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Outer Banks Fishing Report - May 2010
It was another beautiful day for a Hatteras offshore fishing trip. Calm seas and good action.
Ok, you know how I love to see kids catching fish. Today was a load of fun. My two new friends Brandon and Cameron, 10 and 11, had a great day of action. We started with a good school of dolphin, which was highlighted with a 20+ pounder caught by Cameron. Dolphin fishing wasn't as crazy as it has been, but we still managed to catch our limit in a few stops. More bailers for us today, but still a handful of gaffers mixed in. We trolled around in the deep hoping for a big bite of some kind, and we finally found a sailfish for Brandon. It was a perfect team effort as Cameron cranked the shortrigger out of the way so Justin could make the switch. Brandon did a great job of keeping the line tight, and the fish was caught and released successfully. Thanks Tommy, for bringing the gang, and I look forward to seeing you again!
We bumped along this morning in a southeast swell, but once we got to the blue water, the fishing was "off the hook"!
I love it when my day starts off with some billfish action. We hadn't fished five minutes when we got hit by a pair of sailfish, and my friend Luis landed one of them. After a couple of single gaffers, we hit the mother of all schools of dolphin. It was all gaffers, and it was as fast as they could get a line out. When they quit biting, my guys looked like they had been through a war. So did Justin, as we worked on removing the hook that was embedded in his finger. After the smoke cleared, and we got back to fishing, I decided to look further offshore, and happened to be near a boat that spotted a place of birds working over yellowfin. We got there and hit them twice. The first time we landed two out of three bites, and the second time we caught two out of five. These were beautiful 60 pounders. Justin had to shift some stuff around to fit them in the box. It was a great day for a dad to spend with his boys, and a great day to be fishing on the Godspeed! Thanks Luis.
Hatteras fishing doesn't get any better than it was offshore today...again!
These two guys got a workout. First of all, the north east 10-15 was more like 25 and gusty this morning, so it was a matter of hanging on for the first couple of hours. During the blow, the marlins were biting. We went 0 for 3 on the whites, one was a teaser bite that wouldn't switch off, and the other two we simply missed. There was a good sign of blues and whites seen and caught throughout the fleet though. Everybody got what dolphin they wanted, mostly gaffers. We caught our limit, and it was chaos for these guys. There was a sign of yellowfin as well, and even though we didn't wind up in the right spot while they were biting, there were a handful of 50-60 pounders caught. By this afternoon, the wind had fallen out pretty for a nice ride home. Thanks Allen and Brandon!
Fishing was exceptional again today, dolphin, tuna, and bills.
My buddy Bill spent the day fishing with his brother Andy, and what a day they had. We started out catching gaffer dolphin, and after an hour, they had a plenty and were ready to look for something else. I gave them a choice, since there had been some yellowfin seen in shallower, to head further offshore and try for a marlin, or stay in closer and hope for a tuna bite. They picked marlin, and that was just fine with us. It worked out perfect because Bill had a great fight with an acrobatic white marlin, and Andy got the job done on a 450 pound blue marlin. Couldn't ask for a better day! Thanks guys.
It rained for the first few hours of the day, but once it cleared up, the day was beautiful! The fishing was just as good.
My guys had enough dolphin yesterday, and wanted to start the day off with some vertical jigging. It was more fun than they expected, and we hung around long enough to let everybody catch a few. We jogged offshore to give the deep another scouring, with instructions to try and avoid dolphin. We were letting the second line out when the dolphin hit us! It sounded like everybody who wanted dolphin got all they wanted. Anyway, we spent most of the day dragging our marlin spread, but only had one "mystery bite". There weren't as many billfish seen today as yesterday. We all got a little bored, and since the sun had peeked out, decided that we had a shot at sight casting to a cobia along the beach. We saw three little pods of fish once we got inshore, hooked two, and landed one. He weighed in at 49 pounds, and earned Bob a citation. Variety is the spice of life! Thanks again Dave for two great days.
We spent most of today searching for the big one again!
An hour's worth of dolphin fishing produced more fish than my group knew what to do with, so upon their request, we jogged off to the deep to search out a marlin bite. We hadn't fished 15 minutes before we raised a blue marlin on the left long rigger. He made three lazy passes at the bait, but never really knocked it out. He faded off, and we continued our search. A few hours and a couple more gaffers later, we hooked a big blue marlin on the left short rigger. The fish pulled the hook a few seconds after the strike, and faded back to the long rigger on the same side. That's when I got a good look at the size of the fish. One of the biggest blue marlin I have ever seen. Anyway, he never fired in on another bait, and we gave up circling after a half hour and went our way. There were a few whites seen today, and one blue marlin caught in our fleet. Great dolphin fishing for the most part.
