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Outer Banks Fishing Report - March 2010
Thursday filled up quick, and now I need two for Friday to fill the boat.
Light west winds, and 70 degrees...are you kidding me!!! Give me a call or email.
Friday is full! Email or call if you are intersted in another date for a make up.
I had another group of "non trollers" today, but their strategy worked for them, and it turned out to be an action packed day!
We steamed to the northeast this morning in search of the bluefins. The fleet got on the fish, and there was a big area of tunas stretched up and down a color change. The guys that were trolling stayed hooked up for a good part of the morning. It was about as good as you wanted it. We tried dropping the jigs down on several marks, but the bite was slow on the vertical stuff. We finally caught a 60 pounder to get things started. My new friend Sami casted out a topwater plug and one crushed it. Two of the others grabbed rods with topwater poppers on them and casted too. Bam, bam, now we had a tripple on! We landed Sami's fish first, a 70", 207 pounder. One of the others pulled off, and we released the third, a 150 pounder. We released another 140 pounder on a jig, and another on a popper at the same time, a little later on. Early in the afternoon, we wrapped things up and headed home. The 5 knots of current had drifted us a long ways from home, and the forcasted 15-20 knot south wind had clocked on around to the southwest and increased to closer to 25, making the long ride home even longer. All's well that ends well, another great day offshore. There was very little yellowfin action today, although most of the boats were chasing the bluefins.
I wasn't there, but the Hatteras charter boats that fished yesterday did even better on the yellowfins than the days prior.
Hatteras fishing is getting fired up! Forty pound yellowfins, and good numbers of them too. Not to mention bluefins to the northeast. Pretty weather forcasted from Wednesday on. Let's get 'em!
These guys today were jigging purists, and I was under strict order NOT to troll, what so ever!
For starters, the weather was perfect. Next, the fishing was great, in fact, if you didn't want to go where the bluefins were, there was a pretty good sign of yellowfins a little closer to home. It sounded like 35-40 pounders, and eight or ten to the boat. Anyway, we fished strictly for the bluefins today, and strictly with the vertical jigs. We kept the first fish we caught, which was a smaller 90 pounder, but most of the other nine were 120-150 pounders. The last one we caught was pushing 200, and we caught him on a popping plug, on a spinning outfit. We figured that we probably had close to thirty bites, caught ten, and pulled or broke off ten more. Great action! Thanks for a great day guys.
Today was another picture perfect day.
There was a lot of boat traffic, and I didn't think the fish bit as well as they did yesterday. We trolled for the morning and caught five fish, but we were holding out for a bigger one to kill. The ones we caught trolling were 100 pounders, one was maybe 120. In the afternoon we found several schools of 50-70 pounders rolling and busting, so it was a perfect opportunity to throw some jigs at 'em. I think we probably caught another eight or ten on the light tackle, including one on a topwater popper. My guys all did a great job angling these fish, and this size fish was a perfect match for the gear. Lotta fun! Thanks guys!
My first day back in the saddle was picture perfect. Slick calm seas and excellent bluefin tuna fishing.
I put together a make-up party at the last minute, and all the guys on the trip were thrilled that they went. Justin's dad went along and made the comment that "everybody should see this at least once". When a 200 pound tuna crashes a flatline bait, it makes an explosion you won't forget! I didn't keep track of how many strikes we had, but we caught 16 bluefins for the day. We can only keep one fish per day, so we boxed the first fish we caught, which weighed 155 pounds. We released several that were in the 200 pound range. Can't wait to get back out tomorrow!
The bluefin fishing doesn't get any better than it has been lately. Justin and I just finished spooling up our 80s with new line, so come on and help us stretch it out!
The fish have been 150-200 pounders, and if you want some variety, there has been some good tilefishing in the same general are as the bluefins. Even if you don't have a full group, email me, I may be able to put something together including you. Thanks!
This was just a cool bluefin picture off the old Godspeed. That could be YOU in the photo!
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