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Outer Banks Fishing Report - August 2011
This will probably be the last report till after the storm is past, but it's a good one!
The weather was sorta marginal today, not too rough, but a bouncy, squally southeaster. What grass was offshore was streaked out and difficult to fish, plus the dolphin were scattered and hard to find. We did however find two schools and managed to catch 35 between the two bunches. I decided to spend more time looking for a bigger bite after that, and it paid off. We caught two wahoos and a doubleheader of sailfish. We also caught a couple of jumbo albacore and released a barracuda to wind up the day. Congratulations Mark and Peter on your sailfish releases, and to Simon for a great wahoo catch on your first offshore trip!
We took yesterday off, but today the dolphin were acting like they missed us!
We had the Wal-Mart experience this morning and caught our 60 dolphin in one stop. For us, the rest of the day was pretty slack, although there was a scattered wahoo and sail seen around the fleet. We were one of the boats who didn't get lucky with the trolling action today. Still, we had a great catch of dolphin, happy faces and a lot of meat to take home! Thanks everybody!
Another picture perfect day offshore!
Things fell in place like clock work today. We found our dolphin fairly early, limited out, and wahoo fished the rest of the day. We caught three out of four wahoo bites. I must say that the dolphin bailing was the highlight though. Casey was the most highly trained because she graduated from rookie to first mate, and then to captain in about 15 minutes. Great job Casey! See you guys again soon!
We never had to deal with the morning thunderstorms, but they were offshore of us on the way out, and made for a couple of cool pictures.
The fishing was pretty great today, we hunted down our dolphin early and caught our limit in a couple of stops. We did have a sailfish encounter while we were bailing dolphin. He came up under a longrigger bait dangling out of the pin and popped it out, bent the pole and came off. Justin pitched a bait to him, and he made a couple of half hearted passes at it, but no hook up. The wahoos decided to give us some action, and we successfully landed four out of five wahoo bites. We did have one other sailfish encounter, and a couple of mystery bites. Thanks Mike for a great day offshore!
We enjoyed a terrific group today on a make up party. The weather was great and we caught a lot of dolphin!
We caught our limit of dolphin in two stops this morning, and went looking for a wahoo. It sounded promising as there were frequent reports on the radio of wahoo bites, but like fishing is sometimes, we never got one. Jeff caught and released a nice sailfish this afternoon to highlight the trip. Thanks again guys!
Another cool north wind was upon us today, and the fishing was equally nice!
It 's always a treat when we get a bite on the high speed lures, and this morning we ran the skunk out of the box early with a wahoo. After that we spent some time hunting dolphin. We didn't have a "one stop" experience, but we managed to catch our limit after a few bailing fiascos. We did loose another wahoo and catch a 35 pounder, plus our daily blackfin. There were a few billfish caught, but not many. Thanks guys, see you soon!
We had a variety of fish on a beautiful day offshore!
Things were slow to get off the ground for us today, but our first bit of action was catching one out of a doubleheader sailfish. That was pretty cool. We did some digging around and finally found some dolphin habitat, and after a few schools, got our limit of sixty fish. We did catch one blackfin tuna and one wahoo on a TLD as we searched out our dolphin. All in all, a great day offshore! Thanks for setting up the trip Shane, and congratulations on the sail Michael!
The weather was picture perfect again today and the dolphin fishing was excellent.
We caught our limit of dolphin fairly early this morning, but the action outside of that was pretty slow. The dolphin we caught were nice bailers, and we did catch a few small gaffers trolling. Thanks Crispin for a great day, and next time we'll snag that wahoo!
I believe that the southeast wind gave the fish "lock jaw" today, but in the end we were able to pull it out.
Our morning started off with some sailfish action, we hooked two out of a triple, but wound up loosing them both. After that I didn't know if I was gonna be able to buy a fish. We caught two gaffer dolphin all day, and maybe missed a wahoo bite. Finally we were able to get on some dolphin and scrap out close to 30 fish late in the day. WHEW! Thanks again Tony, it was great fishing with you again and hope to see you in February or March!
Every day is different in the gulf stream. Today the switch flipped on the dolphin, and off for the wahoo.
