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Outer Banks Fishing Report - November 2006
Today was another slick day, and if you were tuna fishing, you were in luck, but the kings took the day off.
We got an early start this morning, after the kings again, but they went on vacation today. We fished all morning for 11 fish, and we were lucky. The boats offshore had great tuna fishing again today. I wish you were here.
This time of year we commercial fish when we don't have a charter. We normally target king mackerel, and today we had fairly good fishing.
The weather was slick today, and is supposed to be for the next two days. The boats that went tuna fishing did well again today. We were commercial fishing, which we do trolling with electric reels. It's just me, Jay, and Ted. Anyway, the water was a little on the ugly side today, but we scrapped along pretty steady all day, and wound up with 130 fish, a little over 1100 pounds. It's a living. The stripers are showing up around the shoals too.
I gave my group the option this morning, and they wanted to go, so away we went. It was as rough as I expected, but the fishing was good.
After the ''Thanksgiving Week Storm'', 50+ knot winds, no power for two days, preparing Thanksgiving dinner with a generator, I was ready to get out there, but we knew it was gonna be a handful. My group only had one day they could go, and said they wanted to go if I would take them. It was looking a little shakey at first, but the sick ones healed, and a little before lunchtime we started getting a few bites. First a wahoo, and then a tuna ''cover up''. As we were about to get the last of five tunas we caught out of that ''wham'', a blue marlin got after the tuna. It was a sight to see, a 500 pounder all lit up. Fortunately, he wasn't successful, and on a day like today, I didn't really want to wrestle with him. Anyway, we had good tuna fishing for the afternoon, and wound up with 15 yellowfins. I keep saying it, but people need to get down here to fish!
We knew the wind was gonna breeze up on us at some point, so we left, hopefull that the fishing would be as good as yesterday. It was.
There was a 15 knot breeze this morning when we shoved off. The forcast was for it to blow 25 sometime during the day, and 30 by tonight. We didn't know how much time we would have, so we took off hoping to have some more great fishing like yesterday. It was better. To make a long story short, we caught our limit (21) in less than an hour and a half. We were back to the dock, cleaned up and headed home by lunchtime. Before I left the dock, it had started blowing 25 or so, so things couldn't have worked out better. I'm telling you, you better get down here, December is gonna be rockin' on the tunas and kings PLUS the stripers will be showing up. Don't miss out.<BR>It looks like bad weather for a couple of days, so in case I'm not back till after Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving!<sc
Today was nicer than yesterday, and the tuna fishing was off the hook.
They were calling for north winds at 10-15 for today. Well, it wasn't quite that nice, but after yesterday, it was plenty good. We got bites right after we set the lines out this morning, and it was pretty steady till we got our limit of three per person (24), for the day. I think everybody had plenty of action. The live baiters crushed the kings today as well. Seems like it was good all around. I wasn't sure what was most impressive for a picture, the ''pile'' or lined up, so I took both. Also, I snapped a shot of #24. Notice the box full. Better get down here!
I was undecided about going this morning, but at the end of the day, everyone was glad we went.
We all get antsy when we don't fish for a while, I missed two pretty days this week without trips, and we knew today wasn't gonna be pretty, but everybody was wanting to give it a try, so off we went. It was a rough ride to the tuna grounds, and once we got into some current, it was even rougher. Fortunately the fishing was pretty good. You always seem to pull off a lot of fish when it's rough, and we lost a fair number of bites, but we did end up with a dozen nice yellowfin for the day. There were six other boats with me and they all did well too. There were a few kings caught back closer to home, but nothing hot.<scri
Today was the day we've been waiting for. Too bad I had to watch from the dock!
After another wild and windy typhoonagator, today delivered calm winds and a slick ocean. I was wishing that I was on the water, especially when I found out that the couple of boats that did have trips were in early with boxes full of tuna. It's gonna be a great fall, and I'm expecting to catch a lot of yellowfin on thru December and January. Don't miss out!
This morning I added up all the reasons to go east, and the reasons to go south. South won, unfortunately.
