Fishing Reports & Photos
We started off tuna fishing and did get one as soon as we put our lines out, but the sargassum weed was scattered everywhere making fishing difficult to say the least.... and the commercial boats were hooking a few tuna but the sharks were eating them before they could get them in the boat..... I got word of a weedline offshore of me and hauled ass out there and landed by dumb luck (which I need a lot of) we landed in a good spot and as soon as we got a line in the water the dolphin got after us..... first the gaffers, then the school dolphin and then a school of gaffers.... action was furious for two hours as Tyrone Bowman and crew had non stop action on 5-20 lb dolphin until the box was full and they were jumping out of the box...... then we went marlin fishing and hooked a blue marlin which we fought for 30 minutes and close to the boat the hook pulled....@@##&@* OH WELL!
MEATFISH GRAND SLAM!!
Calm weather and lots of boats and not many bites on the tuna for us in the morning...... Steve & Pam Everette and company did boat 3 40 lb class fish..... we worked offshore and found a beautiful color change and had good action on 5-20 lb dolphin and an exciting strike from a 30 lb wahoo.
DAMM THEM SHARKS!!
Tuna fishing was very good today, but the sharks were an unbelievable nuisance..... Day started with a nice tuna on the line, of which we ended up with a set of eyeballs....while fighting that we had two drifter bites.....both turned out to be sharks....wasted a half hour there...... in the course of the day, Richard figured sharks cost us at least 7 or 8 yellowfin and a bigeye tuna we hooked at the end of the day...... John Lawrence & son & Chuck Bryant and company did their best to get fish to the boat quick and ended up with a nice catch of 20-45 lb yellowfins in spite of the toothy critters!
ANOTHER LIMIT OF YELLOWFIN TUNA!
Richard Watkins & crew from Newark, DE enjoyed a steady pick of one or two or three tuna at a time till around noon, when we got covered up, hooking 6 which finished up their limit, mate Richard's limit & my limit and filled up the fish box and ice chest so we headed home. Richard boated our biggest yellowfin of the season, a citation earning 71# fish.
WOW!!! TUNA FISHING LIKE THE OLD DAYS!!
Don, Will, Clayton and Larry & crew have fished with me a long time, but hadn't seen fishing like this in a while.....Three times we had 4 or 5 yellowfin tuna on at one time, once when we only had 5 lines in the water cause we had just caught 4 fish, and only had a few lines in the water....I put her in gear....we went over a hugh mark of fish and everything we had bowed over with a tuna on....another time we hooked 4 or 5 yellowfin, the fish got the lines all crossed and while we were untangling that mess trying to keep fish from cutting each other off, we had a white marlin chasing the right teaser....somehow we hooked it, and it was jumping in between all the tangled lines.....I had the boat in auto pilot 7 came off the bridge to help Richard untangle everything and somehow we caught all the tuna and Larry Stansell, from Indian Trail, NC boated & released his first white marlin ever, earning him a citation..... The tuna ranged from 30 lbs up to one we weigthed that was 57 lbs. We had the box full & the ice chest full and were out of room so we headed in around 1 PM...... that's CATCHING!!
IT DON'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS!
Rudy Middleton, Steve & Brian, from Tidewater, VA started the day with non-stop gaffer dolphin fishing in a monsoon, but action was terrific.....half the time we needed more anglers or had too many rods bowed over with fish on.....after 3 hours, they had over 40 5-20 lb dophin and we needed to save room for a few tuna, as the rest of the fleet was have good action on them.....so we worked towards the tuna fleet, and hooked a triple, a double and a single which overloaded our fish box so we went in early.
TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO ONLY A ROLLING SWELL!
Other than some adventurous moments getting across the bar with outgoing tide to start the day, weather was beautiful today, calm with a gentle 6 foot swell..... water was changing around alot and tuna fishing was slow in the morning so we switched gears, got on a nice grass line and Charles Townes & crew from Colonial Heights, VA boated a nice catch of 5-20 lb mahi mahi on light standup tackle. Of course as soon as I got out of range the tunas popped up way north of me......maybe we'll get some tomorrow. Thanks to Chris Metzger for the photo of the Obsession taken from his 21'Sea Pro a few weeks ago.
BETTER WEATHER THAN EXPECTED!
Richard Lee & crew, from Roanoke Rapids, NC were unsure if we'd get out today after the windy weekend, but seas moderated and other than a stretch of torrential downpour, fishing was good and they boated a nice mixture of 25-40 lb yellowfin tuna and 7-15 lb mahi mahi, with two of the tuna boated on light standup tackle.
THREE GREAT DAYS OF FISHING!
Jim Reiley & crew from Pennsylvania, had good tuna action their last of three days of fishing, boating over 1100 lbs of fish for the three days...... Friday they boated yellowfin in the 20-40# class range and we headed in early as a monsoon hit the fleet. Strong northeaster has us tied to the dock thru the weekend, but we should be fishing again on Monday.
THEY WANTED DOLPHIN!
