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.
This has been a very good day for marlin fishing and other species as well. Lots of blue marlin,white marlin and sailfish were caught and released.There were two boats that caught two grand slams each. Lots of tuna mostly blackfins but some yellowfins were caught also, and there were some very nice wahoos. A single report would have left out too much so we made two reports one for each general group of fish.
Today at Oregon Inlet we had the first day of the Ocean City Light Tackle Tournament. There were 36 White Marlin releases, 4 Blue Marlin and 1 Sail release. The remaing off shore fleet caught an abundance of Black Fin Tuna; with a 27 lb. citation Black Fin Tuna and some Yellow Fin Tuna.Our near shore boats caught Blues, Albacore Tuna and some Spanish Mackeral. The in-shore fleet caught Specaled Trout, Flounder and some Gray Trout. Quite a day for bills and Tuna.
Some offshore boats were warming up for the Ocean City light tackle club billfish tournament being held starting tomorrow at Oregon Inlet this year. In years past this tournament has been held where ever good billfishing was expected. This has been as far away as Mexico. Today the total for billfish caught and released by Oregon Inlet Fishing Center's charter boats was over 100. Two grand Slams were recorded. One boat caught and released 10 white marlin another 11. Some of the offshore boats went after tuna and wahoo. Three boats caught 6 wahoos each along with blackfin tunas. Yellowfin tunas were scattered one weighed 50 pounds. One of the wahoos weighed 46 pounds. Inshore boats caught tailor bluefish and spanish mackerel. The pictured young lady's name is Emma Pahls. She and her companions who fished inshore came from Mannassas, Virginia. Open boats had very good speckled trout fishing. There were some flounders caught one boat had two good size flounders but most were a little under the size limit and were released. A 35 pound cobia was caught. It fought like a much larger fish. It took 20 minutes to land.
Now that Lesley's wind is layin' down, the Offshore Fleet is back to hunting Big Game!
Meat Fish include our year round resident, the YELLOWFIN TUNA, Blackfin Tuna and Mahi Mahi Dolphin.
CITATIONS for the 'Catch & Release" Bill Fish include Sail Fish and White Marlin.
NEARSHORE FLEET REPORT: False Albacore, Spanish Mackerel, Blue Fish, Grey Trout, and Croakers.
INSHORE FLEET REPORT: LOTS of Speckeled Trout
HEADBOAT REPORT: Mixed bag of EVERTHING - Croakers, Pig Fish, FLOUNDERS, Grey Trout, Sea Bass, Puffers, Sea Mullet
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Wind and storm generated seas kept most boats in port. One open boat fishing in the sound did very well catching some unusually good size flounders, some grey trout and tailor bluefish. The open boats have been taking advantage of some very nice flounder fishing along Bonner Bridge and nice size tailor bluefish in Green Island Slough. Grey trout were caught by the head boat " Miss Oregon Inlet" along with flounders, pig fish, pin fish and croakers. A lot of interesting fall fishing taking place in the sound, along the beach and offshore.