By Captain Don Malkowski
VBSF.net fishing report contributor and founder of the Get Reel Lure Co.
East Of The Towers Out To The Canyons
Update November 12, 2010
Although no official word of any boated fish, bluefin tuna are a possibility from the Light Tower out to the inshore lumps. Deep droppers are still finding good numbers of decent blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, and rosefish in depths of 300 feet of water or more.
On the offshore blue water scene, Virginia waters are a disappointment. Swordfish are a possibility, but those who tried for them lately struck out. The best trolling action is further south off Carolina, where most boats are loading up with blackfin tuna and yellowfin tuna.
November 5, 2010
AHHH Fall! The leaves are changing color and littering our yards. Temperatures are barely hitting the mid 60’s. Fire pits are full ablaze and Snuggie sales are climbing. One sign of Fall was missing, until recently…the Fall Yellowfin bite.
Over the last couple of days, the boats fishing out of Pirate’s Cove Marina and the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center have been returning with limits of Yellowfin tuna ranging from 30 to 50 pounds, with a few larger 60-65 pounders mixed in. Many have been encountering multiple hook-ups with nearly every bait in the spread being hit simultaneously. One boat fought 7 Yellowfin and a White marlin at the same time.
Mixed in with the Yellowfin are their smaller cousins, the Blackfin. Teams are filling the voids in the fish boxes between the 50 pound Yellowfin with good numbers of these footballs. For those that haven’t tried it, Blackfin loins make some of the best sushi!
Big Wahoo made a special appearance on Thursday. Six Wahoo hit the docks at the OI Fishing Center ranging in weights from 33 pounds to 60. ‘Obsession’ out of Pirate’s Cove landed a meat slam that included three Wahoo between 30 and 40 pounds, several Mahi, Yellowfin, and a near dozen Blackfin.
The Hatteras fleet has been in the mix of fish as well…that’s when they can get out. Weather has made the inlet impassable at times. When they can, crews are finding Yellowfin, Blackfin, Wahoo and good King Mackerel fishing.
Back here in the Old Dominion, some have ventured out hoping to find the migrating Tuna. ‘Seadation II’ worked the Norfolk Canyon and found themselves in a school of 10-near 20 pound Mahi. James O and Ryan H had their hands full as they would get covered up with 7 fish at a time. No tuna were around, but a box full of Mahi this late in the season is more than welcome.
The Triangle Wrecks are still holding big Bluefish, some nearing 17 pounds. As temps drop, these fish will move into the Hot Dog and SE Lumps. Be watching for those Bluefin tuna when you’re out on those grounds. Deep-droppers can still hit some good numbers of Blueline Tiles, Grouper, and Sea Bass.
Weather can be a real pain this time of year. It’s going to be difficult to get those slick calm days we dream about in the Summer, so we have to pick our days. Remember, the best fishing trip is the one you can come home and talk about, so be safe! Get out there and… Catch ‘em Up!
Make Everyday a Blue Marlin Day!