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Outer Banks Fishing Report - April 2011
Things showed promise of summer today as we had some good dolphin fishing for a change.
Just to catch everybody up, we did fish on Tuesday, but after the beating we took from the ocean, the thunderstorms, and the poor fishing, I didn't even go near the computer that evening! I hated it for my buddy Greg, but we have had such good luck together that we figured we were due for a slow day. Anyway, yesterday there was a decent sign of blackfins and yellowfins, but we didn't have a trip. Today things had changed around a little bit so I tried the southern path again. We didn't have a lot of big bites, just one wahoo, but we did find a couple schools of dolphin and a few singles in between. By the time the smoke cleared we had boated a nice catch of mostly bailers plus a few small gaffers. The day was a little bumpy, but the skies were clear, and by quittin' time, the seas had calmed quite a bit. Thanks Rick, and I hope to see you and the guys again soon!
Today the fleet covered a lot of area, but the results were about the same wherever you went...slow.
Some of the boats headed more to the east, hoping to pick on the blackfins again, while many of us covered the middle and the southern end. Predictable as I am, I headed south. A few of us spread out and worked down the beach, but the bites were few. We had a little excitement when a 150 pound mako crashed a shortrigger followed by a series of jumps, but it was rather anti-climatic when the hook pulled. We landed one out of a couple of blackfin bites a little later, and pulled of a few other nice bites. Fortunately as I trolled back to the northeast, with my lip stuck out, we hooked and landed a wahoo. He was a welcome addition to our sparse catch! Overall, there was a scattered dolphin, wahoo, and tuna, but nothing to write home about. Thanks Wayne, and I hope to see you guys in the fall!
My camera got soaked on the way in yesterday so I wasn't able to snap a photo of our catch for the report.
Blackfin tuna fishing was good yesterday, as well as a scattered yellowfin and a few dolphin. By late morning the winds had picked up out of the north-northeast and were gusting to 30. We managed to catch a handful of blackfins, oceanic bonitos, and one dolphin before calling it quits. I did manage to snap a couple of pictures of the sunrise...while it was pretty! Thanks again Mike, hope you had a fun trip this morning with Squeaky.
Nothing like having a bunch of kids out on a beautiful day!
As luck (or lack of) would have it, things to the south were pretty dead today. Most of the fleet went that direction because things were slow to the east yesterday. A couple of guys gambled and went back up there, and the blackfin tuna fishing was killer! I was pretty satisfied with how our day turned out, and I know the boys had fun. We caught a couple of king mackerel first thing, and then did some jigging. They all had a ball catching amberjacks and testing their forearms! We trolled to the northeast on a grass line, and even though fishing wasn't "red hot", we managed to catch twelve or fourteen dolphin before it was time to quit. Thanks again guys for a great trip!
We had perfect weather today, and a handful of fish to go with it.
I'm not gonna say that fishing was great, because it was really kinda scrappy. There were some king mackerel caught, as well as dolphin, a couple of wahoo, and some blackfin and yellowfin tuna. For us, we caught a few dolphin first thing, and nothing else till the afternoon. We caught two yellowfin and missed a couple of others, and also caught a couple of blackfins. Thanks again Tom for two enjoyable days on the water!
We had great blackfin fishing for the first hour of the day, but it slacked off after that.
We caught a dozen nice blackfins in the 10-20 pound range, but after 9:00 things dried up for us. We did catch one dolphin and released a 50 pound mako, but that was it. There was a scattered yellowfin caught, but none for us. The weather is shaping up to be NICE for a few days!
Today we shot top coat on the hull. It came out nice.
I waited for Simon to get home from school so he could pull the tape. He was happy to see the progress. Every day he asks me when we are gonna put the motor on. He can't seem to understand why things take so long! When you are 8, everything is supposed to happen NOW!
A friend came over and shot primer on the skiff for me, this morning.
Tomorrow we may get top coat on the hull. Wonder what color I'll paint her?!
Well, it was drizzly, but reasonably calm for a change, so it was nice to give my knees a rest!
This morning the bites were very sparse, so I decided to explore the deep and troll south. All you gotta do is get lucky one time right?! We covered a lot of ground without any action, but did raise a blue marlin to our spreader bar, but he wouldn't bite anything. We made a stop over a wreck to let everybody jig an amberjack, but that would be the extent of our hook ups for today. The boats that worked up to the east scrapped out a few blackfins and yellowfins, so it was encouraging to hear of some action. Thanks a lot Chris, Julie and gang for a fun day!
We joked this morning about how the weather man always changes the forecast to fit the current conditions. This morning the 15-20 knot southwester had been upgraded to 20-25. My group was game, so off we went.
We hadn't fished long before we caught a yellowfin, so things were off to a good start. The good start turned bad when we lost a 40-50 pound wahoo near the boat. I am still sick from that. We pulled off two other heavy strikes and caught a small dolphin during the next hour. After that I made what turned out to be a wrong decision by working down the break. Of course if we would have found some fish, it would have been the right decision! Anyway, the boats fishing where I left from started having a few bites, so I worked back that way. In the last hour we landed two more yellowfins, a half dozen blackfins, and pulled off that many more. I'd have to say that action wise, fishing was pretty good.
It's been a while, but we finally got back offshore!
It has been on and off with the fishing, one day pretty good, the next day kinda slow. Today was slower than I had hoped, but we did catch a single yellowfin, and one wahoo down to the south. We stopped on a AJ spot to try some jigging, and it worked out as well. It was a gorgeous day and I was glad to have been there! Thanks Corey, see you tomorrow!
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