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Outer Banks Fishing Report - July 2008
Today the dolphin fishing was just like you wanted it.
Yesterday I mentioned the boats to the south got on some dolphin late in the day, and thankfully they were abundant for us today. There were several conditions to fish on, but we wound up getting the majority of our limit out over 100 fathoms. We did catch a few back in 40 fathoms, plus a wahoo. There was one sailfish caught in the fleet today, so kinda slow on the bills.
Things were still a little slow, but showed signs of improving.
There was a scattered dolphin and wahoo bite around the fleet today. We did find one decent school of bailers, but things didn't work out like we had hoped. We did catch a handful of dolphin, and jigged up a few amberjacks. During the day we managed to troll up a couple of wahoos to round out our catch. Later in the afternoon, a couple boats found some better schools of dolphin, so that leaves me with more hope for tomorrow. Two sails and a white was the billfish tally for the fleet.
Meat fishing was slow today, but with barely a trickle of current, we were able to get a nice catch of groupers and tilefish.
There was a pretty good sign of billfish, but if you were looking for fish to put in the cooler, things were hit or miss...at best. We took advantage of the slack current and did some deep dropping. We caught all the snowy groupers the law would allow, a hand ful of tiles, a couple of squirrelfish, and one yellowedge grouper, which looks like a snowy but has bright yellow tips on his fins. I had a couple of young fella's along today on their first offshore adventure, and was hoping to find some dolphin for them, but they will have to wait till next time!
Today worked out to be pretty good fishing for us.
It was a little choppier than I had hoped, not miserable, just bumpy, but my group was great with it. We caught one out of a couple wahoo bites in the morning, as well as a gaffer and a couple big bailers. I worked offshore to an area of grass around lunchtime and found a good school of dolphin and worked on them pretty good. After setting back out, we caught two more wahoos, out of four bites. We had to dodge a few squalls, but overall we had pretty good action. There were a couple sails caught in the fleet as well.
Fishing was a little scrappy today, but the ones we caught were nice ones!
I have had the last three days off, and unfortunately missed out on some pretty good marlin fishing. That was then, this is now. Today, the bites were few for everybody. Fortunately, we caught almost all of our bites, which included two wahoos, one medium gaffer dolphin, and one big gaffer that made the citation mark at 35 pounds. We threw back a barracuda, and missed one other dolphin bite, and that was it. Fortunately, the weather held out for us and it turned out to be a beautiful day. We threw a couple extra lines on the boat this afternoon as we prepare for a tropical storm. Hopefully it won't be too bad.
Today was slick calm, and fishing picked up from yesterday.
I explained to my group that probably the best action was going to be billfish today, so we headed out thinking/hoping that we would come across some marlin activity. A couple hours in to the day, we hadn't had a bite, and I realized that there wasn't much current, so I decided to try dropping to the bottom for some grouper. It turned out to be a good plan, and we caught our limit (1 per person) of snowy groupers, with three tilefish and a squirrel fish to boot. There had been a few marlin bites by then, and a couple schools of dolphin found, so we went trolling. We never saw a billfish, but we did find a nice school of dolphin, out in about 500 fathoms. They didn't really bite too well, but we managed to catch a dozen fish. There was a scattered wahoo bite in the shallows.
Today the meat fishing was slow, but the marlin action was heating up.
I had a crew of mostly kids today, and a massive school of dolphin would have been just perfect, but I'm not so sure we didn't catch the last one on Saturday because they were non-existant today. We did loose a wahoo first thing this morning, and had a brief white marlin encounter, but that was it for a long time. There were a few boats that headed to the south and offshore, to find some pretty good marlin action, but I needed something to give these kids a boost, especially since some were'nt feeling that great. We tried a couple spots till we found one that had some amberjacks to give up, and we were able to perk up most of our crew, and everybody got to catch one. After that, we did successfully land a wahoo...yea!
Fishing was pretty good today, but I wouldn't have complained if it had been a little calmer.
The light northeast wind that was forcasted hung in there at about 25 all day, making it quite snatchy. Our plan was to try for a couple of wahoos, and if successful, give marlin fishing a shot. The wahoo fishing was actually pretty good, but our luck wasn't. We had six hooked up, pulling drag, and only landed one of them. I was a little frustrated with those results, but that's fishing. We hooked, landed, and released a sailfish, which eased the pain quite a bit, and a couple of gaffer dolphin. Right near the end of the day, we found a massive school of dolphin and bailed our limit. Whew! The thing is, everybody should take attitude lessons from these guys. They had fun all day, even when we were'nt catching fish. I love fishing with fun people!
