We can't say it enough!! The weather changes fast and Thursday turned out to be a gorgeous day here on the Outer Banks! Captains and anglers watched the forecasts with a wishful eye and the venture out paid off! Before we talk about the off-shore, we're very excited with some results In-Shore today. Anglers had some great catches (and releases) of speckled trout and we're happy to see such nice, healthy fish. These anglers also had good catches of bluefish, rock, and flounder, rounding out a beautiful day on the water. Just the kickstart to a great season we were looking for!!
Anglers off-shore had a slow start to the day. Late morning and into early afternoon, the bite picked up and the fish boxes started filling up! Yellow-fin tuna, black-fin tuna, and mahi were on the menu today and plenty of it! The numbers and weights were good for the last Thursday in April!
What are you waiting for? Give us a call and book your trip today 1-800-272-5199.....worry about the weather later!
The Miss Oregon Inlet Headboat starts her fishing season on Tuesday, May 1st. Purchase your tickets online www.missoregoninlet.com or call the Booking Desk to purchase over the phone with a credit card. Miss OI has the best discount on the beach for your group of 10 or more! Give us a call to purchase group tickets 1-800-272-5199.
Monday was solid proof the long range weather forecast is just a guess. If you'd have checked first of last week, today wasn't a good bet. But, our lucky anglers cast their lines and enjoyed a nice return! Limits of yellow-fins were brought in today. A few mahi and black-fin tuna rounded out the show. There were also a few mako releases, as well.
We're just warming up!! Give us a call and let us talk about your next trip 1-800-272-5199! If you'd like to be included in a make-up charter, as available, visit our homepage to submit your request online or drop by the Booking Desk and complete your request in person.
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Sunday started off with a slow and spotty bite in nice warm water. Action was on and off, with some very good bites happening in the last hour just before heading into the docks. Anglers brought in good numbers of yellow-fin tuna, a few mahi and black-fin, and a coupe of nice wahoo. There were also some shark releases today, as well. We were honored to have some elite military personnel aboard the Tuna Fever and we humbly thank those gentlemen for their service!
Anglers fishing in-shore also had some spotty action, as well, pulling in a few sound striper. The water temps are on the rise and fishing should be improving over the next week or so.
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Finally, some of the good spring fishing we're known for!! With nearly all of the off-shore boats out fishing, all fingers were crossed, hoping for a big day. Anglers headed out to the Gulf Stream and were greeted with a beautiful sunrise and some good water. Limits of nice yellow-fins, a few black-fins, and some mahi filled the fish boxes and were the stars of a good dock-side show this afternoon. Congrats to Daniel Jenkins for earning our first yellow-fin tuna trophy citation of the year for his 71 lb chunker! Nice work! Congrats to David Reynolds for earning a trophy citation for his sailfish release! Awesome!!
The Atlantic is calling - pick up your other line!! Give us a call 1-800-272-5199 and let us get you booked!!
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Wednesday proved to be a bit tough for our off-shore anglers and the fish were the clear winners. We won't be deterred, however, and captains are awaiting spring to actually show up. In the meantime, you can be ready to go when it does, by calling 1-800-272-5199 and plan your trip.
We've got some exciting things happening just 2 weeks from today!!
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center will welcome back the Miss Oregon Inlet Headboat on May 1st for her 2018 fishing season!! Last year, dubbed "The Flounder Pounder", Miss Oregon Inlet Headboat anglers enjoyed some amazing catches with a few of those tasty fish earning anglers trophy citation certificates from the NC Annual Saltwater Fishing Tournament! Can't beat that!
Captain Randy returns to skipper the Miss Oregon Inlet Headboat, ready to whisk your crew out to enjoy a beautiful Outer Banks day!! You'll enjoy a quick ride out and will be fishing in some excellent spots, while anglers on other headboats are still riding. Small coolers are welcome, 13" tall or less, filled with your choice of provisions to enjoy while you fish.
The Miss Oregon Inlet Headboat offers the best discount on the beach for your group purchase of 10 or more tickets - save $5 on each ticket!! Bring your wild and crazy bunch aboard..........they'll fit right in!! Private charters are available and can be arranged by calling 1-800-272-5199. Join Captain Randy and his crew on THE FIRST Outer Banks fishing headboat that started it all.........right here at the fishing center where it all began!!
Purchase your tickets by phone 1-800-272-5199 or online www.missoregoninlet.com.
