~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ jfitz49 aka JIM ~
An area, the Sackett Bank, is commonly called the called the “Midnight Lump”. It is a draw for tuna and Wahoo during certain times of the year. The Midnight Lump has become very popular in the last decade. Sometimes there are more than 100 boats a day in the active part of the season.
You will need a deepwater depth finder to actually find and “see” the exact location. The seabed rises about from 60+ fathoms to 33 fathoms at the “lump.” Picture a series of truncated cones rising from the seabed.
Gulf currents push water over the top of the lump, causing smaller “bait fish” to be pushed against and over the lump. Amberjack, Tuna, Marlin, Snapper, Grouper and Wahoo usually gather there to eat. Usually fishing one side of the lump is better than the other. The currents will determine which side of the lump is the better side to fish.
I believe that the approximate center of “The Midnight Lump” ~ The Sackett Bank, is at or about 28° 38.122’ N. Lat ~ 89° 33.249’ W. Long. The location is about 20.5 miles from Southwest Pass at a bearing of 201° (Mag) and is about 35.2 miles at a bearing of 192° magnetic from the end of the breakwater (29°08.233’ N. Latitude ~ 89° 26. 184’ W. Longitude ) at Tiger Pass.
Bring plenty of anchor line as you will need every foot of it. Most fishers suggest that you use a minimum of 600 feet of anchor line with anywhere from 10 to 30 feet of chain. The chain will greatly enhance your anchor's ability to set. Your anchor size will vary greatly, but a medium-sized vessel (23 to 28 feet) should use at least a 22-25 pound anchor. Some captains suggest an anchor point on the “lump” at about 250 feet deep.
All positions are stated as ddd,mm.mmm and were determined using WGS 84 Datum. All bearings are stated in Magnetic degrees.
~ Captain Paul ~
P.S. I used the "SEARCH" feature on this site and typed in "MIDNIGHT LUMPS." I found over ten postings some of which were mine describing the location and giving the position.
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