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Outer Banks Fishing Report - August 2009
It was an absolutely gorgeous day offshore. Plenty of life, but the fish didn't bite as well as the last few days.
With tropical storm Danny forcasted to be off of our coast tomorrow, I expected the fishing to be unreal, but it seemed that they didn't want to bite quite as well. There was a scattered wahoo around the fleet, although we never had a wahoo bite. There were a lot of dolphin around, but not all of them were so cooperative. The first school we found was hungry, but the fish were not much bigger than my foot, so we moved on. We found a couple other schools, and managed to catch a handful of small gaffers and big bailers. There was an abundance of sailfish freejumping in the area, but very few bites, and eventhough we had a mystery bite or two, we never hooked one. Still a great day offshore!
Fishing was great again today offshore!
We managed to catch three more wahoos today, no citations, but still great action. We found a couple different schools of big bailers and limited out. We also released a sailfish in the morning, and missed another one in the afternoon. Gotta love this great Hatteras fishing!
Fishing was great offshore today.
You never know what to expect offshore, and things change so quick that the report from the previous day sometimes means nothing. Still, after hearing about slow fishing yesterday, I was rtelieved when we caught our first fish, a 48 pound citation size wahoo! It's always nice to get the skunk out of the box early. Anyway, we went on to catch a total of three wahoos, all pretty nice size, and all the dolphin the party wanted. The dolphin we found were big bailers and small gaffers, and they were hungry. My buddy Mike, who had already gotten lucky with a citation wahoo, showed interest in trying for a billfish, so wouldn't you know, he managed to get a second citation when he released a sailfish! Some guys are just lucky. Thanks for a great day guys.
My group wanted to look for some billfish action today...and we found it!
First of all, it was a gorgeous day. We went straight off looking for the same condition that I fished on yesterday, and I thought I found it when the sails wrapped us up. We hooked a tripple and landed all three right to start with! We didn't have action throughout the day like we did the last couple of days, but a couple hours later I found the birds over a ball of bait with the sails cutting through it. I counted seven fish around the bait ball, but there may have been more. When I made a pass, the fish immediately left the ball and attacked our spread. I don't know how many bites we had, but we hooked two. Somehow the lines got together and one of them parted so we only landed one of that pair. I thought we were going to get a second chance at them because they came back up cutting on top while we were doing battle, but had gone down by the time I got back around to them. My hat goes off to my buddy Mark who had to cut the day short to get to birthing classes for his first child due next month. Great day guys!
The marlin fishing was great today, and there were some dolphin inshore as well.
Things were much like yesterday, we saw sails cutting and balling bait, but we had way more bites. Today we raised a lot of fish, had nine bites, hooked four of them, and caught two. Pretty good for my two 11 year old anglers who both got a release. They wanted to go try for some meatfish, so we trolled inshore, and found a rip with some grass lined up on it. It didn't take long to find a big school of dolphin, and when the smoke cleared, we had pretty close to a limit. One of the boys said "this is the most fun I've ever had in my life"! Thanks for a great day Brother.
Our number one target species today was sailfish, and it was a good day for it.
We started out catching a dolphin, and I jokingly said "well, we got dinner out of the way", but I didn't know it would be the only meat fish we would catch! I worked offshore to find the birds over sailfish cutting on the surface. I found several schools of sailfish balling bait, and it was a sight to see. They were hard to get off of the bait that they were feeding on. I had a few fish break off and paddle in to check out our spread, but wouldn't bite. The one we did catch was one out of two flatline bites, with a third fish window shopping behind my short shotgun. I should have stuck it out all day, but I had a feeling that my group would be interested in catching a wahoo, so I shallowed up. We did have a wahoo on, but lost him. I hope we find some more of this action tomorrow!
We didn't have many bites today, but the weather was so nice that it was a great day to be offshore anyway!
You know how things change all the time in the gulfstream, well, things slowed down for us today. We had two wahoo bites, and fortunately caught them both, but besides a couple of bonitas, that would be it. There was a sign of sailfish around, and I really wanted to get my buddy Roger hooked up to one, but they weren't biting too good. I saw a couple of freejumpers, so I know I was in the right spot, but just never raised one to a bait. Well, just like things slowed down for today, they may heat right back up tomorrow, so stay tuned!
We had a game plan this morning, stuck to it, and it worked out just as we planned!
My guys wanted to catch something big, so we decided we would try the wahoos for a while, see how that went, and maybe go out a little further for a marlin later on. Well, we had good wahoo fishing, and the average was good for us this morning as well. By 10:00, all six of my guys had landed a wahoo and were ready to try for a billfish. That went well too. We saw a couple of freejumping sails to get the heart pumping, and then we hooked a 175 pound blue marlin on one of our sailfish poles. He put on a great show on the light gear, and let us enjoy some acrobatic jups close to the boat before releasing him. Later we raised a lazy sailfish that wouldn't eat, and another blue marlin that knocked out a shortrigger bait, but faded off. See...just like we planned!
We had great wahoo fishing again today!
My average wasn't as good as yesterday, but hey, that's wahoo fishing. Today we landed five out of probably fifteen bites. We also caught one gaffer dolphin a nd a few bailers. There was pretty good marlin action, but we hung out inshore of most of that. We did pull off a sailfish in 50 fathoms. Thanks Bill for the great trip.
