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Outer Banks Fishing Report - April 2008
My group for tomorrow was able to squeeze in for today, and with the weather looking sorta crappy, I think we made the right call.
It was just about slick calm today, and it was just a pleasure being out in the blue water on such a fine day. We caught a handful of dolphin this morning, including one pretty nice gaffer. I searched pretty hard for a tuna bite, up to the east, but never found one. There were a handful of blackfins and a couple yellowfins caught back to the southwest of where I was. I decided to give my group a chance with the jiggin' poles, and I think they liked it! We caught our limit of amberjacks, and threw several more back. The bonus was a citation size, 35 pound king mackerel on the jig. It was a lot of fun!
We had a pretty good dose of good luck today. Nothing like calm seas and good fishing.
I headed up to the east of most of the fleet, and it turned out to be a good decision because I found a grass line / color change that had a pretty good sign of dolphin along it. Since it was a Saturday, and nice weather, there were a lot of boats out, and a lot of boats fished on the same condition, but we wound up east of the majority of boats. We wound up catching our limit of dolphin, half bailers, and half small gaffers, 6-15 pounders. We worked offshore in the afternoon and caught one yellowfin and one blackfin tuna. It sounded like overall, fishing wasn't quite as good as yesterday, we just happened to hit it right.
Today was as pretty as it gets, and I still think that things are straightening out in the fishing department.
This morning everybody beelined straight for where the fishing was best yesterday. I spent a couple of miles working down the break, but the 30+ boats took their toll on me early. While boats had a scattered wahoo bite on the break, I worked offshore and found a rip to fish along, out near 100 fathoms. We caught a dozen dolphin around a couple of boards floating, and the two or three blue marlin sightings had me anxious. We did release a spearfish, unfortunately we weren't able to get him in the boat for a picture. I worked back in to the break, ten miles above where I started in the morning, after hearing about a couple tuna bites. Once I got in to the break, three or four boats got struck by the yellowfins, and I saw them busting a couple of times, but never got hit. Towards the end of the day, we had a couple bites that may have been tunas, but we missed them. There were also a few more marlin seen. I'd say a better sign of everything, eventhough we didn't catch a lot, still better fishing overall.
A handful of boats tried it today, and I heard of some pretty nice catches.
I didn't have a trip, but I heard of some nice yellowfins, wahoos, king mackerels, and dolphins, bailers and gaffers, caught today. I'm holding my breath, but I think this is gonna be it. Keep checking in!
I think fishing is getting a little better each day.
The tuna bites were still a little random today, but offshore, and to the south, there was some grass patches that had formed, and were holding dolphin. There were a couple boats that even had their limit of bailers. I spent most of the day in one general area, because it looked pretty good, and the crowd wasn't so bad as it was other places. We caught a very few dolphin, but I was getting impatient waiting for the tunas to bite. We went with the same plan as yesterday afternoon, and everybody had a ball bottom fishing, and jigging. We caught B-liners again today, with a couple of triggers, and a sand tile off the bottom. On the jigs, we caught a citation spanish mackerel, and several amberjacks. Wouldn't you know that a couple boats trolled through the area I had been previously, and hit the tunas. Right place, wrong time. Oh well. There were a few wahoo bites to the south as well.<
I'd say fishing was a little better today overall.
The surprising news for today was that there was probably 10 blue marlin seen! Only two or three caught, but it was cool to know that there are some around. There was a random yellowfin bite, and there was maybe three boats that got hit and landed four or five. This afternoon there seemed to be a fair number of wahoo bites as well. We caught a small gaffer dolphin this morning, but didn't have any more action for a long time. I offered the option of bottom fishing to my party, and they were all over it. What was cool was that while we bottom fished, Justin got out one of the jigging poles, and we caught three kings and a couple nice jacks at the same time. The bottom fishing was great, and we caught 25 or so B-liners (vermillion snappers) in the time we did it. It turned out to be a beautiful day as well.<
Fishing was scrappy again today, but the big amberjacks on the jiggin' poles saved it for us at the end.
We caught two blackfin tunas and two gaffer dolphin by 8:30 this morning, and I was just waiting for the yellowfins to ''find me''....but they never did. I spent a lot of time searching, and in the end we wound up jigging for amberjacks, which were 40 pounders. I think everybody had a ball with the light tackle, it was fun watching them sweat!
It was a pretty nice day, weather wise, but fishing was a little spotty.
We postponed yesterday's trip till today, due to rough weather, but the fishing was actually really good yesterday. Good gaffer dolphin fishing, and a handful of wahoos and tunas caught as well. I was pretty pumped to get out there this morning, but fishing was hardly as good as the report I got from yesterday. We did hook four yellowfins at one time, and landed two of them. Two or three other single tuna bites, that were lost, would take it in for us for the day. A couple boats got lucky and scrapped out a handful of fish. There was a scattered dolphin, king mackerel, and a couple blue marlins seen today as well.<scri
Today was the day we have been waiting for.
Finally, a beautiful, warm, sunny day. Unfortunately for me, my charter cancelled on short notice, costing me a day, but for those who went out, they had a great day for it. Fishing sounded good too. I was around my boat most of the day, listening to the radio chatter, and it sounded like they were catching a little bit of everything, I even heard of some sailfish action.
We had good action today. The windy conditions lowered our batting average, but we still had a lot of bites.
Actually, the morning was a little nicer than forcasted, but by lunchtime, we had more than the 20-25 knot northerly winds that we were expecting. The great news is that we had bites most of the day. We caught two out of three yellowfins, then one out of four, we caught a single, and pulled off quite a few others. We also landed a wahoo, and lost a couple others that we know of. We caught a gaffer dolphin to complete our ''meat fish grand slam''. There were four other boats out, and everyone caught fish. It's time.
A few boats fished one day last week, had a sign of yellowfins. I know things are getting started slow, but I think some good fishing is about to be upon us.
Due to the big southerly swell this morning, the half dozen of us that had trips all headed out southeast of the tower for a reasonably nice ride. We spread out, and I wound up working out over 500 fathoms, in search of the ''pot of gold''. I gave up and worked back in to 40 fathoms for the afternoon. We hooked three nice fish, probably wahoos or tunas, but lost all three. I took advantage of the chance to work to the southwest, and had some action near the end of the day. We didn't have a lot of time to work, but within a half hour's time, we caught two wahoos, one yellowfin, a bonita, and had several other quality bites that got away. I am hopeful that things are getting ready to break loose!
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