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Outer Banks Fishing Report - July 2012
I had a group of guys that were fishing with us for the first time today. I think the trip exceeded their expectations as we had great fishing and calm seas!
There were a few thunderstorms lurking around most of the morning, but we managed to avoid most of the bad weather and by early afternoon the skies had cleared and the sun was shining! We had great dolphin fishing today, mostly bailers but we did land a few nice gaffers too. We had a handful of wahoo bites as well, and boated two of them. Thanks Jim, I can't wait to fish with you guys again!
I've gotta say that it was the most comfortable day that I have fished in a while. The winds were pretty light most of the day, and the overcast skies kept things pretty cool.
I was expecting to pick up where we left off yesterday with some great wahoo fishing, but I managed to run south of where the best of it was today. We did however land in a good spot for some great dolphin action. We found an area of grass that had several schools of dolphin, and even though it wasn't "one stop shopping", it was good enough for us to limit out within an hour or so after finding the grass. We did have one wahoo encounter. I hope he's still choking on our baits because he ate four of them and never got hooked! A few of the boats further to the east had some better wahoo action. Thanks for a great day Steve!
My buddy Mark and his friends were scheduled to fish with me yesterday, but it worked out that I could move them to today and spend the afternoon with my dad. It worked out great for everyone because the weather was perfect today and the fishing was great!
We started off the day with a massive school of dolphin which we caught 40 out of. Since we were in the deep and close to one of my favorite bottom spots, I decided to take advantage of the minimal amount of current and make a drop to the bottom. That worked out too, as we came up with a 42 pound snowy grouper! Next we decided to try and even the odds with the wahoos, and had much better luck today. We caught five out of nine bites before wrapping things up and heading in a little early. It was great to enjoy the pretty day and the fishing was a bonus! Thanks Mark!
Fishing was pretty good today, but like yesterday, your batting average could make or break you.
Our day started out exactly like yesterday. We caught our first wahoo bite on the left long rigger, purple sea witch. The rest of the day went about the same too, except we had twice as many bites. Justin and I lost count, but we figured that we must have had an honest twelve wahoo bites today, and landed two of them. I know the average wasn't too good, but Brian and Tony both got one, and they were thrilled! We also found a few dolphin and caught a half dozen of them. Thanks guys, and I can't wait to see you again!
Today we fished in a 20 knot north breeze, which made the ocean a little bumpy, but the air was a little cooler for a change!
I hope you have an appreciation for honest fishing reports, and that's what I try to provide...even when it's hard to simply say "it was slow"! For the most part, the difference from boat to boat was how well they held on to their bites. A couple of the guys had a pretty good batting average and managed to scrap out a few wahoos and maybe a dolphin or two. We didn't fare as well. We had six or seven wahoo bites today and only boxed one. We also landed a pretty nice gaffer dolphin, and had a few other mystery bites. There's nothing I love better than reporting about GREAT FISHING, but it just isn't always the case. One thing is for sure though...it will change! Thanks guys and I hope you enjoy your fish fry!
The couple of small thunderstorms that were hanging around this morning pushed on off to the east, and the wind fell out behind them. We were looking forward to a great day!
Just after setting our baits out, we got reports of a terrible storm that had formed over the sound and was heading our way. We made the decision to head back in, along with the rest of the fleet. It was a shame because fishing was great for the short time we were there. As soon as we set out, we pulled off a wahoo, a couple minutes later we caught a dolphin, and then another wahoo before picking our lines back up and steaming for home. It sounded like everybody had a couple of bites real quick before throwing in the towel. Hopefully they will still be there tomorrow! Hope to see you guys again soon...on a better day!
After a couple days of raunchy weather, we managed to make it offshore today, and the weather was beautiful!
Fishing was still kinda scrappy, although most everybody wound up with a catch. A couple boats found some dolphin, but schools of bailers were scarce for most of us. We had some quality bites today, but luck wasn't on our side for most of them. Our first bout of action was a sailfish that tried three different baits, but never switched off to the right one. We had five different wahoos hooked and pulling drag today, but only managed to land two of them. I am very thankful for the two! We also caught two out of three gaffers around a float. Thanks for moving the guys over a day Kevin, and I hope to see you this fall!
After a blunt discussion about the weather, my group was still adamant about going fishing. It all worked out as we wound up with a great catch of dolphin!
The dolphin fishing that we found was out over 100 fathoms, and thanks to the 20-25 knot southwest winds, it was plenty choppy. We found several good schools of fish, but the sea conditions made bailing dolphin a struggle. Still, after several bunches, we had the better part of a limit and I began trolling back inshore. We did bend a pole on a small billfish, either a white or sail, but it was so windy that switching him off to a dink bait was a challenge. There were quite a few sailfish and wahoo bites amongst the rest of the fleet as we all trolled towards home this afternoon. We had a couple of bites and caught a king mackerel, but never hooked a wahoo. Thanks guys for tuffin' it out!
Today we had great moments of action between the long periods of waiting...but that's fishing!
