With rain and wind forecast, Mike and Tom were game for a challanging day, and it was every bit of that..... 7 ft seas, 20 -25 NE and dreary.... fishing was tough as the frigate birds were not on bait, so we roamed around and picked a few sails here and there, scrapping out a decent day with 13 sailfish out of 20 bites including a triple header.
Tom & Mike, from PA, on their third of 5 days finally had some relatively docile seas and continued good fishing close to home.... started the day strong with a double & triple header, then a slow mid day, but a strong finish with another triple header and home at sunset for some Cactus Juice!
Choppy seas, cold weather, and only one other boat fishing today..... perfect if you ask me.... action all day long.... Tom and Mike from PA, on their second of five days had plenty of action, including three triples and a quad....
I've travelled down to Mexico for the last 15 winters, but this was the most difficult trip ever..... It usually takes us one day to get from Manteo to Southport, NC where the next morning we leave before sunrise and get to southern Georgia or northern Florida..... this year it took us five days to get out of North Carolina. We left Manteo with the sound starting to freeze over and the temperture in the 20's the first day busting thru ice 5 miles all the way to Wanchese where our generator sucked up too much icy slush and shut off as did the generator on my partners boat....barely had any steering as our hydraulic fluid was so cold I could barely turn tne wheel.... so we turned around.... spent the rest of the day putting little space heaters everywhere around the boat ..... even my bilge water and pumps were froze.... thats no good!!
We left again Wednesday, knowing if we didn't get out of there then, with the forecast for snow and freezing temps for seveal days, we would be delayed for a week or more, and again anxiously broke thue thin ice and slush till well past Wanchese where it finally cleared up.... only made it to Morehead City, but there was no sign of ice and more current down there.... tied up there just as the storm started up.... blew 70 that night and rained then snowed.... We spent the next day trying to get the ice and snow off of the frozen boat..... ran the motor for 6 hrs to warm things up....kept all 5 space heaters going including one on the boat heater to keep it from freezing up again.... Joe spent 4 hours getting snow and ice off bow so we could untie her in the morning.... on the F/V Northwestern they have shovels and sledgehammers to de-ice the boats.... we used plastic squeeges and dust pans..... but we got the Obsession in reasonable shape to leave the next day..... it was blowing 25 that day and 16 degrees so we went down the intercoastal to avoid the freezing spray we would make in the ocean..... just needed to get south as everything was gonna freeze up in the next two days.... even ran into more ice on a 5 mile stretch on the intercoastal which is totally rare.... fortunately a 72 ft 150,000 lb Vicking that was following us down the intercoastal got ahead of me for that stretch and busted thru the ice.... we made it to Southport that evening where the water flow from tide had not froze over yet... and at 5 the next morning we hauled ass to Florida....made it to Jacksonville around 7 that evening and thank the lord the temperture was finally above freezing but the water lines on the dock were still frozen. After that everything went pretty well .... we got down to Ft Pierce and warmer weather two days later... left there at midnight on Monday with the rain blowing sideways blowing 20 mph but seas were side to and got better as we got below Palm Beach and from there it was FINALLY PRETTY SAILING.... calm down in the Keys... got to Key West at 2 PM, fueled up and along with two other boats headed to Mexico.... made the trip in 20 hours with calm seas the whole way.... Thank the lord!!
THESE BOATS WERE NOT MADE FOR FREEZING TEMPERTURES AND ICE
Joe & I, along with another boat, left Manteo on Tuesday but got fouled up in the ice…. went back….. tried again yesterday...wanting to get below the ice belt.... busted thru ice from Manteo past Wanchese (5 miles)…. got to Morehead City just before the weather turned awful…. needed to get away from ice back home… more current and tide and salinity here…. no ice…. gale winds today so we spent all day busting snow & ice off this rig…. them boats in Alaska use mallats and shovels to de-ice their rigs….. we used squeegees and dust pans and brushes... don't work as well…. not equipped for this….. still breezy and cold tomorrow, so we are hoping to hug the coast and get to Southport….. maybe moderate winds Saturday and we get to Florida….. Wouldn’t want it to be too easy…... that first margarita is sure gonna taste good!!!!
FINALLY THE OLD GIRL GOES BACK IN THE WATER WITH AN EXPENSIVE FACE LIFT!!
LUKE BACKS HIS SELF MADE TRAILER INTO THE BOAT SHOP FIRST THING YESTERDAY MORNING.
CAPTAIN VERNON GILBERT DID A GREAT JOB OVERSEEING THE PROJECT, BUT WAS GLAD TO GET ME DONE AS HE HAS A LONG LINE OF BOATS WAITING TO GET INTO THE SHOP FOR VARIOUS JOBS.
THINGS NEVER GO TO EASY ON A BOAT, AS WE HAD SEVERAL ISSUES TO ADDRESS BUT FINALLY GOT HER IN THE WATER AROUND MID AFTERNOON AND SHE RAN GREAT RIGHT BACK HOME TO PIRATES COVE. HALLALUYUH!!! NOW WE CAN LOAD UP UP FOR MEXICO..... PLANNING ON LEAVING AROUND NEW YEARS.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!
