Fishing Reports & Photos
THEM YOUNG KIDS CAN CRANK!
Milele & Alvin Francis, from Georgia brought there twin 9 year olds Eric & Arin fishing for the first time and the kids did great catching many of the 10-20 lb mahi unassisted. Not only did they reel in a lot of fish but they got to see dozens of hammerhead sharks, manta rays and porpoise which were also cruising around the tuna grounds on a beautiful calm Memorial Day.
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
Long time customer and friend John Lawrence, his son and friends enjoyed a beautiful day on the water, finally after yesterday's blow day, and had good action all day with a scattered tuna bite from 25-45 lb fish and 'gaffer' dolphin 5 -17 lbs.
GOOD PHOTOS FROM TUESDAYS GROUP
WHAT A BOAT RIDE HOME!
Rudy Middleton and crew boated a mixed bag of yellowfin tuna from 25-71 lbs and a handful of dolphin. Timothy Buel, from Nashville, TN, on his first offshore fishing trip had some beginners luck, boating the two biggest tuna of the day, a 50# fish early and then a 71# citation earning fish later in the day. With a strong cold front coming thru in the afternoon, and the fleet headed in early, but not early enough, as about 12 miles off the beach we ran into the wind shift and winds increased to 30-40 knots out of the north and the seas were sharp and confused..... we made the last 10 miles at a difficult 10-12 knots and were very happy to get inside the Oregon Inlet bridge.
A BOX FULL OF FISH AND CITATIONS FOR 3 DIFFERENT SPECIES!!
Today was the way fishing is supposed to be out of Oregon Inlet. The Gulf Stream was shoved inshore over good bottom and fishing was outstanding today..... we started on a grass line and boated 25 nice 7-20 lb 'gaffer' dolphin and Don Wright, from Butler, PA caught and released a sailfish while we were fighting some dolphin. Some thunderstorms rolled thru and the wind picked up and blew the grass line apart, so we woriked towards where some boats had had some tuna action..... got there and went over a good mark of tuna and hooked three fish, which I figured were all tuna, but damm if one didn't come up jumping..... hooked up white marlin...... boated a 35 lb tuna, Alex Giarrocco, from Miramar FL released a white marlin and then 72 year young Will Lindsey, from Bodfish, CA boated our seasons largest 82 lb citation earning lunker yellowfin tuna. If that weren't enough right there before we were going to pick up the lines we hooked and boated 4 more 30-40 lb yellowfins. That's fishing!!
I LOVE CATCHING BLUE MARLIN!!
FINALLY FISHING PICKS UP AGAIN!
After a slow couple of days where I didn't even bother to take a photo of our catches, and the only bright spot was some outstanding tilefishing, Irving Pritchett, Charlers Townes & crew had good action with a mixed bag of yellowfin tuna from 25-40# and some nice gaffer dolphin in the 8-20 lb class..... and we pulled the hook on 3 other nice tuna close to the boat....a few boats well south of us had good dolphin action and reports from off Charleston are of good mahi mahi fishing and an eddie holding some good blue marlin action, all of which should get up here in the next few days.
WANT TO GO FISHING, BUT DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FOLKS TO CHARTER THE BOAT YOURSELF??
THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME FUTURE DATES FOR WHICH I HAVE FOLKS THAT NEED OTHERS TO JOIN THEM ON A 'MAKEUP' CHARTER TO GO FISHING ON THE OBSESSION.
I have 2 guys interested in me putting a group together for them on TUESDAY MAY 28.
This would be prime time for dolphin and tuna, with a good chance for blue marlin and wahoo.
I have 2 guys interested in me putting a group together for them for one day:
Either: MON JUNE 10 , TUES JUNE 11, WED JUNE 12 or THURS JUNE 13.
This would be prime time for Yellowfin and Bigeye tuna, Dolphin and a good chance for marlin and wahoo.
I have 2 guys interested in me putting a group together for them for one or two days:
Either: TUESDAY AUGUST 6 or FRIDAY AUGUST 9;
This would be prime time for Dolphin, White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish with good chance for Tuna and Wahoo
I have one man interested in paying 50% ( of $1800) for one or two days and he is willing to go with 1, 2, or even 3 others who would split the other $900 (pretty good deal there).
His prefered days are SAT SEPT 7 thru TUES SEPT 10 though any dates between SEPT 1 and SEPT 19 would work for him.
This would be prime time for white and blue marlin with a very good chance for sailfish, dolphin and good chance for yellowfin tuna.
If interested please email ( (email@example.com) or call (252-480-0094) me & answer the following questions:
1) What date(s) work for you?
2) How many are in your group?
3) What is the preferable & the least amount of folks you can will go with to make it affordable for you?
