Today was a beautiful day for fishing here on the Outer Banks. After two weeks of cold, stormy weather we had a warm, sunny day with two foot seas. Seventeen offshore boats left the marina this morning and they returned this afternoon with ample catches of yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, dolphin and tile fish. One of the blackfin tuna weighed in at twenty-six pounds.
Today we had thirteen boats go fishing offshore they returned with quite a variety of fish. There were yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, dolphin, wahoo, king mackerel, albacore and tile fish. One of our boats had a rather unique grand slam. A baby sparrow landed on the boat, they pulled in a medium size sea turtle and a baby mako shark. The turtle and shark went back to their home in the sea and the sparrow wouldn't leave so he came back to shore in the man's pocket, warm and well fed with pieces of granola. Our one nearshore boat had good catches of bluefish.
Six boats went offshore. They caught some good size yellowfin tuna, gaffer dolphin and one lone blackfin tuna. One of the yellowfins weighed 54 pounds the rest were all from 34 to 50 pounds. After storm sandy it took some time to locate fish. Some very nice yellowfins were found
In anticipation of Sandy's arrival as she works her way up the East Coast all Oregon Inlet's offshore boats left seeking shelter. Two inshore boats and an open boat fished close in and in the sound. The open boat spent most of the day day catching spots, blues, trout both speckled and grey and sheepsheads. The inshore boats had excellent tailor bluefish fishing. There was quite a bit of rain. Sometimes fishing is very good in the rain the fish don't seem to mind. Today was one of those days, most of inshore varieties were biting. When a storm aproaches that is more than just rain fish seem to go to deep water where it is relatively serene. This was not the case today although I think it does happen.
This wahoo fishing is just extraordinary. One member of party was impressed with the agressivness he say in these fish today. It was like chumking bait just laying still in the water was smashed by a big wahoo. I read in a fishing magazine some tiume ago that wahoo are not a schooling type fish, that the only place they school is the Gulf of Mexico. Here today boats have gone from one concentration to another that looked a lot like schools catching wahoos. What is happening here now will always be memorable. Hopefully it will continue and happen again next year. As far as size is concerned a nice catch consisted of a 53 pounder a 50, a 48 and a 43 the rest of the catch were 30 pound class. There was a white marlin caught and released. Several yellowfin, blackfin tuna and scattered dolphinn were caught. A 73 pound was caught lots were citations over 40 pounds.Tailor bluefish were plentiful for inshore boats. Open boats caught some big speckled trout another open boat caught sheepsheads and trout.
Today at Oregon- Inlet Fishing Center we had a wonderful day of off shore fishing. Wahool fishing was great ranging from 4 to 10 a boat and between 32 ane 56 lbs. Lots of blackfin, yellowfin tuna and dolphin. We had one White Marlin released. On our In-shore boats we had a good day of speckeled trout, false albacore, sheephead, some blues and grey trout. All in all, a pretty good day.
It has been sometime since wahoo have been as numerous as they have been during this month. Minta Meekins remembers a few years back when wahoo fishing was similar in August. I remenber a trip with Hank Beasley when we caught eight. In addition to wahoo yellowfin and blackfin tunas were caught. One of the wahoo measured 57 inches in length another weighed 43 pounds. Open boats in the morning caught speckled trout, grey trout, flounders and some puppy drum in the afternoon very good puppy drum and grey trout fishing with several flounders. A bottom fishing trip caught lots of black sea bass and several trout. The sea bass tended to be undersize the size limit.
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.