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Outer Banks Fishing Report - July 2011
Fishing was great today, and depending on your location, you may have scored big on either of the three!
I took a chance this morning and headed a little further south than I have been heading. I wasn't really looking for dolphin but we found a school first thing and caught 15 or so to begin our morning. After that it was pure wahoo action. We beat the odds a little today on the hook up percentage, but after the smoke had cleared we had landed ten wahoos and one blackfin tuna. We never had a billfish encounter but further to the east was the best sailfish bite of the year. Two boats were in double digits! Anyway, I was happy to have the wahoo fishing and so was my group. Thanks Jim, and I'll see you next time!
We had a variety today, and lots of action!
I forsook the dolphin search this morning, and set my mind on some bigger bites first. Sometimes that can be risky, but my group seemed easy to please so I spent the morning dragging baits. We caught two wahoos and missed a few other bites, caught a gaffer dolphin, and one sailfish. The action around the fleet was about the same. Towards the end of the day I decided to look for a dolphin spot, and got lucky. We found a streak of grass and caught fifty dolphin out of two different schools, in the last hour. All in all, a well rounded day! Thanks for setting up the trip Mike!
More great dolphin fishing kept us busy today!
We caught a nice gaffer, first fish of the day, then 40 bailers around some grass patches. I left the dolphin conditions to search out something bigger. There was a lot of wahoo and sailfish action but both did a good job of avoiding the Godspeed. We missed one wahoo bite, and that was it. Later in the day we finished up on our dolphin limit, and enjoyed a beautiful ride home. Thanks again Pete, and I hope we see you again soon!
I pulled my hair out for the first half of the day, but once things came together for us, we had GREAT action!
It was one of those mornings where I turned right when I should of turned left...over and over. I finally got a call to a good area of dolphin and we had a "one stop shopping" experience. Just as we were finishing up with our limit of dolphin, a sailfish paddled up behind the bailing rigs. Justin pitched a bait to him and hooked him up on a spinning rod. It was a great fight and a lot of jumps. A little later we caught a second sailfish, out of a doubleheader. It was near the end of the day, and a great way to wrap things up. The southern end of the fleet had some great wahoo action, so I'll be looking for some of that action tomorrow as well! Thanks Casey, and maybe I'll see you for your 40th...if you're not feeling too old!
We ventured offshore on a choppy sou'wester, but it turned out not to be as bad as we expected.
The dolphin fishing was as good as it has been for weeks...one stop shopping again. We spent the bulk of the day pulling grass and waiting for a sailfish or wahoo bite. We actually had a few sail encounters but couldn't finish the deal on any of them. We did land three nice gaffers in the afternoon as we began trolling inshore. Thanks for a great trip Harold. Enjoy the fish and have a "God day"!
The dolphin fishing was as good today as I have seen it all year.
It's all about location, but once you got in the right spot, you simply couldn't mess it up. There were miles and miles of bailers, and everybody got what they wanted. We skipped baits for most of the day, and did have a brief encounter with a 300 pound blue marlin. He rose to a long rigger, made a couple lunges after it, but never connected with the bait. After that, he followed us around for 3/4 of a circle before fading off. The billfishing overall was slow today, but the reports from down south were good, and I expect a hot bite in a couple of days. Thanks again Steve, and I hope to be able to find that sailfish for Corey next time!
The Hatteras offshore fishing report for today is OUTSTANDING ACTION!
First of all, the weather was perfect. It was slick calm and cool. We started out our morning hooking a sailfish, and somehow, ten jumps and five minutes into the fight, the leader broke. Just one of those freak things I guess. Anyhow, we got in position for some dolphin action, and when they found us, it was "katy bar the door". We caught or limit of BIG bailers, and a couple of gaffers, in two or three stops. Next, we had another shot at a sailfish on a teaser. This time everything went perfect and Blake released his first sail. Next we had a big wahoo skyrocket on a teaser, just to get everybody's attention, but two baits later, he made the mistake of getting hooked. Brent did a great job of landing the 37 pounder on a TLD 20. After that, and close to the end of the day, we raised a trippleheader of sailfish. Only one of them was willing to take a bait, and he pulled off, but it was great to see all the fish in the spread! Thanks guys for a wonderful day offshore. Enjoy all the fish and I'll see you next time!
My buddy Tim and his crew showed up for their 2011 Godspeed adventure! Fishing was a little tougher today, but we still managed to put together a nice catch of good size dolphin.
We scrapped out about half a limit of dolphin, big bailers and three gaffers, including a 30 pounder. The southeast winds had the grass streaked out everywhere, and miserable to fish. It was a constant job for Justin and I both, as we "shagged grass" off our baits all day. There was some decent billfish action a bit further offshore and to the east of where we were. Thanks Tim, and I'll see you next summer!
We were greeted with another breezy morning, out of the east. My group had been waiting for this trip for a long time and said there was NO WAY they weren't going!
