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Outer Banks Fishing Report - December 2006
The weather was picture perfect today, and the king mackerels bit pretty hard.
Some of the guys went tuna fishing, and found hot water, and a lot of current...no tuna bites. I stayed a little closer to home, and went for the kings. We caught a couple, first thing, on planers, and quickly switched over to the 20 pound tackle for some top water action. We didn't have live bait, but jigging ballyhoos worked just fine, and we had no trouble limiting out. I drug a big bait around for a couple hours, hoping for a bluefin bite, while searching out some croakers, but nothing ever transpired. Another fun trip!<s<sc
Just another reminder about the winter fishing going on right now.
I haven't been out the last couple of days, Jay laft today for the holidays, and I needed his help wrapping up on some boat work before he left. We finished installing our new outriggers this morning...ho ho ho, Merry Christmas! Anyway, just an update, only a couple of boats sailed with charters, one went king fishing, the other went yellowfin fishing. They both returned with limits of their targeted species. How many times have I got to say it?!!<BR><BR>Check this picture out. Got any idea who this 17 year old mate is? That's right, your's truly. Thought you would enjoy it! Wow, 23 years ago.
If you were thinking about going fishing this weekend, you should have. The weather was great today, and so was the fishing. Tomorrow should be more of the same.
As far as I know, only one boat went yellowfin fishing today, and he caught his limit. Fishing is as good now as it'll be all year. Anyway, we commercial fished yesterday and today. Yesterday, I had to get in early for an appointment, so we only got to fish in the morning. The fish we caught were bigger, but they never turned on till after I had gone in. We wound up with 350 pounds. Today, the fish were smaller, but they bit better, and we caught 1,150 pounds. If you wanted to go live bait mackerel fishing, I believe it would be good action. There were a few bluefin sightings, and one legal fish caught this morning, in the bluefin fleet.
Other than the fog, it was a beautiful day, and the fishing was great.
When I got to the dock this morning, the winds were light, but the fog had set in. We milled around for a while till it looked like it was gonna lift, and we shot out of there. It set back in right after we cleared the inlet, but it was fairly clear where we were, and for the ride out. Most of the day, the fog stayed inshore, but after lunch, it moved out to where we were, and it was a good situation to have a good radar. The mackerels bit good, and it was steady all day. We wound up with 2,100 pounds on the market for the day. There was a sign of bluefins inshore, I heard of one fish caught, but several encounters. The afternoon only got foggier, and by the time we were packed out and cleaned up, I was ready to get home.
Another slick calm day off of Hatteras.
There were some bluefins spotted this morning, and one caught. I don't think anyone yellowfin fished today, but I stuck to my plan and went commercial kingfishing. It worked out pretty well, and we wound up with around 1650 pounds. I tried to snap a couple of action shots, and one of our catch after they had been gutted, on the way in. Enjoy!
Today was much like yesterday, except we wound up having a lot more action.
It was another beautiful day, and it was really kinda hit or miss with the tunas, one boat may do well, while the boat right next to him can't get a bite. It's just like that sometimes. Anyway, we had a lot of bites today, lost a bunch of fish and still wound up with 15 nice tunas. We had several 40 pounders, but most of them were 30's. The mackerel boats did well today, and my plan is to go commercial fishing for them tomorrow. See ya!
It was a very nice day on the water, a little chilly this morning, but I think my party was warm inside. There were a few tunas around, but they really didn't bite very well.
The conditions were just fine today, and there was no reason why we shouldn't have hammered the tunas, other than they just didn't bite very well. I was marking fish all day, but there just wasn't much action. We only had a couple bites in the morning, and lost them, and in the afternoon, we started getting a few bites, and wound up catching five yellowfins. Some guys did better, and some not as well. I feel sure they will bite tomorrow, or else they'll starve to death! Thanks for checking in.
It's supposed to blow a living gale tonight and tomorrow morning, but they are calling for the weather to blow through and be beautiful Saturday right on through Tuesday, maybe longer.
I'm booked Saturday and Sunday, but open after that. I would urge you to take advantage of the pretty weather and great fishing! Don't sit at home and say ''I wish I had gone fishing!!'' JUST DO IT<BR><BR>Here's what I do when I'm not fishing...in the shop.
I had a last minute booking for today, and it was a good day not to miss!
This group was itching to go offshore, saw a break in the weather, and shot down here on a whim. It worked out too, because the weather was unreal, and the tuna fishing was just as good as it has been for a while now. We limited out on yellowfin (21) before noon, and got back in time for my guys to drive back to Manteo and fly out before dark. I'm telling you, you ought to be here!<s
We have been fighting bad weather for a few days, but we're still alive!
There hasn't been much going on since Thursday, a couple boats went tuna fishing and did well, and there were a handful of macks caught. I took a trip south on Thursday, to pick up a new set of outriggers, and it has been blowing ever since. I got a pretty good look at the satellite shot yesterday, and it looked like things were still in pretty good shape for tuna fishing. All we need is pretty weather, and people. Hope you can make it!
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