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Dolphin fishing was pretty good today, but the weather went downhill as the day progressed.
The morning was beautiful and we caught five gaffers as soon as we got started, but the wind started breezing from the south and the rain came soon after. We trudged around in the scattered streaky grass looking for dolphin, and did wind up with a dozen gaffers before heading in at lunch time. Some of the guys were luckier and found a better sign of fish today than we did. Still, a nice catch and a couple of big bags of filets for the grill! Thanks Larry!
Today Justin had the day off so my old friend and veteran mate "Fog" filled in. The gaffer fishing was amazing!
We caught most of our catch by 10:00 and drug baits for a marlin the rest of the day. We did miss one sailfish bite, and picked off a few more gaffers while we skipped baits. I'd say that we had more BIG gaffers today than any other day so far this year. Everyone in the group caught a 30 pounder and a couple of them were 35. Thanks guys!
The ride offshore was greasy slick calm, but about the time we started fishing we wound up being wrapped up in a thunderstorm.
Fishing was scrappy compared to how it has been. The current was screaming, the wind was from the southeast, and every boat in the world was out. In spite of it all, we wound up catching a handful of gaffers and having a fun day offshore! Thanks again guys and I'll see you as soon as you can make it back down!
Part of my group missed the boat today, due to navigational errors (in the car not the boat). We wound up leaving the dock an hour late but still put together a nice catch of fish!
The ocean was crowded with boats today, so finding a spot to yourself was tough. We managed to come up with a nice catch of dolphin this morning, but it was pretty slow after that. Near the end of the day I was able to hit a bottom spot that was inside of the hard current for a couple of drops. We landed a grouper and a handful of rosefish. Thanks a bunch Reggie!
The wind was forecasted to breeze out of the southwest early in the day. Once it started blowing, it was the real deal. Fortunately I stopped on a spot that was loaded with gaffers and big bailers. We filled up the box and wrapped it up early!
Today was the first day of the Hatteras Village Marlin Tournament, and it sounded like there were a few marlin bites too. Thanks for another great one Howard. I'll see you guys again in the morning!
We had a brisk northerly wind today and I was one layer shy of being warm all day!
The wind had the grass streaked out and the fishing wasn't as good as it has been, but we still scrapped out a nice catch of dolphin, mostly gaffers. There were a few marlin seen and a couple of wahoos caught as well as a couple of yellowfins. Thanks for another fun day Greg, I'll see you next spring!
Today my new friends invited Simon to join them, so it was a extra great trip for me!
We had some pretty great dolphin fishing again today, a lot of gaffers and nice bailers. Everybody caught their share, and some got plenty of rest! Thanks for a fun day offshore Shirley, can't wait to see you guys again!
Today Walter brought his three girls down for a great day offshore.
We found a couple of batches of dolphin, the last school had some big gaffers in it and everybody caught a couple. By the time the smoke cleared we had put together a great catch! Also we had a wahoo get away about a foot from the gaff...bummer. Thanks Walter, I'll see you guys next time!
This morning I counted 27 boats leaving Hatteras Inlet at the same time, and immediately felt anxiety. I decided to head south, avoid the crowd and take what I could get.
We had an occasional dolphin bite through the early morning, landed some and lost a bunch. At first it seemed like it was gonna be one of those days where we were plagued with rubber hooks. I struck gold further out in the deep and found a "mega school" of gaffers and big bailers. It was a healing. After that we skipped baits for a marlin for a while, then we shallowed up for a wahoo but had no luck with either. Thanks Jud, it was a great day and I can't wait to do it again!
We all knew it was gonna happen...it is May you know.
I didn't have a trip yesterday but today was a continuation of the great dolphin fishing that has been building up for a week or so. I'd say it peaked today because it can't get any better! Hopefully the fishing will stay good for a while. Thanks Steve!
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