I like giving good Hatteras offshore fishing reports, and today was another good one. We found the hungriest school of dolphin in the world, which was a switch from the ones we found yesterday. I guess they gotta eat sometime! Anyway, we caught our limit in one stop, with a few gaffers mixed in as well. The rest of the day was pretty slow, only one wahoo bite and we missed him. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?! See you in the morning Tony!
Another picture perfect day in the blue water!
The dolphin fishing was still kinda weird, it seemed like most of the schools that were found didn't really want to bite. Every once in a while someone would find a hungry school and do pretty good. We found four schools today and only caught seven fish. Anyway, we did have some wahoo action, and landed three out of six wahoo bites. Congratulations to Ty for landing a citation size, 45 pounder! There were a couple sails caught, but really kinda slow in the billfish department. Thanks Bert!
Today was beautiful offshore. There were a few bites around the fleet, but overall a little scrappier than it has been.
That's the good thing about the gulf stream, it's always changing. Anyway, we caught one gaffer and a couple of bailers this morning, but the two schools of dolphin we found simply wouldn't bite. We spent most of the morning looking for a wahoo, and luckily caught one out of three bites. There were a few sails around as well. My group got over the heat and called it a day, so we headed in a little early. Thanks again Mike, and I hope you guys make it down for some bluefin!
The weather was nice today, but I'll be glad when it cools down!
I'd say the fishing was fair today. We found one school of dolphin that cooperated for a few minutes, long enough to catch 17 of them, and the next school we found wouldn't bite a thing. I think the heat has got them down too. Anyway, my buddy Charles caught a wahoo, which was one out of three bites we had today, and his bride, Lisa, released a nice sailfish. Chelsea caught the big gaffer on their last trip, but I was still hoping to find a big one for her today. Anyway, we had a pretty day and a nice variety. Thanks again guys, can't wait till the next trip with you!
Today I had my VMI guys back for another day in the gulf stream. They nailed it!
We began our day with a nice wahoo, and that was a terrific start, but shortly after that we found a float that was overflowing with big bailers and a few gaffers. We had a "one stop shopping" event, and even landed a 30 pounder on a bailing rod! After we finished up there, we set our trolling spread back out, and back into some more wahoo action. We landed two more nice ones to go on top of the dolphin catch. As if these guys hadn't had enough good luck, we managed to switch a sailfish off of a longrigger and on to a "dink bait" for the finale of the day. He put on a great show for us beside the boat. Thanks for setting up a great trip for the guys Dave. See you soon!
Things were a little slow overall, but we made our day in the bottom of the 9th.
There was some sailfish action and a scattered wahoo bite, but it had been a long day for us. We pulled off one wahoo and caught a barracuda by 2:30. One of my compadres located a grass line offshore so we picked up and steamed out there, in hopes of finding the same condition offshore of where we were. We found it PLUS a float loaded with BIG bailers! We managed to catch half a limit before heading home. Glad we made the move and even gladder that it paid off! Thanks again Bobby!
My ol' buddy Dave brought some family down for a great day offshore!
The water was so pretty 10 miles off the beach that we dropped a couple of high speed lures over in hopes of a wahoo strike. We didn't go far before hooking a king mackerel on the way offshore. Once we got set out with the regular trolling gear, we began rummaging around in the scattered grass looking for a dolphin. We found a couple different schools throughout the morning and managed to finish off our limit. In between schools of dolphin we had a 30 pound wahoo attack a longrigger for Dave to fight to the boat. That was our only wahoo action, and no billfish today either, although there were a couple sails and a couple whites caught. Thanks Dave for bringing Pete down, you need to do it more often!
Today may have been the prettiest day EVER!
No matter what, I'll take the pretty weather! Anyway, it sounded like nobody was going to have any trouble finding dolphin this morning, and it proved true for us too. We caught our limit in one stop and went on looking for bigger and better. Unfortunately, things were pretty dead otherwise. With the exception of an occasional dolphin bite, we never had a strike till 2:00! Fortunately it was a good one. Dave wrangled a 25 pound wahoo on a TLD 25, which made for a great fight. Glad to have him. There was a scattered wahoo around the fleet and a very few sails caught. Thanks Tom, and I hope to see you again soon!
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