Archived Fishing Reports
GOOD FISHING BEFORE WINDS PICKED UP!!
Patrick Clarke & crew from Raleigh had good action along a color change, boating a bunch of school dolphin, a few gaffers & two yellowfin tuna that hit as we were bailing dolphin.... the guys skillfully boated them on light dolphin tackle. Winds & seas got a bit unruly in the afternoon as a fleet, we headed in a bit early.
FINALLY WE GET TO GO FISHING!!
Seas finally subsided, and the inlet was sketchy but just enough water to get under the bridge.....everyone that had a trip made it....weather was beautiful, seas were calm and Bob McCollum & friends from Raleigh, NC had great action in the morning boating their limit of school dolphin and they also caught a few gaffers and a pair of 25# yellowfin on light tackle.
A BIT TO ROUGH TO SURF FISH!
WHAT A STRETCH OF BAD WEATHER!
Low pressure, torrential rain, wind, big seas, hurricane offshore.....what a bad two weeks of weather..... no boat has gone anywhere except for those who hauled out for the hurricane, which is now going to, hopefully, pass well offshore..... Hopefully get to go fishing next weekend....things forecast to subside around mid-week!
STILL BLOWING NORTHEAST 25 - 30, SEAS 10 ft....HOPEFULLY WE GET OUT ON TUESDAY!
HOPEFULLY WE GET OUT ON TUESDAY!
A low pressure off the southeast coast has the winds blowing 25+ knots since Monday and forecast to blow thru this Sunday.... been cancelling/rescheduling trips as hard as I can go....all boats tied to the dock....hopefully we can get going by Monday..... surf is so hugh I can't even fish for drum on the beach or the piers!
Rick Curtis & Pete Weickel, from Sterling VA, Tyson McClenny from Courtand VA & Matthew Holway, from Round Hill VA all released white marlin.
WHAT A WEIRD DAY!
Fishing the third day of the Ocean City International Light Tackle Club tournament, one of our anglers was ill and did not fish.....So, mate Lee had to fill his spot...we only have 3 anglers and 3 lines in the water......John Weishut, from Florida caught a fish in the first hour...... we missed the next one an hour later.....the next fish showed up on the teaser and Dave Martin, from South Africa, picked it off the teaser and dropped back to it..... while he was dropping back , a fin showed behind Lee's long rigger bait...so he fed iot as well....when Dave put it in gear line was slack and coming to the boat.....when the both come tight they were hooked to the same fish, which Dave ended up catching as Lees hooked pulled but we had to disqualify the fish....can't fight one fish on two poles..... the next fish we raised come to Dave's bait again but it dropped the bait, grabbed Lees and again neither of my two anglers go the catch....Lee caught his first white marlin in years!
TRIPLE HEADER TO START THE DAY!
Roger Nelson, from Maryland, Shawn Weed, from West Virginia & Darrell Hensley, from West Virginia each released a white marlin as part of an exciting triple header to start the day.....pulled the hook on the next two, but the guys boated a beautiful catch of big school dolphin..... Lee had to gaff half of them.
FIRST DAY OF OCEAN CITY LIGHT TACKLE CLUB TOURNAMENT
The Ocean City Light Tackle Club is putting on an international tournament with clubs from Guatamala, Costa Rico, Venezuala, Puerto Rico and South Africa, which we are participating in. Today was the first day. Carlos Monteros, from Guatamala, Gerald Torres, from Puerto Rico, and homeboy Tim McGuire fished with me today and all did great, each hooking and releasing a white marlin, keeping themselves in contention in this individual, team and boat tournament, and putting the Obsession in a tie for third place.. Weather looks outstanding for the rest of the week, and hopefully the fishing picks up the week goes on.
OHIO WESLEYAN COLLEGE REUNION
BIG JOHN HOOKS GRAND SLAM!!
Big John Knight, from Arnolo, MD, hooked a grand slam today, but cause we had some others join his makeup group, he graciously passed the rod off on a big sailfish he hooked at the end of the day to Chris Leishman, from Newport News, VA, who then caught his first billfish.
