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Outer Banks Fishing Report - June 2011
It was a beautiful morning but the ten hour flu still managed to attack a couple of our passengers.
I was intent on finding some dolphin for the youngsters in my crew, but they were eluding me to begin with. We caught two or three as I rummaged around in some scattered grass, but nothing too great. To our pleasant surprise, we raised a triple header of white marlin, and my friends Dave and Brent both captured and released one a piece. After that we caught a few more dolphin and then caught a dozen more out of a school. The decision was made that they had more than enough fish and for the sake of the queazy ones, we headed back home. Thanks guys for an action packed morning! Dave, I'll see you in August!
We made it most of the day, and caught some nice dolphin, but by 1:00, we were hung up in some pretty bad thunder squalls.
We didn't find any massive schools of dolphin today, but we caught a handful of bailers and four nice gaffers, up to 30 pounds. It was fairly choppy all day out of the west-southwest, but when the storms moved offshore to us, it got rank. We along with the majority of the fleet, made the decision to head on in. Thanks again Bill, hopefully we'll see you in March for some bluefin!
After sitting at the dock for three days due to weather, Sunday off, and no trip on Monday, I was READY to go fishing today!
My old friend Mike and his regular crew joined us for a rather sporty day offshore. The winds were 20 + out of the southwest all day, so it was choppy. Unfortunately, the dolphin fishing wasn't as good as it has been, and you could easily have been "out to lunch". Fortunately for us, we were near the Gambler when he spotted a pallet with a school of dolphin around it. His group didn't want any dolphin so I got the invitation. Thanks Steve. Anyway, other than the action around the float, we jumped off a sailfish in the morning and caught a handful of dolphin a couple times during the day. We wound up with a nice catch and plenty of fish for the gang! Thanks guys!
The Hatteras offshore fishing report for today was still loaded with dolphin. The billfish bite was more productive today too.
I overshot the dolphin this morning, so it took me a little bit of adjusting to get back in position. Truth is, there were dolphin just about everywhere because once we finished off our limit, we couldn't get away from them! We spent a few hours skipping baits for a billfish and had two sailfish encounters. The first one rose to a teaser, fell back to a shortrigger. Everything went perfect except he didn't get hooked. Bummer. The next one rose to the left short as well. We got several jumps out of him before throwing the hook. Bummer. Anyway, there was one blue marlin and a dozen or so whites caught today, so I am anxious for tomorrow to get here! Thanks for setting up the trip Patty, see you soon!
Today I fished with the people that keep my motor running, Western Branch Diesel.
It was slick calm and the dolphin were everywhere. Not a lot else to say. It was great! There were a few sails caught in the shallows and a sign of whites way to the south by some of the tournament boats, but the dolphin provided a catch for everybody who wanted them. Thanks for another great trip guys!
The Hatteras fishing report for today was GREAT again, but the weather could have stood some improvement!
Today I had Kelly, MIss Iris, Terry and Pop, also Dave and Pam joined the group for their first offshore experience. I warned them that it looked pretty rough, and suggested that it might not be the best "first trip". Well, needless to say, we shoved off and headed on offshore. The thunderstorms that lit up the island as I was getting dressed for work had pushed offshore, so it looked like we would have a break from the rain for a while. The winds were breezy out of the southwest, 20-25, so the ride offshore was slow. When we got where we were going, all you had to do was wet a line. The dolphin fishing was as good as it gets. We bailed a limit of dolphin in one stop, and headed back to the barn. Everybody was smiling and there will be mahi in Salisbury tomorrow! Martin, Dinah, NIcole, and ALL the rest of the clan...I missed you this year and hope to see you in November. Thanks again Kelly for two great days this week!
Another great day of dolphin fishing, and the marlins are on the way!
We had great dolphin fishing today, some of it was in the deep, some of it was in 35 fathoms. The fish we caught were big bailers plus a couple of gaffers. I spotted a big leatherback turtle, and as I neared him, noticed a cobia. Justin pitched a bucktail to him and hooked him up. Craig did a nice job of fighting the 34 pounder to the gaff. The boats to the south had some good marlin action, and the further south you went, the better it was, so I am expecting some great fishing in a couple of days. Thanks again Craig, and maybe I'll see you in November!
The offshore fishing report for today was another good day of dolphin fishing out of Hatteras!
I started in a good spot this morning, but wound up out to lunch for a couple of hours, as I trolled offshore looking for something that turned out not to be so great. Anyway, once I got back in position, we found a lot of dolphin, and these dolphin bailing first timers caught right on to the program. They bailed their limit and decided that they wanted to end the day an hour early. Great fishing and a great catch. Thanks Charles!
We lucked out and found our dolphin before Maddie's tummy started doing flips!
Maddie has been fishing with me since before she was born, and this is the first time that she ever got queasy. She was a trooper though, and caught three of the sixty dolphin that her family landed this morning. We decided to head back in along the beach for some spanish mackerel and blues in the afternoon. That did it for her, and she was grinning again! Thanks Kelly for another great trip. See you Friday!
We put our lines out in the right spot this morning! Another Hatteras offshore fishing report loaded with dolphin!
