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Outer Banks Fishing Report - June 2012
Today we dealt with a snatchy 20-25 knot southwester and all the scattered grass you could ask for! We decided that today's fishing should have been an X Game event!
Since the grass was so scattered, so were the fish. We never found a big school, just ones and twos for most of the day. Still, by quittin' time, we had a nice catch. It was a lot of work for everybody, especially Justin. Thanks Keith, and I'll be looking forward to the next trip!
Today I wound up too far south and too far offshore, but I got straightened out by late morning and wound up having a super day of fishing!
Today was the best day of billfishing so far this year. We overshot the best of it, but once we got dialed in to a good area, we were able to put together a great catch of big bailers and gaffers plus we had some marlin action too. We caught one out of a flurry of sailfish, and minutes later had an unsuccessful blue marlin encounter. Further inshore was a pretty hot white marlin bite, with some blues and sails mixed in as well. Thanks Mike for another great trip!
We enjoyed a cool northeast breeze and pretty good fishing today!
We picked at the dolphin all day, and when the smoke cleared, we had a great catch. Most of the fish we caught today were big bailers, but we did land a few gaffers as well. We had two sailfish encounters, one was successfully switched off, landed and released by Barry, and the other was lost during the switch. It was a fun day with a lot of action! I'm waiting on some good action shots of the sail, from my party, so check back. Thanks again Steve!
Today I had the privilege of spending the day with two of my good friends, and meeting new ones!
Since the weather was so calm, I moved these guys that were supposed to fish with me tomorrow, to today. The dolphin fishing wasn't as easy as it has been, but we hunt and pecked until we had 40, then went looking for something else. We never had a marlin encounter, and that was a little slow today too. We did spot some cobia on the way in and James managed to land one of those. There's nothing like spending a day on the water with your friends! Thanks guys!
This morning was a little bumpy, but the seas leveled out and the bulk of the day was quite nice. Fishing was great!
We started out bailing dolphin, and after a couple of schools and 40 or so fish, we decided to try for something bigger. It didn't take long before we hooked a big white marlin and Luke angled him to the boat for a photo and release. That would be our only marlin bite for the day although some of the boats had several. We did catch a few nice gaffers during the day as we skipped baits in the deep. Thanks John!
I gotta plug the guys that keep me running, so "Thanks Western Branch for years of great service"!
These guys come down every summer and fish with the guys that run their engines, and that includes me. Anyhow, we had "one stop shopping" on the dolphin this morning, big bailers and a few gaffers. After that I asked the guys what they wanted to do, and they said "wahoo"! Ten minutes later we had a wahoo in the boat. A couple hours after that they seemed concerned that their supply of beverages had run low. They said we needed to head in to get more, so we did! Thanks guys!
Today was Corey and Tim's third and final day of fishing this week with me, but it was no disappointment!
They love catching "meat fish", so we were definitely searching for freezer stock, but I was hoping for another shot at a marlin since Corey's got away on Tuesday. We never saw one today, but there was some more pretty good billfish action for some of the guys. We pieced together another nice catch of dolphin, more bailers today, but still a handful of bigger ones up to 30 pounds. It's always a pleasure Corey, and I look forward to the next trip!
We enjoyed another beautiful day offshore, and more great dolphin fishing!
I started my day east of the fleet, which most of you know is unusual for me. I thought after a while that I might have been "out to lunch", since it was sounding like the best of the dolphin fishing was a good ways west of me. We never really found a huge school of dolphin, and the birds were starving, which made it impossible at times to even fish. We did, however, scrap along, one here and one there. The cool thing was that a good number of the fish we caught were gaffers again today. By the time we headed in, we had put together another really nice catch of fish! The boats that fished for marlin had good action today, and I also heard about a few wahoo bites, including one that skied on our teaser! Thanks Ken!
I had my buddy Corey for the second day this week, and today we had steady action on the dolphin, both bailers and gaffers.
We never caught more than five at once, but we never went very long without a bite either. We had a good number of gaffers in the 15-20 pound range, and Corey earned a citation for a 40 pounder! Pretty work Corey! It was a slick calm day, and I'll take all of those I can get. See you guys on Thursday!
After four days out of the ocean, I was ready to be offshore again!
We had a good bit of action today, some good, some aggravating. Our main targeted species was dolphin, but anything good for table fare would work. We found some dolphin but the ocean was covered in shearwaters which are pelagic birds common to our area this time of year. The trouble was that they were abundant and they were STARVING! Believe it or not, most of the day we had birds trying to eat our baits. When we found a school of bailers, we couldn't get a bait to the fish for the birds. Very frustrating. Still we managed to catch a dozen dolphin including two or three gaffers. We had an exciting battle with a blue marlin that appeared to our left teaser before switching to a big bait on an 80. Everything went perfect through his first series of jumps and as we were within 50 feet of the leader, he made another series of ten or more "greyhound" jumps away from the boat. Apparently on the last jump the wire somehow kinked and he broke our leader. Bummer. Early in the afternoon we decided to take advantage of our location and lack of current by dropping to the bottom. Chase hand cranked in a big eye snapper and we also brought up a 30 pound snowy grouper. Now that'll eat! Thanks Corey, see you in the morning!
We are dealing with a mid-season northeaster, which has shut us down from fishing for a few days, but given me a little time to catch up on the skiff.
I spent a few hours glassing in the aft compartments and forward bulkhead yesterday, and today I cut, glued and glassed in the frames for the gunwales and deck beams for the bow cap. Jonboy will be happy to see some progress!
What started out as a rainy morning turned into a pretty nice day, and the fish cooperated better too!
