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Outer Banks Fishing Report - July 2010
Today was cool and comfortable thanks to a breezy northeaster, but the fishing was still pretty slow.
First of all, I think I snapped the coolest sunrise pics of the year this morning. Lots of color. Anyway, I headed to the south and fished that direction all day in the hopes of finding some dolphin, but it just didn't work out. We found a couple of pretty good grass lines, but very few bites. We did catch a nice blackfin tuna on the way out, and three dolphin all day offshore. We had a couple of mystery bites, and lost one wahoo just before the gaff. Elsewhere, there was still a fair number of sailfish seen, but slim pickins on everything else. Thanks guys, and Dink, hopefully I'll see you next year!
Fishing was a little on the scrappy side today.
We started out on the right foot though, my new pal Sam caught a sailfish right out of the gate this morning. I knew these guys were not gonna be hard to please, and if I could come up with a wahoo and a handful of dolphin for them, we'd be set. Well, we never had a wahoo bite all day, and managed to catch three dolphin, out of eight or ten bites. We did have two other sailfish encounters, both pretty hot bites, but unsuccessful. Still an exciting day for everyone who shared the moment with Sam! Thanks guys!
Today I had the privilege of spending the day with my uncle and three of my cousins.
We didn't have much luck finding dolphin today, but we had a number of bigger bites that produced some quality fish for us. We did catch a handful of bailers first thing this morning, but it was so scrappy that I decided to head offshore to look around. My cousin Skyler started things off with a citation 43 pound wahoo. After riding out to 400 fathoms and back in we hooked a nice 25 pound gaffer dolphin and somehow Skyler wound up with the rod again. Our next bit of action came in the form of a doubleheader sailfish. We hooked one of them and Cara fought him to the leader for the release. Nice job Cara. Next was a single sailfish bite which was given to Skyler to battle. He did a great job but somehow in the midst of all the jumping, the fish got wrapped up in the leader and broke off. Still an exciting fight. Thanks again uncle Gene for a great day together!
Today was a picture perfect day for Hatteras fishing. We had a cool, light northeast wind, and some pretty good fishing.
Today we had a make-up party, and all the guys had a ball together. We started out looking for dolphin and wound up catching our limit of bailers. It took several stops but we got 'em. After that we enjoyed the day while we waited for a bigger bite. We only had one wahoo bite today and pulled the hook on him, but we did have a hot teaser bite from a sailfish that switched off to a TLD for a great fight. Congrats to Duane on the catch and release.
Fishing was on the scrappy side for most of the day, and the weather wasn't too special either.
I figured it would be choppy today with a 15-20 southwest forecast, but a couple hours into the day it was blowing a steady 25, and plenty choppy. Well, most guys don't mind it choppy as long as the fish are biting, but the bites were few and far between for us today. We caught a nice gaffer dolphin shortly after we started fishing, and with the exception of a barracuda release, it was 1:30 till we had our next bite. Fortunately in the last hour of fishing we had four wahoo bites and landed three of them. Kinda like pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Anyway, thanks Rodney for hanging in there while we tried to search out some fish for your group. Talk to you soon.
Today was as beautiful as we had hoped. Fishing wasn't red hot, but we had an occasional quality bite that kept everybody pumped up and excited about the next one.
The odds were in our favor today with the wahoo bites. We had five bites and caught four of them. Congrats to Brian with his citation 46 pounder, and to Tom who's 38 pounder was just shy of the 40 pound citation mark, but still a nice fish. We had two sailfish encounters, but both fish were unsuccessfully "switched off". One dolphin and one bonito would round out our catch. There was a good sign of sailfish today around the fleet, and maybe some dolphin offshore, but it didn't sound like they wanted to bite very well. Thanks again Brian for spending the day with us!
We had a little bumpy ride out this morning, but the weather improved as the day went on, and we did have a few bites today.
We caught two out of four wahoo bites this morning, and worked on to the southwest in hopes of more. We never had another wahoo bite, but we did catch a couple of small gaffer dolphin, and found one school of bailers which we managed to land a handful more out of. There were a few blue marlin bites today, for a change, and the weather looks like it should be decent for tomorrow, so we'll see! Thanks guys!
