Finally had some beautiful weather this weekend and were able to make it offshore on Saturday and Sunday. Great to see the bluewater again after lots of wind and blown out trips!
Variety was the name of the game both days. Saturday the we caught a few blackfins and dolphin trolling first thing, and then the group decided they wanted to do some bottom fishing. We spent the rest of the day fishing the bottom and ended up with a great catch of triggerfish, tilefish, and vermillion snapper.
On Sunday my crew said they wanted to catch “big fish” so we spent the day looking for larger pelagic species; some days things just work out! We found some beautiful grass lines and were able to catch 5 nice gaffer dolphins, and then went looking for some variety. As we pushed offshore we managed one really nice yellowfin, a half dozen blackfins, and then finished up with a double header wahoo!
Other than the offshore game our nearshore trips have been very productive. We had a half day wreck trip on Friday and had good amberjack and king mackerel fishing. On our nearshore trips the spanish mackerel and blue fishing has been excellent.
Pictured is a beautiful shot of the full moon setting over silver lake harbor as we departed the marina yesterday morning.
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.