheduled a competition on June 26 to assist the dolphin research effort. Their goal is to get a large number of dolphin tagged off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, where few dolphin have been tagged. Participants will also attempt to catch a sufficiently large dolphin so that a pop-off satellite archival tag can be attached to track its movements. The sports fishing organizations and businesses offering assistance to the 2010 dolphinfish research are not just serving themselves but all U.S. Gulf and Atlantic offshore fishermen. All offshore fishermen who want to ensure a healthy stock of dolphin in the future should become involved. Dolphinfish Research is Independent As important as dolphin are to the U.S. and world s recreational fisheries, they have been neglected in the basic research of their life histories and harvest needed for management. Data currently available on dolphin in New 2010 Financial Contributors Belle Isle Marina Wahoo Tournament, Georgetown, SC Bill & Jeanette Baugh, Savannah, GA Tommy Lewis II, Raleigh, NC Larry & Kathleen Hufford, Palm Bay, FL Georgetown Landing Marina, Georgetown, SC Bailey Smith, George Town, Exuma, BA Rock Boat Fishing Team, Weston, FL James P. Shannon, Isle of Palms, SC Frank Gibson, Beaufort, SC Gettin Jiggy Fishing Team, Delray Beach, FL 2010 Financial Supporters Six Mile Creek, LLC, Charleston, SC Antonio Gonzalez, Miami, FL Haddrell s Point Tackle and Supply Mt. Pleasant and Charleston, SC Chris Sommer Fine Art, Coral Springs, FL Hilton Head Reef Foundation, Hilton Head, SC Wood Brothers, Green Pond, SC Dr. Al Fernandez, Miami, FL Manuel Botello, San Juan, PR Piedmont Offshore Fishing Club, Greensboro, NC Ryan McMahon, N. Palm Beach, FL Capt. Bill Parker, Hilton Head Island, SC Rex Thompson, Columbia, SC Tom Urban, Cudjoe Key, FL Rizer Chevrolet Company, Walterboro, SC Greg Griffith, Holland, MI U.S. waters cannot determine if the stock is healthy or in decline. Before the Dolphin Tagging Study, hard data did not exist to confirm the south-to-north spring/summer migration along the East Coast. No information is available on movements in other areas of the Atlantic and Caribbean other than what has been generated by this study. The Dolphin Tagging Study is part of the Dolphinfish Research Program conducted by Cooperative Science Services, LLC, a private research company based in Charleston, South Carolina. The purpose behind the Dolphinfish Research Program is to carry out needed research on dolphinfish to ensure the future health of the stock. Every angler who fishes for dolphin, every offshore fishing organization, and every business involved in offshore fishing should be supporting this study either by tagging fish or providing financial support. Donations do not have to be at the $500 or $1,000 level. Contributions of $20, $50 or $100 do help. Please consider donating. For More Information, Contact Don Hammond Cooperative Science Services, LLC 961 Anchor Rd., Charleston, SC Telephone FAX (843) Web site Yoouurr ddoonnaat tioonnss too t thhee t Dool lpphhi inn SSt tuuddyy aarree FFuul llyy Taaxx- -Deedduucct tibbl lee Make checks out to: HH Reef Foundation/Dolphin Study