A full day charter on the Obserssion is $1800/day, so:
$600/person with 3 people
$450/person with 4 people
$360/person with 5 people
& $300/person with 6 people
We guarantee 110% effort to show you a great time and hopefully catch you a bunch of fish and maybe a fish of a lifetime! I would be happy to provide more details upon request by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (252-480-0094).
SUPER MEATFISH GRAND SLAM AND THREE CITATION FISH!
DOLPHIN ACTION ALL DAY LONG!
Long time customer Jim McCurtain, from Wash, DC area, and his crew had steady light tackle action on mixed size dolphin from 5-26 lbs and inspite of choppy conditions, they never slowed up.
ANOTHER GREAT DAY FOR THE OHIOANS
Jim Kennedy, his son's and friends second day fishing with us was a little rougher in terms of sea conditions but these guys never missed a beat, boating a great catch of 5-27 lb dolphin all on light tackle and then ending the day boating their limit of gray tilefish.
A BOXFULL OF GOOD EATING!
Jim Kennedy, with his son's and friends enjoyed a beautiful calm day on the water and good action, starting the day with plenty of light tackle action with 'gaffer' dolphin, including our season's largest to date, a 31 lb fish boated by son Patrick, who also boated the next largest dolphin weighing 22 lbs. To end the day, since we were in the vicinity of a piece of bottom, we stopped off and the guys boated their limit of tilefish in 30 minutes.....things were snapping, coming up 2 and 3 at a time.
DOLPHIN, DOLPHIN & MORE DOLPHIN!
Mike Kuberski and crew, from around Washington DC area had steady action all morning on light tackle, boating their limit of 5 -12 lb dolphin.
TWO BLUE MARLIN!!
Finally we got a break in the weather....blown out 5 days straight but we got out today and had great action..... started the day working a long some scattered grass picking away at some nice 5 -15 lb dolphin, and around noon the guys said they had enough, and to go look for something bigger.... about an hour later nice blue marlin appeared behind the left teaser and then suddenly jumped on the left short rigger bait.... exciting outside in bite.....HOOKED UP BLUE MARLIN.... a half hour later Conrad Schmid, from Madison, WI caught and released his biggest fish ever, a 300# blue marlin! We were getting the lines back in the water, had most of the spread out, I turned on a scattered grass line and damm if there weren't another marlin after us...... and WAMMO....HOOKED UP BLUE MARLIN, this one smalller but on lighter tackle, and it was mean, dragging us around 3 miles and 3/4 hour before Mark McCulley, from Enid, OK caught and released his biggest fish ever, a 150-175 lb blue marlin.
WHAT IS WITH THIS WEATHER!
Been blowing northeast for 3 days and now forecast for big seas thru Sunday and maybe even Monday.... moved today's scheduled group to Monday, Sunday's group to next Sunday, and my Saturday guys are on their way but hoping and praying we can get out on Sunday.....spoke with half a dozen other captains this morning, which was pretty much an hour crying session and decided times like these is why they invented liquor!
Anyway, a few boats have gotten out of Hatteras Inlet this past week and it looks like more dolpin and yellowfin and even a few blue marlin have moved into the area so if we can just get a break with the weather, we should have some good fishing.
Ben McCracken, who fished with me last week, sent me this photo so I would not forget what a fish looked like I guess.
DECENT WEATHER AND SCRAPPY FISHING, BUT THINGS ARE LOOKING UP!
We fished the last three days, and will be fishing most every day for a while starting next Friday.
This past Friday, John Gray and crew wisely decided to focus on catching some tasty critters for dinner..... the Gulf Stream was located way down south and conditions were not great for tuna and dolphin, so we spent the day bottom fishing.... even that wasn't automatic as the first area we tried produced nothing, so we ran further south and found some pretty good black sea bass and tilefish action.
On Saturday the Gulf Stream moved north within our range, so we spent the day in some pretty water and Ron Tanoya & crew, from northern Virginia, managed to catch half a dozen dolphin (5 - 10 lb fish), but there were some tuna caught, though not by us. Gulf Stream still not where we need it to be for decent tuna fishing, but a least it was moving north, which is what we need.
Yesterday, the Gulf Stream had moved even further north over some good bottom, and thought it still was not very good fishing, things were starting to look up, with more flying fish in the warm water, and a few bites for the boats out there. Peter & John, from New York and Ben, from South Carolina had scattered action in the morning and later afternoon, and boated 2 35-40 lb yellowfin tuna, a 12 lb blackfin tuna, 2 18 lb wahoo, a 5 lb dophin, and a 50 lb mako shark to give them a nice smorgasboard and a meatfish super grand slam.
