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April Blues

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Today we were fortunate enough to catch the first blue marlin of the season (out of Hatteras) .......and then the second!

We fished to the south, and I trolled out to 150 fathoms before turning down the beach. I told Mikey to get an 80 out and put "something big" on the left shortrigger. It wasn't long before something BIGGER ate it! We made short work of the 250 pounder, and I was able to snap a few quick shots before he got wild on the leader and broke off. A little later we had an unsuccessful encounter with a spearfish, and a couple hours after that we hooked a nother blue marlin, this time a 200 pounder on a 50. He put on a better show than the first and was all "lit up" on the leader, but released his self before I got a picture. Not much to report in the meatfish department for us, we did make a quick bottom drop and caught our one snowy grouper. Thanks to the gang from CEI for fishing with us again!


Scotty's Birthday

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Today Scotty and the"ol' man" had a beautiful day offshore!

We hit the bottom for a while, landing a couple of nice goldens a handful of rosies, a grey tile and a fat snowy grouper. After that we went trolling. Conditions are looking better and I fished along a couple of nice edges out in the deep. We found a float and landed five gaffer dolphin around it. Thanks guys, I'll see you in June!


Touch Of Grey

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Yesterday we sanded primer, masked and I sprayed top coat on the white surfaces while Jon painted the bottom.

Today I untaped and re-taped to top coat the hull. After giving the paint plenty of time to dry, I pulled the tape and plastic off (always the best part). I'm fishing tomorrow so Jon will have to put the door on the tackle locker and put the bumper metal back on his self! I am pleased with the job.


In The Meantime

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So...Jonboy came to me a month ago and said he wanted me to do a couple things to the skiff I built him last year.

He didn't like the way she rode in a following sea, so I decided to make some changes in the bottom. I cut about six feet of the bottom off, from the stem aft. I changed the shape of the forefoot, added about four inches of rocker and replanked with a little bit of deadrise instead of a completely flat bottom like before. After glassing, smearing and sanding the bottom, I had to remake the spray rails up forward, install and glass. Next he wanted a tackle locker/leaning post, so I built that, glassed and installed. I figured that while I was at it I might as well repaint, so I sanded the hull and today shot primer. Tomorrow we should have the primer sanded and ready for topcoat.

Bubba drove down last night because he needed a "fishing fix"!

The weather man was way off today, and the 5-10 mph winds managed to blow over 20 all day. We made a quick stop for a handful of triggers before trolling out in the deep. We did have a few more trolling bites today and landed three dolphin. The current was too strong to drop to the bottom. As always, we had a ball! Thanks Bubba!

Today we caught a box full of yellowfins and a blue marlin.

On the contrary, trolling was pretty slow. We had two bites and landed both of them, gaffer dolphin. The current was boiling in the deep, so bottom fishing was virtually impossible. We did make a "hail Mary" drop and came up with a decent size snowy grouper before shallowing up inside of the current. The triggers were biting and we did pretty well on them in the last hour. Thanks Kevin!

Today was a bachelor party, and what a great day for it. The winds were light, the seas were calm, the current was slack and the fish were biting!

We spent the day in the deep, mostly bottom fishing. We broke the ice with a 45 pound snowy grouper, then caught our limit of golden tiles. Mike won the prize today with a triple header on a jigging rod! We also snagged a handful of rosefish. I worked offshore and found an edge with some grass on it. We caught a pair of gaffer dolphin, and I expected to find a few more but two was our allotment for today. Thanks Joe for putting the trip together. I had a great time with all of you!

Things changed around a lot from yesterday. The current picked up and the blended water that we had our bluefin action had shoved up the beach quite a ways.

The day was beautiful and we saw lots of life, but no "big boys". We spent most of the day along a color change with whales, porpoises, sharks and lots of birds. We caught a few blackfins, including a couple of 20 pounders. We also caught one out of two mako sharks that were both too short to keep. Things will change back around in no time. I'm glad to see some action. Thanks Emmet!


82 Incher

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We landed one bluefin today on our commercial fishing venture.

There was a great sign of fish and lots of life today! The wind was light and the seas were calm. Great to be back offshore after the big winter storm!


All Over The Bottom

Posted By Captain Dave in fishing | Permalink | Comments
Since the tuna fishing has been scrappy, I gave my guys the option of trying something different. They were game.

Fortunately, we were blessed with not much current, which made bottom fishing much easier. We started out catching all the triggers that they wanted before moving offshore to bigger and better things. Shawn caught a citation 35 pound snowy grouper on a jig, and we had great action on the golden tiles. Box full of sweet meat! Thanks again Pat!

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