We had a little relief in our schedule this past weekend. For two days, it was blowing Northeast, and there was no way to get out of the inlet, but the cool weather was a welcome change of pace! We made it out yesterday and went to the south, hoping there would be some water to fish in. Plenty of bites,but not exactly what we were looking for. Ended up with a mixed bag.Fast forward to today, a 187# bigeye and 10 yellowfin. Fishing is fishing, and it changes everyday.
Soon, we will be chasing Marlin in the Northeast, hoping for some if the double digit action we had the past few years. For now, we still have a good shot at tuna, come book a trip at Oregon Inlet and get in on the action! And don’t forget to tune in to Wicked Tuna Outer Banks tonight at 10 on the National Geographic Channel to get a look into our winter fishery. Ready for some tuna?
A few highlights from the last week:
Billon and Dirty J were in command while I went to San Diego with Dave Marciano and Paul Hebert to raise money for Captain Rollo’s Kids Fishing Program. Fishing was a little slow, but I met some first class people on the trip and am proud to be able to help raise money to get tens of thousands of kids out fishing. Www.rollokids.org
Fishing has been holding up around here, sharks are still around, but it’s getting a little easier to avoid them if you try. Dolphin have been scatce, but we did find a limit the day before yesterday, hopefully a good sign for the next few weeks. Last July, kite fishing south of the Point was some of the best fishing we have had in years, and the fish are starting to get active in the same area this year. Give me a call of check out Oregon-inlet.com for availability
Sometimes things don’t exactly work out how you expect them. I noticed a slight vibration the other day, and planned on hauling up to check it out on our next blow day. As luck would have it, the vibration was caused by a crack in my rudder that decided to let go in the ocean on Monday. The rudder broke at the bottom of the post and folded to a 90° angle that would hit the prop when I tried to turn right. After jumping overboard to assess the situation, I saw that as long as I didn’t turn too hard to the right, I would have enough steerage to make it back home under my own power. Pulling in to the Fishing Center presented a major challenge, but luckily we made it there without tearing anything else up. I got the boat over to Spencer Yachts, and in less than 24 hours, I was back overboard with a new rudder and my spare wheel installed. There are not very many places in the world where you can have a rudder fabricated and installed in a day. Thank you Peabody, Cliff, and the rest of Spencer Yachts for the great service, I only missed one charter and got back on the water the next day!
I had the same group for the last two days and decided to look for dolphin and Marlin yesterday, and tuna today. The dolphin were scarce, we caught 1 out of 2 bites, but we did get a handful of tiles for dinner. Today, we went after tuna. Once again, the sharks were having their way with the fleet, countless fish were eaten, some as soon as they were hooked. We made a few circles, lost a few fish, and picked up and ran to the South. Luckily, the sharks were not a problem, the few fish we hooked made it to the boat in one piece, and fortunately we found a big place of fish all to ourselves. It didn’t last very long, but we caught 4 nice yellowfin and a 130# bigeye in our last hour of fishing.
We had an early start today, and caught a nice tuna as soon as we set out. Then I spent the rest of the day looking at thousands of fish on the sonar, they wouldn’t bite. Circle, circle, circle, eventually they have to eat! Around noon, the surface erupted with tunas! Plenty of fish chasing flyers, some well over 100 pounds. The wind picked up, and we had a chance to fish the kite, which was the right tool for the job! In the last hour we caught half a dozen nice yellowfin, great day on the Frenzy!