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Outer Banks Fishing Report - May 2012
I spent the day with two mother/son duos, and they knew how to have fun!
If you would have seen the weather last night after 6:00 PM, you would have never figured that we would have made it offshore today. Well, not only did we make it, but it was gorgeous, and the fish were BITING! The dolphin action was as good as it gets, mostly gaffers, but we did find a school of bailers late in the morning, and caught all we wanted. We worked offshore looking for something different, but didn't have a lot of action. We did pull the hooks on a wahoo, and had one other mystery bite. Thanks again Cindee and Zac, and also Pam and Brian! See you again soon!
The wind is blowing and the rain is coming down, thanks to tropical storm Beryl.
My schedule has been pretty full this spring, so Jonboy's skiff hasn't gotten much attention. I've piddled an hour or two, here and there, but today I made a little progress and thought I'd post a couple of pictures. He wants boxes built in the stern, and a fishing platform on top of them, also a longer bow deck than I put on mine. I don't know when I'll have a chance to work on it more, but it'll probably be during the next batch of bad weather (which I hope will be a while!)
Even though the southwest winds increased throughout the day, the fishing was great!
We had a ball today, and wound up with some variety too. Of course our "bread and butter" was dolphin, and mostly gaffers. We did catch two wahoos and lost a couple others. We also caught a king mackerel and an atlantic bonita. There was a pretty good sign of wahoo bites around the fleet, and a few marlin bites. Thanks for a great day Lenny!
No complaints today, unless you have a problem with great weather AND great fishing!
The dolphin fishing was beyond par again today, and it seemed like once we got them "rounded up", it was steady action. I think that everybody who wanted dolphin got a plenty today. There was also some pretty good blackfin action, and a scattered wahoo bite. There was a random billfish encounter around the fleet, although I don't know of many that were actually caught. We had an unsuccessful sailfish encounter to report, for our billfish action. Thanks Lee, and I hope to see you guys back again soon!
A couple of my crew felt a little "under the weather", but they hung in there long enough for their friends to get a good catch of gaffers before calling it quits.
We had to deal with a southeast swell, which made the ride offshore slow, but once we arrived at the fishing grounds, the sea conditions were pretty nice. The fishing wasn't too bad either. We only fished for about two hours and wound up with a nice catch of dolphin. Thanks again Darrell, and enjoy that dolphin!
The weather conditions diminished as the day progressed, but the marlin action was pretty hot for a lot of boats.
Unfortunately, we never had a marlin encounter today, but it wasn't because we didn't try. We skipped baits for most of the morning as the southeast swells built. Every so often a boat would report a blue marlin hook-up, but we never got our turn, and that's just the way marlin fishing can be sometimes. The dolphin fishing was scrappy, but we did manage to catch seven gaffers. Everybody quit a little early today due to the building seas and rough bar. Thanks again Aubrey, and I can't wait to fish with you guys on a pretty day!
The dolphin fishing slowed down a bit from how it's been lately, but the marlin action heated up!
Don't get me wrong, there were enough dolphin to scrap out a catch, just not a "box full". Some of the guys stayed inshore and put together a catch, while others spent the day in the deep. We chose the latter, and for the amount of grass that we found out there, it was really a lot of work for not a lot of bites. Persistence paid off though, and we wound up with a dozen or so dolphin, mostly decent size gaffers. I was anxious to have a marlin bite since there had been quite a few reported on the radio, so when a 250 pound blue marlin appeared behind the left shortrigger, it was worth the wait. He crashed the bait and gave us a pretty good show consisting of several jumps before letting go of the hook. I hate to loose them, but love getting the bite! Thanks guys for getting on the make-up list, and I'm glad everyone enjoyed themselves!
Today wound up being one of the nicest of the spring. Hard to believe that we were worried about a tropical storm, just a day or two ago!
Dolphin fishing was still pretty good, although it was back to having to work for them, more so than yesterday. We caught a dozen this morning before deciding to explore the deep. I was very hopeful that we would have a marlin encounter, but we never got a shot. There were several blue marlin seen, but no hook-ups. We wound up back on the first color change in the afternoon where we managed to catch a dozen more nice dolphin. Thanks Ray and Billy for bringing the gang out today! See you this fall for some yellowfin!
Well, today was just "one of those days"!
The weather was calm, and the fishing was ridonkulous. We started out picking away at the gaffers, then they got thick. We put the trolling rods away and started bailing them. It was a good time to have good bailing equipment! We caught a plenty, and managed to sneak in a little early, just ahead of a thunderstorm. Great day guys, and happy birthday Christine!
We always have good luck when my friend Bobby comes along. Today was no exception.
