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!!