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Outer Banks Fishing Report - February 2007
I know everybody is sick of hearing about current, trust me, I'm sick of talking about it. We had four knots or better today. Not only was fishing slow, it wasn't as pretty as I had hoped.
I got a report from a couple days ago that the current had fallen out, and there was beautiful blended water southeast of the tower. I headed east of that a little ways this morning, but the 5-10 knot winds we were forcasted to have were more like 20-25. On top of that, the overdose of current caused fishing to be slow and stacked the seas up nicely. We had four single tuna bites for the day, landing two, a 40 pounder and a 20 pounder. We saw a lot of life, including turtles, rays, porpoise, whales, lots and lots of hammerhead sharks and a mako shark. There was a lot of bird life, and you would have thought that there would be more bites. I did hear a couple guys in private boats talking about a couple of wahoo bites too.
We were greeted with Northwest winds gusting over 30, so heading offshore wasn't looking too promising.
We hung around for an hour, hoping the winds would subside, and finally decided to go out and look around for a bluefin closer to shore. We were hoping that the winds would die out enough for us to jog on out for some yellowfin fishing, but by the time it happened, it was too late to worry about it. We toughed it out for a half day, without any bites, and came on in, thankful to have had a little time on the water. There was one bluefin caught last weekend. There is supposed to be some pretty weather this week, and I hope to fish Tuesday atleast. Thanks for checking in.<scr<scrip
I think I probably get more emails about the boat I'm building than the fishing, so here is an update of this week's progress.
Weather permitting, we will be in the ocean tomorrow, and hopefully I'll have a real fishing report for you, but for now, those of you who are interested will have to be content with boat building pictures. This week I built the deck beams for my bow deck, and fitted them. Next I sprayed the inside of the hull with epoxy paint, to seal the wood. I installed the deck beams and began building the bow deck. Screwed and glued, and dried, I took out the screws this morning, ground the deck, filled the holes, and belt sanded the shear clamp where the bow deck meets it. Next will be decks. Stay tuned!
It was a beautiful morning, so for a change of pace, I decided to head to the deep south.
The last couple of times I went tuna fishing to the east, I wound up battling a bunch of current and not catching as much as I had hoped. The satellite shot showed an edge to the south, so I headed way on down there to check it out. I thought we were going to be in the meat, not long after we started, we caught a nice wahoo. Another mile down the break, and we caught two out of three yellowfin bites. It was only 9:00. I hadn't planned on that being all I was going to catch, but it was the case. I worked off to the hundred, and got into some 75 degree water, but there was close to four knots of tide, and no life. I worked back in to the break, and up to the northeast, but only had one more bite that we pulled off. Two boats fished southeast of the tower, and each caught a wahoo, and a handful of blackfins. One of them caught a few yellowfins too. Two others fished up to the east, and didn't do much, just a couple of tunas. It was a beautiful day none the less, and we had a fun trip.<
I was excited to get out there this morning and blister the yellowfins.
Ok, sometimes it just doesn't work out like you hoped for. The current had shoved in quite a long ways, and had us whipped out. We worked up to the northeast a pretty long ways, and wound up catching four out of eight or nine tuna bites for the day. One other boat fished up with me and had a little better luck, they caught nine. Never the less, I was just glad to get back out there. Things will change around, and be back on track soon, maybe tomorrow. It seemed like the water was starting to shove back out this evening. If nothing changes, I'll be back in the shop during the week.
A lot of people emailed me after the last pictures I took in my shop, so I though I'd snap a shot this afternoon, of where I'm at.
I finished up fiberglassing the bilges, and the last couple days have been finishing up building the two forward bulkheads. Fortunately, I plan on fishing tomorrow, but next week, I should start building deck beams, and start moving towards building decks.
I don't know what your plans are for this weekend, but change them, cause it's gonna be gorgeous, and the tunas are gonna bite!
I forgot to mention this week that last Sunday there were limits of tunas caught. I don't know if anybody has been out during the week, I've been busy in my shop, but the weather looks like it's gonna be perfect over the weekend. I have a trip Saturday, but somebody is bound to be ready to leave their winter misery for a red hot day of yellowfin fishing! Get up with me, and lets make plans to go. You know you want to!
Winter is finally here, and there hasn't been a whole lot to write about, till now.
After the nicest fall on record (not fact, just sounded good), the blustery north west and north easters have made their arrival. It seems that lately we have been paying for our beautiful December. Anyway, I was supposed to head out tomorrow, but another hard northwester is gonna keep us tied to the dock. The silver lining is this. I found out that one boat did go tuna fishing yesterday, and wound up with a dozen yellowfin, or close. I check the satellite shot all the time, and it looks like the water is still like it ought to be, so I'm hopefull that if I ever have a trip on a day when it's pretty, we'll do well. That's all I've got for now. Keep checking in! <BR><BR>When I don't have a fishing picture to show you, I scrounge through my files for something cool to post with my report. These are some pictures of the Godspeed on the day her hull was completed and flipped over. Enjoy!
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