It was a beautiful slick calm day on the ocean Saturday. A little rainy, but i’ll take a calm ocean and rain any day over rough seas!
Good fishing too. We started off catching some blackfin tuna in about 40 fathoms, before pushing off deeper looking for a billfish. The marlin bite was slow, so we dropped down and tried out luck for a swordfish in 1900′ of water. On the first drop we got bit about 10 minutes after hitting the bottom. It didn’t come tight so we jigged the bait up and down for a few minutes and the fish came back and we hooked up this time.
It took about 30 minutes to get him to the boat, but we ended up with a nice swordfish for our group. They are such neat fish.
On the way in we stopped and did some bottom fish and ended up with a great catch of triggerfish and snapper.
Great Video! https://youtu.be/LXXkvWuNRMI
We were offshore today, and man was it fun. It was one of those days when the ocean was a alive with activity. A big eddy of deep blue gulf stream water pushed in close to Ocracoke, and with it came lots of fish.
We spent most of the day out hunting a big marlin. We did see a couple of marlin, but never connected unfortunately. We ended the day coming in to get some meat for the cooler; 23 blackfin tuna and several nice gaffer dolphins.
Inshore the spanish mackerel bite has been really good, along with a few kings and still a few cobia hanging around.
We had offshore charters Thursday – Sunday and enjoyed some good fishing. It wasn’t on fire, but it was steady every day.
On Thursday we ended up with 3 wahoo, 2 yellowfin tuna, 1 blackfin tuna, 6 rainbow runners, and a nice catch of snapper and triggerfish; lots of good eating!
Friday turned out ROUGH and we ended up not going. Saturday the trolling bite slowed so we went to the bottom and caught a couple hundred pounds of snapper and triggers.
On Sunday we had a tough crew who really had a big time in rough conditions. We didn’t have a ton of bites, but we had a great time. Ended up with 1 nice yellowfin and 6 gaffer dolphins. We got hit by 5 yellowfins at once, but someone managed to only catch 4 of them. Some days it just happens like that!
On the nearshore front the spanish mackerel bite remains red hot, and there are a few cobia trickling by. Still not a big push of cobia for us, but enough to get a shot or two per half day.
We have days available in June and July, so give us a call and lets go fishing!
We have been doing a lot of half-day trips this week, along with several evening sunset cruises. The spanish mackerel bite has been fantastic, and we have seen several cobia. Hopefully we will get a new push of cobia here this week.
Ernest Doshier on the Gecko was offshore the last couple of days and reported outstanding gaffer dolphin fishing.
The photo is of a beautiful full moon rise over the Ocracoke lighthouse during one of our sunset cruises.
Whew I’ve been lax on the fishing reports lately. Fishing has been GOOD! Offshore lots of gaffer dolphins have showed up, with a good number of wahoo, yellowfins, and blackfins, around. Bottom fishing for snapper and triggerfish has been all you want as well.
Nearshore spanish and blues are consistent with a few really nice cobia showing up in the past week.
Just a quick report because its late, I will try to follow up with photos tomorrow.
In short, ITS FISHY! Gaffer dolphin and blue marlin showed up this week offshore. Red drum, cobia, black drum, spanish, blues, and kings nearshore. Puppy drum and pompano in good numbers inshore and in the surf.
Finally made it back offshore! The weather has been fairly windy lately and we haven’t made many trips, but we did get out a couple of times this week. On Tuesday we had a great meat fish slam with 2 yellowfin, 3 nice dolphin, and a 53 lb wahoo. Thursday the trolling bite was slower, but we spent some time bottom fishing and the big snapper and triggerfish were on fire.
Looks like the dolphin (mahi) have started to show up in good numbers, wahoo are still around, and the tuna are showing up. My favorite time of the year to fish is NOW!
Sorry for no photos. I left my phone at the dock.