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Outer Banks Fishing Report - October 2008
We commercial fished again today, and caught some ''smoker'' kings.
We wound up with 1,150 pounds of king mackerel today, and some of them were really nice ones. The boats in the area that were live baiting did well, catching a larger class of fish still. There were some dolphin caught offshore further, one wahoo, and a couple of tunas, but the best of the action was on the kings.
Today I didn't have a charter, so we put our boots on and went commercial kingfishing for our first trip of the season.
The boats that were sportfishing had excellent fishing, and you had your choice of things to do. I think every boat that fished in the blue water had a limit of dolphin. There were a couple of wahoos caught, limits of king mackerel, trolling or live baiting, one boat caught two sailfish, and there were some yellowfins caught up to the east. My second mate bailed on me, so it was up to Justin and myself to put together a catch of fish to sell, and we managed to tally out at just under 1700 pounds for the day. Not a bad shakedown trip. Fishing is hot!
Today, there was plenty for everybody....wind, waves and fish!
I was doubtful about whether or not we would even make the day, but two other boats agreed to venture on out with us, so off we went. The winds were out of the north - northeast around 25, and eventhough it was plenty choppy, we never really got into a big sea until 80 fathoms, where the water warmed up. There was an abundance of bailer dolphin where we started, and other than the wind and waves as obstacles, we had no trouble catching our limit. We even caught one out of two gaffers that swam in. I trolled back inshore for a while before heading in, but never had a bite. Great fishing!
No one has ventured out in a few days, but upon arrival, the blue water greeted us with more great dolphin fishing.
There was still a swell left over from the northeaster we had recently, so crossing the shoals this morning was a bit of a thrill. The blue water was waaay offshore, but when we got there, the grass was made up reasonably well, and there were plenty of dolphin. We had no trouble catching a limit, with a couple of gaffers added in with the bailers. We didn't have any other species get after our baits, but there were several white marlin seen and caught today as well. No tuna or wahoo reported, that I heard of.
I needed a slick calm day, for my new friend Mr. Joe, and wouldn't you know....it was!
This morning, it was greasy slick, so the ride back up to the east was like a newly paved highway. We set out on the first color change, and didn't go far before a school of big bailers found us. We caugh twenty, including a couple gaffers, before getting back to trolling. I headed out to the blackfin spot, and we managed to catch around twenty of them before moving back in, in search of a wahoo. Well, we never caught our wahoo, but we did catch forty more dolphin, enough to limit out. We couldn't get over the nice size of the dolphin, and managed to catch several more gaffers mixed in with the bailers, including one over 20 pounds on a bailing rod. It was a picture perfect day! Further to the south, the king mackerel fishing was heating up, along with more good dolphin fishing and a scattered wahoo bite.
We were able to take advantage of a beautiful day, and the fishing turned out to be as good as the weather!
We headed up to the east again this morning, only to find 4 knots of current, which isn't my favorite conditions for fishing. Somebody forgot to tell the fish, because they wanted to bite! We had good blackfin tuna action again today, and found a couple of nice schools of dolphin, enough to catch our limit. The dolphin were nice bailers, and a decent number of small gaffers mixed in. Further south, there were a few wahoo bites. Tomorrow is forcasted to be beautiful too!
Well, I've fished on nicer days, but the poor weather didn't slow down the fishing any.
It was your typical ''Hatteras southeaster'', building swell with a wind chop, and rainy. My group tuffed it out most of the day, and wound up with a real nice catch of blackfin tunas and dolphin. One boat ventured further to the east and did have a few yellowfin bites, while the boats to the south of us had a scattered wahoo, dolphin, and king mackerel bite. There were two sails caught today as well.
We had good fishing again today.
Yesterday was the best day of yellowfin fishing Hatteras has seen in a while, for the few boats that were out. I was excited to have a trip, and looking forward to some great fishing. Unfortunately, the hot water and current had shoved in across the bottom, and the yellowfins didn't bite. Luckily, we got on an area of blackfin tunas, and had great action catching them instead. They taste as good as yellowfin, only smaller. My guys had a ball, and will be eating tuna for a while! We had a couple bonus dolphin as well.
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