We fished in the same general area as yesterday, but today the dolphin were more willing to bite. It wasn't "one stop shopping" by any means, but we stuck with it and wound up catching 40, including a few gaffers. Justin pitched a bucktail to a cobia that followed up some dolphin, and Chris landed him on a spinning rod. It was big enough to earn him a citation at 40 pounds, so congratulations Chris! Thanks again for another great day Craig!
The title of my report has nothing to do with my charter, but since dolphin fishing was slow, we took advantage of the great spanish mackerel fishing along the beach this afternoon!
The weather turned a little squally and breezy on us this morning, and the dolphin fishing was scrappy at best. I went out to the deep in hopes of finding some good dolphin conditions, but the grass was so scattered it was hard to fish AND no bites. We made a quick drop to the bottom and scored with a 25 pound snowy grouper and one tilefish before making the decision to jog back inshore. The spanish mackerels were biting great and we wound up with 70 in a little over two hours! Thanks Kelly, and we'll keep our fingers crossed for Friday!
We had a slick calm day in the gulfstream, made even better with some gaffer dolphin!
Our day started out good as young Brock wound in the first fish, a gaffer dolphin. The dolphin fishing was a little "hit or miss", but we did wind up catching a nice handful of quality fish. Aunt Becky caught the biggest dolphin of the day...sort of. Also we did pick up a snowy grouper while we were out in the deep. There was a lot of marlin action for the boats that were looking. We were 50/50 dolphin/marlin fishing, but we never raised a billfish. Thanks Tom, as always, a lot of fun!
Today we were fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.
It was just what you would expect on a calm Saturday in June, lots and lots of boats. We were blessed to set out in a hungry school of dolphin and limit out right away. I had a marlin on my mind after that, so we trolled to the hundred and skipped baits for ten miles. We did have one small billfish encounter that I think was a sail, but we pulled him off. There was no current in the deep, so I decided to try for a grouper, since you are allowed to keep one. We had a lucky drop to the bottom and came up with a 30 pound snowy and two nice tiles! The weather was great, and as always, I had a fun trip with Connie and the gang. The southern report sounded like there was some great marlin action, so I am expecting a fun week coming up. Thanks guys and I'll see you next year!
My new friend Tom brought his family out for their first offshore adventure. It was a GREAT one!
I knew these guys would be easy to please, so there was no pressure. Just catch a handful of fish and enjoy the pretty day. Everybody was on board with that plan, and it was working fine until I found the killer area of gaffers and bailers. These guys handled things like pros. We wound up with a great catch of fish...and still no pressure! Further offshore were a few marlin sightings, but none for us. Thanks Tom, I can't wait to do it again!
I look forward to fishing with my repeat Godspeed friends, but sometimes life gets busy and they miss me for a while. Today my ol' buddy Earl and his bunch showed up for a great day on the water...and it's been TOO LONG!
The forecasted "light winds" were just as light as they have been the last couple of days...20-25 out of the northeast. Anyway, we battled the choppy seas and scattered grass and wound up putting together another nice catch of dolphin, plus one out of a doubleheader sailfish. By the afternoon, things were calming down and the ride home was nice. Thanks again guys, and I'll see you this fall for some yellowfin!
We survived another choppy northeaster, but the good fishing made it enjoyable!
I heard of more bailers starting to show up today, although most of what we caught were gaffers. Either way, the dolphin fishing was still pretty good. In addition to having a nice catch of dolphin, Tyler got lucky and released a sailfish! Good job! Thanks for getting the guys together for a great trip Jeff, and I'll see you guys next time!
That's just the way fishing can be. Slow one day, great the next!
We fished in a choppy northeaster today, but the dolphin fishing was back on track. We captured a nice catch of gaffers and bailers on our second day with Matt, Pat and Alex. We had a couple of wahoo bites, including one that made it to within a few feet of the gaff before releasing himself. There were a few sailfish bites, and one blue marlin released in the fleet as well. Thanks guys!!
The ocean was a little "bouncy" this morning, but the sea conditions improved throughout the day.
The fishing was pretty scrappy however. Fortunately the fish we caught were nice ones! We did have a marlin encounter this morning, but it was brief, and I couldn't positively identify which variety it was as it pulled off of my long rigger. We managed to catch half a dozen dolphin, and four of them were pretty nice gaffers. Besides a few dolphin, I heard of a couple of wahoos caught, and some bottom fish. See you guys tomorrow!
We had another beautiful day offshore, after the rain passed!
When we pulled away from the dock, it was raining like crazy, but soon after setting our lines out, the sky had started clearing and the day just got better. The dolphin fishing was a little slower than it has been, although we did manage to scrap out a catch of fish by the end of the day. I made the decision mid morning, to try my chances in the deep. We had some pretty good action, including a missed blue marlin strike on a long rigger, and catching one out of a doubleheader of white marlin that we hooked. It was agreed that Benjamin would catch this year's billfish (these guys get one every year), since he was soon to be married, so his brother graciously gave up the rod! Good job Benjamin! Anyway, it didn't work out for me to get any action photos today, but we had a lot of fun. Thanks again Louis!
We fished up to the east today and had more great gaffer dolphin action!
Today we managed to put together another nice catch of dolphin. We picked off two or three gaffers before we found a good school, then it was chaos. I never get many pictures when pandemonium is taking place in the cockpit, and it was! After that we scrapped another half dozen gaffers before calling it a day. I heard of a wahoo or two and maybe a couple billfish bites, but dolphin was the main item on the menu today. To answer the question to come... "no, I haven't moved my boat". My group wanted to use the fish cleaning service at Risky Business Seafood, so we just unloaded over there. Thanks Frank and Bunky!
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