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Outer Banks Fishing Report - December 2010
Justin and I went commercial bluefin fishing today, but fishing was pretty slow for them. The yellowfin fishing was as good as it gets though.
We rig up a little different when we bluefin fish, fewer and heavier rods for starters. The yellowfins don't always bite the heavier gear that we use for the big boys, but today they weren't picky. Justin and I caught 15 in a pretty short amount of time, 20-30 pounders. If we had been rigged up a little better for the yellowfins, it could have been ugly. I wish I would have had a charter today with fishing as good as it was. The weather began to turn bad on us, so by 1:00 we were out of there. We did hook one bluefin today, and broke him off. Other than that, a couple of 100 pounders were released.
Check out this sunrise picture. Now that's HOT!
This weekend, the big boys arrived.
I'll keep everybody posted, but hopefully they'll stick around till April, like last year. Email or call for more info.
I haven't worked on the skiff a lot in a while, between a few fishing trips, Thanksgiving, and the cold weather, I haven't made much progress.
It takes the epoxy forever to "kick off" when it's cold, so I manage to get a couple of hours in, and then have to stop for the day, while glue dries. There's really not a whole lot left to do though. The inside is glassed, I built one of the thwarts out of foam, glassed over, so it will be insulated to hold ice. I should finish the other two tomorrow. I'll need to smear and sand the inside before I build the bow cap and gunwales. Fishing is still great, I wish I was out there more!
We worked under conditions that were somewhat less than ideal, but we still managed to scrap out a catch of nice yellowfins.
Let's see. It was windy, rainy, foggy, bad scattered grass, and the hungriest gannets you've ever seen kept eating our baits. Other than that, the tuna fishing was pretty good. We had plenty of bites, but our luck wasn't the best for hanging on to them. We did catch seven yellowfins in the 25-45 pound range. There was a good sign of wahoos, but very few caught since most everyone was fishing with light tuna leaders and wahoos have particularly sharp teeth. Overall I'd have to say that fishing was pretty good. Thanks again guys!
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