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Outer Banks Fishing Report - May 2008
The morning started out pretty good, we caught five gaffer dolphin in the first little bit, but after that things fell off for us.
Things sounded a little slow around the fleet, so I had jigging on my mind for some mid-day action. The amberjacks were biting good, and it didn't take long to catch what we wanted of them. We trolled around for a pretty good wjile without a bite, and listened to some of the boats further south encounter blue marlins, it sounded pretty good. Late in the day, we came upon another streak of grass, and this one had the mega school of dolphin. It didn't take long for us to finish up our limit of 60.
Everybody had a good catch today, mostly dolphin.
We had good dolphin action early, mostly gaffers, and a few bailers. I worked south all day looking for a goldmine, but never found it. We caught a couple more gaffers and a wahoo this afternoon. The boats to the east had even better dolphin fishing than we did. Tomorrow is supposed to be gorgeous, but I got cancelled. Bummer.<scri
Today was moderately nice (?) until lunchtime when the wind shifted out of the north, and the weather got snotty.
Fishing was great just the same. Good gaffer dolphin fishing, I think we wound up with a dozen, a pretty good sign of wahoos, we caught one out of four or five bites, and one out of two yellowfins. Everybody had good action, including several blue marlin bites, and two caught. By the time we got to the dock, it was blowing 30 and raining pretty hard. Well, atleast the fishing was good!
Today was slick calm.
We got a little bit of a late start this morning, so I decided to start east of most of the fleet, thinking I wouldn't be behind everybody else. We hit one of my favorite jiggin' spots on the way offshore, and caught our limit of amberjacks. Nothing like watching those rods bend. Anyway, the boats to the south had a good sign of billfish, mostly blue marlin, and some fairly decent gaffer dolphin fishing as well. We didn't have a lot of bites, but the seven dolphin we caught were all nice size gaffers. I think fishing is going to be great tomorrow, and I had a last minute cancelation, if anybody is interested.
Today was an improvement over yesterday, fairly steady action.
I wouldn't say there were any records set or anything, but most everybody scrapped out a catch. We had enough bites to have a great catch, but wound up missing or losing a lot of our strikes. We did land a half dozen nice gaffer dolphin, and probably missed that many more. We had several bites that I felt like were wahoos, but they all got away. We did catch a small mako that was not legal to keep, a few amberjacks on the jigs, and a handful of kings in the afternoon. All in all, I was satisfied with our catch. There were three blue marlin released today in the fleet.<scri<scrip
Today things shut down, and you had to be real lucky to scrap out a catch.
The weather was nice enough, but nothing seemed like it wanted to bite. We caught a king mackerel in the morning, first thing, and then went a looooooong time without another bite. I tried to take advantage of the slight current, and make a hit on the groupers, but they wouldn't bite either. Late in the afternoon, we caught one out of a couple of gaffer dolphin, and two more kings.<s
Today it was all about location. The fishing was great if you were in the right spot, but you could easily be in the wrong spot too.
The one grass line that attracted all the attention was covered up with boats pretty early, so I trolled off in the deep, in hopes of finding something great, but at nearly 500 fathoms and no bites, I turned around, tucked my tail, and began trolling back towards the shallows. It sounded like there were some good catches of dolphin up the line, and down below, but we were in the middle, and things were a little slow. I decided to hit one of my Amberjack spots with the jigs, and it was a good choice. We caught our limit of AJs, and just before finishing up, a STUD barracuda came in and ate half of an amberjack. Justin put the other half on a live bait rig, on a TLD 25, and hooked him up. We got him in the boat and released him unharmed, but man what a cuda! After that we actually had some dolphin bites, mostly small to medium gaffers, and wound up with a handful of them, along with a few king mackerels. Right at the end, I saw a leatherback turtle with a pod of cobias swimming with him. Justin casted a rig to them hooked one, and while we were landing him, I lost track of the turtle. Oh well, glad to have the one for a bonus anyway! There were a few wahoos caught, a scattered tuna, a couple of sails, and a few blue marlin seen, but none caught. The weather was perfect.