The forcast was for a breezing sou'wester, which I would hate to get stuck with a long ride taking it on the chin. The current has been running, and the tuna fishing has been ok, but not ''off the hook''. Plus, the shot showed the temperature change had moved up the beach a couple more miles, so I figured we would try it to the south, along with half of the fleet. It was slow. I worked off to a couple hundred fathoms, and found some grass, and caught some dolphin. It was a start. We worked around and found a couple more schools during the course of the day, and wound up with twenty or so. In the afternoon, I shallowed up and had a few king mackerel bites. There were a few wahoo bites, although I didn't have one, and a couple of tunas caught to the south. The live baiters did better today, and the boats that went to the east for tuna found that the current had dropped out some, and the fishing was actually better than it has been. The wind that was forcasted never really got to the boats to the east, so they wound up having a pretty nice ride home. Oh well, it could have gone either way.<s
Today was the first day back since the big blow. The weather turned out to be nice, but the fishing was spotty.
The long and the short of it was this. In a fleet of 30 boats, you could catch 'em or not. I heard of boats with as few as none, and as high as a dozen or more. We had a few bites first thing this morning, and caught two, and then went five hours without a bite! We finally had a handful of bites near the end of the day, and caught three more, but they were a long time coming. We also caught a dolphin to go along with our five yellowfin. I heard of pretty good dolphin fishing to the south, and there were a few kings caught on live bait east of the shoals.
A slick calm mornig turned rough in a hurry, thanks to a southeast wind.
The forcast was for an increasing southeaster, with gale warnings up for this evening, so I knew that tuna fishing was not going to be an option. I had some kids in my group, and we really wanted to find some fish for them to catch, so we decided to look around for some kings. It didn't take long for the wind to start picking up, and the seas to begin building, so we made a half day out of it. We caught a handful of kings and a couple of handfuls of false albacore. Everybody got to catch a couple of fish, so it turned out to be a good morning. Tomorrow looks sorta bad, so it's doubtful that I'll have a report for you.<s
The ocean was still a little choppy as we headed up to the east, but there were some tunas to be caught once we got there.
The morning was slow again, but after lunch we started getting a few bites. Of course, you can always think of the ones that got away and say ''we should have caught more'', but we wound up catching eight yellowfin anyway. A couple of the boats did better. Some of the guys further down the line had limits of dolphin. That's right, limits of dolphin in November. There were some kings caught as well, but I don't think any boats live baited today.
It was a long choppy morning, but in the afternoon, our efforts paid off.
My group wanted tuna, so we headed east this morning. The breezy northeaster limited us to how far we could go, but we set out and worked up the line. We went a pretty long ways before getting some bites, but we wound up doing pretty good in the afternoon, 15 to be exact. I'd say that the average size was 25-40 pounds. The live baiters did real well today, back closer to home. Tomorrow is supposed to be pretty, can't wait!
We were somewhat limited in what we could do today, due to weather. The north wind that was forcasted got here in full force!
Siince they were calling for a 25 knot wind, we knew that we didn't want to be too far from home when it got here. We started out east of the tower, looking for a tuna, but the current was still running hard to the northeast, and we only had one bite. One boat caught two or three tunas about twelve miles southwest of me, so I jogged back down the beach, at least it was closer to home. We didn't have much luck there either, just one out of two blackfins. I did get an invitation to a float with some dolphin around it, and we caught ten, so that helped out a lot. By 1:00 it was blowing 30 and we had to call it a day. Glad to get out, and glad to get in!
The morning started out a little on the choppy side, but as the day wore on, the weather got better, and the fisheing turned on.
My plan for today was to get a box full of tunas and get home in time to raid my kid's trick or treat bags for the Reeses Cups. Anyway, when we got to the tuna grounds, the water was ugly and the current was running. We worked up the line, and got out of most of the current, and in to some prettier water. The fishing was kinda scrappy for the first few hours, but in the afternoon, the tunas started jumping and we started getting a lot of bites. We wound up with 20, which was a box full.
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