It was reasonably choppy, but plenty fishable once we got in to the blue water. I started out on a color change, picking at the dolphin, and after an hour, we found the mega school and caught our limit. We wound up with a few gaffers mixed in with the bailers as well. I had the rest of the day to skip baits, and enjoyed some sailfish action. Derrick caught his which was one out of a doubleheader, and Laura caught one out of a double as well. On the second doubleheader, both fish were on the teasers. Pretty cool bites. We lost a couple of other nice fish that I would guess were wahoos. Action was pretty good around the fleet as well, more of the same. Thanks Wayne for a great day of fishing. Looking forward to fishing with you AND the next generation again!
Today wasn't for the faint at heart, thanks to north-northeast winds at 25 knots, but we made our day and scrapped out a nice catch of fish!
I had three generations of "Gs" on the boat today, for their first bluewater adventure. An adventure it was. We were pleasantly surprised at the sea conditions first thing, but as the winds picked up, so did the waves. I don't think my party was worried a bit, in fact, they were fine with it. We found several schools of dolphin which were difficult to catch due to the inability to freely walk around the cockpit, but we still managed to put together a nice catch, including thirty bailers, a few gaffers, one king mackerel, and one wahoo. There was a good showing of sails today as well.
Fishing was pretty good today, more bills and bailers!
We trolled out over the hundred first thing this morning, and after trudging around in the worst scattered grass EVER, we found a float with a handful of nice dolphin around it. We caught a dozen, including three gaffers. Nena said that one of her dreams was to catch a billfish, so I steamed back inshore a couple of miles where there had already been some white marlin action. We skipped baits all day without much activity in our spread, and finally we raised a sailfish to a teaser. The switch went fine, and we had him on for two jumps plus a few minutes, before he pulled the hook. Bummer. We'll get him next time! Hope to see you guys in the spring for some bluefin!
My group made an error in their schedule, and didn't realize that today was their scheduled day to fish, until I called them at 7:00! By the time they rounded up the gang and drove down from Avon, it was after 8:00. The good news was that fishing was so good, it really didn't matter!
We wanted to find some fish for Brandon and Justin (12 & 13) to catch, so I was on a dolphin hunt from the start. We caught two as soon as we got going, but it was a while before I found anything else. The marlin were making a good showing, and Cathy managed to catch a white as we made a lap out a little deeper. I found some streaks of grass after that and the biggest school of dolphin I have seen all year. It was definitely what we call a "blue million". After we finished up with our limit, five other boats got their limit there as well. I asked Keith if they wanted to go back offshore and he said they were ready to head on in. Not bad for a half day! Thanks for a great trip guys!
Today was a good example of how inquiring about a make-up can pay off. Dave, Derek and Randon wanted to go fishing but needed some guys to split the trip with them. I knew Jean was ready to go, and I can always call my buddies John and Jim. Anyway, it was a picture perfect day offshore!
I wanted to get some fish for everybody to take back, so we started out on a dolphin mission. We finished up with our limit in three or four stops, including a couple of gaffers. While we were "patty whacking" for our dolphin, there was a brief sailfish bite inshore of us. By the time we finished up and got back in there, it was over, but we still saw a couple of free jumpers, but never raised one in our spread. Still it was slick calm and a GREAT day to be offshore! Thanks everybody, and Jim, I'll see you back in a few weeks!
Conditions were about like yesterday, only today there were dolphin everywhere!
It was a bumpy ride offshore this morning, and we had to skirt around a few thunderstorms, but the fishing was pretty good. There were limits of dolphin caught from 25 fathoms out to the hundred. I only had two guys in my group, and it's a little tough keeping a school of dolphin going when you are short handed, but Casey and Mike got it done, with Justin's help I might add. I was hoping for a shot at a sailfish since there had been a few seen, but we didn't have a whole lot of time before the wind started breezing and the sky turned ominous. Thanks again Casey, and I'll see you in a couple weeks!
It was a little bumpy offshore today, but we still managed to get some fish for our crowd!
Fishing was still a little spotty offshore. We had to work at it, but we scrapped together a dozen dolphin, including one over 20 pounds (nice job Frankie!) a wahoo, and a blackfin tuna. There were a few sails seen and another wahoo or two caught, but that was about it. We got an early dismissal around 1:00 and headed back in. Thanks again Shannon for setting up the trip. I hope we can fish together again!
The weather was pretty nice today. We got lucky with our fishing, on a day that was kinda scrappy.
There was plenty of habitat for the dolphins to gather around, just not plenty of dolphins. We got lucky and found a couple of bunches that were halfway cooperative, a couple of gaffers and a few other singles added up to a pretty nice catch for Arno and his family. We did catch a couple of blackfin tunas, and I heard of quite a few of them around the fleet. There were a few wahoo bites today, and only a couple of billfish bites. It did sound as if the fishing was pretty good to the south, so hopefully that stuff will be up here tomorrow. Thanks Arno!
Today's Hatteras offshore fishing report is one of calm seas and great dolphin fishing!
We caught most of what we needed first thing this morning, and spent the bulk of the day hoping to find a sailfish. We did raise one to a short rigger, but he didn't bite, and had a couple other suspicious nibbles that we couldn't identify. We managed to finish out our limit of dolphin before the day was over, but never caught any other types of fish today. There was some better sailfish action further to the east. There was only one or two wahoo caught that I heard of. Thanks again Keith for setting up the trip. Hope to see you guys again soon!
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