Jimmy Reily & crew, from around Philadelphia, loaded the boat with tuna yesterday, and today wanted to go dolphin fishing......took a while to find some good conditions, but when we did it was game on!! In between eating some great meatball subs (these Philly boys always feed us well), the guys boated a beautiful catch of 7-20 lb mahi mahi on light standup tackle.
RAN OVER THEM AGAIN!
We found water up in 50 fathoms which looked good but lots of grass, so we set out in 100 fathoms and had scattered tuna and dolphin action most of the morning,but when we worked back inshore into shallower water we hit 5 yellowfin and then a few more, and Jim Reily & crew from Philadelphia said they had enough fish for their first of 3 fishing days this week, so we headed in around noon with nearly a box full of 20 -35# yellowfin tuna and some 10 lb mahi mahi.
BIG TUNA ON MOTHERS DAY!!
ANOTHER SATURDAY STRUGGLE!
Weather was beautiful, seas were calm and it seemed as if every charterboat and outboard from here to DC was fishing in the same spot today.... someone said they counted 90 boats.
We started south of the fleet hoping to catch a mahi, and found some good conditions, but not many fish so we worked up to the tuna fleet and spent the rest of the day dodging boats..... the fish were remarkably cooperative considering all the propellers that drove over them, and Ron Belchar and crew, from Tidewater, VA boated a nice mess of 20 - 45 lb yellowfin to go along with a handful of mahi-mahi.
GREAT TUNA ACTION!
Mike Kuberski & crew fished with me back when I was mating for Joe Monds a hundred years or so ago, and they have fished with Joe & his son Butch the last few years, but joined us today and said they would come back again in the future.....things weren't looking so good the first few hours as boats around us hooked tunas but we couldn't get a bite, but things heated up quick for us finally and when it did, for the next two hours it was game on..... hooked a double header..... boated them..... sped up and hooked six, caught 5 of them.....got going and circled back.... hit the mark and hooked 7, released one, lost one, boated 5....then a single then hooked 7 more...... filled the box, the ice chest and had our limit and headed in early with no more room.....tunas in the 30-40# range.
NEED THREE OR FOUR PEOPLE FOR MAY MAKEUP GROUP
I have a group of three people looking for three more to split a fishing trip with them TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY or THURSDAY JULY 17, 18 or 19. Cost would be $300- $360/person. Should be excellent yellowfin tuna and dolphin fishing with blue marlin and bigeye tuna around as well. If interested please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me at 252-480-0094.
NEED THREE PEOPLE JULY MAKEUP GROUP
I have a group of three people looking for three more to split a fishing trip with them TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY or THURSDAY JULY 17, 18 or 19. Cost would be $300/person. If interested please email (email@example.com) or call me at 252-480-0094.
The photo was from Kevin Mahoney when he fished with us in Mexico this past winter.
NO CHARTER TODAY SO RUTH ANN HANDED ME THE 'HONEY DO' LIST!
A few boats fished yesterday and had great tuna fishing, some coming in early with a box full. We have a charter on Wednesday, but openings on Thursday and next Monday. Meanwhile I will be home doing some plumbing.
SOMETIMES LEAVING LATE IS NOT A PROBLEM!
Anyone who has fished with me over the years knows that I like to get an early start.... being the first boat out in the morning suits me just fine. On weekends, with hordes of charter boats, private boats and outboards, I really, really like to get an early start, which was the plan yesterday.... however David Cook and crew, from New Jersey, played one game of cards to many, and overslept..... my wake-up call got them to the boat after ever other boat had left..... I was not happy, but the weather was beautiful and off we went..... I plugged in a spot to try to hit a weedline, but after watching my radar, I ended up 12 miles south of my original target, and the last boat to start fishing.... luckily I found a few open miles and by luck of the draw there were some fish there, so David Cook & crew, from New Jersey had excellent action boating a very nice catch of 5-20# mahi-mahi on light tackle to start the day..... a better start than I expected.
The day before there were some afternoon tuna bites, so we worked towards those grounds around noon, and got there just as a few boats had hit some tuna..... we were working towards them when we hooked a couple of 30 lb fish..... got going again and I saw tunas busting behind me chasing flying fish..... got close to that and WHAM, tunas were boiling on all our baits and teasers..... we had 7 bites, hooked 6 and boated 5 of them...... caught a few more in an exciting afternoon as the tunas came up busting periodically the rest of the day and everyone would charge that way to get a pass..... David and crew ended up with a nice catch and since they did such a good job boating fish, I decided not to hit them with my 'Saturday late to boat fee'!
DOLPHIN ON LIGHT TACKLE!
Brian Allen & his crew, from Cary NC had an action filled morning of light tackle mahi-mahi fishing, boating fish in the 5-20 lb class range on standup tackle....all good anglers, they were helping Richard rig baits and hook fish. A few tuna were caught in the afternoon but we did not get any bites from them....maybe tomarrow!
DAY OFF TODAY SO I AM TRYING TO GET RUSSIAN OLIVES UNDER CONTROL!
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