Despite somewhat windy conditions, we did have six boats go offshore fishing today. They returned with catches of yellowfin and blackfin tuna, wahoo, dolphin and one blue marlin was released. One of the yellowfin tuna weighed 76 lbs., and there were 48 and 49 lb wahoo catches. Nearshore trips landed false albacore and bluefish.
Off shore boats brought in a good mixture of yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna and wahoo. A fair number of billfish were caught and released.In one case a picture was taken of a beautiful sailfish that was carefully and quickly released. One of the wahoos weighed 67 pounds. Sharks were not too bad today but present as the remains of one nice yellowfin shows. It is remarkable how they manage to get every bit of the better part of the fish. One mako was caught. Blackfin tunas still outnumber yellowfins but the number of yellowfins is increasing. Inshore boats caught false albacore and tailor bluefish. Open boats caught speckled trout. An allday trip went in the ocean caught and released a few sharks came back in ran into a lot of nice size speckled trout, stayed a little late catching 2.5 to 3 pounders.
Today our Offshore fleet had great fishing, they brought back lots of Blackfin tuna, some Yellowfin Tuna, as well as some wahoo. There were also a few Billfish flags flying in the creek from the day! Our Nearshore boats tore up the Blue fish, and our inshore brought back some Drum and a Flounder. Our Headboat the Miss Oregon Inlet came back with Sea Robins and Sea Bass.
Offshore boats caught good size yellowfin tuna. one catch consisted of 9 yellowfins one of which weighed 67 pounds, two weiged 62 pounds each. Only one blackfin in this catch. The party enjoyed sighting a good many pilot whales. Another catch had eight yellowfins and eleven blackfins. An inshore boat caught taylor bluefish and black sea bass. One open boat did well on speckled trout. The speckled trout are gathering inside the inlet. Another open boat caught 2 red drum, speckled trout and grey trout. Miss Oregon inlet had good bottom fishing.
Today at Oregon-Inlet Fishing Center, our off shore boats did not sail because of weather. We had one near shore boat, Fish-n-Fool which took a morning party out and they were successful with small blues. Our Miss Oregon-Inlet had a group of visually impaired people sponsored by the Lions Club.
Small pig fish and puffers were caught.
All five of the boats that fished offshore had good catches of tuna. All but one had wahoos, three had gaffer size dolphin. One boat had 14 yellowfin tuna, another had 11. All had blackfin tuna. A vaiety of sharks were a problem. They consumed a couple of nice size tunas. One big hammerhead was hooked in it's dorsal fin causing a lot of time lost trying to cope with it. An open boat caught a good mess of bluefish, a few sheepsheads and trout. An other open boat caught grey trout, flounders, and keeper puppy drum. There are a lot of red drum just short of being keepers. It was a beautiful day to be on the water inshore or offshore. A lot of clear beautiful days occur during this time of the year.
The lion'c club is comducting it's annual VIP tournament for the visualy impaired. Dare county piers, head boats and motels lend their facilities to this event each year. Volunteers acompany each participant helping out with hook baiting and other chores involved in fishing. Prizes are awarded. There are a total of 528 people participating this year.
Offshore boats had an interesting variety of fish.Once again wahoos dominated the scene. In addition to wahoo there were blackfin tunas, olphin which most of the dolphin were gaffer size. Scattered amongst the catches were marlin white and blue all caught and released.One boat had 14 wahoos a 68 pound yellowfin tuna and a mako shark another boat had a blue marlin 4 white marlin and 7 wahoos, a third boat had 15 blackfin tuna and a dolphin. Two boats were booked by Combat Warriors, Inc. The members of each boat's parties were wounded service men. They were Dean Isaacs Kevin Holland and Bill Warren. Kevin Holland's son a highschool student not yet a veterin may wind up one if he follows his father in the army.This group is pictured in the first picture. Open boats had good trout fishing both speckled and grey. One open boat caught flounders,grey trout and sheepsheads. Look for more pictures of today's catch tommorrow there are some great wahoo shots.
Seldom is there a day in which so many wahoos are caught. Several were in excess of 60 pounds, one was 71 pounds. Several boats had eight one had 9 another 10. There were some nice blackfin tuna catches one had 26. A few good size yellowfin tunas were caught the yellowfins averaged over 30 pounds a 60 pounder was caught. Scattered saifish and white marlin were caught and released. Wahoos have very sharp teeth. Landing a wahoo involves keeping a very active fish on the gaff where it can be controlled. Occasionally in order to make certain a second gaff is used. A lot of wahoos are lost when they cut through nylon leader. Wire leader solves this problem but often they won't bite a lure when wire is attached to it . A good ratio of bites to fish landed today was 30 bites to 10 landed. The ratio can be evan bigger. One boat went from monfilament to wire and back to monofilament. A really nice trout catch was made on an allday open boat trip. Both speckled trout and grey trout were caught.Trout seem to be migrating from down the sound closer to the inlet. Miss Oregon Inlet caught flounders, sea bass, pigfish and puffers. A very exciting day both offshore and near the inlet.
There were seven offshore boats that ventured out today and they all returned with smiling fishermen. They landed limits of dolphin, scattered yellowfin tuna, wahoo and catch and release blue and white marlin in addition to sailfish. Our nearshore boat returned with a catch of eighty bluefish.