Sorry for no report last week, it blew all week, but we did get a few half day trips in. Still catching spanish and bluefish on the nearshore trips.
Finally had a spell of great weather this week, and good fishing to go along with it.
Wednesday we had a 3/4 day and found a weed line about 13 miles off of the beach and caught our limit of dolphins. Ended the day letting everyone pull on as many amberjacks as they wanted on the wrecks.
Yesterday we were offshore and had another great catch. Limit of 60 dolphins, a 51 lb wahoo, 15 beeliners, and a handful of triggerfish/tilefish.
Give me a call and lets go fishing!
Hey folks, fishing is still going strong. Because of all the wind we have not been offshore this week, but the inshore fishing for bluefish and spanish has been outstanding.
The long range forecast for Saturday-Wednesday of next week looks outstanding. We have a couple of days available, so give us a call and lets go fishing!
Wow what a day folks! One of the most memorable days offshore that I have had.
We have spent a lot of time the past 3 years figuring out this daytime swordfish fishery. Lots of trials and errors along the way.
This year has been a banner year for swordfish here in Ocracoke, but we haven’t been able to close the deal on a really big fish. Close, but not quite.
Yesterday we were blessed with a really nice fish.
We set out first thing in the morning with a great group of folks who came here to Ocracoke for the sole purpose of targeting swordfish. Off to the deep we went.
We had our first bite about 15 minutes after we started fishing, and hooked the fish after he played with the bait for 2-3 minutes down there. It wasn’t a huge fish, and we pulled him off about 500′ from the surface.
I ran back up current to my numbers, and we re-set for another drift. About 400′ off of the bottom, my mate told me something wasn’t right, and he thought we were tangled. I told him it looked fine to me, and keep dropping to the bottom. In soon as we hit bottom and pulled the weight out of the mud, the rod went slack. This meant that we either broke the weight off, or a fish had taken our bait and was swimming to the surface with it.
After about 5 minutes of hard cranking we finally caught up to the fish and came tight; hooked up!
At this point we had no idea how big or small this fish was. We eased her up, and after about 45 minutes we had her 150 yards from the boat. We saw the line start to scope up, and watched in amazement as a huge swordfish left from the water right behind the boat. She made two complete jumps before heading back to the deep.
A 3 hour battle then ensued, with neither side really gaining an advantage. The fish would run right up behind the boat, staying just out of harpoon range, and then take off back to the deep.
At the 3.5 hour mark we finally got close enough for the mate to throw the harpoon. He made a great shot, and the fish took off on her final run. She drug the poly ball 500′ down, but eventually it wore her down and we spotted it on top about 200 yards away 20 minutes later. Backed up to it, stuck a flyer in for extra insurance, and then spent the next 15 minutes trying to drag it into the boat; thank goodness for tuna doors!
It was a 103″ fish, that weighed right at 500lbs!
So blessed to be able to do this every day. We have an absolutely incredible and untapped daytime sword fishery right here in our back yards.
If you want to come target these unique fish, give us a call!
Summer is flying by. I couldn’t believe it when I looked and saw I haven’t posted a fishing report since the end of June; busy times!
We have had lots of half day trips here over the past two weeks, with a few offshore gulf stream adventures. Overall the weather has cooperated, and we have had lots of fun.
Nearshore the spanish mackerel and bluefish have been really consistent. We have averaged about 35 fish per trip this week. A few cobia still hanging around as well.
On the wreck trips the amberjacks and sharks have been holding steady, with good action each trip.
Offshore the fishing remains above average for this time of the year. The great part about summertime is the variety of species you may catch. In the past week we have caught wahoo, yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, dolphin, triggerfish, silver snapper, vermillion snapper, and swordfish.
Speaking of swordfish, the bite this year is above anything we have ever seen. Lots of them around. If you ever wanted to go try and catch one of these amazing critters in the deep, now is the time!
As always, if you are unsure about what trip to choose for your group, give me a call. Always happy to talk fishing.
Lots of trips this week, which is a good thing.
We were half-day nearshore fishing yesterday and had really the best spanish mackerel fishing that we have had all year. Ended up with our limit in just over an hour of fishing!
Today we were offshore, and had a great mixed bag. Yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, dolphin, and wahoo. We went off to the deep and make a couple of swordfish drops and actually hooked a nice fish. Unfortunately we pulled him off after about 10 minutes.
Its going to blow for a couple of days, but I have some days available next week. Give us a call and lets go fishing!
We had some fantastic fishing this week. Our dolphin fishing hasn’t gotten consistent yet, but there have been plenty of other species to fill in the gaps.
On our offshore trip we started out the morning by releasing two sailfish in the first hour. Both folks on the boat had never caught a billfish, so this was a really neat experience. They wanted some meat for the cooler so we switched out our gear and spent some time looking for a tuna/wahoo. We found the blackfins and caught 28 of them over the next hour! They had lots of good eating, so we decided to run offshore and try for a swordfish. We had a really good bite on the first drop, but were not able to hook him. Thats fishing!
On our nearshore half day trips we have had good spanish fishing with a few bluefish mixed in. Lots of sharks on the beach right now for those wanting to target sharks.
What a day! For starters, we have finally been blessed with some nice weather this week, and today was no exception. Perfectly slick calm, with just enough NE wind to keep the temp reasonable.
We had an offshore trip today, so we started off looking for a little meat for the cooler. It didn’t take long… We had a triple header of gaffer dolphins shortly after lines in, and followed that up with a double header wahoo of which we caught one.
We went about 30 minutes without a bite before we missed a sailfish, and then caught a neat fish called a rainbow runner (tasty).
At that point we had some good meat for the cooler, and our folks wanted to look for something larger. We switched out to some larger marlin lures, and went offshore into the deeper parts of the gulf stream looking for a billfish. Around 270 fathoms we had a double header white marlin come in and hooked one. Unfortunately we ended up jumping him off a few minutes into the fight.
The current was just right, so we decide to make a daytime drop for swordfish. This is where the day gets interesting. A few minutes after dropping the 12″ squid bait, I marked a good fish on the fish finder that I thought was a swordfish. We cranked the bait up to the depth he was in, and sure enough minutes later we were tight.
For the first 30 minutes of the battle we didn’t know what we had. It could be a sword, it could be a shark, it could be anything else. We gained most of our line back, and were about 30′ from being able to grab the 8lb weight we use to take the bait to the bottom when we finally saw the fish. It semi-jumped about 100 yards behind the boat. Everyone just turned and looked at one another mouths wide open. This was bar none the largest billfish any of us had ever had hooked. A once in a lifetime 800+lb swordfish.
Skip ahead 3 hours, and the tug of war is still going on. This fish had been up within 100 yards of the boat 4 times, and all 4 times had taken off and gone all the way back down over 1000′ immediately after. Just a crazy strong fish.
On one of these runs the fish actually messed up the drag on our reel when it overheated. Due to the drag being in a bad place, and the sun getting low on the horizon, we decided that the next time we got the leader up on the rod, we were going to put the heat to her and either get it or break it off trying.
It was 30 minutes later when we finally inched her back up to the leader (50′ leader) and the mate started wiring her up. We managed to get her up to within 10′ of the boat, but because of where the fish was laying, we were not able to get a good harpoon shot. After about 2 minutes of having her right at the boat, she decided to head back to the deep, and there was nothing we could do to stop her; even after 4 hours of fighting. She lives to fight another day.
Many folks ask why I do what I do. Why go through the harsh weather, low income, hard work, and long hours that it takes to run an offshore charter service. This my friends, is why. You NEVER KNOW when you will find an absolute sea monster roaming the gulf stream.
Until next time my friend…