I was jogging offshore this morning when I saw a dolphin jump, so, it seemed like a good place to begin. We caught 30 dolphin in the first 45 minutes, and then put our baits out. I found a float that was loaded with dolphin, so we stopped and picked off another 20 real quick. I had one passenger that expressed a great desire for land, so we checked out early and headed for home. Today was the first day of the Big Rock Tournament, and there were a few marlin bites, but for the amount of boats fishing, it didn't sound red hot to me. Thanks again Jeremy. Enjoy that fish!
The weather was great today, dolphin fishing was pretty good, and there was some billfish action as well.
Last year when these guys went with me, Luis caught a sailfish, to go along with a great catch of dolphin and tuna. This year Nathanael caught a sail, not to be outdone by his dad, to go along with another great catch of dolphin! We started out on a grass line, and found a couple of good schools of fish, but it didn't take long for the boats to beat the grass line to death, and the bites became few. We gave up after 40 and headed off to the deep, in hopes of seeing something BIG. The sail was our highlight, but we also had a big wahoo sky on a longrigger, but didn't come tight. I stumbled upon a float that had some nice dolphin around it, and we were able to catch ten more, including a few gaffers. All in all, a great trip. Thanks again Luis!
The Hatteras offshore fishing report for today is DOLPHIN!
We found a big school of big bailers first thing this morning, and caught the bulk of our limit in one stop. We spent the next few hours looking for a marlin bite, but there were very few fish raised today. We did catch one big gaffer and a couple more bailers to close out our 60 fish limit before wrapping things up for the day. Thanks John, and I hope it won't be as long between visits next time!
Fishing was great today, in the shallows and in the deep.
Things started slow for us, but after making a lap out over the hundred, catching a white marlin and a few dolphin, we finally got in the groove. We managed to find several nice schools of bailers and a few gaffers as well, enough to finish off our limit. It was a little on the choppy side, but the good fishing made it worth while.
Today the dolphin made a grand showing.
My guys wanted to meat fish, so we went after dolphin. It was pretty good. We stopped a couple short of our limit and jogged offshore to try for a marlin, but the best of the billfish bite had ended when we arrived. Still, most of the boats that wanted them got what they needed of the dolphin, bailers and gaffers. Thanks Howard, and I'll see you guys in August!
It was a pretty "low pressure" day, so we spent it in the deep...waiting!
There was a pretty good sign of bills again today, more seen than caught, but still a good sign of fish. We went way deep and way south, but never had the big bite. We did wind up with a nice handful of gaffer dolphin, up to 30 pounds. The second half of the day we sped up and tried some lure fishing, but still didn't raise a marlin. Still, a fun trip as usual with Rob and "the boys"!
There was still some pretty good marlin action in the seep, but not as good as yesterday.
We headed straight offshore, hoping to pick up where we left off yesterday. It wasn't long before we hooked a white marlin, but the fight was short as he jumped off. We gave it a few more hours without any more billfish bites before moving back inshore and trying for some dolphin. I'd say it was hit or miss, some guys raised a few marlin today and some didn't. That's just marlin fishing. Anyway, we wound up catching two or three small gaffers, and found one school of bailers that we landed a dozen or so out of. Glad to have them. Thanks again Pat, and I hope to see you for some bluefin action this winter!
The great weather is holding up, and today we had the best marlin bite of the year so far.
My group expressed an interest in "meat fishing", but after a couple hours in the shallows and not much action, I suggested that we might have better action in the deep, by the reports I had heard on the radio. We did land one gaffer and a few bailer dolphin before winding our stuff in and jogging on off to the marlin grounds. We wound up with three whites for the day. Our first flurry was a double header of whites, one on a shortrigger and the other on a teaser. Justin hooked the shortrigger fish but the teaser fish disappeared. We released him and got back to work. Shortly after that, we caught another white off a flatline bite. A little while later, we hooked another single on a short shotgun. We never had any more dolphin action, but I'll take a beautiful cool June day watching the spread for a billfish! Thanks as always Sieg. See you guys next year!
Fishing offshore today was pretty good out of Hatteras!
The report I got from yesterday was one of slow fishing, so I braced my group for what could possibly be a long day. We hooked a gaffer on the second line in the water, and it was fairly steady from then on. We never found a "mega school" of dolphin, but we caught one or two about everywhere we went. We did have a half dozen or more nice gaffers, and the rest bailers. We pulled off one wahoo near the boat and missed a second one. We also captured one king mackerel and an amberjack. There was pretty good marlin action further offshore, mostly whites and sails. Thanks Tom for a fun day offshore!
Today I let Simon play hooky so we could take advantage of my day off and go play in the skiff.
I sea trialled the skiff a week ago, but today was Simon's first trip out on it. Of course, he wanted to do everything, and what I wouldn't let him do, he told me how to do...but anyway. We rode down to the inlet and out in the ocean, caught a handful of small blues for dinner, then met up with my friend Barry Jr. ( the one and only) and he put us on the clams. We raked up a hundred or so, and now it's up to Kelly to make a pot of chowder. Anyway, it was a fun first day out and the first of many to come I hope!
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