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Outer Banks Fishing Report - April 2010
The current conditions have made the trolling a little slow, but we have been able to get creative and find some fish for our groups just the same.
We spent a good bit of time trolling up on the eastern end this morning, but didn't have any bites. My group liked the suggestion of dropping to the bottom for some tilefish, so since we were in the neighborhood, we gave it a try. It worked out well, and in a few drifts we had our limit, plus one nice yellow edge grouper that was just shy of 20 pounds. I trolled to the southwest in the greener water in the hopes of finding a hungry mako, but we never had any action. Near the end of the day, I gave my group some jigging action on the amberjacks, and when we quit for the day, everybody was smiling! Thanks Dearl for a great trip.
We headed down the beach this morning, and things seemed to be picking up.
We decided to hit one of the southern amberjack spots this morning, and it was holding the freight. We caught what the law allowed in pretty short order, and they were nice ones. I looked around at some bottom fish spots, but the wind had started to breeze up and it complicated our drifting, so we didn't give that much of a chance. We did catch a couple of triggerfish and a couple of silver snappers. After that, we trolled around with not a lot of action other than a few dolphin, which we were glad to see. From time to time someone would report a few dolphin, so that was encouraging. The hottest action was a blue marlin bite that went off in the deep for a couple of boats. There were five blue marlin hooked between the three boats that were there! Anyway, things are looking up! Thanks Keith, for another great trip.
We covered a lot of ground today, searching for the pot of gold, and were rewarded with some nice tuna!
I started off simply going to the mega deep, in search of pretty water and life. We found all of these things, but no bites. I got a report from up the road, and after a brief discussion with my party, decided to take a chance and steam that way. We didn't fish too long after we set lines back out, before we caught two out of three yellowfins. It was a while after that, but we got struck one more time in the afternoon and landed three out of six. The yellowfins we caught today were 55-65 pounders. My group was glad we made the move, and so was I. Further south was some king mackerel action, a scattered tuna, and some good bottom fishing.
Since things were on the slow side yesterday, and with a report of some bluefins still within our range east of us, we decided to give that a try. We got what we went looking for, and then some!
Not long after we slowed down to fish, I found a place of bluefins rolling on the surface. I told Justin to get ready as I made my first pass. Two lines went off, and to our surprise, they turned out to be 50 pound yellowfins! Just before Justin boated the second one, we hooked a nice bluefin, and battled it to the boat. It measured 72 inches and weighed in at 181 pounds. After landing the one bluefin we were allowed for the day, we started switching over to our yellowfin tackle. It wasn't long before they found us, and we got the massive "wham". We hooked ten, and miraculously landed all ten! These tunas were all 50-60 pounders, and my spoiled group ended up with 800 pounds of fish! I gotta say it's been a long time coming, and it was fun to have a big kill. All this action happened by 10:30. WE didn't have room for much more, so we trolled back to the southwest in hopes of something different. We did fight some sort of sea monster for a while, but we never identified it, and it eventually came unglued. Thanks to Greg and the gang for a great day...again!
There were no tunas caught today, but we did have a variety of action.
It was very windy over the weekend, and even though a few boats tried it yesterday, my party wanted to reschedule. There were some nice yellowfin caught however, and I was looking forward to a great day of tuna fishing today. Somebody forgot to inform the tunas. There was not a yellowfin caught in our fleet today. Maybe they just weren't biting, who knows. We had some action at one point when a mako shark crashed a flatline bait, and we were thankful to land him. We stopped on a wreck and did some amberjacking, which gave my group some action and some meat in the box. We also dropped to the bottom and caught a few groupers and a couple of tilefish. It was a nice day weather wise, and I think everybody had a good time. Thanks guys!
It was a pretty enough day, but the fish didn't cooperate as well as we had wished.
Here's the thing about my reports. I try to tell it like it is. Even though we fish in an area that is usually very productive, the fact is, sometimes it's just slow. Today we had a hard time finding decent water. There was a huge "belly" of cool green water that seemed to cover most of the area that our boats fish. The fleet did a good job of spreading out and exploring it, but there really wasn't much tuna action to be found today. A couple boats wound up striking the yellowfins once, but they were the lucky ones. We went way offshore, and way south, and came up with nothing. Around lunchtime we worked back inshore to a wreck, in hopes of finding some resident amberjacks for our group to catch. It was a good plan, and not only were they there and hungry, they were BIG. It didn't take long to jig up our one per person limit, and the guys all had a ball tugging on something that tugs back! I jogged up the beach a ways to get in the area that the tuna bites had been in, but we only had one trolling strike, and missed it. WAY up to the east there were a few small bluefins caught, and I heard of one or two wahoos caught. It was great to have the jacks to fall back on, and the rest is only gonna get better. Thanks Tommy, Angel, and the crew.
The weather was perfect this morning, but it breezed up as the day went on.
As I made the morning introductions, I was informed that my new friend, Carlos, had been fishing offshore before, but had never even seen a fish get caught! He was to be the in the chair for the first fish. Well, after trolling most of the day without a strike, I suggested that we throw Carlos overboard, but was voted down. Anyway, the action was slow and scattered around the fleet, but most everybody had caught a fish or two. We finally had a few bites late in the afternoon, even though our percentage wasn't very good. We had two wahoo strikes, both of which got away, and managed to land one out of two 40 pound yellowfins. I hope this will get the monkey off of Carlos' back! Anyway, I enjoyed my group, and look forward to showing them some better "catching" in the future. Thanks guys.
The weather was perfect again today, but the tuna fishing was "hit or miss".
The last couple of days we have been on the "hit" side of "hit or miss", but today we couldn't hardly buy a strike. A few of the guys managed to hit the tunas once or twice, but there was a good number of boats that weren't so lucky. The good news was that the tuna bites were scattered over a much bigger area today, so instead of everybody trying to get in one spot, you stood just as good a chance of getting bit off on your own. It was a long day of trolling for us, but we did catch and release a sailfish, our first of the year, right before quitting time. We wanted to get a good photo of him before the release, but it didn't work out. Thanks guys for your patience, and I'll see you this summer!
Today was another picture perfect weather day.
We wound up with a nice catch of yellowfin today, but the bites were spaced out quite a bit. We hit the tunas about a half hour after we got started this morning, and landed four 20 pounders. After that it was nothing till after 1:00 when we got struck a second time and landed three of the nicer 50 pounders. Back at the dock, there were plenty of smiles as my guys anticipated the taste of their catch on the grill! There were a very few dolphin caught, and a scattered wahoo and king mackerel to the south. I could get used to this weather!
We had a beautiful day of offshore Hatteras fishing, and came home with a nice catch of tuna and dolphin.
The action we had today was up to the east, and way offshore. We got struck by the yellowfins this morning, and landed six out of a cover-up. They were a beautiful class of fish, averaging 50 pounds each. We waited for another tuna flurry but it never came. Instead we got whammed by a school of small gaffer dolphin, which we weren't totally prepared for, but still managed to land a half dozen of anyway. It was a beautiful day shared by three father/son duos. Thanks guys!
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