2008-06-22 - Blue Marlin are spectacular in North Carolina!
THIS SAYS IT ALL....
Fishing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina continues to be very good. The big story once again is Blue Marlin! Not much more to say about it other than absolutely spectacular! Pretty Work did not score a blue marlin this week but only due to the fact that we did several inshore trips this week (lots of Blue fish and Spanish mackerals) and our offshore groups wanted to pursue Tuna.
Tuna fishing was up and down this week with catches of anywhere from 2 to 3 per boat to 12 to 15 per boat depending on what day you went. The best tuna fishing went off from the Diamond Shoals tower in 40 to 200 fathoms. Also good catches of yellowfin tuna being reported from the point to around the 650 line from 20 to 200 fathoms. Tuna fishing seemed slow as we got to the weekend but bailer sized dolphin with a mix of gaffer helped make the slow tuna fishing a little easier to handle. If you went fishing here you got your share of dolphin.
Blue Marlin showed very well due east of Oregon Inlet. Boats that targeted marlin saw anywhere from 2 to 6 a day. One brought in a 711lb blue marlin to the dock after releasing a 300lb earlier that day. The next day the same boat released three more! Once again these boats are targetting billfish. Several blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish were released by boats going for meat fish.
Sounds like another great week of fishing behind us here in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina with lots more to come.
Capt. Randy Frees