Two more quickly followed then the bite stopped. We wandered south staying on that 240ft depth and soon found another school of bait on the bottom and this time I observed the depth sounder long enough after we stopped over the school to see that it was surrounded by larger fish marking arch echos.
Sure enough, we started picking up Yellowtail again. Interestingly the live mackerel that Susan put down was ignored but they sure liked the butterfly jigs.
On our next stop we had put lures out to troll as we were heading down, but since the wind was north we left them to trail behind the boat while we jigged. After Susan pulled in the last yellowtail before we decided we better find our night anchorage I pulled in the large swimming plug we were trolling on the
starboard side. Susan reeled in the cedar plug on the port side which had sunk to near
vertical. She was hit hard almost immediately. I was expecting a Yellowtail, but this fish was
covering ground, pulling way harder, and had a faster tail thump.
We were both very surprised by what broke the surface at the side of the boat. It was
the largest Black Skipjack I have ever seen
(well over 30 inches). Unfortunately I only shot video of it forgetting to take a still shot
of the fish in the hurry to get it back in the water before it became too tired to survive.