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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!!
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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!
The month of March celebrates women in history and we have some amazing women making history here at Oregon Inlet. These ladies work right alongside of the men, without fanfare or spotlights, doing a job that they love. We'll be featuring these ladies daily through the end of the month, beginning with our youngest first mate, Zoe Smith.
Zoe Smith arrived in the world very prematurely, weighing less than a trophy citation triggerfish, but just as scrappy of a fighter as they are. Her love of the water began as a toddler and around the age of 3, she started riding out with her Daddy, Captain Bobby Smith. She fished for and landed her first fish without any help at the age of 4 and has been hooked on fishing ever since.
Zoe is one the youngest of the mates here at Oregon Inlet and one of two females serving as mates this season. When asked how she feels knowing that she might be regarded as a role model for some of the young female anglers, she replied, “When I first started fishing, I really didn’t realize that this could be the case, because I never really saw myself as a “female fisherman”, I was just one of the boys when it came to that and I’ve always called my a fisherman. While this is still true, as I’ve gotten older and spent more time on the boat, it’s become more apparent to me that I have become a role model for some young girls and many who come out fishing with us think it’s cool that I fish. While I just consider it the normal thing for me, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to show girls that, yeah it’s okay to fish and it’s fun, and you can certainly do it just as well as the guys. That being said, I really try and keep it on the classier side on the boat and social media, because I don’t like how so many girls that fish these days feel the need to pose with their fish and wear these tiny bikinis and get the wrong kind of attention from the guys. I think young girls need to be shown they can fish just as well as anyone else and let that do the talking, not their pictures.”
While she had been fishing with her Dad since she was 3, she didn’t become an official first mate until around the age of 15. “My Dad’s mate decided to try the offshore thing and Dad was looking for a new one. I honestly don’t remember what prompted me to ask him to take me on for the job, but I’ve always loved fishing and being out on the boat. Of course, the money was a nice perk for a high school kid in the summers, but I really just loved the idea of working with my Dad everyday…….and getting a good sun tan!”
When asked what is the most exciting part of a trip, Zoe beams, “Every single time we run down the “crack”(channel), I get anxious for what the trip is going to bring, because you honestly never know and every single trip is different! Then, again, nothing beats the feeling of seeing a Cobia swimming around on a change and since cobia is my favorite fish to catch, and my Dad’s favorite, you can literally feel the excitement on the boat when we get a shot at one!”
Zoe shares her love and passion for fishing and is grateful to have the opportunity to do this type of work. She says the challenge has given her a strong work ethic, “tough skin”, ability to handle emergency situations, speed and agility in tough physical conditions, and most importantly a passion she knows will continue throughout her entire life. When asked why anglers should go fishing with her, she sells the experience with heart-felt candor. “Fish-n-Fool Charters is a family-run operation, and it’s rare that you find a father-daughter team in the fishing world. I’m happy to be a part of that. Our biggest goal is to make every single one of our anglers have the most fun day on the water possible. Going fishing on the Outer Banks is truly an experience you will never forget, and I hope everyone choses Oregon Inlet Fishing Center to guide them to that experience!”
Her greatest fishing accomplishment was her first big red drum sight-casting from the bow. “It was a really nice one”, she says, “and it was a day I’ll never forget. The other captains and mates even threw me in the creek that afternoon to celebrate, which made me realize that I really could do the job and that all the guys actually respected me and considered me one of their own.” Zoe is proud of being the first in her family to go on to a four-year college to pursue her dream of becoming a Physician’s Assistant. We’re counting the days with you, girl!!!
The sun has set on a member of our family, Jason Sadler. Jason was a mate for several seasons until last year when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He fought with a stubborn streak and a hefty dose of optimism, knowing one day he would be healed........and he was. Rest in peace dear friend.
In the world of gulf-stream fishing, yellow is a fabulous quality!! Anglers brought in a limit of yellow-fin tuna today aboard the Outrigger, while anglers aboard the Trophy Hunter brought in 2 big-eye tunas and some yellow-fins. Anglers aboard the Seaducer pulled in yellow-fins, as well.
We are very optimistic for a great fishing season and now is the time to get your spot on the calendar! Give us a call and let's talk about your trip 1-800-272-5199!
Monday was another day of blue-fin fights; some epic, some heartbreaking. More than a few anglers earned trophy citations for released fish. Congrats to Brian Eurice for releasing an 80" blue-fin, and to Frank DiGregorio for releasing a 77" blue-fin. On the upside, they pulled in coveted yellow-fin tuna and will enjoy some tasty meals. Did you catch that? Yellow-fin tuna pulled out of the fish box. A private charter reported in with a keeper blue-fin, as well.
Time to book your trip!! We have a trip available just for you!! Soundside Headboat half-day fishing, In-Shore half-day or all-day, Near-Shore half-day, all day or extended morning, and Off-Shore full day. You've got some great choices!
Give us a call 1-800-272-5199 and let's talk about your day of fishing with any one of the great captains here at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center! Hurry!! You don't want to miss getting your day reserved!
St. Patrick's Day certainly proved to be lucky, yielding an amazing day of blue-fin action! Several of our boats and quite a few private anglers pulled in some beasts today and a couple of them took more than a set of hands to hoist out of the boat! Weights today ranged from the high 300's to 791 lbs! Could great blue-fin action today be a pre-cursor to a super yellow-fin season?? Book your trip today and find out!! Give us a call at 1-800-272-5199 and grab your spot on the calendar before another lucky angler snags it!!