FINAL COAT ON REPAIRED SIDE OF CABIN AND TOE RAIL WAS DONE ON SATURDAY
HOPEFULLY WE FINISH UP THIS WEEK... NEED TO ROLL NON SKID ON THE DECKS, PUT ROD HOLDERS IN COVERING BOARDS, A COAT OF CLEARCOAT ON TRANSOM, AMONG OTHER THINGS AND HOPEFULLY IN THE WATER ON FRIDAY, THE GOOD LORD WILLING AS THE BOATYARDS CLOSE FOR CHRISTMAS WEEK.....
We sprayed primer on the hull and cockpit yesterday with final painting this week.... new teak covering boards and vents on side of hull came out great..... going back with same colors.....Joe and I are ready to go fishing!!
Towards the end of each year, the crews and ladies of the Oregon Inlet charter boat fleet get together for a season ending banquet.... prime rib, soft crabs, open bar, good band, door prizes from generous vendors around the Outer Banks, dancing and lots of fun..... And awards are given out.... and this year my deckhand of 2 1/2 years was voted MATE OF THE YEAR.... which those of you who fished with us know was well deserved.... and we also earned a trophy for most blue marlin on the east side team that I was on for our east/west billfish competition.
MEATFISH GRAND SLAM TO END OUR 2017 FISHING SEASON
John Thomas' crew from all over the east coast had decent action today but we were all a bit dissapointed.... had great water conditions and marked fish all day but they were just not biting.... John, from Wrightsville Beach, did boat a citation earning 41# wahoo.
This is my last trip of the season.....I will be ending my fishing season early this year than normal, hauling boat out of water Nov 1 and doing a boatwork project in November & December this year, but I will run charters again next November.
Thanks to all of you who fished with us this year... hope to see you again next year... I will post updates on the boatyard project and off couse our fishing in Mexico starting in January.
I HAVE TWO GUYS LOOKING FOR TWO MORE TO JOIN THEM THIS TUESDAY OCTOBER 31.... CALL ME IF INTERESTED
TOM PALMER & CREW FROM NORTHERN VA AND MARYLAND, HAD STEADY YELLOWFIN TUNA ACTION YESTERDAY MORNING, AND MICHAEL CRABTREE, FROM ARNOLD MD BOATED A CITATION EARNING 64# WAHOO TO CAP OFF A GREAT DAY OF FISHING
LATE SEASON OCTOBER BILLFISH AND A MEATFISH SUPER GRAND SLAM
RAEL HURWITZ AND HIS CREW FROM NORTHERN VIRGINIA HAVE HAD LUCK WITH ME IN THE PAST AND HAD GREAT LUCK TODAY... BEAUTIFUL WEATHER, A MEATFISH SUPER GRAND SLAM (BLACKFIN & YELLOWFIN TUNA, MAHI AND WAHOO) AND TO TOP IT OFF, KEVIN MCGEE, FROM POTOMAC FALLS, VA CAUGHT A 6FT SAILFISH ON A SPREADER BAR, WE SET BACK OUT AND VERY SHORTLY THEREAFTER BRIAN GIANFAGNA, FROM STERLING, VA CAUGHT A 150# BLUE MARLIN!! IN OCTOBER!!!!!
FISHING OFFSHORE AGAIN ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.... weather looks good!!
We went south today looking for yesterdays dolphin... found great conditions but no mahi.... put the spread out and had non stop action all morning on black fin tuna with a few yellowfin mixed in and then to end the day, Brent Hatton, from Prince George, VA boated the biggest fish he has ever seen after a grueling 1 1/4 hour slugfest.... a 177# bigeye tuna!!
PAUL EBERT AND CREW BOATED A NICE CATCH OF MAHI AND BLACKFINS TODAY
ED WATSON & CREW HAD EXCELLENT DOLPHIN FISHING THE END OF SEPTEMBER, SURPRISING SINCE SO FEW WERE AROUND THIS SUMMER, BUT WE FOUND A GRASS LINE AND SOME FLOATS AND THEY GUYS BOATED THEIR LIMIT OF SCHOOL DOLPHIN, INCLUDING A FEW NICE GAFFERS AS WELL.
MICK ROVITO & FRIEND BOATED THIER LIMIT OF DOLPHIN LAST FRIDAY
Seems like months since we have been able to get offshore..... hurricanes, northeasters, big seas..... it has got to end sometime..... maybe this weekend which long range forecasts looking questionable..... Fishing should be good when all subsides, but who knows when that will be......
In the meantime, I have been getting some surfishing for big red drum in, and have done welll, catching eight so far this fall in the 35-45# class range....... and got a surprise a few nights ago, hooking a fish that almost dumped me, got into the current and after a 45 minute battle, I beached my first COBIA ever (on the beach), a 71# lunker!!
With great expectations we headed offshore for last day of Ocean City Light Tackle Club Marlin Tournament... found the good water from the day before, but fishing was very slow... We were on the lucky side to be one of five boats with two fish thanks to my crew of Richard BARRAZOTTO and Bo Wisehut each hooking the two whites we did raise.... maybe they will bite better tomorrow!
