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  1. JC, Brian, Thuy, Ryan and I saw the beautiful Wx window and decided to run out of OI to see if there were any tuna hanging around after what seemed like 20 days of high winds. We cleared the inlet just before six and headed to the 450 on the 100 and set our lines out immediately we hook up a small Blackfin but that was it. We heard some chatter on the radio about a bite down at the 300 so we decided to pick up and have a look. Ran down to the 350 and started marking some bait and fish so we set out the spread and continued south on the troll, picking up five more Blackfin on our way down to the 290, not real happy with that. Pushed up to the 313 where I got a call that there were some YFT caught, the OI fleet was there thick so we made a pass or two the decided to leave for our own piece of the ocean. We moved in to 60 fathoms and we started steadily picking up Blackfins and of a nicer class. Continuerd up to the 380 still steady picking up nice Blackfins. We decided to pull in our lines at 3:00 and it was now 2:30 so I set a course for OI, fifteen minutes before lines in three YFT crush our spread and we’ve got a triple hook up. Tried to call in my buddy boat but he was a bit too far away. Got the fish to the boat made the gaff shots count and we went three for three in the bottom of the ninth. Packed up and ran in at 35 kts on flat calm seas. All the fish were caught in 74.4 degree water in 50 to 70 fathoms from the 350 to the 380. Everything came on some form of green machine. Green machine spreader bars, bird green machine and a little item I call the “caterpillar” All in all we ended up with 16 Blackfin to 12 pounds or so and three Yellowfin to about 25 or so pounds PICS:
  2. Ashton, JC, Brian and I watched the weather window for Sunday open up and headed to Oregon Inlet, NC hoping to troll up a few Yellowfin Tuna. I haven’t used my 50s and outriggers for a long, long time... getting bit by the jigging and popping bug is what put the dust on the riggers and gold, little did we know that the day we decided to troll would turn out to be the day we would have to jig and pop around triple rigged outriggers, a center rigger and eight fifty wides. We started the day at the 540 at 500 fathoms in 68.1 degree lifeless water just when I knew we had to make a move we get a call from one of our buddy boats “Carolina Melody” who tells us they have tuna airing out all around them but they can’t hook up. We head that direction and find the skying tuna at the 512 on the 500 fathom curve, we immediately fire out a popper and instantly hook up on an 80 pound class BFT. This took place at 9:30 am and went on until 3:00 pm when we left the fish biting and headed home. We pursued the fish from the 512 line to the 570 and in the end boated nine fish from 50 to 100 pounds, seven on poppers and two on jigs. The fish were caught from the 512 to the 570 at 500 fathoms in 69 to 70 degree dirty water. We were throwing OTI Komodo, and Strike Pro Tuna Hunter Jr. poppers from 7’6” Asian FHB custom popping rods made by JC. While we were in the fish tossing poppers and the bottom machine would light up we would switch to dropping jigs and instantly hook up. We focused primarily on the topwater bite but the jig bite was certainly there as well.Once it was apparent the trolling bite would not pay off we called in my friend James Metzger who was out there without any jigging or popping gear and passed him a jigging rod and some jigs so him and his crew could get in on the action instead of simply watching others catch fish. An outstanding day on the water thanks to JC, Brian and Ashton. Great fishing along side James Metzger, Danny Kee and Chuck Murphy.
  3. With the fantastic Bluefin bite taking place off the North Carolina coast Tommy, Aaron, JC and I figured we need to cash in on the opportunity before it was over so with the weather looking fantastic for Tuesday we headed south. We got underway just before sun-up and headed directly for the 280 at the 100 fathom curve, precisely where the fish were caught the day before, however, every day is different and the 280 was lifeless. We trolled north to the 300 when we got a call from a friend the they were hooked up five miles north. We rapidly pulled in our lines and bolted to the 350 where we re-deployed our baits. The baits were immediately attacked by 150 to 200 pound class Blue Fin Tunas. A few boils, a few explosions and we were hooked up. We looked at each other... “that didn’t take long”. We cleared lines while the fish ripped off 300 yards at 18 pounds in what seemed like less than a minute. Once the lines were cleared JC settled in the harness and one hour and twenty minutes later we boated a 170 pound 70” tuna. We decided to head back south to perhaps locate some Blackfins but again the 280 to 230 was lifeless. We decided to pack it up at 1:45pm when our buddy boat Carolina Melody tells us he is in the middle of busting tunas... time to try out our new popping gear we shoot up 4 miles and 60 pound class tuna were in fact airing out Aaron and JC moved to the bow Aaron with a swim bait and JC with a popper, the fish wanted the popper and in short order JC was hooked up and shortly after boated a 60 pound class BlueFin Tuna on a topwater plug. Unfortunately we could not hook fish on a jig that day but all in all a GREAT day on the water. 350 to 400 line, 85 to 100 fathoms, 71.2 degree water just east of a 10 degree temp break over an 1/8 of a mile with a drastic color change fish was caught on a blue and white Ilander Sea Star with a medium large Baitmasters ballyhoo on 130 pound mono leader.
  4. We were using either 80, 65 or 55 Dendoh Boat Braid, 120 yds, topshotted over the same size PowerPro, connected via a double loop to loop made by tying a 40 turn Bimini twist it both the PowerPro and Dendoh. We were using 60 pound fluorocarbon or 80 and 100 mono wind on leaders made as demonstrated in my podcasts, joined to the Dendoh via another double loop to loop again with a 40 turn Bimini twist in the main line (Dendoh) to the spliced loop on the wind on.
