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Outer Banks Fishing Report - June 2007
The dolphin fishing was off the hook this morning, but that was about it.
Not to demininsh the fantastic fishing, by 8:00 we had our limit of dolphin, mostly big bailers, with a few small gaffers mixed in. There wasn't much else to catch today though, and this afternoon the thunderstorms began to get active, so we knocked off a little early. My group was happy because the got what they went for!
Beautiful weather, and great dolphin fishing.
Forgive my lack of reports the last few days, I have been a little under the weather. The marlin action has been good, but as of today, the current had really picked up and the bite was almost non-existant. There was a great sign of dolphin today, schools of big bailers and a scattered gaffer. Still excellent fishing!
It was just about glassy today, and eventhough the fishing wasn't red hot, we managed to have a little action spread around throughout the day.
It seemed like wherever you went, you stood a chance of having a dolphin bite, whether it was in the deep or shallows. We scrapped along all day, mostly gaffers, and wound up with a nice catch of dolphin, and a couple kings.
It was a nice day on the water, made extra nice by seeing my old pal Ben, who is filling in for Jay a couple days.
Meat fishing was a little scrappy overall, but we pounded it out and managed to put together a nice catch of dolphin, all sizes. There was some marlin action in the deep, but no meat to go with it, so we stayed in a little shallower. There were a few wahoo bites around as well, but we didn't land one.
It was nice to have a cool north wind after several hot days. Pretty good fishing too!
I pretty much headed for the deep this momrning, but after a decent ammount of time, and only a couple dolphin bites, we decided to take advantage of our location and the slack current for some bottom fishing. We did pretty well with the groupers and tilefish for the short time we dropped, and then went back to trolling. It wasn't long before we got a shot at a sailfish, and sealed the deal. Good for Bobby, his first billfish! Anyway, I worked back inshore after hearing about some pretty good dolphin fishing, but it never got hot for us. The marlins did bite a little in the afternoon, a few blues, whites, and sails.<scr
Everything was normal today, just a bumpy sou'wester, but we cut it a little short due to heavy thunderstorms heading our way.
I guess you would say we had pretty good dolphin fishing this morning on a weed line, but the current was flying up the beach so fast that I didn't want to get hung up there too far on a breezing south west wind and have a terrible ride in. We moved over to the blended side of the change and trolled back down the beach the rest of the day. Not too much action though, we got one jump out of a sailfish, caught a couple nice king mackerels and had a couple other mystery bites. I was pleased with our catch of gaffer and bailer dolphin in the morning just the same.
Slick calm seas today, and a variety of species.
Meat fishing was a little on the slower side today for most of the boats, so I was pretty happy to scrap out a nice catch of gaffer and bailer dolphin, a handful of kings and a yellowfin. The boats further to the south had good marlin action.
You can expect a crowd on a slick calm Saturday in June. Fortunately there was enough fish for everybody.
The change had continued to push offshore, so I wound up fishing over 400 fathoms most of the day, and by the afternoon, was back in to 150, but the dolphin fishing remained good, in spite of the vast number of boats. We wound up fishing behind a crowd, but still managed to come home with a real nice catch of big dolphin. There was a pretty good sign of billfish around today, but we never had a shot.
Today was more of the same...no complaints!
Everything was about the same as yesterday, except the change had shoved off a little more, but the big dolphin were still there in great numbers. It was pretty much a ''no brainer'', and we got all we wanted. I didn't have a chance to get any action shots today, sorry.
It was choppy, but fortunately my group voted to go, and it was well worth it!
The conditions were perfect today to bank up the big dolphin on an edge, and it was all you wanted. We caught a couple wahoos first thing, and then we started doing the deal on the gaffers. We finally just broke out the bailing rods and threw chum to the 10-25 pounders. It was a box full, and we called it quits by lunchtime. Just one of those extra special days.
The 15 to 20 knot forcast wound up being off quite a bit, but we still got part of the day in.
Fishing was pretty good this morning, a lot of wahoo bites and gaffer dolphin bites, but it wasn't long before the 20 knot northeaster increased to 30+. Of course, this makes landing fish a little more difficult, but we still managed to land a handful of wahoos and nice size dolphin before we left for home around lunchtime.
I could get used to this weather, calm seas and cool breeze.
Fishing was about like yesterday, an occassional bite, mostly gaffer dolphin, and a few wahoos. there were a number of sailfish raised in the shallows, and it sounded like for the boats out in the deep, blue marlin fishing, there was a fair sign of bites for them too. It's hard to tell, there were a lot of boats out there. Anyway, we scratched along on a few gaffers and a couple wahoos, till I found a pallet floating with a lot of bait around it. We managed to make our day there, and finished up with seven wahoos and ten or so dolphin, half gaffers and half bailers. Another great day!
For June, it was a pretty cool day, thanks to a 15 knot north breeze. Fishing wasn't red hot, but it was good enough.
About everywhere you went, you stood a chance of getting a bite from a gaffer dolphin. I would have liked to have seen more bites, but we got lucky and held on to most of the ones that did bite, totalling up to nine nice sized gaffers. In the afternoon, we had a few wahoo bites and caught two of them as well. We did have a brief encounter with a sailfish, that got the better of us, and there were several other sailfish bites around the fleet.
Fishing was pretty good, depending on where you were.
It was one of those days where you could be close and still miss. We spent the majority of the day way out in the deep, fishing along streaks of grass, but not coming up with much. Some boats got lucky and scrapped out a nice catch of dolphin, some didn't. We caught a handful of nice dolphin, and two small yellowfins while searching around out there. This is a first, but the highlight was catching the biggest oceanic bonito I have ever seen. Check him out!
Fishing was pretty good today, and it was slick calm.
I thought we were in for it when our first fish, a 25 pound dolphin, came off just as Jay was reaching out with the gaff. Things, however, turned around, and we wound up having a pretty good day of big dolphin fishing. There were a few marlin bites, and I put myself in position to fish for one for a while, but gave up and went back looking for dolphin. I picked up a hitch hiker along the way!
Today was our first day back after a three day blow, and fishing was ok, but not great.
Part of our problem was bad luck. We had quite a few more gaffer bites that never made it to the boat, just bad luck. We did land a half dozen nice size dolphin in spite of our rubber hooks. Later in the afternoon, I heard about some tunas caught up to the east, but we were out of position for that.
Today was a pretty nice day. The fishing was decent, but if you weren't in the right spot, you might have been out to lunch.
I got hung up in the middle of two fleets this morning, catching nothing. I finally made my decision to work to the northeast, and we finally got on a few fish. We landed a half dozen big dolphin, one wahoo, and a blackfin tuna. Some of the guys did better, some not, but it was a nice day, and the fish we caught were quality.
We have been spoiled now for a while with the pretty weather. Today was no exception.
We had most of our action this morning, a good number of gaffer dolphin bites, a couple tuna bites, and a wahoo. Things seemed to taper off, mid to late morning, but since the current wasn't flying too bad, and we were in a good area, we decided to make a few bottom drops. We managed to land a handful of groupers and tilefish as well. In the afternoon, the big dolphin decided to nibble a little bit more. We wound up with a dozen or so gaffer dolphin, a couple 25s and a 30, one yellowfin, and a wahoo to go along with our bottom catch.
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