Today was as enjoyable as it could be.
I went to the same area that I tried to fish in yesterday, and the fishing was great. I'm not gonna try and describe each bite we had, but we released four out of six sails that we raised, and landed six out of ten wahoo bites. All of the sails we raised were singles except for one double. There were some dolphins found out in the deep, but to tell you the truth, I was perfectly content where I was!
I had to return early due to seasick passengers, but fishing was looking pretty good.
I must say, those that were under the weather hung in there long enough to give us an hour of fishing before they threw in the towel. Long enough to have three sailfish bites. We missed the first one, and then hooked one out of a double, but lost him before getting the leader. It sounded like a pretty good wahoo bite for the boats that were out, one or two to the boat, and a few other sailfish encounters. This was all by 9:30, so it sounded like good action. I had a great crew, just wish they had felt better.
Fishing was great today, we had a variety of species to catch.
As soon as we set our lines out, we hooked and lost one out of two sailfish, so I didn't know if we were off to a good start or a bad start! We messed around a color change for a couple of hours, long enough to find a few schools of dolphin, and catch half a limit. We decided to pursue something bigger, and found ourselves in a good area for wahoo action. When the smoke cleared, we had landed four out of eight wahoos. The next bout of action was a trippleheader sailfish, this time we had two on for a pretty long while, and managed to successfully land and release one. Somewhere in the mix we caught two king mackerels as well, but I can't remember when! Great fishing!
The dolphin fishing was wonderful again today!
I really had it on my mind to find a sailfish again today, but after trolling up the hundred for several miles and spending a lot of time without a bite, we just had the itch to kill some fish when this school of dolphin found us. It was just about as good of a school as I've seen this year, and we caught our limit in one stop. We hooked a fish that I suspect was a sailfish, but he got away before identifying himself. It was a little brezy today, but not too bad, it actually helped with the heat!
Things changed around, as they always do, and the gulfstream yielded great catches of dolphin once again.
I was on a sailfish mission today. My good friend Bill has caught a blue marlin and a white marlin with me, so I need to find him a sail to complete his personal slam. Well, there he was...left teaser...perfect switch, pulling drag...gone. Ugh. There was really a pretty decent sign of sails around today, but that one would be the only chance we were given. We'll have to try again! In the meantime, there were reports of schools of dolphin, mostly inside of 30 fathoms, but we did find two different schools in the deep, and managed to get a great catch between the two of them. There were a few 10-15 pound gaffers mixed in with the bailers as well. The guys that stayed inshore had a few wahoo bites during the day as well. Thanks Bill for another great day.
My group today wasn't picky about what we fished for or what we caught. They just wanted to have fun!
I had it in my mind to spend most of the day out in the deep, and now I am satisfied with my decision. With the exception of one blackfin tuna which we caught on a high speed lure on the way out, all of our bites were in or near 100 fathoms. We caught another citation wahoo today, weighing in at exactly 40 pounds. We also found a school of nice bailers and caught a handful of them to complete the "meatfish grand slam". We also had some billfish action, all sails. We saw four, got bites out of three, and caught two. Pretty good mix of variety. Thanks guys for a great day.
Nothing came easy to us today, but we did wind up scrapping out a handful of dolphin and blackfin tuna.
I knew the pressure would be on when I was told that my guys were gonna have a fish fry at their church, and needed to feed 300 people! I covered a lot of ground today, trying to get in a spot where we could hammer some fish, but in the end, I think I would have been better off to have just stuck to one plan. I trolled off to 400 fathoms hoping to find a current edge/grassline, loaded with dolphin, but turned around defeated. Next we tried for some blackfins, but they weren't biting too well when we got there, so I went further inshore to a faint color change where we scrapped a few dolphin. I did work back off to try the blackfins again, and we did catch a handful, but it wasn't as good as it was yesterday. We had two unsuccessful sailfish encounters as well, but there were a few billfish encounters around the fleet. There was a very scattered wahoo bite as well.
I had strict orders today to fish for meat, not marlins, so you know what happened.
We did catch two wahoos, one earned a citation at 48 pounds, one nice king mackerel, a couple of gaffer dolphin, and a couple of oceanic bonitos. In the midst of that action, we missed or lost three (possibly four) sailfish, and one white marlin. We just weren't rigged up for them today with our entire wahoo stand in the water. Anyway, there were a couple schools of bailers found late in the day, up to the east, but still a little scrappy overall on the dolphin. Glad to see the wahoos, they are fun to catch, and great on the grill!
I've been off for a week...sorry, it wasn't intentional. It was good to be back to work on a beautiful day offshore!
There was a varitey of action today, scattered dolphin and wahoos in the shallows, and a fairly good sign of bills out a little further. We had plenty of bites today, but as luck sometimes goes, didn't hang on to many of them. We did have a saifish get after a teaser, but wouldn't make the switch to a bait. Next we hooked some sort of unidentified sea monster that we fought for 45 minutes before pulling the hook out. Working back inshore, we had four or five wahoo bites, that we managed to miss or pull off...ugh. We did hang on to a handful of dolphin, so we managed to get dinner covered anyway. Tomorrow our luck will be better!
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