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Outer Banks Fishing Report - September 2009
The winds and seas made fishing a challenge today, but my crew hung in there long enough to get a great catch of dolphin.
I gave my group "the talk" this morning, you know, the talk where I recommend that they go another day, or stay inshore. After I was sure that they were well informed of the sea conditions, we proceeded offshore. Well, the ocean was about like I expected, and it made things a little complicated trying to fish, but we worked it out for the most part. There were five boats out today, and everyone had a couple of wahoo bites, but no one succesfully landed one that I know of. We did find some nice bailer dolphin along a change, and a handful of gaffers as well. Included in our catch of 30 dolphin was a nice citation size 40 pounder. At noon, my group decided that they had had enough, and we headed for home. Everyone seemed pleased that we went, so mission accomplished!
Fishing wasn't as good as it has been, but it was a gorgeous day, and we caught a handful of fish anyway.
I thought there was going to be a little more action, by the way things started. Our first bite of the day was Donna's big gaffer dolphin, and shortly after that we caught another pair of medium size gaffers. We had two wahoo bites that came up short, and a couple bonitos till late in the day when we found a school of bailers and caught seven or eight more. In spite of the lack of action, I heard laughter all day. These guys know how to have fun! Thanks!
It was a little on the choppy side today, but fishing remained great.
We spent most of the day fishing on a color change, and had pretty steady action. We managed to catch six out of twelve wahoo bites, one of them hit the citation mark at 40 pounds, the second largest was 35. We also found a couple schools of dolphin, and bailed about 20. Last time Joe fished with me, he got a citation for a 190 pound bluefin tuna, and today he got one for a wahoo! Lucky Joe!
Fishing wasn't red hot, but we did have a few bites throughout the day, and wound up with a nice catch.
Today, I had the pleasure of fishing with my good friend Tim and his son John, who is home on leave from Iraq. His other son is also in Iraq, so he couldn't be with us today. I have fished with a few celebrities over the years, and it's never more of an honor for me to spend the day with an American soldier. Thanks for all you do.
We caught two wahoos today, out of six bites, one citation size blackfin tuna (25 pounds), twenty-some dolphin, and one sailfish out of a trippleheader. The bites were spread out enough that it seemed like we never went too awful long without a bite. I have looked forward to this trip for a while, and thankful that it was a great day!
There was a fairly good sign of wahoos again today.
There were five boats out today, and by the end of the day we all managed to finish up with about the same catch. We landed five wahoos, out of eight bites, and one dolphin. the funny part was that we caught four of our wahoos in the first fifteen minutes we fished! After that it was sort of slow for us, but still happy to have a nice catch. The north-northeast wind had the ocean a little on the rough side, but still manageable.
Fishing was still pretty good today, about like yesterday.
The north winds had the grass streaked out, so it was hard to fish along a rip that I found. There were some dolphin on it though, we found three bunches of nice bailers, and wound up with fifteen before we gave up and decided to just go wahoo fishing. The wahoo bite was hit or miss, but there were some bites around. We caught three out of six bites, and managed to catch and release a big sailfish for an extra highlight. Enjoy the fish guys!
Fishing overall was pretty good today.
I took a gamble this morning and went further out in the deep than I have been fishing lately. I hoped to find some dolphin, and we did in pretty short order. We caught five or six around a piece of float, and along a scattered grass line. I just knew that if I stuck with it, we would find a "mega school", and our day would be made. Well, I found the mega school, but they wouldn't bite. Bummer. Anyway, we did find another school a little later, and managed to catch twelve or fifteen more. I worked inshore, and figured we would be able to knock a couple wahoos in the head, but we only had two bites. We did catch one of them. A few of the boats that stayed inside of 40 fathoms all day scrapped out a nice catch of wahoos. We had an unusual catch this afternoon, a miniature sailfish, probably four or five pounds. What a cool little fish! Anyway, I think everyone enjoyed themselves on this calm and cool day.
The morning was on the slow side, but we made up for it in the afternoon.
It took me a while today to find some good action. We found a couple of small schools of dolphin, and caught a handful of them, but the bigger trolling bites were sparse. Thankfully I got on a pretty good area in the afternoon, and the combination of hungry wahoos and a good batting average landed us eight wahoos out of eleven bites. The weather is perfect, and I'm thankful to have a busy week, so I hope the fishing holds up. Thanks guys.
Slick calm, and good action...it don't get no better!
We had three wahoos in pretty short order this morning, and I was thinking it was gonna be another "bang up" wahoo day, but our luck kinda fell off. We had a couple other wahoo bites that we missed, then a tripple header of sails that went bad, we managed to hook two on our wahoo baits, and lost both of them. Later we hooked one out of a doubleheader sails. The one we hooked on a big bait got away, and the second one disappeared during the switch from big bait to small bait. Ugh. We were, however, blessed with a nice school of bailer dolphin that we managed to catch close to forty out of, and one more wahoo, bringing our total up to four. Lots of action and a great catch. Thanks to my new friends whom I hope to see back in November for some "live bait" action!
The wahoo fishing was the best for us that we've seen this fall.
I was skeptical this morning about whether or not it would be a good day to take my new friend Mr. Lo, due to the weather. They REALLY wanted to go, so we compromised, and decided to stay inshore and try for spanish mackerel until we got a weather report from offshore. The report was that the seas were surprisingly calm, so we headed on off. It didn't take long once we started fishing to catch our first wahoo, and not long after that till we got our second one. It was pretty steady all day, and when the smoke cleared, we had managed to catch our limit of twelve. I always try to keep track of the number of bites we have, and I think today we were somewhere close to 50% on our bite to kill ratio. As an added bonus, we were able to catch one out of two sails that made an appearance in our spread. Guess who's having wahoo tonight......ME! Thanks guys!
Today was cool, cloudy and breezy, but the fish didn't seem to mind!
It was a plenty nice enough day to be offshore, and we had great wahoo action from the start. I don't think we caught half of our bites, and we still wound up with seven wahoos. Somewhere in the middle of all the action, a pair of sailfish showed up in our baits, and Justin was able to feed him a little rod for some great action. As if we weren't blessed enough, I found a half of a sheet of plywood floating that had some small gaffers around it, and we managed to catch a few of them as well. The winds picked up considerably about the time we were starting for home, so the ride in was a slow, wet one, but all's well that ends well. Thanks guys!
Today's action wasn't "nonstop" by any means, but we had an occasional bite, and each one was a quality fish.
Our average was probably better than 50% today on our catch to bite ratio, and we managed to land five wahoos, including one that was 40 pounds, and earned a citation. I didn't hear of much variety today, no dolphin, and maybe a couple of small yellowfins in the fleet. The light north wind that was forcasted wound up blowing about 20 all day, so it wasn't slick calm, but still plenty fishable. The north wind has cooled things off this past week, and I must say the weather has been quite comfortable. Also, one of the most spectacular sunrises I've seen in a while. Thanks for a great day guys!
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