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Outer Banks Fishing Report - October 2009
It was great to get back out today, and even better to catch a lot of fish!
For the record, this week the yellowfin fishing turned on, and the kingfishing has been red hot as well. We headed up to the east to try for tuna, and did well. It was a pretty steady bite, mostly ones and twos, but come quittin' time, we had fourteen yellowfins and a dozen blackfins. A nice school of small bailer dolphin swam in while we were fighting one of the yellowfins, so we whacked about fifteen of them as well. At one point we got whammed by a covey of sailfish, and managed to land and release two. Not a bad day, huh?! The guys further south had great kingfishing and a good sign of wahoos.
The day started out very windy, but was surprisingly nicer offshore, and got better as the day went on.
We caught a few small bailers first thing, and pretty much spent the rest of our time fishing on a color change, and hoping for some bigger bites. Things heated up when we hooked and landed a pair of 35 pound wahoos! We had a couple other wahoo bites that we missed as well. We missed a sailfish, and a little later hooked and landed one...a nice one. That fish put on an excellent show all around the boat with an exciting series of jumps. A couple of boats fished up the line looking for some tuna, but didn't have much luck. The current was pretty slack down where I was, and the bottom fish bit for a couple of guys that tried that. Thanks Omar and the gang for a nice trip. See you in the spring!
We had a couple of youngsters on board today, so with the winds still breezy out of the northwest, I suggested staying along the beach for some inshore action.
We fished in a couple different spots this morning, but finally found a big school of bluefish east of the Frisco pier. There were plenty of bites, and lots of action for these guys, and everybody had a ball, especially the kids. I can't wait to get them into some dolphin next summer! Thanks again guys!
The weather could have been better, but the fishing was more along the lines of what we are accustomed to.
I wouldn't have called it dangerously rough or anything, but we did encounter several rainsqualls that had 25 knots of southeast wind in them, not to mention the hardest rain ever. Still, in spite of the weather, we fished on a current edge part of the day that held several schools of dolphin. We managed to catch 30 bailers and one nice 30 pound gaffer. We caught three nice wahoos and a king mackerel to go with the dolphin, and add some variety to our catch. The guys up to the east had some decent blackfin tuna fishing, and one boat even caught a blue marlin. Thanks Paul, Michelle, and JR for a great day!
Conditions weren't the best today, and the fish really didn't want to bite, but we managed to catch a few and have a fun trip just the same.
We had one wahoo get after a longrigger bait this morning, and miss it. That would take in our wahoo action for today. The grass was streaked out from 20 fathoms to 200. I'm not sure that there was ever a time we didn't have grass on atleast one bait. It was brutal. I did pick up and steam off to the deep in hopes of finding a good edge out there, but when I found it in 200 fathoms, the grass that I had hoped would be lined up had disappeared. I jogged back inshore and we did scrounge around in some of the heavier places of grass and caught a dozen dolphin out of several schools. They didn't really want to cooperate either. We had a brief sailfish encounter, but it was just that...brief. My new friend Karen did catch a small shark on the planer rod, it's always exciting to deal with a man eater. There were some small blackfins caught up to the east, but overall fishing was a little slow. My guys seemed to have a good time, and moral was high when we returned. I'm looking forward to putting this group on some live-bait action next month!
Today was drizzly and about half rough, but the fishing was still pretty good.
My group was scheduled to go offshore tomorrow, but with the forcast being pretty bad, I encouraged them to go today instead. I'm sure today was better than tomorrow will be, but it wasn't as nice as the weatherman had predicted. Wahoo fishing was pretty good around the fleet, and we had our share of bites as well. I talk about it all the time, you figure on landing 40% of your wahoo bites, but unfortunately somebody has to pay for the day that you are 80%. That was us today. We landed two out of a dozen bites. They were both pretty nice though, and one of them hit the citation mark at 40 pounds. We found several big schools of dolphin, but they seemed a little small to keep, to me. I did hear that up to the east was some great blackfin tuna fishing too. Thanks again John, and congrats to Ben on his citation wahoo!
The day started stormy, but wound up being great!
I woke up an hour early this morning to the flashes of lightning and the roar of thunder. After looking at the radar and checking out the offshore bouy observations, I was doubtful that we would make it offshore today. Well, my guys couldn't hang around for tomorrow, and wanted to give it a try, so off we went. Fortunately the wind fell right on out, but there was a very steep southeast swell from all the wind during the night. This made the ride offshore slow, but we finally got there. Most of the thunderstorms moved on off as well, so we were in the clear for the rest of the day. As soon as we started, I stumbled across a float that had a handful of big bailer/small gaffer dolphin around it. We caught fifteen or so, and were thankful to have a good start already. The rest of the day was a pretty steady bite, mostly wahoos. We caught six out of probably fifteen bites, including one whopper, a 55 pounder which earned a citation. We also caught a couple of blackfin tunas, one of which earned a citation as well at 25 pounds. By the end of the day, the sun was shining, the swell had dropped to half of what it was in the morning, and everybody was smiling!
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