The fishing cooled off quite a bit from the last time I fished, but it'll get better.
The good news is that we finally made it back out, after sitting to the dock for the last few days. The bad news is that the fishing was terrible. No, I'm not gonna sugar coat it. The ugly part was, well, the ocean was ugly. It blew southwest 25 all day and it wasn't for the faint of heart. My guys tuffed it out though, and moral was good all day, even though we only caught two dolphin. We did have two wahoo bites, but they both got away. We saw some cool stuff though, and my guys had a great appreciation for the "nature" side of the adventure. We saw a pair of sunfish, and right at the end of the day we had a long tailed tropic bird follow the boat for ten minutes or so. For pelagic bird watchers, that's like a grand slam! Anyway, I appreciate everything Casey, and hope to see you next year.
Today was a little rougher than I would have liked, but my crew did well, and the fishing was pretty good too.
My friend Bill wanted to have an offshore adventure with his daughter and son-in-law, so today was the day. We found several schools of dolphin and were able to catch our limit of them. We had four wahoo bites, but they got the best of us today. We also had three sailfish encounters and managed to successfully land and release one of them. Bill's daughter Kaytee was the angler on the sailfish, so we were all proud of her! Thanks for another great day on the water!
Today was a special day for Joe and Susan. They got married on the Godspeed, then we headed offshore for a day of fishing!
We had a nice ceremony at sunrise, in the channel down near the inlet. Their pastor was along to preside over the wedding, and I must say he did an excellent job. After rings and kisses were exchanged, we headed on off for a day of Hatteras offshore fishing. We caught pretty close to our limit of dolphin, most of them in the morning, some in the afternoon. Joe's son Wade caught a nice 30 pound dolphin, just to out do everyone else. We raised three sails today, one of them ate a shortrigger bait, and we simply missed him. We also had quite a few wahoo bites, which complicated our sailfishing technique. We did manage to land one of them, a 20 pounder. It's good to see the quality bites around' Thanks guys for sharing your special day with us!
It was another perfect day for Hatteras offshore fishing!
As soon as we set our lines out this morning, we had a school of dolphin up. We caught 15 or so, and then it was a long dry spell. I think the majority of our fleet went south to try some marlin fishing, and from the reports I heard, it was good fishing. We did raise a sailfish, but that was our only encounter, and we covered a lot of ground. Late in the afternoon, I found a current rip that was holding some dolphin, and we managed to catch 40 more to make our day. All's well that ends well!
In spite of a threatening forecast, the weather and fishing turned out to both be pretty good.
The further we ran offshore, the windier and rougher it got, and I figured it to be a "survival" day. Well, the wind fell out, and the forecasted numerous thunderstorms never got here. It turned out to be a nice day after all. We started fishing on a color change and didn't go far before finding a school of dolphin. We managed to catch our limit in an hour or so, with six or seven small to medium gaffers mixed in the pile. We spent the rest of the day hoping for a sailfish or a wahoo. We did miss a sail in the morning, and in the afternoon had another one appear behind a teaser, and then look over most of the baits in our spread, but never ate. Lately there have been a few more wahoo bites, so I'm looking forward to getting one soon! Thanks to my good ol' Varina rednecks for a great day! See you in the fall.
We had a low pressure system on top of us all day, but other than the rain, it was pretty nice for the most part.
I had another group of rookies today, but we threw them right on in the fire, and they did just fine. We got our limit of dolphin this morning, and went on off looking for something better. We found it, one of the biggest sails I've ever caught. Justin guessed his weight at close to 80 pounds. That was one out of a double, and we raised another sail to a flatline shortly after releasing the one we caught, but he didn't eat. This afternoon, the thunderstorms began to grow and the wind came with it, so we knocked off a few minutes early. Congratulations on a great catch Kent, hope to see you again!
We had another glorious day in the gulf stream today!
My group had never been offshore before, so I knew they would be easy to please. The dolphin fishing was a little more "hit or miss" today, but we did find a couple of schools, along with a few single gaffer bites, to enable us to put together a nice catch of fish. There weren't many billfish bites today, unlike yesterday. Thanks, Tom, for a great day!
