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Outer Banks Fishing Report - September 2010
The weather was reasonably nice, and the dolphin fishing was great!
We found our dolphin on the first color change, and on the eastern end of the fleet, but there was 5 knots of current and it took the rest of the day to fish back to where we started. The dolphin we found were big bailers with a couple of small gaffers mixed in, and we managed to catch our limit. There weren't a lot of bigger bites today, but I think most everybody had a wahoo bite or two. We had a couple, but they both got away. Thanks Jim for a great time!
Today my friend Don took his wife and her parents on a wonderful deep sea adventure!
We stopped twice to bail dolphin, and half a limit was enough, so we spent the bulk of the day trolling. The wahoo fishing was good, and we wound up landing six, including a citation 52 pounder for the "birthday girl". Congratulations Teresa! We had a couple of sailfish encounters, missed one and jumped one off. It was a beautiful September day filled with action! Thanks again Don.
It was good to get back out, now that the hurricane swells have subsided.
There was hardly any wind today, although there was a gentle ground swell left from hurricane Igor. It was subsiding as the day progressed as well. Fishing was good up and down the line. We caught three wahoos and had several other bites, jumped off a sailfish, and caught twenty-some dolphin around a patch of grass. My group was pretty easy going, although I thought there might have been a troublemaker or two in the bunch when I first met them (hee hee). Thanks John for setting up the trip, and I look forward to seeing you guys back again!
Today was The Hatteras village "Day at the Docks",which is an annual festival celebrating the Hatteras Island working watermen and their heritage.
The day began with doves released to honor those watermen who have passed on, and to celebrate those who still work on the waters surrounding the outer banks. There are lots of events taking place during the day for adults as well as kids. Music is performed, a chowder "cook off" is held, and a kids fishing tournament are among some of the events that take place. This year there were around 120 kids entered in the tournament. The day is ended with a work boat processional followed by a blessing of the fleet. It's a special day for those of us who spend our lives on the ocean and take pride in the heritage and tradition of North Carolina watermen. Enjoy the pictures!
The wind was out of the south today, so it was warm and a little breezy as the day went on.
Fishing was comparable to yesterday, although we didn't have as many wahoo bites. We did find a couple of floats and managed to bail a half a limit of dolphin to go along with one nice blackfin and a citation, 42 pound wahoo. Congratulations Tim on your catch! Thanks again guys, and I hope to see you back!
Most of the day was a little breezy out of the northeast, but by this afternoon, the wind and seas had calmed down nicely.
My group today was wonderful. The only problem I had was having to deal with a severe case of IWAD (insufficient wahoo average disorder). Symptoms of this disease are anxiety and depression (in some cases). Our day started off perfect, we landed our first bite, a wahoo. After that we went 0 for 10 or more wahoo bites! I mean, what are you gonna do?! Fish on, line tight, ...gone. Over and over. Finally in the afternoon things picked up for us. We found a float that had a school of big bailers around it, and managed to catch 15. Next we caught three blackfin tunas, and At the end of the day landed our last bite...a wahoo. It was nice to finally put together a catch, but I was worried! Thanks again guys for a fun day offshore!
Once we got in the right area, it was "Katy bar the door". Unbelievable dolphin and wahoo fishing.
We fished in a lively ocean today. We had a "one stop shopping" event on a school of dolphin. These weren't small bailers, they were big bailers and small gaffers, and they were hungry. At one point we had four fish on, but only one or two people wanted to wind any more in! I asked if they had enough dolphin, and they eagerly said yes. Well, we set out our wahoo baits, and the bite was on. We wound up with nine wahoos for the day. I'd call it a great first trip on the Godspeed! Can't wait to see you guys again!
Thanks also, for sharing a special day with us. I'm so glad that the day turned out like it did for you. God bless.
Today was a continuation of the beautiful weather we have had this month!
We started out on some dolphin this morning, all mixed up from small bailers to a couple of small gaffers. The wahoo bite was slow most of the day, but the current was slack so I decided to try and compensate the slow wahoo fishing with some grouper fishing. It worked! In three drops we landed six snowys and a yellow edge grouper. They were 12-20 pounders. We did have a sailfish make a pass at one of our dangling baits while we were drifting. In the afternoon a couple of the boats to the far south started having some wahoo action, so that tells me there is another flurry on the way. We missed one wahoo bite at the end of the day, and did manage to get on some more dolphin late as well. My guys had a great time today, and so did I!
Fishing was good today, but our success rate was pretty pitiful on the wahoos.
We started out in a 20 knot north wind, but it just added an element of difficulty for my group as they bailed dolphin. By the way, they kicked butt! We finished up with our dolphin limit by 9:00 and were off in search of wahoo. It was a long dry spell, but we finally had some action in the afternoon. Unfortunately the fish prevailed today. We went 0 for 6 on our wahoo bites, and missed a sailfish. Fortunately, by the afternoon the wind had fallen out to nothing and the ride home was slick calm. Thanks everybody!
I hate to sound redundant, but the weather and fishing were both great today...again!
Our day started out with a wahoo, just a few minutes after lines in the water. Next I found a nice grass line that was loaded with dolphin. We caught our limit, or close enough, before getting back to wahoo fishing. We didn't have a lot of action for the rest of the day, but the bites we had were quality. We wound up with four wahoos for the day, including a citation 41 pounder. Congratulations Paul! There was some sailfish action further offshore, but we stuck it out on the break. Thanks again guys for a great trip!
Today was another beautiful day in the blue water.
We began our day again with "one stop shopping" on the dolphin. After we finished up, we went "big fish" hunting. We had a perfect "bait and switch" situation with a sailfish, up until the part where he jumped off. It was fun to see though. We managed to go three for six on the wahoos today, and one shark release. We fished near the color change from green to blue water. I snapped a shot so you could see the distinct change in color and the difference in the attitude of the sea, due to current. Enjoy!
I always enjoy fishing after a big storm. It's like virgin territory, and the weather is usually great.
For starters, this mornings ride to work was as nice as it gets. Calm and cool. We set right out in a school of dolphin and bailed the majority of our limit, right to start with. It was perfect since I had a couple of youngsters on board. Anyway, we had a lot of trolling action throughout the day as well, including a handful of blackfin tunas and one yellowfin. Our wahoo average was pretty fair for most of the day, as we caught three out of six bites, including a 40 pounder for a citation. Towards the end of the trip we hooked four wahoos at once and lost them all, so there went our average all to heck. We did find a couple more schools of dolphin and finished up with our limit, including a couple of small gaffers.
After a hurricane, you never know what you'll find adrift in the ocean. Today we found a Sign placed by the National Park Service indicating a restricted area, due to the protected birds. At first we figured that since they have roped off most of Hatteras Island anyway, that they were gonna rope off the gulf stream too! What a relief to find out that we could still fish there!
Thanks for a great day back at sea!
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