We started the day off with a gaffer dolphin, followed by a sailfish show of a dozen or more jumps before coming loose from the hook. There had been a few wahoo bites in the shallows, and I was faced with the decision whether to troll offshore and explore with most of the fleet, or pound the shallows in hopes of some wahoo and sailfish action. I headed on off, but with the exception of three bailers, it was a pretty long drought. We did have another billfish encounter which I couldn't positively identify, but felt pretty heavy as I passed Justin the 80 from the bridge, with line peeling off. Our poor luck continued as he came unglued too. I had to make a couple of location adjustments based on information provided by other boats in the fleet, but finally found a good school of dolphin and had a "one stop shopping" experience. Before that action, I noticed Jeff looking curiously at me on the bridge, and I'm sure he was wondering if I knew where the fish were. Honestly, I wasn't sure if I knew where the fish were either, but it finally all worked out! I suggested that we get back to marlin fishing since the action had been pretty good around the fleet, and just before quitting time, we managed to catch a sailfish, for a little icing on the cake. Next time we'll get a wahoo for Andrew! Thanks guys!
Fishing was much better today!
The boats that fished in the deep all day had pretty good marlin fishing, and there was a decent sign of wahoos and dolphin in shallower water. I made a lap offshore, but decided that I had a better chance of pleasing my group inside of 30 fathoms, so that's where we spent most of the day. We had three wahoo bites and landed one, caught a king mackerel, and 30 dolphin for the day. It was a great improvement over last week's fishing. Thanks Jim, and I hope to see you this fall for some yellowfin!
Today's weather was perfect again!
Fishing was actually a little better today, thanks to a scattered wahoo and sailfish, but our luck wasn't so good. I won't say fishing was great, but at least there were a few trolling bites. We had one bite on a "high speed" lure that was probably a wahoo, but didn't hook up. We also missed a sailfish and had a blue marlin encounter, a "window shopper" that never attempted to strike a bait. We did switch over to do some bottom fishing during the middle of the day, and caught a nice mess of triggerfish and sea bass. That put smiles on the young faces that I had on board! Thanks for spending the day with us Platon, and I know that our luck will be better next time!
The ocean was flat again today, and so was the fishing!
We trolled for a few hours without a bite, so in order to provide some action for the kids I had on board, and some fish for the cooler, we dropped to the bottom. The current was a little swifter than I would have liked, and most of the bass we caught were an inch or two too short to keep. We did wind up with a catch of sea bass though, and a few other miscellaneous bottom fish. We set back out for the last couple of hours, and did have two trolling bites. The first was a nice sailfish for James, in the pouring down rain! The second fish came off, but we suspected that it was another sail. Thanks for an enjoyable trip guys!
I had a request this morning for a marlin, so I rolled the dice and headed way south, and to the deep.
While we were skipping baits, we saw lots of life, but the bites were few. We found a beautiful grass line, and thought we would surely catch a few dolphin, but we only caught one out of two dolphin all day. The best of the billfish action turned out to be closer to home, and I spent most of the day working back to the northeast. Most of the billfish action was sails, but I did hear about one white and one blue caught as well. We never raised a billfish, but luckily caught a wahoo near the end of the day. Still a beautiful day offshore and a fun group to spend the day with. Thanks John, we'll get that marlin next time!
My buddy Casey booked us and invited some friends to fish. The friends all made it, but Casey broke down on the way here and had to miss his fishing trip....bummer man.
Things were sorta hit or miss again today, but we got lucky and had some action. We found two hungry schools of dolphin and bailed 30 or so. We also caught a couple gaffers, two wahoos and a king mackerel while we were trolling trolling. We also had some sailfish action, missing one and pulling another one off. The afternoon thunderstorms began to form, so we knocked off a little early. The Godspeed got a great fresh water rinse on the way home! Thanks Casey, next time I expect you to be present!
The winds hadn't let up from yesterday, and while less current is usually better, today's lack of it meant that we wouldn't get the relief that we usually get in a southwester.
Fishing was tough today. We had to work for every one, and none of them came easy. Our dolphin action was mostly single bites, and we never found a school that we could bail. We did wind up with a nice catch of fish though, and quite a few of them were gaffers, We also snagged a king mackerel, and missed a couple wahoo bites today. Thanks guys, I enjoyed having you on board today!
My buddy Mark paid me a visit today, after too long away!
It was a little on the choppy side, and fishing wasn't easy today, but we worked at it and by the day's end, had a nice catch of dolphin, bailers and gaffers. We did miss a couple of wahoo bites, and the billfish action was a little spotty for most of the fleet. Thanks guys, and I'll see you on the 28th Mark!
It was a "greasy" slick calm day today. The fishing was a little scrappy, but we managed to work at it till we had a nice catch.
We found several schools of dolphin that weren't willing to bite, and a few that would. We spent most of the morning fishing for dolphin, and concentrated on bigger fish in the afternoon. We caught one out of three or four wahoo bites, a nice king mackerel, and missed a couple of mystery bites that may have been sails. There was a decent sign of sailfish this afternoon. Thanks guys for a great day!
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