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Outer Banks Fishing Report - August 2012
Another picture perfect day offshore, complete with some good wahoo action!
We caught our first wahoo on an EYE CATCHER "frequent flyer" lure, at 14 knots. I was impressed with the action of the lure and even more impressed when that wahoo smoked it! We went on to catch four wahoos today, along with half a limit of dolphin. Thanks everybody for a great day, and we'll get your wahoo next time Mary Beth!
It simply doesn't get any nicer than it was offshore today. Calm, cool and cloudy!
Fishing seemed like it was going to be scrappy in the morning, but things turned around. We pulled off a wahoo on the way out this morning, and after a couple hours of nothing pulled off what I believe was a blue marlin, on three different baits! Finally we started picking away at some dolphin, and then we had another blue marlin encounter as a 300 pounder tried to eat a dolphin that was hooked on a bailing rig! Justin and I both fired baits at him, and he followed us around for a few circles but never really made a charge at a bait. Still it was good action. Another boat invited me to join him around a float that he had found and that's where we finished up with our limit of dolphin. Thanks again Dennis, and I'll try to stay free from "mug shots"!
Fishing was great today, but I over ran the fish in the morning. Fortunately we made up for it in the afternoon!
I headed further south than I have been going, in hopes of finding the "mother load", but we trolled for hours without a fish. I worked offshore looking for an edge to catch some dolphin, and finally found it. We caught a limit of big bailers in a couple of stops. Knowing that our time was limited, I was hoping to scrounge up a wahoo on the troll back inshore. We were abundantly blessed with three nice hoos and a couple blackfins! Thanks for a great day offshore Jackie!
It was another squally but calm day in the gulf stream. I know everybody loves sunshine but as hot as it has been this year, a cloudy cool day is quite pleasant!
Our day started off proper with a nice 35 pound wahoo, Ray's first. I was expecting a lot of wahoo action today, but the bites were kinda spread out. We caught a second wahoo, out of a double, and missed two sailfish encounters for the rest of the morning. After a long dry spell, we managed to catch a double header of wahoos late in the afternoon. It's always good to leave on a good note! Thanks Bill, can't wait to see you guys again!
Our day started out rainy, but it didn't slow the fishing down. Today it was GOOD!
We started out wahoo fishing, and went 4 for 4 before trolling offshore on a tip about some dolphins. We found what we were looking for in 250 fathoms, and had a "one stop" dolphin bailing experience. On the troll back inshore, Dan caught a sailfish which put on an excellent show for us before being released. One more wahoo capped off an excellent day of fishing! I snapped a couple of pretty cool shots of some waterspouts that were in our vicinity this morning. Enjoy! Thanks again Michael!
Ok, so today is another one of those days that I have to suck it up and give you an honest report. I would have to say that fishing overall wasn't so bad, but our luck wasn't the best.
Aside from the fact that it rained all day, the ocean was very nice and it was a cloudy cool day offshore. There was a fair amount of life offshore. A couple of the boats scrapped out pretty nice catches of wahoos, while some of the guys picked at the blackfin tunas. There weren't a lot of dolphin today, although there were a few found around a couple of floats. There were three blue marlin released today, as well as a white marlin and a sailfish. I did an outstanding job of driving around most of the action (it really takes skill). We had three or four wahoo bites today, hooked two of them and landed one, thanks to Joe. My young friend David landed a real nice king mackerel and an oceanic bonito, while Amy wound in a blackfin tuna. Peter caught a false albacore which will get used for bait tomorrow, hopefully! Thanks again guys!
Michelle told me at the end of the day that going offshore was on her "bucket list", so I'm glad she was able to scratch it off in proper fashion, with a sailfish release!
We had a bad run of luck this morning and pulled off or missed a bunch of quality bites. Fortunately one sailfish out of a double stayed on the line to get us started. It was a pretty long dry spell after that, but we started having a few bites again in the afternoon. By the end of the day we had landed three out of eight wahoo bites and three gaffer dolphin to go along with the sailfish release. Thanks for a beautiful day offshore guys!
We hung around the dock for a little while this morning, while a thunderstorm passed by. It was worth the wait because we had great fishing today!
We caught two wahoos this morning and a third one this afternoon...and dolphins in between! The schools of bailers that we found early weren't very cooperative, but after lunch they seemed to get hungry. We put together a great catch, once I got my party whipped in to shape! By the time we were in the fifties, they were all pros! Thanks so much JD, and I'll see you next summer!
We had a marina make-up charter today, and it was a great group!
The weather was perfect, and even though fishing was a little scrappy overall, we managed to put together a pretty nice catch of fish. I was hoping that we would find some dolphin, so everybody would get some action...and we did. Most of what we caught came out of one school, but we did find a couple other handfuls and wound up with 40 bailers. The wahoo fishing sounded pretty good back inshore, so I was hopeful that we would have some trolling action as well. We wound up catching one out of four wahoo bites, thanks to Linda and a lot of encouragement from the rest of the group. We also landed three blackfin tunas and missed a couple others. The highlight came near the end of the day when Marlin caught a sailfish. Yes, you heard right. Marlin caught a sailfish. It was one out of a double and he did a great job winding him to the boat. Thanks everybody, and I hope to see you all again!