Yesterday was the first day of the Ocean City Light Tackle Club Marlin Tournament and the first day out in a while.... we found a body of beautiful warm water but only a few marlin in it.... we never saw one yesterday... bunch of mahi was all..... but I was thinking maybe the water would collect some fish... and we got out there today and lo and behold, where there were none yesterday, today GOOD MARLIN FISHING.... John Beddow, Chuck Dinapoli and Pat Svehla caught 6 white marlin, including a triple header... and a few boats did better than us including two with double digits.... hopefully we have a few more weeks of good fishing.... lots of dolphin and tuna around with the marlin as well!!
THE WHOLE FLEET HAS BEEN TIED TO THE DOCK WITH BIG SEAS FROM IRMA OFFSHORE...... SCHEDULED TO FISH THE NEXT FOUR DAYS IF SEAS SUBSIDE.... STILL 10FT OFFSHORE.... WILL BE FISHING THE OCEAN CITY LIGHT TACKLE CLUB MARLIN TOURNAMENT THE NEXT 4 DAYS.... HOPEFULLY SOME MARLIN HAVE MOVED INTO OUR WATERS.
PHOTO COMPLEMENTS OF BILLY PITTMAN
NEED A FEW FISHERMAN TO FILL UP WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18
I HAVE 2 GUYS LOOKING FOR 2 - 4 MORE TO JOIN THEM MONDAY OR TUESDAY SEPT 18 OR 19 FOR A FISHING TRIP ON THE OBSESSION.... IF INTERESTED CONTACT ME AT:
AFTER SEVERAL SLOW DAYS LOOKING FOR WHITE MARLIN DURING WHAT SHOULD BE OUR PEAK MARLIN FISHING, WE HEADED DOWN TO HATTERAS FOR A SOME SHALLOW WATER FISHING WITH BIG JOHN & TONY.... JOHN HOOKED THE FIRST SAILFISH OF THE DAY AND LUCA SCHENK, FROM GERMANY, CAUGHT HIS FIRST SAILFISH/BILLFISH EVER.
THE SEAS WERE CALM BUT THE BIG SWELL FROM IRMA MADE CROSSING THE BAR ADVENTUROUS
This photo is complements of Billy Pittman, whose son Randy caught this white marlin with us, his first ever, a few days ago... Marlin fishing has been terrible the last few days... we are going meat fishing tomorrow and then hunkering down for the hurricane although it looks like its gonna miss us hopefully.... will be looking for marlin next week as we are fishing the Ocean City Light Tackle Club tournament..... hopefully some white marlin fall from the sky between now and next Wednesday!!
I HAVE 2 PEOPLE LOOKING FOR 3-4 MORE TO JOIN THEM THIS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1 FOR A BILLFISHING TRIP ON THE OBSESSION.... WEATHER HAS KEPT EVERYONE TIED UP THE LAST FEW DAYS BUT THERE WAS A GOOD SIGN OF FISH LAST WEEKEND AND OFTEN RIGHT AFTER A NORTHEASTER FISHING IS EXCELLENT.... GOOD FORECAST FOR FRIDAY. IF
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GOOD SHOWING IN VIRGINIA BEACH BILLFISH TOURNAMENT!!!
Bob Fischer, Danny Hope, Charley Townes & new crew member Craig Sudbrink, along with deckhands Joe Bonvetti and Tyler Sudbrink did a great job in an exciting tournament for the Obsession. The first day, we stayed on the sailfish and with Bob leading the way with 3 releases, we ended up in first place at the end of the day and won the daily prize, as well as weighed in the top wahoo, a 45# fish boated by Charley Townes.
The second day, I could not get on the fish.... We caught one sailfish early, but pulled the hook on two more later in the day, and I missed another one.... BOOOO!!!
So we ended up the tournament in 5th place out of 75 boats, we won the daily for most billfishes the first day, and the Wahoo held up so we won the prize for the biggest Wahoo...... and we had a great time celebrating at the awards banquet.
Last Tuesday, my Virginia Beach Tournament group chartered me to fish up to Virginia Beach to scout around before the tournament..... paid off in spades!! Bob Fischer started the day with a sailfish release, then Danny Hope caught a white marlin, and then Bob did a fantastic job in a grueling down and dirty battle on light tackle with a 125# blue marlin to give us a GRAND SLAM..... went into Virginia Beach that night with our chests poked out and a positive attitude for the tournament.... and it paid off!!
THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS ARE COMPLIMENTS OF LINDSEY TREADWAY OF THE 70# BLUE MARLIN CAUGHT BY HER DAUGHTER GALE LAST WEEKEND.
Beautiful day... David Bauer, from Alexandria, VA has fished by himself the day before we head up to Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament for at least the last 10 years.... today he started the day with a exciting white marlin release.... later we raised 3 or 4 sails but David only got one as chaos and crossed lines ensued and one jumped off and the other was not hooked.