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Outer Banks Fishing Report - July 2009
We had a couple of days off, so we were excited to find some hungry fish offshore!
With the exception of a few gaffers trolling, we pretty much caught our limit of dolphin on one stop. We like to call it Wal-Mart....one stop shopping. I spent tthe rest of the day searching for a wahoo, but never had a bite. I was surprised because the report from yesterday said there were a few around. Still I was tickled to come in with a great catch of dolphin.
The marlin action was great again today!
Funny how it works, and there is nothing fare about it. One day it just isn't your turn, and the next day it is. Today we probably had the best of it, although everybody saw fish, just some more than others. We wound up with three white marlin and two sails for the day. The first white marlin smoked the left teaser, and Justin switched him off to the left flatline. Perfect. The second white rose to the left flat, but switched over to the right flat for the bite. Just right. The third white ate the left flat, and before Justin came tight, was pulling on my left teaser (there's only one way to find out what I pull on my left teaser). I had one behind my right longrigger at the same time, but he never ate. During the rainsquall of rainsqualls, I looked back to see three sails behind my right teaser! One of them wound up eating the right short, and one ate the left short, and we got them both. NOt too much in the meat fish category, but there was a random gaffer dolphin out in the deep. We caught three, the biggest (pictured) was 32 pounds. Great day!
The marlin fishing has remained hot for the last few days.
We had a fun day offshore today. We caught one out of a doubleheader white marlins, and missed a couple of others. The fishing was really good, and there were several boats flying four or five flags today, or more. We simply didn't have many shots, but that's fishing. We did have an occasional dolphin bite, and wound up with a dozen or so, several of them pretty nice gaffers.
My group today wanted to concentrate on looking for a billfish.... I love it when a plan comeot him on the leader, s together!
It started out kind of squally, but after the morning thunder showers passed by, it really wasn't a bad day at all. We ran straight to the hundred and set out. We had released our first sail within ten minutes! After that it was a long stretch with one mystery bite and a few gaffer bites, one of which we caught, a 30 pounder. In the afternoon, we caught our second sail. When we got him on the leader, we spotted a second fish, but weren't able to get him to bite. A half hour later we hooked our white marlin, which put on a great show for us. Thanks especially to one of my oldest friends, John, and his son JC, who both released a sail today. What a great experience to share with your son/father.
Fishing was great for us today, an assortment of action.
My crowd wanted meat fish, so I dedicated most of the morning to dolphin fishing. There was a pretty good sign of fish, but they didn't really want to bite too well. We worked at it long enough to put together a nice catch, with several gaffers mixed in with the bailers. We trolled on offshore to look around, and caught a wahoo on the way off. The billfish decided to give us a few opportunities that we were fortunate enough to capitalize on. We released two sailfish and one white marlin, all single bites. Couldn't ask for a better day!
Things were spread out today, but we wound up having pretty good action most of the day, and put together a nice catch.
We broke down to bail dolphin several times, but really only had two schools that were cooperative. The rest of the fish we caught were singles, and sometimes two or three. We managed to get our limit, or real close, with a couple of bonus gaffers. We also hooked two sailfish, but unfortunately jumped them both off. One of them we had real close, and I thought it was a done deal, but he won the fight. Beautiful day!
The wind quit blowing today, but the fish kept biting!
The dolphin fishing was scrappy this morning, But we stuck with it, and thanks to a big hungry school we found in the afternoon, managed to limit out. We did have some sailfish action as well. We caught one, pulled one off, and jumped one off. I think it was pretty good billfish action scattered all around. It was a gorgeous day to be offshore!
We had great action today!
We got lucky this morning and found two "mega schools" of dolphin, which enabled us to catch our limit pretty early. I got a report of some pretty good blackfin tuna action, so I worked out in that direction. It was a little rough where that action was taking place, but we still pounded them for about an hour to get my group a good mess of tuna. They weren't jumbo's by any stretch, but big enough. There was a better sign of bills today, as there was a more concentrated effort on them. Today was day #1 of the "Hatteras Grand Slam" tournament. Tomorrow is supposed to be a pretty day, so hopefully the fishing will hold up too!
We had a pretty stiff northeast breeze today, but managed to get on some dolphin in the afternoon.
First of all, sorry for the delay in the reports. I haven't been out in a few days, so I haven't had anything to report! We made it today, but the weather made it difficult to fulfill my party's wishes. They wanted to try for a billfish, but once we got out in the current, the ocean was pretty miserable. I thought it would be best to get back inside, and hope for a shot at a sailfish. We never got a bite, but did find a couple places of dolphin, and managed to scrap out a pretty nice catch. Most of them were big bailers, but there were three or four small gaffers mixed in too. We did miss a bite on the wireline this morning, which appeared to have been a wahoo.
It was HOT dolphin fishing right out of the gate this morning!
We started out hooking a few dolphin as soon as we slowed the boat down, and quit when we were close to a limit. It was a great sign of nice bailers and a few small to medium size gaffers mixed in. We fished offshore in hopes of something bigger, but the action we encountered was just bigger dolphin. We finished off our limit with a few nice gaffers in the deep. It was a beautiful day!
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