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Outer Banks Fishing Report - October 2010
Simon and I have been talking about building a skiff together, so a few weeks ago I all the juniper I needed to get started.
The juniper I purchased was rough sawn, so we started out by dressing the lumber. I planed it all down to 1" and then built the transom. Next I shaped the stem out of a block of juniper that I acquired from my dad's decoy carving supply. Thanks Pop! We cut the first planks and connected them to the transom and stem. Today I made the frames and attached them to the first planks. Tomorrow I should have the sides planked. I'll try to post some pictures as we move forward. It'll be a fun project to do together with my son, and we are both excited about it! It will take a lot longer than normal since I will want to wait to have something for him to do each day after school, and also working around my fishing schedule. This skiff is going to measure out at 20'. Stay tuned!
Everything was picture perfect today, the weather and fishing were super!
The main course for us today was blackfin tuna. The action was as steady as you could want it, and we wound up with an excellent catch. In addition to the blackfin action, we managed to land four yellowfins, two gaffer dolphin and a wahoo. There was some better wahoo action further to the south, and a handful of kings caught as well. Thanks Tommy for bringing your amigos! I'll see you this winter for bluefin.
Today wasn't the prettiest weather day we've had in a while, but we made the day and had some action.
It seems like you wind up loosing a few more fish on rough days, but the short version of today's action was four out of twelve wahoo bites. Probably another three or four that we lost were on and in the chair, they simply got away. There were some blackfins caught further to the east, and some king mackerel bites inshore.
We searched for tuna today, but wound up finding more dolphin!
There were a few blackfin bites up to the east, but it was pretty spotty. We caught a handful, but later in the day I found an edge with grass formed up nicely, and it was holding some nice bailers and a few gaffers. We caught half a limit or so, and I was pleased. The wahoo fishing sounded pretty good to the south, and one boat had a limit of kings on live bait today.
Today's weather was super, after a couple of windy ones.
I fished on the southern end again, in hopes of catching a nice wahoo, or something that would put a good bend in a rod. We had some dolphin action right away, and managed to land three gaffers and a bailer. It was slow going after that. I suggested dropping to the bottom since the current wasn't too strong, and we caught a variety of bottom fish over the course of an hour or so, but honestly, they didn't bite too well either. Later in the afternoon we finally caught a wahoo and pulled off a couple of others. The blackfin fishing was pretty good back up the line today. Thanks Glenn!
It was a beautiful day offshore, and blackfin tuna fishing was pretty good.
I headed up to the east this morning, where the blackfin action has been. Things started out slow, but the bites became more frequent as the afternoon got closer. By quitting time we had put together a nice catch of fish. I only heard of one yellowfin caught today, and there was a sign of kings further to the southwest. Thanks for a great day guys!
Today the weather was perfect, but we didn't have very good luck fishing.
I was anticipating some good wahoo and dolphin fishing to the south, but I was wrong. It was just one of those days. The boats that fished up to the east did well on blackfin tuna, and an occasional yellowfin, but I may as well have been on the other side of the world. It was just too far. I hoped that we would be able to scrap out a catch, but we only managed to land one out of three wahoos that we hooked, and one out of two or three dolphin. Still, my guys had a fun day and figured that after all the fish they caught last time, they were due. Next time we'll KILL 'EM! Thanks guys.
Finally, after what seems like forever, we made it back offshore. Fall is here, as we enjoyed a cool northwest breeze all day, and some pretty good wahoo and yellowfin fishing.
This morning I was dealing with a poor wahoo batting average, and waiting for things to turn around. We missed or pulled off our first ten wahoo bites...ugh! We did catch three wahoos in the afternoon. We had an occasional yellowfin bite throughout the day, and wound up with seven. Dolphin were scattered today, a couple boats found some bailers, but most of us only caught a couple. The bottom line was that by quittin' time, we had a nice catch and everybody had fun!
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