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Outer Banks Fishing Report - May 2007
Calm seas and fairly good fishing again today.
Fishing wasn't as ''red hot'' as it has been, but it was still good enough to call it good fishing. We caught a dozen or so dolphin, mostly gaffers, two wahoos and a couple kings in the afternoon. All in all a great day.
Another great day was shared by a dad and his two sons. Perfect weather, and good fishing too.
We scrapped out a handful of big gaffers this morning, 10 to be exact. Depending on where you were, the dolphin fishing was better or worse. Still considering the class of fish, I was pleased. Anyway, there were a handful of tuna bites around, we did catch one yellowfin, and towards the end of the day, we had a number of wahoo bites, and held on to four of them. Nice variety!
Fishing was great again today, and the weather continues to be awesome
Simply put, we had great gaffer dolphin fishing again today. I didn't try to get any action shots, Scott, my fill in mate, isn't used to doing all that, so I just snapped a dockside photo. Anyway, we wound up with 30 or so gaffers, a half dozen of them were 25 pounders, maybe one 30 pounder. We also caught a wahoo and an amberjack. We did have a brief blue marlin encounter, on a long rigger, but he never popped the pin. Jay should be starting back with me tomorrow after his recovery time. I write this report in honor of our country's fallen troops, and those currently serving in our armed forces. God bless you.
What a gorgeous Memorial Day weekend. Light southwest winds, and steady big dolphin action.
Anybody who knows me, knows where I'm likely to be found on a busy, crowded day on the water, such as today. The first good current edge we came to was already wrapped up with boats, so I kept truckin' out to 150 fathoms before I even slowed down. After that I trolled offshore, out over 1000 fathoms. We were hoping for a blue marlin bite, which we never had, but managed to be content with an occasional gaffer dolphin bite. The first bite of the day was a 32 pounder, and what's cool was that the young lady that caught it had never caught a fish before! We all had a great time. Jay was at the boat this afternoon, but I have assigned him to a couple more days of rest before going at it again. He looked better though.
Today was the nicest day for a while, and we enjoyed a fairly steady gaffer dolphin bite.
Jay is sick, so Rob filled in today, and we were able to put together a nice catch of gaffer dolphin again today, I think 20 or so. We had a half dozen in the 20 pound and over category. There were a few bills around, but I can't say that we had a marlin bite for sure, just one mystery bite out in the deep.
Fishing overall was good, and if we could have held on to half of our bites, we would have had another banner day.
I spent a portion of the morning scouting the deep, and once the gaffers started biting inshore, it took me a while to get back to the right spot. After that, I felt like I was playing catch-up all day, which I don't mind so much, but today we couldn't seem to hang on to many of our bites. Some of the boats had great catches of gaffers again, and a couple tunas. We wound up landing eight nice dolphin and one yellowfin. We did miss a sailfish that came to a flatline this morning in the deep. There were a few other sails caught, and one blue marlin.
Nothing like seeing a family catch fish together, on a day where they are biting!
Unfortunately for some in my group, the breezy conditions dampered the fun, but the fishing was still great, and we managed to land 25 gaffer dolphin during the 3/4 day that we were there. There was a scattered tuna bite up and down the line, but we never had one.
Another beautiful day in the bluewater, and pretty good fishing still.
My buddy Walter and his pals drove from Maryland, thru the night, to get here this morning. They had to make the drive back this afternoon too, so after sixteen nice gaffer dolphin, a wahoo, and one yellowfin, we started for home. We never found a school of dolphin today, all trolling bites, but it was pretty steady. The best part was when Kenny had a wardrobe malfunction, while battling a 20 pound dolphin on a spinning rod. These guys are always a scream.
We started out catching big dolphin, and I barely had a chance to snap a picture!
Fishing was great again today, and I'd say by 9:30, we had decided that we had all the dolphin we needed, around 30, mostly all gaffers. We went looking for a wahoo or tuna next. We caught seven blackfin tunas,and a few more gaffers during our pursuit, but no yellowfins or wahoos. By 1:00, my group decided that they wanted to beat the rush at the fish cleaners, so we headed in a little early.
In my book, fishing was as good as it gets today, and a variety as well.
Not to take the great gaffer dolphin fishing for granted, but it was just as good today as it has been. We caught all we needed, and went looking for a tuna. Thankfully, the current had fallen out to nothing, and there were a few tuna bites to be had. We started off slow, pulling off the first few yellowfins we hooked, but after catching four blackfins, we managed to hook and land three yellowfins, in the 50-60 pound class. The weather was great too. Love it!
The forcast was pretty poor, but my group wanted to go. so we gave it a try, and I'm glad we did.
We all knew that it was just a matter of time til we got the 30 knot north winds that were forcasted, but they figured if it got too bad, we could just come on back in. Ok, so we went for it, us and a half dozen others. The good news was that the fish were biting, and by 11:30 when we threw in the towel, we had caught a couple dozen gaffer dolphin, and two yellowfins. Everyone was tickled that we got out.