More great Hatteras fishing and weather was enjoyed by all today!
Today everything worked out for me to take my son, Simon, along. I was hoping to have some good action for him to see, and that worked out too. We started about five minutes away from a good school of dolphin, so when we found them, it was on. My group was nice enough to let Simon jump in the rotation and catch a half dozen or so dolphin. That made his day. He was upstairs with me when we found the second bunch, and was able to appreciate my view. After we finished up with our limit of dolphin, we assumed the duty of hunting down a sailfish. You try to explain to a seven year old that we are gonna spend the next five hours riding, and we may or may not have any more bites! Fortunately, we had a few. Our first encounter was a single shortrigger bite, out of a sailfish, but no contact. We trolled on down the beach, hoping for another turn, as we listened to the frequent reports of "hook ups" over the radio. Finally we got our turn. Right teaser, right short, short shotgun, pins were poppin' as we worked and finally settled in with a triple header hook up on sails. Everything seemed to be working out fine till one of the three jumped back across it's line and broke it. We still managed to catch and release two out of the triple. Simon was right down there in the action, cranking stuff out of the way as Justin needed him to. He even got to feel the bill of the one we pulled in the boat for a photo. It was special for me to share with him. Thanks so much Mike for letting him come along and be a part of the action. See you in a couple of weeks.
Today we enjoyed great weather again, and still great fishing!
I covered a lot of ground this morning, inshore, offshore, trolling, jigging, but we finally got where the dolphin were thick, up to the east. Once we got there, it was one stop shopping. We did try jigging on one spot, but whatever we hooked got eaten by something BIG, and we wound up fighting it for a long time till he bit through our leader. Probably Jaws. Anyway, we spent the late morning and afternoon sailfishing, and wound up hooking a doubleheader. One jumped off and we captured and released the second one. Congratulations Bill. Anyway, a very enjoyable day had by all.
Today may have been the last of the cool northeasters for a while, but it sure has been pleasant weather for Hatteras fishing.
We set our lines out in the biggest school of dolphin ever this morning. The coffee hadn't even kicked in yet for my guys and we threw them right on in to the fire! It was as good as I have ever seen it, and in a half hour's time, we had finished with our sixty fish limit and were moving on to look for something else. The challenge at that point was to stay OUT of the dolphin. I trolled offshore to 100 fathoms and then worked down the beach for six or seven miles, but no marlin bites. My guys had a ball and all wound up with a good mess of fish to take home, even if it did come all at once. Thanks Scott, I hope to see you in November for some yellowfin!
Today was the second day of a mid-summer northeaster, but it was cool and the fish were biting!
It was a little on the choppy side, but everybody in my group did well, and we managed to catch our limit of dolphin again today. It was a situation where you got a bite just about everywhere, but never really found a "mega school". It took us a few hours to get what we needed, but soon after 11:00 we were done. By then it was blowing 20-25 and instead of working further offshore, my group decided to head in along the beach and catch some spanish mackerel and bluefish. I was most proud of Daphne who had been offshore before but had never caught a fish. She was a fishing machine. Now she wants to go again in November! Thanks guys.
We fished in a breezy northeaster today, but I have to say the cool breeze felt kinda good!
When we left the dock, it was windy and raining, but the rain eventually quit, and the day turned out to be reasonably nice. My guys had fished yesterday too, and still wanted to find some amberjack action, so I had that on my mind first thing. We had some bites, but a very large and pesky barracuda kept harassing our jacks. No problem, we eliminated the barracuda. We knew he was a nice one, but didn't realize how nice till we boated him. He wound up just shy of the state record at 52 pounds! NIce work Jim. Anyway, we caught our limit of jacks and decided to head offshore to look around. The dolphin fishing had been scrappy in the shallows, and nobody had ventured out very deep. We found some scattered grass in 300 fathoms and caught a half of a limit of dolphin, including a few gaffers while we were there. All in all, an enjoyable day. Thanks Justin, Jim, Luke and Fred.
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