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Outer Banks Fishing Report - August 2010
Hard to believe that tomorrow will be spent preparing for a hurricane, as beautiful as it was today. The wahoo fishing was crazy too.
We started our day with a school of dolphin, which we managed to catch twelve of, then it was off for something bigger. I hoped for a few wahoo bites, but didn't expect it to be as good as it was. In three hours we had landed ten out of fifteen bites! My group said they had enough, so at noon we were outa there! I wish the weather was going to stay nice for the next few days so we could take advantage of this great fishing. Anyway, thanks Dave, for a great day offshore.
Today wound up being nicer than we had expected, looking at the weather earlier in the week, but the dolphin fishing was simply at it's peak.
The winds were northeast around 15, quite pleasant if you ask me. There was a swell in the inlet this morning from distant hurricane Daniele, but we waited for a set and breezed on across the bar. When we hit the blue water, the dolphin were there waiting on us. We found the mega school of big bailers, with several small gaffers mixed in. Rick, Katrina, Gabe and Madison hammered them hard. I told them that they were natural born killers. They smiled like killers do. Anyway, after the morning flurry, we worked offshore a little further in hopes of a wahoo bite, but as we got in to more current, the seas began to build. I decided it would be better to shallow up instead. Around 1:00 we got a report that the inlet was getting a little nastier, so we decided to wrap it up and head on in. Madison finished off the day by releasing a barracuda. Thanks Rick for sharing the day with us. Can't wait to see you back again!
Today was the slickest day in a while, like glass. Dolphin fishing was excellent again today as well.
I have been trying to get my buddy Sean offshore for several years now, and today it finally happened. He brought Heath along who had never been offshore either. As soon as I slowed the boat down we found a big school of dolphin and caught our limit...one stop shopping. We never had a wahoo bite today, and there were just a few caught around the fleet today. I dropped on offshore to look for a marlin bite, but there wasn't much going on out there either. One good thing was that the current was almost slack, so I took the opportunity to drop to the bottom. We caught our limit of snowy groupers in two drops, and went back to trolling. Sean caught a citation, 23 pounder and a ten pounder on one rig! Anyway, we had a great time, and look forward to doing it again! Thanks guys.
Today we tried something a little different. My friend Al wanted to catch a shark, so that's what we spent the first half of the day doing.
We caught three sand tigers between 175 and 250 pounds, and cured Al of his urge to pull on something that pulls back. We jogged on off a little further and found a big school of dolphin around a tree limb. We hammered them pretty hard, and even caught four wahoos around it before packing it in. I've got to say that the action was "non stop" today! Thanks Al, and I want to say that you did great for your first day on the job!
We pulled out of the harbor in a monsoon, but once again, fishing was good. Today was day # 2 for these guys.
Light northeast and a slight chance of an afternoon shower. Yeah, right. It was southeast 20 and the hardest rain you've ever seen. We managed to bounce our way offshore to the fishing grounds where the dolphin were abundant, big bailers and small gaffers. We had no trouble limiting out with them. We only had three wahoo bites today, and landed one, but were glad to have him. We were successful in catching a doubleheader sailfish, which was today's highlight. Ed got another one, and congrats to Todd and his first billfish release. Thanks Ed for two great days!
The seas were reasonably calm, but it rained for the first several hours of the day. Everybody was wet, but that didn't stop the fish from biting!
First of all, Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary to Dave and his wife. She gave him a fishing trip for his anniversary gift, and a chance to fulfill his dream of catching a billfish. It worked out, and then some. We weren't far into the day before we caught our first wahoo. Next I found one out of two floats that held enough dolphin for us to get our limit. The first one had several nice gaffers around it, and we capitalized on the opportunity. I have lost track of the order that things transpired, but we wound up with four wahoos. Dave caught his sailfish which was one out of a double, and Ed caught one towards the end of the day. It was an action packed day to say the least!
The weather was great again today, and once again, so was the fishing.