Today was another slick calm day of Hatteras offshore fishing!
My group had already fished one day this week, and caught a box full of dolphin, so we really had our mind set on searching for a big bite. It worked out to be a good day for that plan because the first color change wasn't as productive as yesterday, and everybody who ever owned a boat was fishing on it. No worries, we just pointed her offshore to look around. During our adventure, we managed to catch five gaffer dolphin, to keep things interesting, and finally we raised a blue marlin to the left short rigger. The excitement didn't last long as he faded off and never reappeared. Still, there had been a few fish seen, so I was hopeful that we would raise another fish. I looked back in time to see an explosion on the right short rigger, and the back and dorsal of what I assumed to be another blue marlin. After a fight, we got the fish on the wire and realized that it was a mako shark. I hopped down to assist Justin in boating the wild toothy critter, and we did our best to stand clear as he wreaked havoc in my cockpit. We managed to fit him in the fish box where he rested nicely until we got in to have him weighed. The scales tipped at 180 pounds. It wasn't the big bite we were expecting, but still a lot of action! Thanks Steve for another great trip, and congratulations Ted!
We stopped in the right spot, stayed in the right spot, and finished up in the right spot!
These guys are hard core. They always leave home around 11:00 and drive through the night to be ready to fish in the morning. What's even more insane, they turn around and drive right back home at the end of the day! So, when we had the box full by 9:00, they were all about getting in, getting their fish cleaned, and getting back on the road. We fished on a color change out in the deep, and had outstanding dolphin fishing. Most of the limit of fish were gaffers, with a few big bailers mixed in. It worked out to be over 500 pounds in a hour and a half of fishing! Now, you've got to understand something about my buddy Walter. He's a Duke fan, and I'm a Tarheel fan, so we've got an ongoing friendly rivalry whenever we fish together. I tried to insist that he remove his Duke t-shirt for the dockside photo, but he wouldn't go for it. Always a blast to fish with. Thanks guys!
Today was the best day of action yet!
We had steady action all day long. Mostly gaffer dolphin, and a few bailers. We wound up with a beautiful catch, including a few fish that were pushing 30 pounds. Added to the great dolphin fishing was a pretty hot billfish bite, There were a number of blue marlin seen, a lot of whites, and quite a few sails throughout the fleet. We caught a sailfish in the morning, and in the afternoon had a pretty cool blue marlin bite on a flatline bait. He was a 250 pounder, and we had him on a TLD, just long enough to get the lines cleared, before he pulled the hook. Great trip Bobby, I'll see you again soon!
Hatteras fishing continues to be good offshore.
I didn't know if we would get the whole day in or not, due to numerous storms forecasted for the afternoon. As it turned out, we never had any rain and the seas were calm all day. It made for a wonderful trip for these guys. We had pretty good dolphin action today, gaffers and bailers. My new pal Patrick caught a nice gaffer, probably close to 20 pounds. Good job Pat. One boat got hit by the tunas out in the deep, and there was a wahoo or two caught. There wasn't much billfish action today, one blue marlin was lost, and that's all I heard of. Thanks Eldon.
The offshore report for today was much like yesterday. Good dolphin fishing in the deep.
Although there was a breeze out in the blue water, the sea conditions were much nicer than yesterday. The gaffer dolphin fishing was pretty good, and my group put together a pretty nice catch of fish. We never had an encounter, but there were a few whites and a couple of blue marlin seen in the fleet today as well. The edge of the gulf stream, which has been so far offshore, is finally creeping in. Things should only get better. Thanks Jerry, see you again soon!
We had a long run again this morning, to the blue water, and the light southwest wind that was forecasted turned out to be a stiff 20+ all day.
Fishing wasn't as good as yesterday, but we still had some action. If the seas had been a little calmer, it would have made our job easier, and our success rate higher. Still, we wound up catching ten gaffer dolphin, and probably missed that many more. There was a decent sign of marlin today, five blues and a couple of whites caught in the last day of the Hatteras Civic Tournament. Thanks to Connie and the gang for hangin' tough today! You guys were great.
The fish, the conditions, the weather, everything finally got on track today! This is what Hatteras offshore fishing is like!
