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Outer Banks Fishing Report - April 2007
Fishing was a little scrappy today, but everybody wound up with a handful of fish.
I had a game plan this morning when I left the inlet, and everthing went as planned. I got to my designated spot, had it all to myself, only trouble was, there weren't any fish there today! We missed a shot at a sailfish on a shortrigger first thing, and after scouring a couple likely spots for tuna, with no luck, I worked back in to the color change. I thought I was in the meat when I saw some birds picking in some grass, but instead of dolphin, we got slammed by the big blufish! I heard about schools of them all up and down the line. Anyway, I worked back offshore, and we caught three big gaffer dolphin all at once, the biggest, a 30 pounder, on a TLD. A couple more missed bites took us up until 2:30 when we hooked two large somethings. One pulled off, and the other broke our line as I was backing down. Still not sure what they were. Around the fleet was a little bit of everything here and there.
Today was choppy, but a far cry better than yesterday. Fishing, overall, was pretty fair.
We fished in the eastern end of the fleet today, and though we didn't have any dolphin action, we had a fair number of tuna bites, winding up with six yellowfins and four blackfins. Our biggest tuna was in the 30 pound class, but there were some 50 pounders caught around the fleet. The boats to the south had a fair sign of gaffer dolphin, and a scattered wahoo bite. If you can get here, I am open for tomorrow, and it is supposed to be beautiful. Give me a call!
It was challenging weather, but we managed to make the day and catch some fish.
The chit chat on the radio yesterday afternoon was about the awful forcast for today. I'll admit it was pretty crappy out of the south-southwest, but thanks to four knots of current, it was manageable. We had a fair number of bites, and held on to two gaffer dolphin, and four yellowfins, from 35-55 pounds. My group threw in the towel a little early, but they were glad we went. See ya tomorrow!
It must be May! The gaffers have showed up.
May came a few days early this year. I fished along a color change today and the gaffer fishing was fairly good. We caught 14 nice dolphin during the course of the day, along with a wahoo, a blackfin tuna, and one out of two yellowfins in the 45 pound range. Some of the others had better tuna fishing than us, but all in all it was pretty good fishing.
Today Jay celebrated his birthday, but I can't disclose his age. I managed to put him on a few tunas for his birthday present!
Finally a calm, beautiful day. Only trouble was that everybody in the world that owned a boat was out. Oh well, they've got as much right as I do, it was just crowded. Anyway, there was a scattered bite all around the fleet, a few gaffers here and there, a few tunas, and wahoos. There was even a white marlin caught this afternoon. I fished on the eastern end, and we scrapped out a nice catch of seven tunas, all 40 pounders. There were a lot of mako sharks around, but we didn't have to deal with one of those for very long, just lost one rig to one. The current was slack, so my group agreed to let me drop down to get my dinner, a few tiles, before we headed home.<sc
I guess overall fishing was ok today, some guys did pretty good, and for others it was scrappy.
The north winfd continued to blow today, but this afternoon it fell out, and the ride home was great. After a week of it, however, the current has been running to the southwest, and the change has pushed out a good ways. The water we fished in today was on the green side, and 69 degrees. MOst of the bites were along the change, if you found a good spot, you were in luck. We started pretty far to the south, and caught a single 50 pounder in 80 fathoms. I fished around there for a while, plenty of life, but no m ore bites. The bite sounded pretty sparse, so I decided to make a couple bottom drops. We caught two or three groupers, but the wind and current made it difficult to work. There seemed to be a little more trolling action by then, so we went back with plan A. I got on the change and worked up the beach, and we did have a handful of tuna bites working to the northeast, but our luck was pethetic and we pulled them all off. Finally we got struck and caught three out of five. Whew, I was glad to see them! Tomorrow is supposed to be gorgeous, and so is Monday. I need a trip for Monday, so give me a call!
We braved the elements once again, and it turned out to be a good decision.
Well, it was supposed to be windy, and there was no disappointment there. It was blowing north 25 when we got there, and increased to 30 after a couple hours. There was enough down current to hold the swell down, so it wasn't as bad as you might think, but it was still plenty choppy. We picked away at the tunas, and wound up with 13 for the day. I was proud of my party, they did a great job. The yellowfins were in the 25-35 pound class.
Border line weather, but good fishing!
Those of us that went today earned whatever we got. It blew out of the north-northeast all day, 25+, and it was just about like you would imagine. The fishing was pretty good though, and the class of tunas we were catching was even better. We wound up with ten fish, and aside from two of them that were 30-35 pounders, the rest were in the 45-55 pound class. My group got plenty, and even sent Jay and myself home with dinner!
Fishing was good today. Too bad it's gonna blow like crazy for the next couple days.
I ran a little further to the east this morning, and it turned out to be a good move. I think everybody got some fish, but The best of it was where we were. We put together a nice catch of nine yellowfins and three gaffer dolphin. Most of the tunas were in the 40-45 pound range. There were a few wahoos caught, and a blue marlin. It's supposed to blow 40-50 out of the south tomorrow, so I threw a couple extra lines on the boat this evening, and we'll hope for the best.
Things improved today all around.