Earlier, we had a few dolphin on, and I slowed the boat to get them when a blue marlin charged a teaser.....I speeded the boat up and pulled the teaser to the boat away from the hot blue one......Lee grabbed a dink bait and slid it back there, but Big John grabbed a blue marlin pitch bait, knocked Lee out of the way and fired that back there....HOOKED UP 250# BLUE MARLIN.... John gagged the poor critter.....and released it after an exciting 20 minute battle.
We had good action but tough luck earlier in the day, with John and Tony each hooking a double header white marlin and damm if they both didn't fall off with the leaders in sight.... and then I very adeptly ZING POWED one on the bridge and we pulled off another white as well! But it was a great day in the end!
BIG JOHN RARELY MISSES!
Big John Knight hooked 4 of the 5 marlin we caught (we won't say anything about the zing pow on a double header) and also hooked a 200 lb blue marlin which after 10 minutes jumped in a 360 deg circle and got wrapped up in the line and broke the mainline. Tony Cameron and Robert Cifuentes each caught a white marlin, the first for Robert, from Florida.
MEAT FISHERMAN NOW MARLIN FISHERMAN!
Long Tran, and crew, from New Albany, OH, told me they were not interested in fish other than to eat, so rather than run up north where the good marlin fishing is, we took the shorter route east of the inlet looking for dolphin.....Long & friends boated a nice catch of school & gaffer dolphin 3-15# and then said they wanted to catch something bigger, which they did.....Brother Thai Tran caught and released two white marlin and Long Tran fought a 175-200# blue marlin for 45 minutes on light standup tackle, earing his release in a hard fought exciting battle....while fighting the fish he said he would not be able to fish in the river and ponds anymore....they were pretty excited about the marlin!
A GREAT YOUNG FISHERMAN
Eleven year old Logan Marley, from Winston Salem, caught a white marlin unassisted and also a bunch of dolphin on standup light tackle.
NEED TO FIND MORE WHITE BARRELLS!
JOHN HAZARD, FROM APEX, NC RELEASED HIS FIRST WHITE MARLIN & IT WAS A WILD ONE, AND GREG HARRELL & CREW FROM AROUND RALEIGH HAD GREAT ACTION BOATING A BUNCH OF 7 - 20# GAFFERS AROUND A BIG WHITE BARRELL ON LIGHT TACKLE ON A SLICK CALM DAY.
HOURS OF BOREDOM INTERUPTED BY MINUTES OF CHAOS/ECITEMENT!
BECKY HUCKS FROM BOLIVIA NC BOATED A 77# CITATION EARNING YELLOWFIN & SHE AND PAUL WINTER CAUGHT THEIR LIMIT OF DOLPHIN ON LIGHT TACKLE!
HOPEWELL ANGLERS FISHING CLLUB
JAY ASHLEY & CREW, FROM VIRGINIA, BOATED A LIMIT OF DOLPHIN ON LIGHT TACKLE ON A ROUGH DAY
CLAIRE FLEISCHER RELEASED HER FIRST WHITE MARLIN & JERRY SEMPLER RELEASED HIS FIRST SAILFISH, AND THE BOATED A BUNCH OF SCHOOL DOLPHIN ON LIGHT TACKLE.
GREAT FIND TO END THE DAY!
Chris Wassel from PA released his first sailfish , Jason Wassel from PA released his first white marlin & Matthew Mueller, from Missouri, released his first sailfish & at the end of the day on the way in we found a floating object and they had great light tackle action on school dolphin
VIRGINIA BEACH BILLFISH TOURNAMENT!
We started strong but fizzled out..... Bob Fischer, Paul Race, Charley Townes & Robert Crowder released 4 white marlin the first day we fished putting us on the leader board, but fishing was slow the next day and we only raised one white marlin which threw the hook while we were passing the rod to the angler.... we ended up in 13th place out fo 75 boats, but just a few fish the last day would have put us in the money....Oh well....try again next year..... Food, Festivities, and camraderie were great as always, and as has become a tradition, after the awards ceremony, a lot of captains and mates drank too many oranage crushes at Watermans!!
RUSS WILLIAMS & CREW BOATED A NICE CATCH OF DOLPHIN ON LIGHT TACKLE ON A SLICK CALM DAY!
