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Outer Banks Fishing Report - August 2008
Things seemed normal for a change, pretty good dolphin fishing and scattered wahoo bites.
We found several schools of bailer dolphin, the last being the nicest size, but we managed to catch our limit, including a couple of gaffers. The weather was beautiful, and eventhough it was quite cloudy, the rain held off all day. The was a scattered wahoo bite, although I don't think we had one. Only one sailfish seen today, but not caught.
After a few days off, it was great to get some blue water under me, especially on a calm, beautiful day.
The boats that fished yesterday had excellent dolphin fishing, so we were ready for some great fishing today, but the dolphins were scarce where I fished. I worked up to the east, caught one gaffer, and saw a few others, but for the ammount of grass patches, birds, and life out there, there were surprisingly few bites. A couple boats found some bailers to the south, late in the day, and just a couple of bills seen. We spent the last hour and a half hittin' the bottom. It worked out pretty well. We caught thirty nice sea bass and a few b-liners and silver snappers.
No, I didn't save a bunch of money on my car insurance, but I can report that fishing seemed to pick up today!
There seemed to be a few more wahoo bites this morning, so I was hopeful that we would have some better trolling action today. My group wanted to try some bottom fishing, so since the current still was a non issue, we dropped down and had a ball catching mostly triggers, plus a couple of bass, groupers, and tilefish to boot. We did catch a wahoo trolling up the break in the afternoon. For a change, there was a good sign of billfish offshore of us. Probably 15 or 20 fish seen, mostly sails, a few whites and one blue, but only one white and a couple sails actually caught. Still a great improvement.
It just doesn't get any nicer than it was out there today.
The trolling bites were few, and the current was slack, so we dropped to the bottom and put together a nice catch of sea bass, triggerfish, and b-liners (vermillion snappers). For table fare, it doesn't get much better than bottom fish. Everybody had fun, and I even got to catch one or two! There was a random wahoo bite around the fleet, which was better than the day before, and just a couple of dolphin. One white marlin would be all the billfish caught in the charter fleet, although a private boat did catch a blue as well.
Today was as calm and comfortable as it gets. The wind was light out of the north, it was cloudy enough to keep us in the shade half the time, and the ocean was calm.
We found a couple schools of dolphin today, not huge schools, but enough that we got close to twenty fish. I spent a good part of the day trolling waaaay offshore, only to troll back in after finding nothing. There was a couple of wahoos caught, but most of the guys tried to make their day off the bottom. The current was a little strong this morning, but by the afternoon it was falling out some. My new friend Coby (10) went out on his first trip today, and landed a couple of dolphin!
The weather was perfect today, light north wind, keeping it sunny but a little cooler. The fishing was still on the slow side, but keeping things in perspective, we are spoiled to have exceptionally good fishing most days.
We caught a handful of dolphin today, including a couple of small gaffers, but that would take in our catch for today. We had a mystery fish that briefly appeared behind a teaser, then popped out a shortrigger, and a longrigger next, but we never quite got a positive ID on him. Likely a sailfish, but we'll never know for sure. Some guys bottom fished, but my group wanted to stick with the trolling. There was a VERY scattered wahoo caught, and that was about it. As I said, keeping it in perspective, we had a gorgeous day and caught a handful of fish. Still a successful fishing adventure!
The weather is still holding out, but we are having to work to get a catch of fish.
One thing about pretty weather, you can have an enjoyable day regardless of the fishing. My group today was more interested in meat fish than bills, so I kinda made up my mind to pound out the shallows in search of some wahoo bites. Well, the bites were few, we caught one and lost another all day. We did find a school of bailer dolphin, but only managed to claim two of them for ourselves. The guys were getting itchy, so we decided to bang the bottom a little, and we had pretty good action catching a variety of fish in 30 fathoms. Mostly sea bass with a few triggers, a few vermillion snappers, one american red snapper, and one strawberry grouper. Good eating!
The ocean was flat again today, and once a few morning showers moved offshore, it was really a perfect day.
Fishing, on the other hand, could have been better. There were a few wahoo bites for the guys that stuck it out in the shallows, but not much in the deep. We caught a wahoo trolling out, and then wound up deep dropping for grouper and tilefish after looking around offshore for a while. As we crossed back through the shallows in the afternoon, we pulled off another nice fish that was unidentified.
The ocean was beautiful today, and eventhough the trolling bites were few, we managed to put together a nice catch of fish.
Our first trolling bite of the day was a blue marlin, and we had him on just long enough to get the rod passed down and almost in the chair before he came off. There wasn't much going on, and the current seemed to be falling out down the beach, so I had groupers in my mind for a back up. They bit pretty good, and we landed the one apiece that we were allowed, plus a couple of tiles, before we went back to trolling. I found a float and we managed to catch a small handful of dolphin around that. Our second trolling bite of the day was another blue marlin. He crashed a shortrigger and swam at the boat. I had to steam ahead to tighten everything up. We figured everything was good, but he came off too, shortly after getting squared away in the chair. Oh well, it was good to see them. The groupers we caught were nice, up to 20 pounds.
Today the dolphin and wahoo fishing was as good as we expect this time of year.
We had a lot of action early, one wahoo, and a limit of dolphin, including a couple of gaffers, by 8:30. Unfortunately, several of my party members came down with the Corona Flu, and we were forced to cut the day short. The good news is that they all made a full recovery once their shoes hit asphalt, and they have a cooler full of fish to enjoy this week!
Fishing was still on the slow side overall, but we had some more pretty good sailfish action.
We had a pretty exciting ride out, as we had to punch through a pretty heavy thunderstorm. Not long after that, we started fishing, and landed our first bite, a sailfish on a TLD...just right. It would be a while till we caught anything else. Some of the guys tried bottom fishing, since the current had slacked up, but it didn't seem like a good idea for my group. We missed a wahoo, and caught a nice gaffer dolphin middle of the day. We got up close and personal with another sailfish that became attached to my left teaser, and wouldn't switch off to another bait. Around 2:30, we caught one more out of a doubleheader sailfish. Not a lot of meatfish, but still some pretty cool action. There was a scattered wahoo bite, and a couple boats found floats with some dolphin around them, so maybe things are pickin' up.
Things were still kinda dead offshore again today, but it was slick calm, and just great to be out.
We missed a shot at a sailfish this morning, and that would be the extent of our trolling action. I had a tilefish spot in mind to get some meat in the box, but the closer I got to my spot, the more the current picked up. We made a few drops and caught a handful of tiles, but the conditions were'nt optimal. Otherwise, there was a very scattered dolphin and wahoo around the fleet.
Things slacked back off for the most part, but we did have some pretty decent sailfish action for a change.
Our first two bites of the day were sails, a doubleheader, and we caught them both. Heck of a way to start out. After that, the bites were few and far between. We released a barracuda, missed a wahoo, jumped off another sailfish, caught a small gaffer dolphin, missed a mystery bite, and missed another sail. That is really some pretty good action, except spread out over seven hours of trolling, it seemed a little spotty. There was a very scattered wahoo, and a few other dolphins caught in the fleet, but overall, quite a bit slower. You know the deal, just wait, things will change!
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