The wahoos are definitely getting even from the great batting average we were having earlier in the week. Today we were fortunate to catch three wahoos, but probably missed or pulled off another ten or twelve. We also had at least one sailfish encounter in amongst our wahoo action. We found three schools of dolphin during the course of the day, and it was enough for us to limit out. My buddy Mark moved WAAAY up north, so I don't get to see him as much as I used to, but it was great to spend today with him and his friends. Thanks, and I hope it won't be a whole year till I see you again!
We fished in a cool, breezy northeaster today, and the fishing was great!
My friend, "Brother", brought the kids out, and we needed a good school of dolphin to do what we needed to do. Well, I found a tree floating out there, and it was loaded with dolphin. We got pretty close to a limit before we went on and looked for some wahoo action. 12 year old Austin caught the first one, and 9 year old Liza caught the second one. We had two other wahoo bites before knocking off early and heading in. There were a number of billfish sightings out a little deeper. Thanks for another great adventure Brother!
Fishing was good again today, and the weather was great, in spite of what the weather man threatened us with.
The windy, squally day that was predicted wound up being calm and partly cloudy. Most everybody got what dolphin they wanted, including us, and the wahoo fishing continued to be great. Today we paid for the good luck that we have had the last few days, and only caught one wahoo out of five bites, but that's wahoo fishing. Looks like tomorrow's gonna be a good one too!
We were once again blessed with beautiful weather and great fishing!
Other than a couple of passing rain squalls this morning, it was a gorgeous, flat calm, sunny day. Fishing was comparable to yesterday, plenty of wahoo bites, and maybe better dolphin fishing. Today we landed seven wahoos out of a dozen or so bites, and scrapped out a good handful of dolphin, bailers and gaffers. Thanks for another great day on the water guys!
Another beautiful day of Hatteras fishing with wahoo as the main course.
We started in a good spot this morning, and as much as I enjoy catching wahoos, I wasn't really wanting to look for something else. The gist of the day was that we caught eight out of twelve or thirteen wahoo bites, and one gaffer dolphin. Some of the guys to the east found dolphin, and some of the guys to the south did too, but I think we had the best of the wahoo fishing. This afternoon there was a billfish flurry for a couple boats that were out in the deep at the right time. Lot's of fun today! Thanks Charlie, as always, enjoyed the trip!
We had a great day of Hatteras offshore fishing, and even better weather. The highlight of my day came at the end when 9 year old Cole skippered the Godspeed home.
We had a little bit of variety today, we bailed some dolphin, caught four or five nice gaffers, up to 25 pounds, and caught six out of ten wahoo bites. There wasn't much of a billfish bite today, but there was a smattering of wahoos up and down the line. I had a new group today, and teased with them about how quiet they were all day, but they were all smiles, and seemed to have a great time. I spent the ride home chatting with my new friend Cole, who is an awesome little guy. He caught a couple of dolphin and a wahoo himself! Thanks again Mike, can't wait to see you guys again.
Cool weather and hot fishing!
We had a number of trolling bites this morning, a few small gaffers, a few bailers, one out of four wahoo bites and missed what was likely to have been a sailfish. We had a dry spell for a while during the middle of the day, but we caught another wahoo in the afternoon, and found a couple nice schools of dolphin to finish out our limit. Great to see the fishing good!
The weatherman tricked us again, and the light winds that were predicted never quite made it to where we were.
My group was on the fence this morning about whether to go today or wait till tomorrow. Obviously we chose to go, and most of the group was happy with the decision. We found a float first thing, and caught five dolphin around it, but that would be all the dolphin for us today. One boat offshore had already had some good marlin action, so I trolled offshore to the hundred. The seas were stacked up to half again what they were in 30 fathoms, and I thought that at least one of my group would appreciate the smoother water, so I trolled back inshore. We finally got in the right spot in the afternoon for some wahoo action, but they had our number. I figure we had ten bites, but only hung on to three of them. Still I was glad to catch them and happy to have the action. Thanks for putting the trip together Lance, and I can't wait to see you guys again!
The ocean was plenty fishable today, but it was rough, and the bites were not as plentiful as we like.
