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Outer Banks Fishing Report - November 2011
My buddy Casey made the last minute decision to drive down from Connecticut for some fishing therapy!
I don't know how much sleep he got in the car between the time he arrived and the time we pulled away from the dock, but I'm sure that after driving for twelve hours, fishing all day and then driving halfway back tonight, he's gonna be wiped out. The cool thing was that we had a gorgeous fall day, and a pretty good bit of action. We didn't hang on to as many kings as we should have, for the amount of bites that we had, but we caught a handful, plus a couple of amberjacks. The highlight was another wahoo on a TLD 20. This one earned Casey a citation at 42 pounds, which is officially his biggest fish so far, and his first wahoo. Great job Casey! Enjoy the fish, and I'll see you next year!
We caught a well full of live bait this morning and went after the kings again.
The water was not as clear as it was the last day we fished, so in the beginning the bite was a little slower. After a few hours, things picked up and the action was about like you would expect. We caught two citation kings today, a 42 and a 35 pounder, but the bonus was when a 61 pound wahoo skied on a flatline live bait on a TLD 20. After a long fight, we landed the fish, good job Mike! We also caught a big ol' barracuda. By quittin' time, the box was full, and everybody was smiling!
After the action we had yesterday and the size fish that we saw, I strongly suggested to my party that we catch live bait this morning and try for the kings.
It was simply as good as it gets. The day was perfect, greasy calm, and the fish were big and hungry. We used all of our live bait up by late morning, as the bite was non-stop. It was hard to say who caught what, but I weighed a citation (30 pounds +) for everybody, and there were more that would have made it that I didn't weigh. Our largest was 42 pounds. It was a terrific trip. Thanks guys, and I hope to see you back next year!
We headed off for another day of commercial king mackerel fishing this morning.
The fish were pretty scattered, and you seemed to be able to get a bite just about anywhere, but never enough to really crush them. We scrapped out 700 pounds, with some nicer fish mixed in. In this picture Justin and Jim are holding a 40 pounder.
My guys wanted to fish for tuna today, but since the yellowfins were pretty scarce yesterday, I offered wahoos or kings.
They wanted to try for some wahoo action, but after I arrived where we fished yesterday, the water temperature had dropped six degrees and the bites were almost non existent. We did catch one 35 pound wahoo and two gaffer dolphin, but that was about it. I decided to reposition myself, so I jogged a long ways up the line to get to the mackerel fleet. Once we got there, we had outstanding "dead bait" action on the 20 pound tackle, and limited out in pretty short order. It wasn't their first choice, but after seeing how great the action was, my group was thrilled with the fishing. Thanks again guys!
I headed south this morning in search of some wahoo action.
I actually went too far south, and had to work back up the line before I had some action, but we did wind up catching five out of nine or ten wahoo bites. They were nice fish, all 30-35 pounders. I also found a boat transom floating out there and figured that it would be loaded with fish, but only caught three gaffers and a bailer around it. Still, glad to have them! It was a beautiful day offshore. Thanks Jim and Ken!
My day started off with a beautiful sunrise, and ended with another 2400 pounds of king mackerel on the market!
All I can tell you is kingfishing is hot right now!
We commercial fished today and did quite well. Kelly Martin...I'm sorry!
Things are shaping back up after the big blow and cold push of water. The kings bit today and we came in with 2600 pounds. Justin and Jim stayed busy most of the day!
We spent most of the day in the wrong places but in the bottom of the 9th we finally got on some fish.
There was a huge "belly" of cold water over the area that we caught tuna in Thursday, so I made the decision to jog ten or twelve miles to the east. When I arrived, I was amongst twenty or more other boats who weren't catching anything either! Since I was WAY out of position, the southern end of the fleet was whacking the wahoos and a few tuna. I made another run back to the west this afternoon and finally got myself in a good spot. We landed seven yellowfin (25-30 pounders) and four blackfin tuna in the last hour of fishing. We worked overtime and were late getting in, but it was worth it! Thanks again Rob!
Today was the second trip this week with Kelly Martin and the Winks gang from Salisbury, NC. I'm just gonna say that there will be fresh tuna on special this week!
The day started off right when Dina caught a citation 40 pound wahoo, kinda like her daughter Nicole, who caught a citation wahoo on Tuesday. Anyway, it only got better as the day went on. We did land another wahoo, a 35 pounder, half dozen blackfin tuna, one shark and a limit (18) of yellowfin tuna, mostly in the 25 pound range. We weren't gonna keep the shark, but Ty said "can I eat it" and nobody wanted to argue with him, so in the box he went. Thanks again for another great offshore adventure guys!
We earned every fish today, and fishing was really pretty good!
We dealt with 25 knots of north-northeast wind, on top of a ground swell from distant sub tropical Sean. It was a handful at times, but we had good action. We landed five yellowfins in the 30 pound range, a half dozen blackfins, two king mackerel, and a 53 pound wahoo out of six or eight wahoo bites. Good job Nicole on your citation wahoo! Thanks Kelly!
My original notion was to look for live bait and try for the kings, but (A) bait was hard to find, and (B) there was cold dirty water over the king mackerel grounds. We headed on off to give the wahoos a try.
I hated to be late, but once we got there, the wahoo fishing was pretty good. We wound up landing six wahoos out of a dozen or more bites. Several of them were close to 40 pounds. We also caught three blackfins, just to add a little variety to the catch! It was a beautiful day, which is a rarity these days. Looks like the weather should straighten out after the weekend, let's hope so! Thanks Greg!
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