Sunday marked the half-way point of April and the off-shore fishing was certainly exciting! Anglers brought in limits and near-limits of yellow-fin as well as some black-fin, nice wahoo, and a few mahi mahi! Not a bad day at all! We've managed to pull off 4 days in a row fishing, but looks like we're not going to be so lucky for Monday.
Give us a call and let's talk about your trip 1-800-272-5199.
We have Make-Up lists going for different days this week and we'll work to assemble as many as possible, pending weather. Submit your request online on our homepage or visit us in person at the Booking Desk.
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Third day begins with yellow and ends with yellow..... and wahoo!! A gorgeous sunrise this morning greeted our anglers and the weather remained beautiful and quite spring-like! Limits and near limits of yellow-fin were being tossed out of the boxes this afternoon along with some nice wahoo!
Near-shore anglers enjoyed their day on the water, as well. Water temps were a touch better today and frequent nibbles kept anglers active. Some anglers preferred to fish back in the sound, looking for sound striper, catfish, and bluefish.
Give us a call and let's talk about your trip 1-800-272-5199! Submit your request for a make-up charter on our homepage or here in person at the Booking Desk.
Anglers venturing off-shore enjoyed another beautiful day on the water and some good fishing. Lots of yellow-fin catches and lots of releases of little ones. There were some nice meaty yellows coming out of the boxes today.
Near-Shore anglers are having some nice weather out on the water and enjoying hook-ups of a few more fish than yesterday. We've got to get those temps up just a bit more to get those reels screaming.
Saturday is looking good weather wise and lots of boats fishing. Come on down to the marina and watch them come in. Stop by the Charter Desk and talk about your trip while you're checking out our marina store. Sign up for a make-up charter while you're here!
Anglers venturing off-shore today enjoyed some nice weather, water, and good fishing. Limits of yellow fin came out of the boxes today on most of the boats and others had near limits. One boat hooked up on a mako, but released it.
Anglers near-shore are seeing a slow rise in water temps, with just a couple of different species being caught.
Give us a call and let us about your fishing trip 1-800-272-5199. We've got boats available and captains ready to go!
We've got a streak going......a yellow streak!!! Anglers brought in some nice yellow-fins again today along with 1 mahi!! Some folks are going to be enjoying a good supper tonight!
Give us a call and let's talk about your charter 1-800-272-5199!! Let's keep the streak going!!
Submit your request to be part of a make-up charter on our website or visit us in person at the Booking Desk to fill out your request!
Off-Shore boats enjoyed another good day of yellow-fin fishing with limits brought in on a few boats. One private boat reported in with a blue-fin and a few yellows.
Looks like we'll have some pretty weather days this week! Give us a call and let us get you booked 1-800-272-5199! We're looking to put some make-up charters together and have a few already waiting for you!! Submit your request today on our website or come on down to the fishing center and fill out your request!
The yellow sunshine was a very welcome site this Easter Sunday! The yellow also filled the fish boxes! Limits of yellow-fin tuna on 5 boats fishing today, with the first two boats in by 1:30 p.m.! We are so very hopeful it's a good indication of what's to come this season!!
Give us a call 1-800-272-5199 and let us get you booked! We have boats available this week and we have our fingers crossed for some nice weather all week long!
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During a recent conversation with our only female first mate with a captain’s license, it is clear that Vivian McPherson is quite proud to be in a long line of historical women of the water, even if some of those other women were pirates. She’s a pirate of a different kind, she earns her spoils. Anglers of all ages really respond to Viv and one stroll through the reviews for Sinbad Sportfishing and it’s clear their anglers come onboard as guests and leave as first-name friends. One review sums up Viv well, “Don’t let little bitty Viv fool you! She’s no sissy when it comes to fishing! She is a top notch mate with excellent fishing skills, advice, and is funny as heck!”
When asked why she chose this line of work, she replies, “I love the challenge! We leave out of the slip with great anticipation on every trip and I love being on the water and in the elements. The weather, the families, the wildlife, it’s all part of an amazing experience and I get to repeat it every day!” Viv treats her anglers to some wonderful conversation and it’s very evident the kids love her as can be seen by the big, bright smiles captured in the lens. We’ve been told here at the booking desk by some of the youngsters that “Miss Viv talks in funny voices” and those statements are completely believable. It’s obvious the impact of their saltwater adventure with “Miss Viv” was positive and the angling community needs more of those youngsters to develop a love of fishing to continue the tradition.