The catches varried today from poor to great, depending on when and where you were. Overall though, there were considerably more bites around the fleet than there have been lately. I headed to the south, and found green water over the bottom I wanted to fish, so I worked offshore to find better water. After a pretty good stretch without a bite, we hooked and landed a pair of 60 pound yellowfins. After that, we caught a couple small gaffers. It seemed like the boats up the line were starting to get a few more bites, so I worked that way. We had a few bites that we didn't connect with, but we did catch a small wahoo, and right at the end caught another yellowfin. By then the 25 knot north wind had subsided and the ride home wasn't bad at all.
After a windy and stormy start to the day, we decided to venture out and make an afternoon of it.
It was blowing pretty hard out of the south/southeast this morning, and a pretty strong batch of thunderstorms on the way, so everybody cancelled their trips today. Around 8:30-9:00, the squalls had moved offshore, the wind had subsided somewhat, and my group wanted to give it a try. By the time we got everybody together, it was 10:00, but we were underway. The ride offshore was slow and bumpy, and before we got to the fishing grounds, the wind was back up to 25 out of the southwest. We managed to make a day of it, and one other boat did come out an hour or so after me. With a rough ocean, and not much coverage from a fleet, I scoured a spot called the rockpile for a few hours, but only had a couple bites. We lost a nice fish (probably a tuna) after a 15 minute fight, and caught a wahoo. We had one other strike later that we missed. The other boat fished up to the east, and caught one yellowfin and a couple blackfins. I'm hopeful that tomorrow will be better, weather wise and fishing wise!<scri
It was a beautiful day in the bluewater, but the trolling strikes were hard to come by. We did manage to find something to keep us occupied for a little while.
I started shallow, and worked out to 1000 fathoms. Finally I came across fragments of a weed line way out in the deep. It looked beautiful, and I expected to get hammered by the gaffers, or get a blue marlin bite, but nothing doing. By noon, I had heard of one wahoo, one dolphin, and a couple kings caught in the fleet. Most of the boats, including us, hadn't had a bite. Since there was very little current (I know, less current is supposed to improve fishing...whatever), I headed for a spot that can produce good catches of tilefish and grouper. It paid off, and we made our day in an hour. By the end of the day, I had heard a couple tunas reported as being caught, to go along with the other trolling catches I previously mentioned. I know my group will be eating good when they get back to Virginia!
We had plenty of bites today, but our luck was pitiful. I was happy, as always, to catch what we caught, but I hate to see fish get away!
The boats that fished on Easter Sunday had excellent catches of tuna dolphin and wahoo. Of course, my group was there to see them unload, so they had high expectations for today. Overall the fishing was pretty scrappy. We, however had as many bites as anybody, but couldn't hang on to the majority of our bites. We landed two wahoos and a couple gaffer dolphin for the day. There was a good showing of mako sharks around, and I know that we hooked atleast five. We had a couple tuna bites and several other wahoo bites that either missed the hook, or got away. I am glad that it was a beautiful day though, I'll take some more of those!<sc
Due to a temporary internet failure, I wasn't able to post my last two day's fishing reports. Both days were with the same group, so now you get a ''two for one''!
Fortunately, I had a pretty salty bunch of guys the last two days because Wednesday started out rough, and only got worse. It was stormy (that's why my computer stuff was down), and windy, but we did have a few bites. We landed two nice wahoos (35 and 37 pounds), and a 50b pound yellowfin. Our average, considering the quality bites we had, wasn't very good, but when it's blowing 30, it's not surprising.<BR>Day two brought much improved conditions. It was windy out of the north in the morning, but seemed to be getting better, so we gave it a shot. By the time we put the lines in the water, it was north-northeast at about 16-18. It only got nicer as the day went on, and by the afternoon, there wasn't even a whitecap. There was only a couple of us out, and I think everybody had a pretty nice catch. We wound up catching two yellowfins, one of which was close to 60 pounds, five wahoos, and a few kings. Three of the wahoos were pretty nice size, the biggest of the three was 42, and the smallest was 38. Beautiful catch guys!
Nothing like seeing a family having fun together. Not a lot of bites today, but the ones we caught were quality.
The morning started off with a scattered bite throughout the fleet, just about everywhere. By the afternoon, there were very few bites anywhere! We landed three wahoos and an amberjack today. Thomas caught the biggest wahoo, a citation at 44 pounds, and his dad had one that just missed the 40 mark. There was a smattering of tunas around the fleet, but we didn't get lucky with them today. Maybe tomorrow!
Today I celebrated Pete's 13th birthday with him and his family. Other than it being a little choppy this morning, we had a great day.
We had a fair number of bites this morning, and probably caught close to half of them. We landed three wahoos and a couple of yellowfin tunas. There were a few other fish that were pulling drag and just got off. The afternoon dropped off to nothing for us, and I'm not sure we even had a bite after lunch. All in all, everybody seemed to have fun, and they got a nice mess of fish to enjoy eating. The first blue marlin of the season was caught today, so it's official. See ya tomorrow!
It was great to be back, and as of today, my 2007 season has officially begun.
Ok, first of all, to all of you who inquired about fishing yesterday, you screwed up by not going fishing. It was beautiful, and fishing was good. Ok, for today. Overall maybe not as good as yesterday, but it was one of those days where everywhere we went we got a few bites. We wound up with a beautiful catch of 15 yellowfins and a wahoo. We had two 50 pounders, and a handful of pups, but most of our tunas were 35-40 pounders. It was a great day to be out, light southwester, perfectly comfortable t-shirt day. See ya tomorrow!<scr
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