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Outer Banks Fishing Report - June 2010
Fairly nice weather and more good dolphin fishing greeted us today.
It was good to get back out on the water today, after a couple of "blow days". There were dolphin just about everywhere, but for us, it took a while to find the right school. We picked at them, one, two, three at a time for most of the morning, occasionally catching five or six out of a school, till we finally got on a bunch of fish that were hungry. We caught our limit, and went looking for something else. My guys expressed an interest in some amberjackin', so I hit three or four spots, but didn't have much luck. There were a few sails caught today, and a scattered yellowfin up to the east.
Other than a remaining sea left over from yesterday's south west wind, it was a beautiful day.
We found an area that was holding a lot of dolphin this morning, and were able to get our limit of mostly bailers pretty early. We did catch a couple of gaffers as well. My friend Rob broke out his fly rod and caught a few on that as well. There wasn't much else to report today, we spent most of it looking for a sailfish that we never found. Glad to see the dolphin around!
We had a little bit of a sou'wester to deal with this morning, but after a brief discussion, everyone was in agreement to give it a shot.
One of my guys had already put in his request to "jig and release" some amberjacks if possible, so we were able to get that done first thing. The dolphin fishing was a little on the scrappy side yesterday, and it looked like today was going to be more of the same. We caught four, and then it was a while without a bite. I think "Pop" was feeling a little under the weather, so the gang decided to take him home and get him more comfortable. I'm sure it was a good call. Thanks again Dave!
Fishing was as good as it has been lately, but the wind picked up and mad it a little on the choppy side.
We still caught our limit of dolphin before 10:00, including several small gaffers. One of my group was a little under the weather, so the group voted to head in early. Still an action packed morning and lots of good eats for this week and for the freezer! Thanks Craig.
Same guys, same fishing, same weather. It's all good!
Not a lot changed since yesterday. We found the dolphin early, hammered them, and skipped baits the rest of the day. Billfishing was a little slow, but we did have a teaser bite from a sail, but the results were similar to yesterday's bite. He wouldn't leave the teaser for nuthin'! Anyway, we had a great and enjoyable trip. Thanks again guys.
More great dolphin fishing was enjoyed by the boats out of Hatteras again today.
The good people from Western Branch Diesel, which is where I purchased my engine, always come down to do a few days of fishing in June. It's always "low pressure", which is just the way I like it. We left a little late this morning, but were able to go straight to the fish. The dolphin fishing was excellent, and we were able to limit out, with a few bonus gaffers mixed in with the bailers. While we were bailing dolphin, a 20-25 pound cobia swam up to the boat, so Justin hooked him on a buck tail and he was successfully landed. After that we were anxious to try for a sailfish since there had been several hooked already. We had trouble keeping away from the dolphins, but I guess that's a good problem to have. We did raise a fish to a longrigger, and I cranked him all the way till the bait was dangling out of the pin, but he wouldn't switch over to a TLD. A half of a circle later, the dolphins swarmed us and that was the end of our sailfish encounter. Still a picture perfect weather day and a great catch of fish. Thanks guys!
We had a 10-15 knot northeaster that helped keep things a little cooler today. It didn't bother the fishing though, that was still hot!
I had the pleasure of spending the day with a few teenagers today, and enjoyed seeing them excited about Hatteras offshore fishing. We caught our limit of dolphin again today, mostly bailers, and a couple of nice gaffers. I happened to be in the area of an amberjack spot, so we finished up with some vertical jigging. They all had a ball, especially Madison who snagged a BIG sea bass on her jig! Thanks so much John, and I look forward to the next one!
Today was another picture perfect day for Hatteras offshore fishing.
I put together a terrific group for today's party consisting of a guy and his wife, a girl and her dad, and two good buddies. We found the bailer dolphin first thing again, and hammered them properly. The rest of the day was committed to marlin fishing. Any day now, we are going to come out of our slump, but it wasn't today. There was actually a decent sign of fish today, but we never raised a fish. There's always tomorrow! It was a beautiful day and everybody enjoyed themselves, and there was plenty of dolphin to take back home and eat. Thanks everybody!
We had perfect Hatteras fishing weather again today, and more great dolphin fishing!
We found the "blue million" school of dolphin, first thing this morning, and had our limit shortly after 8:00. That part was great, but there wasn't much else going on the rest of the day. My guys seemed to want to target a marlin, so I stayed to the task, and did finally have a bite. I couldn't quite tell if it was a white or a blue marlin, but we missed him anyway, or I guess I should say he missed us. Overall the billfishing was slow, so I was glad to at least have the bite. The weather was hot, but at least it was slick calm!
My group today was vacationing from Illinois, and lucked out with a slick calm day offshore.
We found another "Wal-Mart" school of dolphin, and managed to catch most of our limit in one stop this morning. After that, we caught a couple of nice gaffers while trolling around waiting for a big bite. We did have a couple of marlin encounters today. We pulled off a white marlin on a TLD, that I thought we had dead to rights, missed another one on a long rigger, and had one other mystery bite. Soon the odds are gonna go in our favor! Overall, the billfish bite was slow. There was a scattered yellowfin up to the east. In the afternoon, I wound up in the area of some amberjacks, and my group had all the fish they wanted so we let everybody catch and release one just for fun. Thanks Don, for a great day.
Today was the perfect day to have a big group of young folks. Slick calm and great dolphin fishing!