Viv is a role model to all youngsters aboard her boat, summoning her “Mom” traits and showing boys and girls all the same love and attention. She definitely resonates with the girls, even the teenage girls, and her actions will speak louder than any word spoken. Many Dads have commented in reviews of how appreciative they are with Viv’s interaction with their daughters. These girls see a female performing a job she loves with amazing agility, skill, passion, and with a great deal of class, yet with a toughness equal to any male mate on the roster. She’s earned their respect, too.
Viv started out her career on the commercial side and mixed in the charters. When asked what prompted her to become a captain, she replies, “It was another challenge. I went with a group of 22 to take the captain’s license exam in Charleston “a few years ago” and it was a great group to be with. A couple of other ladies went that day, as well, and some are running charters around the Outer Banks and one is a ferry boat captain now, so I’m in good company.” She became Oregon Inlet’s first female captain and is in her 3rd decade representing an impressive group of ladies.
When asked why anglers should fish with her, she replies, “We’re very lucky to keep seeing repeat families from year to year. We love the business, it’s our livelihood and we truly enjoy working together in our family dynamic and enjoy being part of your family dynamic for the day. Even before you step onboard the Sinbad, I try to treat you all like you live next door……in a good way, though! We love it when everything comes together and our nice folks can get the benefit of it. We work hard, within the boundaries of nature, to get you on the fish and get fish on the boat.” Viv is quick to share tips on proper storage and some delicious ways to prepare your catch! She is well-versed in her craft and we’re proud to regard her as a valuable member of the Oregon Inlet Charter Boat Fleet.
Captain Sarah Garner is much more than a guide, she is a fly fishing extraordinaire and she is a valued member of our In-Shore fleet. Captain Sarah was so young when she started fishing, she says she can’t remember not fishing, it’s always been a part of her existence. She has fished the world over in her 20+ year career and has some amazing accolades to her credit, including being an ambassador for companies Sage, RIO Products, Patagonia, and Jones Brothers Marine. Captain Sarah takes her Jones Brothers boat and works the waters off North Carolina’s coast from north to south, settling down in Harker’s Island running charters in a typical Outer Banks off-season. When asked why she prefers coastal North Carolina, she replies, “I just love being here. The moderate climate allows for a long season and the variety of saltwater fish keeps the trip challenging and fun!” But, she doesn’t stop there. Captain Sarah hones her skills in a variety of waters from Baja, Mexico to Costa Rica to Guatemala. This summer, she experienced the thrill of long range bluewater flyfishing in Costa Rica and caught multiple billfish during that trip! Her days of IRONMAN training came in handy wrangling those epic catches!
Because Captain Sarah loves being outdoors and enjoys teaching, she realized being a guide was a natural combination to join those two passions. She started the process of getting her captain’s license in her early 30’s and she wouldn’t change a thing! She says, “I meet some great people and they become family. This has been an amazing 20+ year career! I’m not getting rich and it’s a physically demanding way to make a living, but it’s very rewarding. I love guiding in the “open” boat class, because we have a lot of latitude in where we can go. Sometimes, I’m back in the sound fishing around marshes. Other times, I’m in the ocean. Anglers get to cast in the open boats, which is a more active way to engage the anglers than trolling. Small boats and light tackle are also kid friendly and a half-day trip in the sound is an amazing way to introduce a youngster to fishing! I love working with kids and they’re always an exciting part of the trip!”
When asked how she felt knowing that she might be regarded as a role model for some of the younger female anglers, she replied, “It’s an honor to be considered a role model. I try to make my gals feel that being on the boat is totally normal for a gal. For many, it’s new and sometimes a scary situation, so helping them feel comfortable and safe enough to learn how to fish is a big deal. I also like to point out first mates Zoe Smith and Vivian McPherson to the gals on my boat. More positive role models!” She also says, “I’m really proud to be a co-instructor at multi-day women’s fly fishing schools, hosted by Black Fly Lodge in the Bahamas. These schools are really intensive so gals go home with great fly skills, love for a great sport and new fishing buddies.”
Captain Sarah recounts the many trips she’s had over the years and finds them all memorable. She says, “It’s never just about the catch. There’s a memory in every trip and having anglers who appreciate special non-fishing moments as much I do is a treat for me.” She also recounts those trips where she was able to guide an angler from struggling with the process to catching fish and she enjoys their reaction. “I love it when my anglers catch "the big one" and achieves their personal best."
Captain Sarah believes a sense of humor is a must for a guide, too, and she finds humor in everything, so she’s certainly a good fit for the job here at Oregon Inlet!