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Outer Banks Fishing Report - April 2006
I know it's been a while, good ol' Hatteras northeaster has had us shut down for a few days.
The last day anyone fished, the warm water had shoved way down the beach, and things had gotten a little scattered. Today was windy to say the least, but it had backed off just enough for a few boats to make a go of it, especially since tomorrow and the next day look like a wash. I discussed it with my group, and they agreed that maybe it made more sense to try it another time. Anyway, I piddled around on my boat for the morning, and after lunch I saw a boat pulling back in, so I got the scoop on the conditions. He reported that the water had pushed back up the line, and that they caught a limit of tunas much closer to home than where they had gotten. He also said that there were a lot of wahoo bites. It should be rockin' after this blow. See ya in a couple of days.
The forcast was right on, it was a gorgeous day, and fishing was pretty good too.
The ride out was a little swelly, left over from yesterday's blow, but once we set out, it just got nicer as the day went on. Everybody fished to the south, some further than others. The southern most boats did the best on the tunas, and the boats that arrived late missed out. I happened to be in the missed out bunch today. We caught a handful of throw backs, and a couple of keepers as we worked down the beach, but once the fleet got together, the fish pretty much shut off. One boat located some kings a few miles inshore of the tuna fleet, so we jogged in and hammered the kings for about 30 minutes, until we had our limit. I've got a couple of days off unless something happens, so keep checking in.
We hoped for more of the same, and got it! Another gorgeous spring day in Hatteras.
I love it when it's calm. It's just easy on the body! Things hadn't changed much from yesterday, as far as the fishing goes, but sometimes it's a little harder to get tuna bites when it's slick. Anyway, for the morning, we scrapped out seven yellowfins, and four nice size dolphin. The afternoon was pretty sparse for me, I wandered up and out, just looking around, and found some life out in the deep, but no nibbles. There were a few bites in the afternoon on the southern end of the fleet, but all in all, I feel like we had one of the better catches for the day. There was a scattered wahoo bite, and there were a few blue marlin encounters. Also, there was a greater sign of dolphin, and I think after this weekend, its gonna bust loose. Take advantage of it!<scri
The forcast was for choppy seas, but it didn't keep us in, and it didn't keep the tunas from biting!
They were calling for south winds 15-20, and increasing in the afternoon. I think afternoon got here around 8:30 because it was a fairly choppy ride out, and once we started fishing it seemed like the wind increased to <BR>20-25. Eventhough it was rough, the tuna fishing was pretty good, and the seven fish that we caught were all <BR>40-50 pounders. Around 11:00 a severe weather alert went into effect, and most everybody headed in by lunch time. Severe thunderstorms will be passing through soon, and I'm glad to be back to the dock. It's supposed to blow through tonight and be pretty nice for tomorrow. Monday and Tuesday look awesome, hope I get booked.
It doesn't get any better than this. Slick calm, and plenty of action!
I didn't fish the last couple of days, but the report from yesterday was fairly decent tuna fishing, but pretty much in one area, south of Hatteras. Well, you know me, I don't often run with the crowd, so I decided to go explore somewhere else. I'm so glad it paid off, we had great action, and hardly saw a boat all day. The tuna fishing was pretty good for most of the boats, and we wound up with fourteen, and threw back another ten or so. We also lucked up on a handful of dolphin, a couple of them gaffers. Tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful as well, so let's hope for more of the same. <BR>I've got next Monday thru Wednesday open.
The report I got from yesterday was ''hot tuna fishing'', so I wasn't surprised at what was waiting for us this morning.
I didn't have a trip yesterday, but heard that the fishing was good to the south, so this morning I headed on down that way. The forcast was for a light southwest wind, increasing to 25 in the afternoon. Well, it was choppy in the morning, and was breezing pretty good by late morning, so we wrapped it up around 12:30, and headed in. The morning was pretty action packed none the less, and we put together a couple of barrels full of yellowfin in a short amount of time. The fish were 30-45 pounders. It's supposed to be breezy tomorrow, and I don't fish on Easter, so I'll see you on Monday afternoon! Happy Easter!
Another day of quality fish in the box. Not huge numbers, but beautiful tunas.
Over the years we have come up with nick names for every size of every species that we catch. Today we caught a couple of BLTs (barely legal tunas), one 50 pounder, and three buffalos (over 60). It was a beautiful day, as forcasted, and there was a pretty decent sign of fish around, but an awful lot of throw backs (under 27'' fork length). Anyway, After getting struck by the little guys a couple of times, I wandered south of the fleet, hoping to find a better class of fish. We caught a single 65 pounder, and then, an hour or so later, got covered up by the bigger tunas, and landed three more of them. Glad to be out there!<BR>Oh, this morning, I couldn't help but admire the sunrise, so I thought I would show you what a typical ride to work looks like for me! See ya
After my last report, I thought that it would be appropriate to name this one after the challenging seas we faced today. Rough or not, the fishing wasn't half bad.
The forcast was for light Northeast winds, 10-15. Yeah, right, it blew 20-25 all day. At least they got the direction right. Anyway, the morning was slow for most everyone, so I worked way south, after all, the ride home was gonna be fine with the light winds and all. Well, we did catch a nice wahoo working down the break, and when the fleet started picking away at the yellowfins 25 miles up the beach, there wasn't much I could do but work that way and hope for the best. We got hit twice by the 50 pound tunas, two out of three the first time, and one out of four the second. We definately went for quality today. We'll see what tomorrow brings. Looks like the next few days should be real nice. Need trips for Wed. - Sat.
Gale warnings were posted from 2:00 this afternoon, so we were pleasantly surprised to get the day in.
After yesterday, the bulk of the fleet ran back out southeast of the tower, but with the forcast, winds increasing to SW 30-35, I didn't want to get too far up the line and have to deal with a whipping going home. A couple of boats fished on up a ways, and fortunately the wind didn't really get too bad until we were in. They found some nicer class yellowfins up there. There was also a scattered tuna bite about everywhere you went today, the boats to the south did fine too. I was kinda in the middle, as were a bunch of boats, and didn't exactly set the world on fire. We did catch four decent size tunas, and a couple that were too small. There was a good sign of wahoos to the south, along with the tunas, so there is hope for great fishing after this blow. I've got a couple of days open next week, so round up your group and lets go!<scrip
Today we had our day! The tunas cooperated, and we wound up catching our limit.
Most of the fleet headed south today, as did I, however I was on the eastern end of the southern fleet (get it?). Anyway, there was just an occasional bite at best until the couple of boats that did head up the line started getting on some fish. Fortunately I had been working up to the east and was in pretty good position. We got covered up and caught seven out of ten, and another time held four out of six or seven. A single here and a double there added up to 18 fish, and our limit for today. The size ranged from a couple of 20 pounders to a few that were 50 or better. It was a gorgeous springtime day!
Today I noticed the class of tuna had gone from 20-30 pounders to 40-50 pounders.
One thing about my fishing reports is that good or bad, right or wrong, you're gonna get the straight scoop. Every dog has his day, and I have my share, but sometimes it just doesn't work out like we planned! Some of the guys had pretty nice catches of tuna today, and I'd say at the low end, I heard of one boat that only caught one. I don't know, maybe we were somewhere in the middle, but it wasn't because of lack of bites. We had way plenty of bites, enough that we should have caught a dozen tunas, easy, but I guess we still haven't culled out all of the rubber hooks yet. We caught six nicer tunas, 40-50 pounders, and lost a 70 pounder just before the gaff. It happens. Anyway, we've got a little stretch of trips coming up, so stay tuned.
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