My buddies Dave and Tony had me booked for today, and between them they've got about fifty kids, so I never know who the are gonna bring. They probably don't either! Anyway, we didn't have much action other than the dolphins, but we got on a school of them that was as good as it gets. One stop shopping, as I have said before. They had a time. I tried to shoot some pics of the kids getting it done, but pictures couldn't do the action justice. Later in the day, somebody reeled in a blackfin tuna, and we pulled off a white marlin shortly after the bite. Thanks guys!
Hatteras offshore fishing was at it's finest again today!
We had a father/son duo on board, and it was Wesley's first trip offshore. Well, I'd say he's officially spoiled! We caught our limit of dolphin this morning, including a few gaffers, then we found a place of birds over tuna. They bit pretty good, and we managed to land six yellowfins in the 35 to 50 pound range. These guys were worn out by the end of the trip! Thanks Dennis.
Another beautiful day offshore of Hatteras was enjoyed by all!
I gotta plug my favorite bar-b-que masters from "Winks" in Salisbury, NC. They've got the best pork, and I'm pretty sure that they'll have fresh dolphin on special next week! Anyway, we got on another great school of bailer dolphin, plus a couple of gaffers during the day. One of my young anglers was under the weather so we headed back inshore to let him pull on some spanish mackerel and bluefish around the inlet. He recovered and caught a bunch! While we fished further south and caught dolphin, the boats to the east got into some good tuna fishing plus some white marlin bites.
The weather was perfect for a Hatteras fishing trip today. Calm seas, light winds, and epic fishing.
I told my party this morning that if things were like yesterday, they could pick between dolphin fishing and tuna fishing. They chose to go for yellowfin, and we had an exciting morning. We got struck three times and landed eleven tuna in the 40-50 pound range. Since the action had been so good, and they had plenty of fish, I asked if they would like to head offshore a ways and see if we could find some dolphin, and of course, they agreed. We caught a couple nice gaffers trolling out, and once we found a grass line, we got on a pretty good school of fish, which we managed to catch close to 40 out of. There was some billfish action around the fleet, but we never had a bite from one that I know of. Now, you know these guys are spoiled! I snapped a few shots of a squall that we encountered on the way in. I thought the pictures were cool. Thanks Jerry for a great day.
Today you could choose between yellowfin or dolphin, but it was hard to do both.
There is never any question about what these guys want to fish for, they are hard core dolphin fishermen. I knew we had to go a long ways offshore to find the condition we were looking for, and we found it just over 40 miles offshore. As we scrounged around in the scattered grass looking for some fish, the radio was alive with reports of tuna action back inshore. I was hoping to find the mega school and finish up quick so I could get back in there and participate, but it took a while. We found several decent schools, and finally the big one that enabled us to catch our limit. We also hooked a nice blue marlin while we were out there, but he came off after the first jump. We put out some high speed lures to cover a little ground on the way back inshore, and wouldn't you know, the tunas found us, and we managed to land three 40 pounders out of a cover up. Like my day wasn't good enough already, I made it to the little league field in time to see my son get a base hit! Thanks Kelly for another memorable trip!
There was a lot of boat traffic today, but still plenty of fish to go around.
We spent the first couple hours working on getting our dolphin catch, and were successful. After that, we waited for something else to happen. I came across a place of birds working and caught one forty pound yellowfin and a couple of bonitos. I expected to hit the tunas again, but we never had another bite out of them. Marlin fishing was slow today, considering the number of boats out. I think two whites and a sail was all that was caught. Overall great fishing though, and my group came home with the groceries!
My guys wanted dolphin today, and lucky for them, it was excellent fishing today.
It was a long bumpy ride to where I was going, but when we got there the fishing was great. We found a couple of decent schools before we found the mother of schools of dolphin. They were just like I like them...dumb and hungry. We managed to catch our limit pretty quick, mostly nice bailers, with six or eight gaffers to go with them. We set baits out looking for a bigger bite, but never found it. My group had to make a five hour drive, so we knocked off a little early so they could get their fish cleaned and on the road. Further up the line, the boats had decent tuna action.
We went tuna fishing again today, and scrapped out a nice catch of fish for our fishing school crowd.
This group fished on Tuesday, and caught all the dolphin they wanted. Bearing this in mind, we headed back to the area we fished yesterday to try for more tuna. Between the yellowfins, blackfins and bonitas, we stayed fairly busy. We landed three yellowfins, two forty pounders and a fifty pounder, ten or twelve small blackfins, and a handful of skipjacks. Towards the end of the day we caught a gaffer dolphin, just for spite. The dolphin fleet caught some fish waaaay to the south and offshore. Some boats did pretty well while others found the fishing to be scrappy. There were a couple blue marlin caught in the fleet as well.
Today the great dolphin fishing slowed down, but we found some tuna to catch.
Things have been changing around on us all spring. One day the water is pushed in, the next day it has shoved off, it's been crazy. There were some dolphin caught today, but nothing like it has been. This will change too. The cool thing was that we found a few yellowfins to pull on. We got struck twice, the first time we landed one out of four bites, and the second time we landed three out of four. We caught a blackfin as well, but never saw a dolphin. I bet tomorrow will be different!
Today was another fine day of Hatteras offshore fishing!
I have participated with the NC State fishing school since I was a mate for my dad, so I am used to them and they are used to me! We headed quite a ways east of everybody else this morning, and it turned out to be a good decision. We found several good schools of dolphin, gaffers and nice bailers, and did manage to limit out. We trolled to the southwest for the afternoon, in hopes of a marlin bite, but never had one. There were a few blue marlin seen, and two caught today.
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