  5. Edited by Sam: He let his domain name expire. So, as I told him many times, upload the videos to this site so we can keep them. Oh well, thanks Lou...
  6. Brian, Danny and I wanted to put a spin on Flounder fishing, at least for us, so we decided to try a technique featured on a local fishing show that really appealed to all three of us, jigging for flounder. We departed Little Creek armed only with artificials and headed to the fourth island. Nothing spectacular compared to what all the expert flattie fisherman out there are doing but it made Flounder fishing significantly more fun for us. We fished for 3.5 hours and boated seven fish keeping three for the oven. Water temp was 77.4 degrees, forth and second islands. All the fish came by drifting between the pylons relatively close to the structure fishing the transitions from rip rap to sandy bottom and slightly twitching or hopping the jig off the bottom and the fish all simply piled on. We were primarily using 3 to four ounce bucktails with Berkely 5” and 7” Gulp Jerk Shads but we also tried out the new Jerk that Jig jigs that are similar to Shimano's Lucanus jigs and they perfomed very well accounting for two of the seven fish caught. Jigging really rekindled the Flounder fishing flame for me and with the Flounder bite wide open and I do mean wide open now I believe I will be out there very very soon. Oh BTW if you were using live bait I couldn’t see how a limit of Flatfish couldn’t be possible anglers were killin’ them on live Spot and Bunker!!!
  7. Good friend and long time fishing partner John Maciejczyk came in town to spend a week at the beach with his family and perhaps get in some fishing. We have been trying to put together an offshore trip for what seems like the past five years but Mother Nature would simply not cooperate and kept us inshore. With the Tuna snappin’ and the forecast looking very do-able this year would be different John and I headed 65 nm off the coast of VA in search of Yellowfin. The bite had slowed considerably but in the end we managed to cratch out two very heathy YFTs and three small gaffers. Water temp was 68.4 to 70.2 degrees, 50 fathoms to 110 fathoms 422 to 370 line both fish came inside at 55 fathoms one on a blue/white sea star with a medium large ballyhoo and the other crushed a green machine spreader bar right on the transom. A terrific day on the water. I’ve got limited pictures and video footage since there was only two of us onboard. Thanks John for coming down!!!
  8. We planned on heading down to OI but when the forecast changed to 10 to 15 increasing to 15 to 20 kts and 2 to 4 at 5 seconds we decided to stay up here and look for Sea Bass and we found them on some near shore wrecks. I was literally amazed at the size of fish we connected with. We ended the day with 50 keepers and at least 15 were approaching the 4.5 pound mark and many others greater than 3 pounds threw back everything under 14”. Tommy picked up a nice fat 22” Flounder at the Triangles. Water was 67.4 degrees bait of choice was False Albacore and Squid, 8 oz. of lead and circle hooks. We hit several wrecks on the east side of the Triangles, we also hit the Powell and the Ricks. The Ricks is really holding some big fish now!!! Excellent back up plan. Thanks to Ashton, Tommy and JC!!!
  9. We figured the Va Beach coast would be crowded and Owl's Creek would be a nightmare so we decided to head out east for some Sea Bass. Robert, Tony, Bruce and I left Little Creek at 0730 with Danny Kee and Bear on our buddy boat "Carolina Melody". Beautiful flat ride to the wrecks and immediately started loading the boat with keeper BSB nothing spectacular but average size 14" to 15" fish. On the last few wrecks the Flounder bite turned on we didn't catch any but Danny and Bear caught a few and our new buddy boat Catch tales also caught a few, nice ones too in the six pound range. Since the fog was so dense we decided to pick up and head in at 1:00 pm so we could join everyone at CH for some Rockfish fun. About 10 nm from the oceanfront we see some birds working and the bottom machine shows literally acres of bait and fish so we put out a few rods to see what's down there hoping there are some Bluefish around but it turns out too be 38" class Stripers. We again pick up and run to CH and start trolling for Rockfish but the bite was slow but we pick up one 36" fish on a tandem rig run in just at sunset. Awesome day on the water thanks again to Tony, Bruce and Robert. Final tally 50 BSB several C & R Stripers 10 nm out and one keeper Rockfish at the green can. Don't forget about Carolina Melody and Catch Tales the each had they same amount of BSBs but the scored several Flounder as well. Not too much to take pictures of but here are a couple.
  10. Tommy, JC and I head out for some more trophy Stripers and today we had to work for them. Started the day at buoy 18 off Kiptopeke drifting eels. Nada. Made three drifts in that general area with nothing to show for our efforts so we moved up to Plantation light. Nothing again. We picked up and ran east of the highrise to the buoy 10 area, looked around but saw nothing on the bottom machine that sparked our interest. Pushed out a bit east and found what we were looking for between the 6 and 8 buoys in about 30 feet picked two right away a 42” and a 41”. Moved a bit north to the edge of Nautilus shoal and picked another fish in the 40” range and while we were snapping pics another rod goes down and JC boats a very nice 49” fish headed home with four fish over 40” great day on the water. 50 degree water, fished the end of the incoming and the beginning of the outgoing, eels, all but one came on a free lined line very close to the boat and very shallow. Thanks to Tommy and JC!!!