What's hot: Blue-water fishing is excellent to superior. Boaters willing to commit to an all-day trip and run 70-100 miles offshore should be rewarded with wahoo, dolphin, blackfin tuna, sailfish and white marlin. This weekend is the Old Salts Loop Tournament, a good chance to venture offshore and be in contact with numerous others. Yellowfin tuna have showed up as close as 60 miles, 300 degrees out of John's Pass.
Strategy: We leave the day before we plan to fish. We leave port around sunset and idle offshore all night. We start fishing at first light the next morning. We troll all day and try to end up near The Steps or the Loop Current. We spend the night offshore and fish again the next morning.
Tactics: We troll six lines using numerous natural and artificial lures. Dark lures produce best early and late. On bright days, yellows, light blues and green skirts work best. We use class tackle from 50 to 80 pounds. Lighter drags produce more than tight drags.
Larry Hoffman charters out of John's Pass, Treasure Island. Call (727) 709-9396 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.