Our Offshore fleet came back wtih good catches of Dolphin as well as catches of Yellowfin Tuna and Blackfin Tuna. Our Nearshore boats came back with Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish. Our Inshore boats came back with Trigger Fish, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish. Our Headboat the Miss Oregon Inlet came back with Pin Fish, Puffer Fish, Sea Mullet and Trout.
Several offshore boats went after marlin. A grand slam consisting of a blue marlin, a white marlin and a sailfish.The blue marlin was fought on a shimano TLD 20 (a light reel for such a large fish) it was estimated to weigh around 500 pounds. A 484 pound blue marlin was brought in and weighed. This has become a rare occurance since the vast majority survive and are released alive. It fought a good fight having been brought near the boat four times each time except the last it found enough spunk and energy to make a run for it ripping off line as it went. It was an exciting episode for the party evan though it did all it's fighting from below the surface.It came up dead after two hours. During the same trip 5 white marlin were caught and released. The white marlins took to the air several times giving the party's cam corder and still cameras lots of photo ops. Two offshore boats loaded up on blackfin tuna with a few yellowfin tunas. Inshore boats caught limits of tailor bluefish. One inshore boat on an allday bottom fishing trip caught sea bass, triggerfish and spanish mackerel. One open boat caught some nice flounders and grey trout. The grey trout were thick. AS soon as bait hit the bottom a fish was on. They stopped using live bait, went artificial and still caught fish. The party that caught the blue marlin were Dale Heatwols, Mark, Dwain, and Willis along with Jonathan Burkholder and David Miller all from Harrisonburg. The grand slam anglers were Josh Baldwin, Darren Terry, Michael Terry, Alex Terry and Franky Cordrey all from Aulander, NC.
Offshore white marlin were plentiful. Great white marlin fishing will continue on into October unless a storm inspires them to move South. It seems sometimes that the fish can sence that a storm is coming,that it is time for them to gather and move on. It can happen overnight. Until that happens it is an oportunity to get in some great billfishing. Cripp Hogg from Mechanicsville,Va. expressed it when he said white marlin was what his groupe came for.The boat he was on caught and released 10. Inshore boats caught tailor bluefish and spanish mackerel.The spanish mackerel were nice size. Open boats caught triggerfish, tailor bluefish and flounders. Becky Schurzky from Bridgewater, NJ caught a 6 pound flounder. Miss Oregon Inlet caught a wide variety of fish.
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OFF SHORE FLEET: Another GREAT Day for Citations - "Catch & Release" Bill Fish and some Dolphin
NEAR SHORE FLEET: Wild "BLUE" Yonder (all Blues)
INSHORE FLEET: Speckeled & Grey Trout, Puppy Drum, Sea Bass, & Blues
HEAD BOAT: Grey Trout, Pig Fish, Puffers, & Pin Fish
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Too much northeast wind kept all but one offshore boat and one inshore boat in port. The offshore boat went primarily for billfish. It caught and released 14 white marlin and a bluemarlin. The inshore boat caught 40 tailor bluefish, seatrout and seamullet.This year's billfish season is a good one. The inshore boat's catch makes fall inshore fishing look very promising..
Today was another great day of fishing here at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. We only had five offshore boats go out today but they certainly had lots of action with 32 catch and release white marlin and scattered sailfish releases. There were also dolphin, blackfin tuna and wahoo brought in.
The Billfishing has been phenomenal this past week! Today alone we had 26 Offshore boats go out and came back with a collected tally of over 200 Billfish released, they also had limits of Dolphin as well as a couple scattered Blackfin Tuna and some Yellowfin Tuna. Our Nearshore boats came back in with Sheepshead and Bluefish. Our Inshore boats came back with Bluefish and Sea Bass
Offshore boats mostly took advantage of the spectacular billfishing that is going on right now. This is the time that billfish usually showup. This year is a little better than average. It is hard to believe that anyplace in the world could be better for white marlin than right here right now. Charter boats and private boats together caught and relesed more than three hundred billfish today. Inshore boats caught nice size tailor bluefish and spanish mackerel. They also caught false albacore. The false albacore are fast and active lots of sport. Open boats caught tailor bluefish, grey trout, flounders and sea mullet. A cobia was caught. I did not see a weight on the cobia, it looked like around 30 pounds to me. There were some nice speckled trout caught and a puppy drum. Grey trout seem to be making a come back. they were important and numerous for many years and then droped in numbers drastically. Miss Oregon Inlet caught flounders, sea mullet and sea bass.
We did not have any Offshore boats leave the docks today, however we did have some Nearshore and some Inshore boats that braved the seas and came back with some fish! Our Nearshore boats came back with Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Speckeled Trout, and a 35 Poud drum. Our Inshore boats came back with Trout and Puppy Drum. Our Headboat the Miss Oregon Inlet came back with Flounder, Sea Mullet, Sea Bass and Pigfish.
Wind kept all but a couple of offshore boats in port. One of the offshore boats that did fish caught and released two sailfish and a white marlin. They landed a 52 pound yellowfin tuna and some dolphin. The other offshore boat caught and released five white marlin and some dolphin. Arline Cotie and Andy Hurst both from Wake Forest got citations for the sailfish they caught and released. Timothy Zurliene from Chapel Hill got a citation for the white marlin he caught and released.
Our Offshore fleet had a real good day of fishing with three boats comming in with Grand Slams! For those of you that do not know a Grand Slam is 1 Blue Marlin, 1 White Marlin and 1 Sailfish. They also caught Wahoo, some good numbers in Dolphin, as well as some Blackfin and Yellowfin Tuna.
Offshore boats varied widely in what they caught. Several boats concentrated on billfish and did very well catching and releasing blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish. School size dolhin were caught in good quantity.Several boats had both billfish, dolphin and tuna. As a sign of what is coming soon good size yellowfin tunas are replacing blackfins. Inshore boats caught spanish mackerel, tailor bluefish and bonitas. Some open boats caught speckled trout others caught grey trout and tailor bluefish. One boat on an allday trip caught triggerfish, sea bass, flounders and a 44 pound cobia. Miss Oregon Inlet caught a variety of fish including lots of sea bass.
Fishing was great for most of whatever was being fished for.Inshore limits were achieved for speckled trout and tailor bluefish along with nice catches of sea mullet croakers and flounders. Offshore those that went after billfish all were highly successful there were two double grand slams and so were those that fished for tuna, Wahoo were scattered. Miss Oregon Inlet caught flounders, sea mullet, grey trout, croakers and puffers. This is really an exciting time to be fishing. Bring along your cameras and camcorders. Check out the other half of this report we could not squeeze everything into one.