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Outer Banks Fishing Report - July 2007
It was another day of dodging squalls, and the light north winds that were forcasted were underestimated.
I was looking forward to pounding the wahoos today, and right after we set out, we caught our first bite, a wahoo. Well, it was a long time till our second bite, and I had covered a lot of bottom looking for a grass line or anything to fish around. We threw back a barracuda, and missed a couple other wahoo bites before I found some grass that was holding a pretty nice school of dolphin, mostly gaffers. Unfortunately during the long intermission, the coffee had worn off, and everybody was a little sluggish. We managed to land a half dozen, and I was glad to have them. By then the north-northeast wind was 20-25, and it had gotten fairly choppy. A couple of the guys did pretty good, but overall, it was a little slower today.
Today wound up being a pretty nice day considering the squalls that were popping up all day. We didn't catch a whole lot, but the fishing was actually pretty good.
My buddy Tom put in a request for some marlin action, so I headed off to the deep to see what we could see. Once I got out over 250 fathoms, a line of thunder storms formed up inshore of me that held me off in the deep for a while. Once they moved in, I worked back in to the hundred to look around. We did hook a sailfish, and enjoyed a couple jumps out of him before he got away. Next I found a school of dolphin around a grass patch, and we got twenty or so to take home for supper. After lunch, and hearing the wahoo reports back in shallower, I worked that way to get us a couple of them in the afternoon. It was a great plan, and we had nine wahoo bites, but pulled every one off! Talk about bad luck. Anyway, we had a slick calm day, caught some fish, saw a billfish, avoided the lightning, and made it home safe.
The ocean was slick, and the temperature was scorching, but the fishing was pretty hot too!
This morning, I got a report of a grass line off in the deep, so I kept her going till I found it. There were dolphins on it, but they aggrivated me so bad that I gave up after about 15 fish. Nothing worse than seeing fish and not being able to get them to bite. Anyway, I worked back in to the break to try my hand at the wahoo fishing, which wasn't as good today as it has been, but we still had some bites. We landed three wahoos and a king mackerel as we hunted up the 30-35 fathom break. I got my eye on some grass patches east of the fleet, and came upon the stupidest school of big bailers in the world. It was automatic. Just add water. Anyhow, we finished off our limit and enjoyed the slick calm afternoon.<scr
Today was even better than yesterday, fishing wise and weather wise. The morning ride out was an adventure as we observed a number of waterspouts (tornado over water) touch down.
We did the number on the dolphin again this morning, limiting out in fairly short order. When I posed the question to my party about what they would like to fish for next, they seemed more interested in meatfish than marlin, so we deployed the wahoo spread. It went well, we landed seven out of eleven wahoo bites, and a king mackerel to boot. I snapped a few shots this morning of the ominous looking weather. We saw five waterspouts touching down at one time. A couple of the shots show two in the same picture. Enjoy!
Fishing was great today, and we had a better average on our wahoos than yesterday.
It was a light north wind today which made it cool and calm. The dolphin fishing was great, we limited out on big bailers and a couple nice gaffers. The wahoo fishing was good too. We managed to boat four out of ten bites, the biggest earned a citation at 48 pounds. There was some afternoon billfish action to the south, but too far out of range for me at that point. Great time had by all!
Today was the third day of a north-northeast blow. There was plenty of grass, but the wind had it scattered so bad that it was difficult to fish.
We rummaged around in the grass long enough to catch close to 50 dolphin. My group said they had enough of them, so we went on a wahoo pursuit. We caught one out of six wahoo bites (yikes). I was glad to have him! Anyway, it turned out to be a nice day, and a good catch.
Things were about the same today with the exception of a cold front pushing down through the area this afternoon, producing heavy thunderstorms.
Fortunately, the dolphin fishing was great, and we had our limit before lunchtime. I was on the eastern end of the fleet, and only caught one wahoo after the dolphins, but some of the guys to the south had a handful of bites. The squalls were building up inshore of us, so we split a little early to beat them to the dock.
My group made the drive down from Duck this morning (2 hrs) and the fishing made it worth the trip!
We started off with a nice gaffer dolphin, followed by a wahoo. I found some grass that was holding a good number of dolphin, so we limited out on them, and then caught a few more wahoos during the remainder of the day. Some of the guys went further off to find their dolphin, and had a fairly decent sign of billfish action.
After having been on a long weekend/short vacation with my family, and a last minute cancellation for yesterday, it was time for me to get back to work.
The weather was kinda ''so-so'' this morning, southwest breeze and scattered thunderstorms. On the way out, I spotted a timber floating on the water, and we bailed forty-some dolphin around it. After setting out the spread, we had a couple other bites, but my group expressed a great desire to be back on shore. I was glad we found them early! There were a few wahoo bites this morning, and it sounded like the other guys were starting to locate some dolphin too.
This group of first timers from Quebec limited out on dolphin today!
Nice work Pierre!
After two last minute cancelations, resulting in us missing Friday and Saturday, it was good to get back on the water.
We started out this morning catching a handful of dolphin, and then steamed offshore to spend the day looking for a marlin. That was fine until the sky to the southwest started getting dark, and my radar showed some thunderstorms working our way. I trolled back inshore to avoid the squalls, and in the afternoon we wound up finding a few schools of dolphin and catching a nice mess of bailers. There were a few wahoo bites, and one boat caught a pair of white marlin, but the dolphin fishing was the main action today.
Conditions weren't the greatest today, but we stuck to the task and scrapped out a nice catch of dolphin.
It was a breezy south wind which had the grass scattered bad, and so were the dolphins. Instead of getting a bite, and then bailing 30 or 40, it was one at a time, maybe five out of a bunch if you were lucky. We stuck with it and wound up with a bout half a limit, with a few gaffers mixed in. There were a few bills seen offshore, and a few wahoo bites.
You couldn't have asked for a nicer day to acomplish the mission ahead of us. A bunch of kids who want to catch fish!
We left the dock this morning with the sole intent of making kids happy, and I think you can tell by their expressions, we were successful. I wiped marlin fishing from my mind, and set out to find dolphin, for some ''hands on'' action for these youngsters. Everyone did their job well, and we caught our limit of dolphin. The marlin fishing was pretty good again today for the boats that were in the market for one.
It was beautiful today, and fishing was pretty hot too.
There were a lot of boats out today, and my group expressed a high interest in ''meat'' fish, so we joined the rat race on the most prominant grass line that had been found. By the time we had 25 or so, it had been pounded pretty hard, and I had heard of a few marlin bites offshore. I told my group we were at a crossroads and had to decide if they wanted more dolphin, or were ready to give that up for some possible marlin action. they decided to stick with the dolphin, so we spent the day searching out a limit of them, and were successful. The marlin fishing wound up being pretty hot too, for the boats that fished for them.
It was on the cool side today, for July, nothing wrong with that! Great dolphin fishing remains as well.
My group wanted to marlin fish today, and avoid the dolphin, so that was my task. Not long after we started, I saw a blue marlin tail through the spread, but showed no interest in a bait. A little later we had an encounter with a sailfish, but were unsuccessful in hooking up. We managed to land a few gaffer dolphin while on our quest, and just before lines out, the bailers jumped us and we slung a few on board for the ride home.<sc
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