Finally, a beautiful day, and the big dolphin fishing was almost as good as the weather
Depending on where you were, you could have had good dolphin fishing, or great dolphin fishing. We wound up about fourth in line fishing up a grass line that was stocked well with big dolphin. Picking up scraps isn't my favorite place to be, but there were enough scraps to give us a nice catch of dolphin, mostly gaffers. We had one that earned a citation at 37 ½ pounds, a 30 pounder, and one about 25, in with our catch. There was a random wahoo caught, but nothing like yesterday, and one blue marlin released.
Today the wind breezed back up out of the southwest, and plenty of it. The fishing was good none the less.
Today started out almost like yesterday, doubleheader wahoos, although these were a little bigger than yesterday's. The wind was breezing up as I worked down the break, and I didn't figure we would have all day. A half hour later we hooked a tripple on wahoos, and landed two of them. Ten more minutes passed before we pulled of our sixth wahoo bite. I trolled off the break, and we caught three nice gaffer dolphin, followed by two singles within the next hour. By then the wind was blowing the tops off the waves, and I figured I better start working that way. We didn't have any more bites as we worked back inshore, but some of the other boats had bites as they shallowed up. I'd call it good fishing, especially with the wahoos showing up.
I'd say fishing was pretty fair, there was a little bit of action going on all day.
The wind was out of the northwest this morning, at a pretty fair clip. My group fished with another charter yesterday, and had all the dolphin they wanted, so upon their request, we tried to target other species. They thought I knew what I was doing when we set our lines out and caught three out of four wahoos right away! I worked off in the deep to find that blue marlin, but it was pretty choppy, and the wind had the grass streaked out so bad it was hard to fish. We did give it a pretty good try for the morning, but no billfish sightings. We did catch four gaffer dolphin in our travels. In the afternoon, we suggested the jigging poles for something different, and it was no dissapointment. Plenty of rod bending with some amberjacks for some afternoon action. Throughout the fleet, I heard of three or four other wahoos, a couple of tunas, scattered dolphin, and one blue marlin encounter. See you tomorrow!
Fishing was great again today, and the marlin fishing got heated up too.
You never know exactly what you're gonna get when you head offshore. One thing we did know was that it would be choppy. The winds were out of the northwest in the mid to upper twentys, but expected to diminish by the afternoon. Of course, I was looking for the same change I fished yesterday, but the water had blended out everywhere, and I finally set out in 170 fathoms and worked offshore. The water ''blued up'' in about 500 fathoms, and I began to notice some scattered grass. That's when we had our first two bites, a double header blue marlins. Nothing was in our favor for this battle, but somehow we managed to land both fish after a long fight. We released the first one, that we estimated at 400-425 pounds, and the second one, after getting tail wrapped, unfortunately, didn't survive. We boated the fish, and there will be plenty of smoked marlin in PA! The second fish weighed 376 pounds. We caught a half dozen gaffer dolphin in the afternoon, but some of the boats further to the south had some really good dolphin fishing. I heard of some tuna sightings in the afternoon as well.<scrip
Fishing was ''off the hook'' today. All the big dolphin you wanted.
I think we invented a new X-games sport today. We were using our TLD's and bailing rods to catch gaffer dolphin, ranging from 8 to 30 pounds. That in itself was a challenge, but throw in the ''extreme sea'' factor, and you had yourself something to write home about. In the morning, the ocean was just moderately rough, but some squalls moved through, the southwest wind breezed up into the upper 20s, and the current began to fall out as I worked down the beach. All of this contributed to a building swell and deteriorating sea conditions. Fortunately, the fish were numerous and hungry! We caught a great catch of big dolphin, and headed in a little early. Lookin' for more tomorrow!<scri
Conditions were just about like yesterday, and things started out pretty crazy.
