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Outer Banks Fishing Report - March 2007
We had a mixed bag today, all at once.
Fishing was pretty good today, an assortment of bluefin, yellowfin, and blackfin tunas as well as a handful of wahoo bites. We caught a blackfin tuna, out of two bites, first thing this morning, and then it was 10:50 before we had another bite. There had been some nicer bluefins seen, so I told Jay to change out a few of our 50s with 80s, in case we got a big bite. Ok, you're gonna like this. We had seven bites all at once, and hooked four fish. The first fish in was a wahoo, on an 80. Next was a yellowfin tuna, also on an 80. 50 minutes later, we landed a 100 pound bluefin, of course, on a 50. One more to go, and it was going to turn out to be another bluefin, on a 50, that took an exhausting four hours to land on the lighter gear. He weighed 190 pounds. By the time we snapped a few shots and burried him in the box under some ice, it was 3:00, and we were out of there. I guess you could say we had non stop tuna action all afternoon!
Finally, a gorgeous day, and a good sign of fish.
It's been such a windy spring so far, that it took me a while for it to sink in, how beautiful it was this morning. I couldn't resist, on the way home, taking a shot of the flat ocean with the lighthouse in the background. Anyway, about the fishing. There were some bluefins around again today, but for a change, all we caught were yellowfins. They were pretty nice fish, 30-40 pounders, and we wound up landing nine. We saw a lot of fish on the surface that wouldn't bite, but that was encouraging to see a lot of fish around. I think things are getting ready to launch. Come see me.<sc
There was a fair bit of action today, under extreme northwest windy conditions.
The fleet had some tuna action again today, the high boat had eight yellowfins. We caught seven bluefins, all around 50 pounds, trouble was, they were all about an inch or two too short, thanks to our friends at National Marine Fisheries. There were a couple nice ones caught, a 64 and a 70 incher. There were also a few wahoo bites. Tomorrow is supposed to be pretty, we'll see!<scrip
I pondered over what to title this report. I had so many options, but I decided to title it after the sea conditions.
We were uncertain if we would even make the trip, with a pretty nasty forcast. The winds, however, were not too bad this morning, so four of us gave it a shot. We tried to spread out to get as much coverage as possible, me being the southern most boat. As the morning progressed, the winds, out of the south, went from 20 to 30-35, making it difficult to work, and fish where we wanted to. I worked to the southwest, considering my angle for home, and had a few wahoo bites, hanging on to two of them. One was a citation, 42 pounder. The other three boats were further to the northeast, and had some tuna action. One boat landed six, one landed ten or so, plus a bluefin, and the third boat didn't catch any yellowfins, but did wrestle a couple nice bluefins to the boat at the end of the day. I was encouraged to see some action, and feel like with a little nicer weather, we would have done real well. It's nice to have something to report for a change!<scri
In spite of the not so favorable conditions, we made the day and had a handful of bites.
Ok. We've already established that the current is flying, and screweing things up for us. I'll let you know if that changes. Meanwhile, we headed out southeast of ther tower this morning (I wanted to head south, but the seas wouldn't allow it) and started in 50 fathoms. There were three of us out, and for a small fleet, we covered about as much ground as we could. I worked off to the hundred and had four yellowfin bites at once. We hooked three and landed two. I worked down the hundred for a while, disappointed with the results. Working off to 150 fathoms, we landed and released a 40 pound bluefin. We had a couple more yellowfin bites and landed one more for the day. The wind had picked up in the afternoon, giving us a choppy ride in, so by the time we made it to the dock, we were ready to be there!<scrip
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