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
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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.