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Outer Banks Fishing Report - May 2009
I hate to say that I missed the last four days of fishing, as great as the weather and fishing have been, but getting back out there today felt just like we picked up where we left off.
The gaffer dolphin fishing remains excellent, and over the past couple weeks, we have had quite a few in the low 30s, but today we finally got a citation with a 36 pounder. We did so well in the morning that we spent a good part of the day looking for a marlin bite, but never raised a fish. It wasn't because we weren't in the right spot either, there were several fish seen around us, we just never got our turn. That's fishing. My group had a ball, and so did I, on a beautiful day.
I hate to sound like a broken record, but the gaffer dolphin fishing is still peaked out!
Ok, first things first. I would like to thank all of you who serve our great country in the armed forces. I would also like to voice my gratitude for those who have lost their lives defending our freedom. To those who have lost a loved one, I pray God's blessing of peace over you and your family.
About the fishing. Today was just as good as it has been, as we managed to put together another beautiful catch of gaffer dolphin, many over 25 pounds, but none quite made the 35 pound citation mark. Today was the best day of blue marlin action so far this year, as there were many fish seen, and several released. A very random yellowfin and wahoo were caught as well.
Good friends, good fishing, and good weather!
The dolphin fishing wasn't as ridiculous as it has been, but keeping it all in perspective, was still plenty good. We had a scattered dolphin bite, mostly gaffers, and by the end of the day had put together a great catch. Our biggest dolphin was a pound shy of the citation mark, as it weighed in at 34 pounds. There were a few blue marlin encounters to the south, and a scattered tuna bite. I did hear of a few more wahoo bites today, but we never had one.
Another great day of gaffer dolphin fishing!
Our day started with a lot of action, and it was steady all morning. Pretty much all gaffers, with the exception of a half dozen bailers. There were a few blue marlin encounters today, a very scattered yellowfin, and a wahoo or two around the fleet. We had a brief sailfish encounter on a longrigger, but he faded off before we could get him switched off to a smaller bait. The weather was great, and is supposed to be beautiful for the next several days.
Today was extra special because it was a way overdue fishing reunion for these family members, but to top it off, fishing was about as good as it gets!
Our big dolphin fishing has been great for some time now, but today was ridiculous. These guys caught all they wanted, and then some. My new fishing buddy, Miss Ann, started off the morning with a 25 pounder, and we never looked back. Gaffers all day. We did try to get away from them after lunch, because my guys wanted to catch and release a few amberjacks, and that worked out to be a great finale for the day. Thanks so much Terry and gang!
The fishing was great again today, in spite of windy conditions.
My group was amped up and ready to get after 'em this morning, so we lead the charge. It was about what you would expect from a 25 knot northeaster, but the fishing was just as good as it was last time we were out. The change was shoved in a ways, so the ride to the fishing grounds was pretty short, and we got bites as soon as we set out. I did venture out a little further at one point, but the curent had picked up, and the seas were pretty big, so we tucked back in a little ways. It didn't matter anyway, the gaffer dolphin fishing was plenty good, and my group got all they needed, plus a couple of kings. They gave me an early dismissal, so we were back to the dock shortly after lunchtime! Fishing is hot!!
We had another great day of dolphin fishing!
The fishing deserved to be great after the frapping we took getting out. It was another squally southeaster, and the ride offshore was slow and bouncy, but once we arrived, the fishing was about like it has been. Like yesterday, we picked away at the big dolphin kinda steady all day. We did have a few nice ones that were right around the 30 pound mark, and all the rest with the exception of a couple, were gaffers. Near the end of the day a couple of amberjacks hit our trolling baits, to add a little variety. I wish I could have taken more pictures today, but the conditions were challenging. Sorry!
I had a father/son team on board today for some X-Treme dolphin fishing!
It was a little on the squally side, with a leftover swell from yesterday's blow, but as soon as we set our baits out we had gaffer dolphin bites. We never found a big school and bailed them, but we didn't ever go very long without a bite either. We wound up with a great catch, and all but a couple were gaffers. There was a much better sign of marlin action from the boats fishing in the tournament today, so it looks like we are officially settling in to summertime action.
Fishing was still great today!
The gaffer dolphin fishing was the hottest of the action, and we wound up with another nice catch, including one that just fell short of the 35 pound citation mark. There was some good blackfin tuna action further to the east of where I fished, along with an occasional wahoo. Today was the first day of the Hatteras Village Offshore Open, and there were a few blue marlin encounters too.
We put together a make up for today, had a great day of fishing, and everybody got along great!
The morning was a little on the slow side. We did work off in the semi-deep, got in the most awful mess of grass you have ever seen, and in the midst of it all had an encounter with a pair of white marlin. Unfortunately the grass won. Don't ask. Anyway, we got everybody back in the game with the vertical jigs and some "AJ" action, which was great fun. I found a condition in the afternoon that was holding some dolphin, mostly gaffers, and we scrapped out a pretty nice catch. We did pull off one nice fish in the afternoon that I suspected was a wahoo. Thanks to everybody on board today!
We had great gaffer dolphin fishing this afternoon.
Ordinarily I would have spent today with my better half, but since the weather was so windy yesterday, I offered to take my group today, and they accepted. It was definately a nicer day, and after trolling all the way out to 600 fathoms and back in to 30, we got on some pretty hot dolphin fishing. We did catch three or four as we searched out the deep, but for us, the best action was shallower. We wound up with a real nice catch, mostly all gaffers, with two or three bailers mixed in. Not too much else to report other than the dolphins for today, but a good sign of them.
Fishing was good today, and we had nice weather to boot!
Talk about variety, we had a little bit of everything today! It looked like things were going to be scrappy this morning, so after an hour and a half, and only one "throw back" yellowfin, we went looking for an amberjack spot. That worked out to be a good plan, and we got everybody excited bending the jiggin' sticks. After that, however, we had a fairly steady bite right along. We caught a half dozen gaffer dolphin, one nice wahoo, one out of three 40 pound yellowfins, and a mako shark that was just shy of 100 pounds. It sounded like things turned on all over, especially further south, and offshore. This would indicate to me that we've got a lot of good stuff coming. This afternoon a hitch hiker joined me up on the bridge, and I managed to snap a shot of him perched on my radio. See you soon!
We dodged squalls for half of the day, but the fishing was pretty decent.
We caught a wahoo out of two or three bites setting our lines out, but it was a while before we had any more action. We missed one other wahoo bite, and then started picking off the gaffer dolphin. I wouldn't say that it was the hottest fishing I've ever seen, but it was plenty good to keep everybody interested, and we managed to land a dozen gaffers. Another fun day on the Godspeed!
I have put together a make-up trip for next week, on the 12th, and need one more person.
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Today was a little on the breezy side, and the fishing wasn't quite as good as I would have liked, but my guys enjoyed the best thing about a fishing trip...just being together.
This trip was a retirement gift for my new friend George. He said "keep the watch, I want to go fishing!" Anyway, we caught a dolphin and a wahoo pretty early, but then it was a pretty long wait. We did get hammered pretty hard by the gaffer dolphin one time, but as luck would have it, they all got away. We did catch another one out of two dolphin before we decided to get "jiggy" with it. The amberjacks bit good, and we were able to bend some poles for a little while. We had another wahoo bite in the afternoon, but he bit off our crank on leader. The trolling was a little slow for most of the guys, although one or two boats caught a handful of fish around a float or two, and there was a blue marlin caught as well.
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