Everything was all changed around from yesterday, and the tideline/color change we caught our dolphin on had blended out. Without dolphin, we were just hoping for a handful of quality bites to pull us through. We got started with a nice blackfin tuna as the ice breaker, and followed him up with one out of two wahoos. We did have a pair of sailfish get after us, we hooked one of them, but he got away. Thankfully, near the end of the day we found a school of dolphin and caught 14 of them. My group seemed to have a lot of fun even though it wasn't one of our stellar days. Thanks guys!
The weather was great today and fishing was just as good.
We really wanted to find some dolphin for the kids I had on board today, and after a slow start, we found a few schools of fish and caught all they wanted. We even had a 25 pounder join us for the trip back to Hatteras. There were a few wahoo bites in the morning, so after we finished up with our dolphin, we waited for something bigger to come along. We did have one heavy strike that we were unable to identify, but other than that, the action was slim for us. Still a great catch, and fun day. Thanks Steve!
Today was slick calm, but in the afternoon the rain socked in on us.
We found lots of dolphin today, but they weren't as eager to bite as we like. Still with some patience and a few hours of sticking to the task, we got our limit for these guys. They did a great job for rookies, and hopefully will be back for more! There were a couple of wahoos caught today as well as one sailfish in the fleet. Thanks Bob.
Once again we were blessed with great weather and fishing!
We had all of our action in the morning, but the final outcome was a good catch on a beautiful day. We went 1 for 3 on wahoos this morning, the one we landed was a 25 pounder. Next we enjoyed a good battle with a sailfish that Justin hooked off of the left shortrigger. After that we happened to be near a boat who found a float loaded with dolphin and gave us the call. We gladly accepted and bailed the majority of a limit around it. For us, the afternoon was slow, but around the fleet there were other schools of dolphin found and a few other sails caught. Thanks Danny for a great trip!
Today was quite windy, and I suggested rescheduling, but these guys wanted to give it a shot.
We actually got out into some pretty hard current, which helped smooth out the southwest seas were were up against. We fished down the edge of the current, and along a nice grass line, but it wasn't very productive. We caught a handful of dolphin, and never had a wahoo or sailfish bite. I was hoping after yesterday that we would find some more of that action. Anyway, we were kinda limited as to where we could fish due to the wind, but we made the day. They raise 'em tuff at VMI! Thanks guys!
Today was slick calm and hot, with great fishing to boot!
We found a couple of floats that had big schools of dolphin around them and managed to catch our limit of nice bailer dolphin this morning. It was this group's first offshore experience, and they did great. There was a great sign of sailfish seen up and down the line today, and we had our share of the action as well. We hooked two out of several and Chris caught and released his successfully. Later we hooked one out of a double and pulled him off, and just before lines out of the water, we hooked one off of a teaser only to get away as well. Lots of action! Thanks Crabills AND Lanie for spending the day with us!
The ocean settled down today and the fishing picked up!
First thing this morning was the massive dolphin kill. One stop shopping. It sounded like they made a good showing up and down the line. Everybody who wanted dolphin got their limit. After that we went looking for something bigger. We had good luck getting bites, but horrible luck keeping anything on the hook today. We went 0 for 3 on our wahoo bites, and 0 for 4 on sails. Yeah, I know. We did have one of the sails on for a pretty good while, while 9 year old Avery did battle, but in the end the sailfish got away after a great show. I'm ready for the odds to go the other way! Anyway, thanks Derek and Troy for bringing the boys, and I hope to see you again soon!
Today the weather man missed by a mile. Fortunately we managed to find some fish to make it all worth while.
The forecast was for an easterly wind at 10-15 and a slight chance of a shower. What really happened was a good ol' Hatteras low pressure sat over us all day. It blew 25 most of the day, 30 on the leading edges of the numerous squalls that we dealt with from start to finish. There were lulls where the wind fell out to 20. Fishing overall was slow, but the weather made our job difficult today. We found a couple little bunches of dolphin, and one pretty good school around a log this afternoon. We wound up with a decent catch of fish, with a few small gaffers mixed in with the bailers. We never had a wahoo bite although there were a few caught today. Hopefully tomorrow's weather will be better!
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