Another awesome day of gaffer dolphin fishing off of Hatteras!
Fishing was just as good today for big dolphin as ever. We hooked a couple fish as soon as we set out, and kept them biting pretty steady all morning. We looked around for a tuna or wahoo, but didn't have any luck. There was some pretty good marlin action again today, in the tournament.<
The dolphin fishing was at an all time high today.
All I can tell you is that we started catching the gaffer dolphin, and finally had to go to a different area to fish because we couldn't fish for anything else! Everywhere we went in the bluewater had big dolphin, so I crossed back in to the greener water, and it worked out that we caught a couple wahoos (and a couple more dolphin!). The boats fishing in the Hatteras Civic tournament had some luck, and there were several blue marlin released.
I had the same party today, and eventhough the fishing wasn't as crazy as yesterday, we still wound up with a great catch.
It was a beautiful day, unlike yesterday, and there were scattered dolphin bites throughout the fleet most of the day. We wound up with thirteen or fourteen gaffers, a king mackerel, and the big blues hit us crossing over into the cooler water this afternoon. There was a scattered tuna and wahoo caught, but nothing hot.
Today was another blustery day, but the fishing was great.
The north 25 knot north winds made the ocean a little lumpy, but the gaffer dolphin were biting, and an occasional tuna to boot. We wound up with 24 dolphin, all gaffer size, and four tunas, the largest a 55 pounder. We left around noon to head in, thankful for another great day!<scrip
Do these guys look familiar? They were with me yesterday!
I had the same group again today, and after yesterday's catch, we decided to look for something other than dolphin. Fishing was a little slow ovewrall, but we caught an assortment of one nice wahoo, one yellowfin, three kings, four dolphin, and a sailfish release. All in all, two great days!
What a beautiful day, and it was full on war against the gaffer dolphin.
We fished on a color change this morning, and were picking away at the gaffer dolphin, until the color change and grass all came together, and it was on. We broke out the bailing rods, and launched an attack on the dolphins, mostly 8 to 15 pounders, with an occasional bailer, and an occasional 20-25 pounder. When it bacame a struggle to keep them in the box, we knew we had to quit. We wound up being pretty close to a limit anyway. The rest of the day was spent trolling, and we finally caught a yellowfin near the end of the day. there were a few tunas and wahoos caught around the fleet, and a showing of blue marlin to the south.<scrip
After hurricane type conditions, it was nice to finally make it back offshore.
We had a beautiful day offshore today, scattered bites all during the day, and they were all quality fish. We wound up with eight gaffer dolphin, one nice wahoo and a yellowfin tuna. Tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful too.
Fishing was great today, quality fish.
The ride offshore was a little bumpy, thanks to a 15-20 knot southeast breeze, but I landed pretty close to my chosen location anyhow. I fished the break to the southwest, and really had steady action all day. We landed four yellowfins that were all in the 50-60 pound range, fifteen or so dolphin that were all gaffers (the largest was 32 pounds), and one out of a doubleheader on sailfish. The ocean got nicer as the day went on, and the ride home was wonderful. We are supposed to have some kind of coastal storm tomorrow, gale force winds forcasted, so I guess I'll see you in a couple days. Thanks for checkin' in!
The weather wasn't the greatest today, but fishing was pretty good.
The ocean was a little choppier today than I expected, thanks to 25 knots of northeast wind against a knot and a half of current. We hung in there for the bulk of the day, and scrapped out a handful of nice fish. We landed three yellowfins, and had a couple other tuna bites. We also hung on to a half dozen nice gaffers, and missed quite a few others. All morning there was a big ol' black thunderstorm hanging around, that just wouldn't go away, so by the early afternoon, I started trolling inshore. The winds had increased, and the storm was closing in on us. We had quite a few king mackerel bites, and landed six of them too. Thanks<
If you're not here, you should be. If you have been thinking about it, you better come.
I don't keep up with the economy, and I don't watch the news, but we have all observed a decrease in bookings this spring. This puts all of us in a cramp, first of all, we gotta make a living, but honestly, when the fishing is hot, I want to be out there gett'n 'em! I have days available each week in May, and that is simply unacceptable, so I'm counting on you, my friends, to round up your pals and get offshore with me SOON! Fishing has been great the last few days.
Today I had a husband/wife team, but the wife had it figured that it was easier to watch her husband sweat than to do it herself!
It was action from the start this morning. We caught two out of three tunas first thing, and it was pretty much non-stop after that. My buddy John landed eight tunas, two wahoos, and a half dozen gaffers by 10:45, and threw in the towel. Well, ok, Karen did catch one of the dolphins, and helped with one of the tunas, but he pretty much did all of the work. Half of the yellowfins were 50+ pounders too. Excellent fishing!
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