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Outer Banks Fishing Report - September 2011
The weather was anything but perfect today, but we scrapped it out.
The squalls that we saw on the weather radar this morning appeared to be a little offshore of where we wanted to fish, but as we steamed offshore, the squalls intensified and moved inshore. We did the best we could to punch through the worst of it and then decided to set our lines out and hope the rain and wind would subside. After a couple of hours the rain let up, but the southwest wind leveled out at close to 20 and breezed all day. The weather made it a little harder to work, but we did manage to catch two out of five wahoo bites, three gaffer dolphin and a handful of bailers. Luckily we had Frank to show us "how it's done"! Thanks Steve, good luck tomorrow and I'll see you in November!
Today was our first actual charter since before Irene. I've got to say that I can't remember a day that rained SOOO much ALL day!
I found a beautiful grass line today, and knew that we were gonna KILL the dolphin. There were a lot of fish around, but they just didn't want to bite. It was frustrating to see them and not be able to catch them. We did catch 25, but we had to work for them. The wahoos didn't make much of a showing today, we caught one, and that was our only bite. The highlight of the day came when we hooked four sailfish at once. Pouring down rain, lightning and thunder, sails jumping everywhere! We managed to catch two of them, congratulations Marshall and Brown! Anyway, maybe we'll all dry out by tomorrow. Thanks for setting up the trip Charles!
There have been a few boats out the last couple days and it sounds like fishing has been GREAT!
I'm hearing about killer catches of wahoo, just like it should be in September. Good dolphin fishing, along with yellowfin and blackfin tuna complete the mixed bag of species that are plenty right now. I am still waiting for people to get here, but it sounds like when they do, it'll be worth the trouble! Ferry reservations may be hard to get on the weekend, but I'm told that there is availability during the week. Also I'm getting reports of great progress on the rebuilding of highway 12 north of Rodanthe, so hopefully access to Hatteras Island will be completely restored soon! Come see us!
All of the offshore reports are great. I wish I was there!
One private boat fished out of Hatteras yesterday, went 1 for 9 on the sails, and said that the wahoo fishing was great. I talked to another captain out of Ocracoke today, he fished the last two days and reported great dolphin and wahoo fishing, plus a blue marlin release yesterday. Boats to the east are limiting out on yellowfin and blackfin tuna. Me? Well, I went out in the sound and caught a bunch of clams...again. I'll be fixing another pot of chowder tomorrow, but you gotta get here to eat it!
I got the news today that most of Hatteras Island will re-open this Thursday morning...yippee!!
Things are pretty much put back together from Avon south, so visitors will be welcomed back in Hatteras, Frisco, Buxton and Avon on Thursday, 9/15. The route will be a little different than most people are accustomed to, but it'll do. In order to access Hatteras Island, you must take either the Swan Quarter OR Cedar Island ferry to Ocracoke, then another short ferry ride to Hatteras Island. I would recommend making a reservation for the first ferry. Hopefully in a couple more weeks we'll have a road, but till then, please come see us! Fishing is great!
I couldn't stand it any more. The forecast for today was south winds at 5 knots. I thought I had a few friends gathered up to go fishing today, but in the end, it was my son Simon, and my old buddy Jonboy.
I am pleased to report that fishing was great. I don't know if anyone else has been offshore out of Hatteras till today, and I was the only boat out today. Like I said, it was a "buss-man's holiday, and I really just wanted to take my kids out. Andrea chose to stay on shore and continue helping people clean up, but Simon was all over the offer.
It's hard to keep a school of dolphin biting with a small group, much less one nine year old boy, but somehow we managed to catch close to 150 dolphin today. Oh yeah, it was that good. We really didn't have the man power to set out a spread and go looking for something big, but we did catch a handful of blackfin tuna and oceanic bonitos, plus Simon got a few jumps out of a sailfish before he let the hook go. It was a gorgeous day offshore, and I am so sorry that, for now, you can't get here to enjoy it. Please look at scheduling a fall trip!
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