TOO BIG TO KEEP!
Thomas Sheets & crew from West Virginia were supposed to fish last Saturday but waited till Sunday to go fishing due to high winds. Weather was beautiful Sunday which was fortunate since we had to run about 60 miles south to get to warm water..... Gulf Stream is way south of where it normally is..... there were a few yellowfins caught, but only two boats hit them a couple of times and had pretty good catches... most of us had very few or none.... we got hit one time, had three bites and all of them pulled the hook.... we did get 4 nice dolphin, and then late in the day the big bluefins started showing.... we hooked 2 and Christopher Harper, from Beckley, WV, got one to the boat that was over the 73 inch maximum size limit so we had to let it go but Chris gets a citation for the release.... estimated the fish at an easy 350 lbs. Looks like my weekend trips will get blown out due to a forecast northeaster, but come middle of next week, we get busy and hopefully by then Gulf Stream has moved north and back over good bottom, which should get the yellowfin tuna fishing going.... Meanwhile, mate Richard shot his first turkey yesterday!
I NEEDED A VACATION!
With my brother's report of new snow & great skiing in northern Vermont and then my other brother's son's, who are ski instructors in Colorado, reporting great snow & ski conditions in Breckinridge, and with no scheduled trips till mid April, it was time for a change of pace, so I spent the last 2 weeks (3 days skiing in each spot) in Colorado and Vermont skiing with my brothers & my nephews.... they were very considerate and let me keep up with them without picking on me too bad about slowing them down!
Back now in North Carolina, and getting ready to start fishing next weekend, weather has been an issue for the boats that have tried to get out around here..... fishing for bluefin tuna has been very good when they could get out, with fish in the 150-500 lb class range being seen in large numbers. A few yellowfin, wahoo and bigeye have been caught as well..... My first charter is a week from this Saturday...... still have plenty of days open in April, but May is nearly booked other than the first week (which is going to be some great dolphin fishing) and June is filling up nicely.
BOAT RIDE FROM HELL, BUT WE MADE IT!
Seems like our trips to Mexico, after rough starts leaving North Carolina are usually much better then the return trips home, and this year was no exception. Capt Rom Witicar, running Fin's boat the Qualifier, and Jordan, running Jesse's boat Biopsea, and Chip Shafer, running the 42' Gamefishermen Old Reliable, and I left Mexico last Monday at noon..... forecast was for a rough first 100 miles and then nice...... well that was somewhat close, but not really...... after 20 miles, we could only make 10 knots iin 6 ft seas...... after 50 miles we were back up to 15 knots struggling but going forward and we did that for the next 180 miles...... finally seas moderated and we were able to run our regular cruise speeds around 4 AM the following morning and we made it to Key West in 24 hours.... usually takes us 18-20 hours, but we all made it fine but worn out....... fueled up there and kept going to Miami where we tied up for the evening and had some well earned drinks to ease our bones...... Chip stayed in Key West to clear customs and headed north the next morning only to blow up one of his clutches and had to limp back to Key West on one motor.... thank the Lord that did not happen somewhere out there crossing the Gulf of Mexico.... the rest of us headed up to Ft Pierce the next day, with the last 40 miles very rough..... stayed tied up there the next day due to north winds of 25 knots and 8 ft seas..... that was all good however, as we spent time with good friends Captains Glen Cameron, Kevin Paul and Shawn....... left there on Friday morning and again the first 100 miles were rough but we were making alright time....... The faster Biopsea and Qualifier left us and headed to Charleston for the evening, while we held the coast and tried to get to Fernadina beach......towards sunset seas finally calmed down so we popped in to Fernadina Beach, FL for more fuel and kept going with high winds forecast for Saturday but from the south and behind us..... calm till midnight below Charleston, winds picked up but we decided to keep going inspite of 20 -25 knot winds from the southwest, which was a 5-7 ft following sea which the OBSESSION rode nicely, and we finally made it to Morehead City by late afternoon......560 miles in 34 hours and damm if that first drink wasn't well deserved..... Richard's folks met us and took us out for a great dinner and we headed to Manteo the next morning only to run into fog in Adams Creek, but fortunately that lifted after and hour or so and after beating our way into a 20 knot northeast wind up Pamilico Sound we finally tied up at Pirates Cove...... 1300 miles and 2200 gallons worth of fuel in 7 days.
OUR LAST DAY OF FISHING!
Mark Partridge and crew from all over had us booked for half a day and had good action around a few bunches of birds/balls of bait to start the day and some trolling bites after that, each catching their first sailfish ever and getting 10 for the day and we came in early afternoon for lunch......weather permitting, we hope to leave Monday evening, but forecast is looking a litte funky!
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