Today was pretty action packed, plus the weather was nice and cool.
We started our day off with a 30 pound wahoo, and the came the dolphin. It took a few schools, but we caught our limit, including several small gaffers and one pretty nice bull. The highlight of the day came in the form of a 250 pound blue marlin on a TLD 20. You want to talk about a show, this fish took flight! We had a great time catching him and Julius did a good job keeping the line tight. Hopefully I will wind up with some pictures that were take from the cockpit to post. Anyway, it's hard to beat a day with plenty of meat AND some marlin action! Thanks again Jerry...see you next time!
Today worked out kinda like yesterday, except in reverse, and minus the rain!
I started in the wahoo grounds, but had dolphin on my brain. I bee lined straight offshore, but the dolphin we found were in the mega deep. We found a float out in 1000 fathoms that was loaded. Three boats got their limit off of it, and everybody that fished out there found dolphin. The troll back inshore took a while, and we never had a bite till we were inshore of 30 fathoms but we did catch two out of three wahoo bites in the afternoon, in the shallows. We did make a quick drop to the bottom on the way out and came up with a snowy grouper, about 18 pounds. Thanks Steve, and I hope to see you in November!
The ocean was pretty flat today, but it rained ALL morning, and part of the afternoon! The good news is that the fish were hungry!
It was another one of those days. The good kind. We caught three gaffer dolphin right after we put our lines in the water, so the pressure was off early. Of course, I never feel a lot of pressure when I fish with these guys anyway, but it's always nice to get a couple fish in the box early. The wahoo action was pretty good and we managed to land three out of six bites during the next hour or so of fishing. My buddy Charles really wanted to find some dolphin, so I worked on offshore in hopes of finding a float. I told Charles that it would be like finding a needle in a haystack in all the rain, but we would go look around. I fished out to 300 fathoms and back in to 170 before finding a streak of grass that looked promising. Somehow, in the pouring down rain, I found a tree limb that was completely loaded down with big bailers. We hammered out a limit in no time. I even went down and caught a couple! While I was in the deep, and the current was slack, we made a drop to the bottom. That worked out too, with a 40 pound snowy grouper! By the time we got in, the rain had quit. Now I've just gotta get my shoes dry for tomorrow! Thanks again Charles and Lisa!
What a difference a day can make. After yesterday, I was ready to jump head first back in to another great day of wahoo fishing, but the bites were few today.
It really turned out to be a gorgeous day, but we had to fish through a pretty heavy rain squall this morning. After that, the sun shined all day and the seas were calm. Luke caught our only wahoo today, and we missed one other. We lost a blackfin tuna and caught a couple of albacore. Eliza was in the chair for one of the albacore, which wound up being hooked in the side, and we didn't know what she had on the line! She hung in there and fought the fish to the boat, but we were all disappointed when it wasn't a wahoo or a sailfish! Fortunately we found a float on the way in and bailed almost half a limit of dolphin. They were on the small side, but we were glad to have them, and once they are on the grill no one will be complaining! Thanks for the trip Brother, and I hope you make it on the next one. Merideth...enjoy your kitchen!
Sometimes, it's just meant to be. We couldn't make a wrong turn today, and I just love it when that happens!
We got a bit of a late start today, but dropped our lines in the right spot. Amanda caught a nice wahoo on the way offshore, and the bites were steady after that. We quit and hour early so my group would have time to get their fish cleaned and back to Nags Head, but we wound up landing six out of ten wahoo bites today, including a citation 40 pounder caught by Chip. We also had some sailfish action, with Chris and his dad Chip both catching one. We did catch a limit of dolphin too, and with the exception of two or three gaffers that we caught trolling, they all came from a float that I found. One stop shopping. To round out a mixed bag, we also boated a big king mackerel that was mixed in with the wahoos! It sure was a fun day! Thanks guys, and I'll see you this fall for some tuna!
Today I took some of the people who contribute their time and effort to the Hatteras Island Babe Ruth League. It was nice to have a perfect day of weather and fishing for the people who give so much to our kids and community.
We lucked out first thing this morning with a great catch of dolphin, and then we concentrated our efforts on wahoo fishing. We had good action, caught a little better than half our bites, and wound up with six wahoos and a 20 pound king mackerel that thought he was a wahoo! Thanks Rusty for a great day offshore!
The weather was perfect today, and the fishing was pretty good too!
We started off the morning proper with a wahoo on the way out. I figured that we were gonna crush the wahoos today, but either I did a great job of avoiding them, or they avoided me for the rest of the day. We did however find a couple of bunches of dolphin, including a huge school on the way in this afternoon. They were pretty cooperative, and joined us for the trip back to Hatteras. Anna caught a citation spanish mackerel that was lost out there in the blue water too. Thanks Brian for including a day on the Godspeed in with your vacation plans, and I hope the rest of your family's adventure is as much fun!
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