For starters, the ocean was nice and calm. We watched as a huge thunderstorm tracked toward us, but fortunately, as we began to enter the leading edge, the storm began to dissipate, and the lightning subsided. Fishing was pretty steady. We scrapped along at the gaffers and wound up with a nice catch, plus a few blackfins. Congratulations Don, on a 37 pound citation dolphin! Thanks again Bobby!
Ken and Todd tag-teamed the gaffers today while Vickie took pictures!
The dolphin action was very steady today, and these two got all the action they could stand. We caught gaffers all day, quite a few in the mid to upper 20 pound range, but none that broke 30 pounds I don't think. The weather was very cooperative too, and even though thunderstorms are building across the sound this afternoon, we were pretty much in the clear all day. Thanks Ken, and I look forward to working on that list for you some more!
We ventured offshore slowly this morning due to a steep southeast sea.
The ride offshore took longer than usual, but when we got there, the fishing was as good as it gets. We caught gaffer dolphin until 11:00, and left hem biting. My guys felt compassion on the one "green" member of the group, and decided to take him home. Still, they had all the fish they needed and were thrilled with their great luck! Thanks Howard, and I'll see you guys this fall.
The ocean was a little bumpier today, but we still had pretty good fishing.
Fishing was about the same as yesterday, but today there was much laughter, as it always is when Tony and Linda are along. They always have a lot of fun regardless of the fishing! Anyway, we wound up with another nice mess of dolphin today. Thanks guys!
Today the ocean was SLICK!
As is the case on every pretty weekend day in the summer, there were LOTS of boats out. I try to steer for a clear spot on the horizon (where I can't see boats) and hope for the best. A couple of the boats found some really good dolphin fishing, but for most of us we had to work pretty hard all day for what we got. Still, by the end of the day we wound up with a pretty nice catch of dolphin. Thanks Ronnie for a great day offshore and for bringing Steve and Brian to share it with you!
More "off the hook" gaffer dolphin fishing today!
We picked at the gaffers all day, and by quittin' time had another beautiful catch. There were a few billfish encounters around the fleet, in fact we had a brief encounter with a white or a sail on a longrigger, but he never took the bait. There were a few wahoos caught as well, but all of our action was dolphin. Thanks Steve, and I'm looking forward to the next time!
I'll admit that when we shoved off this morning, it was a little on the windy side, from the north, but the wind died out during the day and the ocean got nicer.
The dolphin fishing wasn't "Katie bar the door", but it was good enough to scrap out what I would call a real nice catch of gaffers. Two of them were 25 pounders +! Thanks guys and I hope to see you again soon!
I was pleasantly surprised with the condition of the ocean today. The forecast didn't sound so hot, from the southeast, but it was really a very nice day!
Fishing was what we would expect for May, great gaffer dolphin fishing. The southeast wind had grass streaked out and hard to fish, but we had a pretty steady bite all day and wound up with a nice catch. There were a couple of wahoos reported and a billfish or two, but dolphin was our bread and butter today. Thanks Scott, and I'll see you guys in October!
The weather was perfect again today, and the dolphin fishing was great!
We caught the majority of our catch pretty early, gaffers and big bailers. I jogged offshore to skip some bigger baits, but never raised a marlin today. We did have a moment of excitement when we saw a big blue marlin slashing around after some dolphin, but we were never able to raise him into our baits. Thanks for another great trip Steve!
My group for today has been plagued with bad weather, and blown out on their last three charter dates. Today made it all worth the wait!
I didn't have a trip yesterday, but I heard that the dolphin fishing was good and that there had been some blue marlin action as well. We set our lines out close to 100 fathoms and started our search. There was plenty of grass, but it was a scattered mess and really hard to fish. We spent a lot of time cleaning off our baits, but did wind up with a nice catch of dolphin, gaffers and bailers. At 12:00 I detected the presence of fried chicken and suggested to my group that "good things happen when you feed the captain". After choosing a couple of nice looking pieces and beginning to enjoy my lunch, A blue marlin made his lunch selection...my right long rigger! He put on an incredible show, but wound up going deep, getting tail wrapped and dying. We brought him on board, and to the dock where he has been carved up and shared around people who wanted a piece for their smoker. The marlin weighed in at 438 pounds. Good job hanging in there Tommy! On top of everything else, it was a gorgeous day. Thanks Jim, and I look forward to the next time!
The weather man tricked us again, but at least the fishing was pretty good!
It was supposed to be a light southwest wind today, but the closer we got to the blue water, the rougher it was. My group is tough and didn't mind, so went continued. We wound up with another nice catch of gaffers and a handful of blackfins. We also snagged a 20 pound king mackerel on a high speed lure on the way out. You may have noticed that Justin has been missing for the last couple trips. Well, IT'S A BOY!! Congratulations Justin and Samantha! Thanks again For a great day offshore Mike!
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