MATTHEW FANTUZZO, FROM HOLLAND NY & DAVID BAUER, FROM ALEXANDRIA, VA WITH WHITE MARLIN CAUGHT ON LIGHT TACKLE
GREAT FISHING THE DAY AFTER THE TOURNAMENT
SLOW PIRATES COVE TOURNAMENT FOR OBSESSION!
Slow fishing and hard luck for us this week, but the tourament was revised and much improved with more boats, better food and good times.... we will do better next year....Shani Diggs released a sailfish, Robert Crowder & Charley Townes released white marlin and we started off the tournament pulling the hooks on a triple header of white marlin the first morning, all the fish within 30 feet of the boat easing back to get the leader....OUCH!!!
BOBBY POWELL AND SON EACH CAUGHT THEIR FIRST MARLIN!
WHAT A TIME FOR A BLUE MARLIN!
John Gray & crew, from New Jersey, had a nice ride out but we knew the wind was coming.... Rain & squalls all around us, the guys caught a few nice dolphin and while doing trying to find a school of them, we hooked a white marlin but their was so much scattered grass that things got fouled up and we pulled the hook..... missed another white a while later and around 12:30 the wind started howling ....25-25knots northeast.... we were ready to get out of there when a small blue went for the teaser, switched to the flat line and then I hooked it on a long rigger small bait....Hooked up blue marlin.... the other boats were heading home as Tom Depaulis, from Medford, NJ fought & released the 150 blue marlin in 30 minutes and then we hauled ass as seas built to 8ft..... good way to end the day!
DOUG MILNER, SON CHRIS MILNER & KEVIN HALL, FROM ALPHARETTA, GA ALL RELEASED WHITE MARLIN TODAY ON THE OBSESSION AS WE BEGIN TUNING UP FOR THE TOURNAMENTS
ELEVEN YEAR OLDS CATCH MORE THAN THEIR DADS!
Eleven year olds Logan Barclay & Logan Marley, from North Carolina caught more dolphin on light tackle than their dads, and they all combined to release a 50# white marlin.
GLAD THEY COULD HANDLE ROUGH CONDITIONS
Hard southwester had us dealing with 4-6 ft seas but Richard & Vickie Hitchcock, & their 11 year old daughter, from St Petersburg FL boated a nice catch of dolphin on light tackle.
DOLPHIN IN SCATTTERED GRASS!
Randy Swartz & crew, from North Carolina, wanted some dolphin which was a project as grass was scattered everywhere but they did a great job boating a nice catch but it took a while.....We did get a little trolling in and Brody Alloway, from Philadelphia released his first ever white marlin.
Chrystal, Wayne & Bryan Morges, from MD, PA & GE all released white marlin the other day
DAVID LOWWAN & AND SON, FROM RED OAK, VA CATCH THEIR FIRST WHITE MARLIN!
A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING FOR SONY BUSH & CREW!
MARLIN & TUNA
Judith Huth, from upstate New York caugth her first white marlin, and husband Jack boated a 54# yellowfin tuna as part of a makeup group I put together for yesterday.
FISHING WITH A CELEBRITY!
Nick Gowitzka, the first mate on the F/V Fishing Frenzy, representing Oregon Inlet charterboats in the TV reality show WICKED TUNA, was my deckhand yesterday and eleven year old Lee Bridges, from Maryland was pretty excited about fishing with one of his TV heros.... Nick didn't shoot anything, but he did a great job assisting Lee, who caught more dolphin than anyone, and the rest of his family, as they picked away at very uncooperative dolphin....found a few schools of 50 or more but would only a few would bite... but Lee, dad Eddie Bridges & the whole family did great boating their limit of school dolphin on very light tackle.
Thomas Capponi & family from Philadelphia handled the rough weather better than they expected, which was good cause it was rougher than I expected....fishing was slow, but they had a good time.....caught a meat fish slam....we filleted the yellowfin on the way in so they could have some sushi.....and his daughter caught a nice wahoo.
SHE ALWAYS CATCHES BIGGER FISH THEN HE DOES!
Last year Shara got the citation for a billfish release.....yesterday, Shara Hamrick & her husband James each caught wahoo, but again Sharas was bigger, weighted 42# and earned her another citation!
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Obsession Sportfishing Charters
Outer Banks - North Carolina
Captain Jeff Ross
3102 S. Ocean View Ct.
Nags Head NC 27959