Got out Friday night with a SE wind at about 12mph and 1-3ft waves. Not knowing how much warm water came in over the past week, we headed NE and setup in 150fow on a NE troll. Water was WARM to say the least as we had 65 on the surface and 61 degrees down 90 all the way out to 200. Thinking we may have to go half way to Michigan to find what we were looking for temperature wise, we figured that the few fish we did mark back near the bottom in the 145-150 range might become active closer to sundown we worked back to that depth without as much as a bump, running lines mostly 40-110 feet down.
Started marking some fish once we got to 150, but had a few more in the 140 range, so we worked that area now N8 about sundown. Our plan B did produce 2 kings to close out the night, but it was a very tough night as the fish that did stay in the area were scattered about. Talked to other boats at the cleaning station and the best we heard was 4 for 6 with most in the 0-2 fish range. It will be a tough start for SAR this year with the warmer water nearby and wind expected. One boat I spoke to went as far as 240 and did find some 45 degree water, but they had no hits all night.
Good luck to the SAR fisherman. I will try to get out later next week.