I had the challenge of trying to make some kids happy, who were'nt feeling the best.
We spent some time figuring out what to do to get these guys feeling good, and after we let them tug on some amberjacks, the ones who didn't feel good fell asleep! Fishing still wasn't real hot, but we did catch a wahoo, and lost another. Some of the boats fishing in the tournament had some pretty good billfish action to the south, and a few more wahoo bites down that way too. I had fun watching these guys wrestle with the amberjacks, hope you enjoy the pictures!
Things slowed down out in the blue water today.
One thing we know for sure is that things are gonna change. What's here one day is gone the next, and visa-versa. We found several beautiful conditions today that should have held plenty of dolphin, but they were hard to come by today. We caught four small dolphin and a couple of kings trolling. Thank goodness for the vertical jigs on days like today, we put smiles on everyone's faces with some big amberjacks.
In spite of the rainy weather, we had great dolphin fishing.
The first part of the morning was reasonably clear, but after a few hours, thunderstorms moved offshore and took us over. Fortunately, we had found a couple of batches of dolphin, bailers and a few gaffers, and gotten close enough to our limit to say we were there. There were a few wahoo bites around, but we missed the two or three that we had. We navigated safely through the squalls, all's well that ends well. See you tomorrow!
We happened to hit the right spot this morning, and made our day in short order.
We had a spectacular light show this morning from heavy thunderstorms offshore, but fortunately, they continued to move further off and didn't affect us. We got on a streak of grass just shy of 40 fathoms, and found two different schools of dolphin, providing us with the opportunity to catch our limit. They were a nice class of fish, big bailers, with an occassional small gaffer mixed in. I didn't venture offshore much further, but we caught one out of two or three wahoo bites as we trolled. We wrapped it up a little early to assist a couple of the group that felt under the weather. Great day!
The weather could have been better today, but we still managed to put together a catch of small gaffers and hoister size dolphin for this duo.
It was their first time offshore, so I was hoping for better sea conditions than what we found, but my group seemed to enjoy the bouncy ride. We dodged some pretty heavy rain squalls, except for when I found a school of dolphin around a bucket, it began to rain pretty hard, but they stood out there and caught some fish anyway. I was hoping for a marlin bite, especially since the few boats that went out yesterday had good action, but there wasn't much happening. A couple other gaffer bites during the day would take it in for us. I heard of a couple wahoos, but none for us.
We had a nice catch of fish today, and made some new friends too!
My new friends that fished with me today drove all the way up from Florida yesterday, just for the fishing trip! I really wanted to do good for them, but the report from yesterday was kinda so so. I figured that they would enjoy pulling on some amberjacks, and it would get some fish in the box, so we tried that first thing, and were successful. We fished out, and tried to follow a lightly scattered area of grass, after a while, I was able to find a nice school of bailer dolphin, and we did pretty well on them. During the day we caught three or four small to medium gaffers, and missed a couple of wahoo bites. I'd have to say that everyone had fun, and the trip was a success! Thanks guys!
It was a greasy slick day with lots of dolphin available for the taking.
It was no trouble limiting out on bailer dolphin this morning, and the opportunity was there to test these teenager's arms with some amber jiggin'. We trolled around with the hopes of scaring up a sailfish, but only came up with one king mackerel. There was a scattered marlin bite in the deep.
It was a proud day for me, some good friends invited my son to go along on his first offshore sportfishing adventure.
It was a beautiful day, so things were already heading in the right direction for my son to have a good experience. We did take advantage of a jigging opportunity early in the day, and everybody landed a nice amberjack, including Simon (with a little help!). During the course of the day, we caught some bailer dolphin around two different floats, and a few random small gaffers, adding up to 30 or so fish. We did catch a king mackerel, and had a couple other trolling bites that got the best of us. Simon caught two dolphin as well! Thanks guys for letting him come along!<sc
After a couple days of southwest wind, we managed to get back out there and find some fish.
Fishing was a little spotty, but we managed to be in the right place at the right time for some good dolphin action. We started the day off with a citation size, 39 pound dolphin, and after that we found a couple of good schools of bailers, with a few small gaffers mixed in with them. We got what we needed and moved on off to the hundred. We jumped off a saifish, was our only billfish action, and one other blue marlin was all that I heard of in the charter fleet.
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