As soon as we started, the gaffer dolphin hit us a couple of times, and we managed to catch a handful of them. While we were getting re-rigged from the dolphin wham, I got my eye on some tunas and bonitas busting up ahead of my boat. We had seven lines out when they hit us, and we managed to land four yellowfins and a bonita out of it. It was a great morning, although from then on things were quite slow for us. In the afternoon, I did hear of a couple wahoo bites up in the greener water, so I trolled through there, since it was on the way. We had a couple bites, but nothing that I thought may have been a wahoo or tuna.<
The weather has hammered us the last couple days, but today, our first day back since the blow, turned out to be good.
We had to run all the way to 200 fathoms to find blue water, but the fishing was pretty good once we got there. We started out catching a handful of gaffer dolphin, and after a little dry spell, it switched to tuna. We got covered up and landed eight 30-35 pound yellowfins, circled back and caught two more. I was pretty excited. Not many marlin seen today. My group said ''this one's for you, Kenny''!
Today fishing was more like what we would expect for this time of year. The weather was beautiful too!
The gaffer dolphin made a good showing today, some boats did better than others, but everybody got some. We caught a few singles, and had a couple schools that we were able to pick a few out of. We caught twenty or so, and out of them we had three that were 30 pounders, or real close. There were some wahoo bites, and a few yellowfin bites, although we never had one of either. Not a lot of marlin action, but there were a couple of encounters. Great day!
Things slowed down a bit for the majority of the fleet, but we managed to put together a catch and satisfy our people just the same!
I spent most of the day over the hundred, in hopes of some more marlin action. Fortunately, a couple different schools of gaffer dolphin found us, giving us some action and some meat in the box. There were a few blue marlin seen and hooked, but we never raised one. I did drop down for some groupers and tiles for a little bit, just to give them some assortment (hard to beat fresh grouper). There was a scattered wahoo bite in a little shallower, and a few kings.
Some guys had it better than others today, but I think we had just about as much variety as you could ask for.
First thing this morning we caught a nice wahoo, which I was sure would make the 40 pound citation mark, but was just shy. Next we caught a 20 pound king mackerel. We started off our dolphin action with a nice 25 pound gaffer, and got struck by the gaffers a couple other times during the day, giving us a nice catch of dolphin. Somewhere in the middle, we found time to hook, battle, and release our first blue marlin of the year, which I wasn't able to snap a shot of, but was a 300 pounder. Just to give us a little afternoon action, we broke out the jigging poles and hit the amberjacks for a few minutes. All smiles today, especially me!
The blue marlin made a good showing today.
It's hard on my pride to give a report about something that I wasn't successful at, but that's marlin fishing. Sometimes you're hot, sometimes you're not. We caught a couple nice dolphin this morning, working down the break, but once there was a couple blue marlin seen offshore of me, I headed that way. My group was pretty pumped up over the prospect of catching one, so I committed to spending the bulk of the day in pursuit. There were a couple caught, but probably 15 seen. We never saw one though, and by 1:30, my bubble had pretty much been popped. I gave up and worked back in, hoping for anything to save the afternoon. We had a couple quality bites, one of which I guessed to be a BIG wahoo, but they all got away too. Sometimes you're the windshield, .....<s
Another great day of marlin action, complimented with gaffers and other quality meat fish bites.
We hit the current edge in a pretty good spot this morning, about 180 fathoms, and caught some nice dolphin on it right away. We hit the gaffers three times, but the radio was coming to life with reports of blue marlin hook-ups, so we threw out a couple additional big baits and went looking. The moment we were waiting for finally came, but it didn't last long. A blue marlin came in and crashed a flatline, but no hook up, and he paddled out, never to be seen again. We saw two others free jump close to the boat, but that was it for us. There was a scattered yellowfin and blackfin back inshore, and a few wahoos caught as well.
A picture perfect day made complete with some of the best table fare in the ocean.
I went south today, and covered a lot of ground with little action. We found a board with a handful of dolphin around it, and managed to capture four of them. There had been a couple marlin seen, so I was hoping to get a shot today, but after trolling up the hundred seven or eight miles, I decided to take advantage of the trickle of current that we had, and drop to the bottom. We caught a pretty nice mess of tilefish and a few groupers as well. Overall, there was a scattered dolphin bite here and there, a very occasional wahoo bite, and a few tunas caught.
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