We've been anxiously awaiting our May dolphin fishing, and it looks like things are finally getting in gear. I only had two guys in my group, so we were a bit short handed, but after three or four nice schools of small to medium gaffers, and bailers, we had our limit of dolphin. My buddy was dying to break in his new jigging pole, so we stopped for a few amberjacks on a wreck first thing. There were a couple white marlin caught today, and a couple blues seen. The day was gorgeous, and it was great to spend it with a good friend. Thanks Keith
We headed east this morning on a tip about a few yellowfin bites yesterday.
Well, today was another day. There were no trolling bites to be had. Fortunately, we were able to catch our limit of tilefish on the bottom to provide some top notch table fare for my guys. I did get a report of a better sign of gaffer dolphin to the south, so we will be chasing them tomorrow.
Things were still slow offshore today, but the weather was pretty nice.
We had another wonderful group again today. Of course, everybody wants to catch a lot, but these guys enjoyed being offshore and with each other. Fishing was slow, but we had a great time just the same. I headed pretty far to the south again today, in hopes of finding the warmer water had pushed in a little closer. It is moving in the right direction, but it's taking it's sweet time. Anyway, I think things are looking better and we should be getting in to some good fishing soon. Today we caught three dolphin out in the deep, dropped to the bottom a few times and came up with a couple of tiles and a rosefish, and one amberjack. We heard reports of some mako shark sightings, so we spent some time this afternoon trying for one. We got lucky and caught a small one, but he was a little too short to be legal. I think one of the guys got a good shot of the shark so it'll be posted when I get it. Thanks, Steve, for a great day on the water.
We headed way offshore and to the south this morning, but it wasn't a very productive move.
I think I fished further south than I ever have out of Hatteras inlet today, but the results weren't as I had hoped. We found a beautiful area of birds and flying fish, but the bites were very few. We wound up catching two dolphin and missed one other bite out there. The winds were higher than we expected, so the seas weren't as pleasant as we had hoped either. I trolled back inshore and let my group pull on some amberjacks, which is always a fun time. In spite of slow fishing, my group seemed to enjoy themselves, and I hope to see them back for a day of redemption!
After a long "no fishing" stretch, it was great to get back out!
The winds were high this morning, so I wasn't even sure that we would make it at all. We decided to look along the beach for a cobia this morning, and keep an eye on the wind. The last few days have been productive for the guys along the beach, so we were hopeful that we may find some action this morning. Well, after a couple of hours, my group was ready to look for something else, and said they wanted to roll the dice in the deep. After an hour ride to 100 fathoms, we set out our trolling gear and worked offshore. It didn't produce any bites so we tried the bottom. That didn't yield any results either, so we gave the amberjacks a try. That worked. Everybody got to pull on a couple of nice fish to break up the monotony and conclude the day. As I ran towards home, and back into radio range of the boats inshore, I learned of the hot cobia bite along the beach. We got inshore right at the end of it, and managed to sight cast two citation size cobias, a 40 pounder and a 55 pounder. An exciting ending to a fun day. Thanks to Tony and his twisted family!
We rode around for a while this morning, but finally settled in on some pretty good grouper fishing again this afternoon.
I steamed way south this morning on a tip about some kings down there yesterday. We looked around and found a pretty fishy looking spot, but it only produced a couple of kings for us. We did catch a blackfin tuna while we were kingfishing. One silver snapper and a big eye snapper would do it for us till we got further up the line, and around some more familiar bottom. We caught our "one per man" limit on the snowys, including two that made citation weight, a 25 and 27 pounder. The day was much nicer than forecasted, and we had an enjoyable trip, as we always do with this crowd! Thanks Paul and co.
We pretty much beat the bottom all day, and wound up with a nice catch, and just about as much variety as you could want.
I stopped on a few different spots, some shallow, some deep. We had a lot of action all day. I'll try to remember all the species we caught. We started out catching a pretty good mess of vermillion snappers (b-liners) and triggerfish. We aren't allowed to keep American red snappers, but we did release four of them, up to 15 pounds. We caught one nice queen snapper, and a few undersized silver snappers. We also landed a couple of sea bass out of the same area. I stopped on a spot with the jigs and bent the poles on a handful of amberjacks before moving off to deeper water. Next on our list of targeted species were tilefish and snowy groupers. We landed a good mess of tiles and five snowys, including a 36 pounder that made the citation mark. We caught a rose fish while we were in the deep too. I may have missed something, can't remember! We all enjoyed the day, thanks guys.
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