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Outer Banks Fishing Report - March 2012
We had pretty steady action today!
We wound up with a couple dozen tunas, all were blackfins except two which were yellowfins. With the exception of one wahoo bite, tuna was all that was on the menu for us today, but we were thankful to put together a nice catch. A couple boats that fished south wound up catching some dolphin, and I did hear of one or two wahoos landed today. Thanks again for a great day Fleet, and happy birthday!
We managed to make it out this morning, and even though our day was cut short, we managed to return with a nice catch of gaffer dolphin!
I had a pretty thorough discussion about the weather with my group, and they were anxious and ready to get offshore! It was a little sporty, but plenty fishable. The blue water had shoved way off, so the ride out was a little longer than I had hoped. We had pretty good fishing, and wound up catching fifteen dolphin, all pretty nice ones. One of my crew members was down for the count, and fortunately for him, the rest of the group was merciful. They asked me to head on back after a couple hours of pretty good action. Thanks again Pete, and I look forward to seeing you all again!
There were only two of us out today, but it turned out to be really nice weather and great fishing!
The winds were forecasted to increase out of the southwest, and they did, but not before we got the majority of the day in and were about ready to go home. We had a variety of action today. I spent quite a bit of time fishing along a grass line this morning and again this afternoon. The dolphin we caught were almost all gaffers, a few in the 20s and one right at 30 pounds. We caught 8 wahoos for the day, out of a dozen or more bites. We also had some tuna action and managed to land seven or eight blackfins, including a citation 27 pounder, and one yellowfin. The wind is blowing right now but I am hopeful that it will fall out in time to get tomorrow in! Thanks again Bunky. Marshall, I hope to see you and Michelle again soon!
It was certainly one of the nicest days of the year, so far!
It was greasy slick calm for most of the day, but I did a pretty good job of steering around the fish. I started out trying for the blackfins, but they really never got going. After making a few laps and only catching two, I decided to work off in the deep and see if I could locate some dolphin habitat. Out to 200 fathoms and finding nothing, it sounded like I should probably stay back inshore and keep trying for the tunas. We had a few other blackfin bites that we missed, caught three gaffer dolphin and an albacore, but that was about it for us. A few of the boats got lucky with some dolphin action, and I did hear about a couple of wahoos around the fleet. Fortunately we were able to skirt around a thunderstorm on the way in. Thanks Paul, and I look forward to seeing you guys again!
I had strict orders this morning to come up with a wahoo, so I headed south to take a look around.
Ok, maybe they weren't "strict" orders, but it was a strong request. If you know me, you know that it doesn't usually take much prodding to get me to head south. I just like fishing down there. Anyway, it looked like we were gonna kill the gaffer dolphin by the way things started out, but after a quick ten or twelve fish, things dried right up. I trolled to the northeast after hearing about great blackfin tuna fishing up that way, but that action had ended by the time we got there. We did manage to catch four and had several other bites, so it was worth going up there. We also had an unsuccessful sailfish encounter on a shortrigger. The coolest part was catching a wahoo, finally, as we were picking our lines up to head home! Mission accomplished. Thanks guys!
We fished in the same general area as yesterday, but the tuna never decided to bite today.
We wound up with a mix of albacore, amberjack, bonita and blackfin. We did some vertical jigging for the amberjack, but most of the day was spent "waiting out" the tunas. I know they are still there, they just never decided to bite much today, and the four that we did catch were smaller. Further to the south were a few wahoo and dolphin bites. Thanks again for the last two days Kim, and I look forward to seeing you again soon!
Fishing was great today, and the weather was.... well, damp.
It was raining when we pulled out of the slip this morning, and it rained right up until we quit fishing for the day. Fortunately the sea conditions weren't too bad, and the fishing was good, so all in all it was a great day offshore. We wound up with a nice catch of the bigger blackfins, three gaffer dolphin and a wahoo. The wahoo was caught on Kim's "lucky lure"! We had to deal with a bunch of albacore action to strain out our catch of tuna, but these guys wanted to keep the 'cores anyway, so it all worked out in their favor. Thanks Kim and Lee, I'll see you guys in the morning!
It was another picture perfect day offshore. Beautiful weather and plenty of action!
We started out catching blackfin tuna. Today our bites were on the trolling gear, and the fish were bigger than yesterday. Most of them looked like they were poured out of the 18-20 pound mold. We managed to land sixteen tuna before the bite slowed down and I decided to look for something different. We captured 25 dolphin, a couple of which were gaffers, as we worked south of the tuna fleet. Another great trip with my buddy Jim. See you in May!
Fishing was great today and we had quite a variety of action!
The weather was perfect as well, light southwest. I broke out as pair of shorts this morning, for the first time this year! We wound up with a dozen blackfins on the jigs, including a citation 21 pounder. We also managed to catch about a half a limit of dolphin, mostly bailers, but we did have a few gaffers as well. To round out our mixed bag we landed a wahoo this afternoon as well! Another great trip with my March faithfuls from Massachusetts! Thanks Bob, and I hope to see you guys in the fall!
I headed up to the east again this morning, but quickly gave my group the choice of rolling the dice and heading up another 15 miles and trying for a bluefin, or heading back down the beach and out of some of the current.
We decided to go south from where we were because the conditions simply didn't look so promising for a yellowfin. Either choice would have turned out to be the right one, as the guys that went further up the line all caught at least one bluefin, and we had great action with the blackfins where we went. Once we set up and started our drift, the action was pretty non-stop. By the time we headed in, everybody had caught several tunas and was pretty worn out. It was great fun on the jigging tackle. Thanks again Bill and I hope to see you this summer too!
The current was screaming today and the yellowfin bites were almost non-existant.
There were a few bluefin bites up to the east this afternoon, but I made the decision around lunchtime to steam back down the beach and try to get out of some of the current. We had a little bit of luck, 25 miles later. Fortunately we were able to jig a handful of blackfins and skipjacks in the last hour to make out day and put some fish in the box! Thanks again Henry!
The ocean was a little choppy today, unlike what was forecasted, and the current had picked up quite a bit since the last day we fished.
There was a good sign of yellowfins, blackfins and bluefins, depending on your location. They didn't bite as good as they have been, thanks to the current, but they bit good enough. We managed to land twelve 30 pound yellowfins and one 65-70 pound bluefin. My group had a ball and plan on repeating it again tomorrow! Thanks Henry, and I'll see you guys in the morning!
Too windy to fish today so we turned the skiff over and began glassing the inside.
We got the floor glassed, and next I'll do the sides. I'll be working around my fishing schedule which I hope will be busy, but we'll find a way to finish the skiff by this spring!
The yellowfin fishing was even better today than it was yesterday!
Today we saw the tunas busting and rolling on the surface, which made the trip even more exciting! As I saw the schools of fish on the surface, I was able to point them out to my group and they could watch the action, right up to when the school found our baits and "whammed" us! We caught another limit of yellowfins in pretty short order and started working to the southwest to get a better angle on the seas for the ride home. The winds picked up from the south-southwest and the ocean was starting to get pretty choppy, so we left the scene a couple hours early...with a box full! Thanks Ronnie and Roy for a great day offshore. See you in July!
We were prepared for bluefins this morning, but delighted to find the yellowfins SNAPPING!
Short and sweet...the yellowfin fishing was off the hook this morning. We caught our limit of fish ranging from a couple of 18-20 pounders, on up to a couple just shy of 50. Most of them were in the 25-30 pound class. The bluefin bites were quite a ways further to the east, so since the box was full, we decided to fish back down the color change in the hopes of getting a mako bite. We finally had an encounter, but missed him. Thanks Ronnie for a great day of fishing, and I'll see you again soon!
A little bit of sanding on the spray rails this morning, a coat of epoxy paint on the bottom (to seal it up), and a coat of bottom paint, and we are ready to flip the skiff over and start glassing the inside!
I'm gonna be in the ocean the next couple days anyway, so it'll be a good stopping/starting point for me.
We decided at the last minute to build a set of spray rails for the skiff.
I didn't put them on the skiff I built last winter, but she's pretty wet so we figured it wouldn't hurt to try a set on this one. They should give the skiff some lift and deflect some of the spray. We built them out of juniper and glassed them. Yesterday we screwed and glued them to the skiff. This morning I removed the screws and filled the holes. Later today I will sharpen up the bottom edge with thickened epoxy so they will deflect water properly.
Well, the bad news is that today's charter cancelled yesterday.
The good news (for those that fished) is that it was one of the better fishing days in a while. Excellent yellowfin tuna fishing, some boats limited out, and a few bluefins as well. Wish I had been there!
I did sand the skiff and build spray rails for her, but I would have rather been offshore!
It's looking like we may have a good sign of yellowfins this spring!
Yesterday I was able to get the skiff wrapped in fiberglass.
This morning I hit it with a grinder and got it ready for smearing. I smear thickened epoxy over the glass to fill the weave of the fabric. Next I will go over the skiff another time with a pad sander, and we are pretty close to flipping her back over.
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