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- Stan Gurganus
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~~Back at home today after two days of white marlin fishing out of Virginia Beach. Capt. Brant and I heard there was a strong bite of white marlin going on earlier this week so we took off out of Ocean Isle Wednesday afternoon with our sights set on Oregon Inlet. After more investigation we found out the bite was better further north so we altered course and headed for VA Beach. It's about a 6 hour tow from OIB. For some reason going north 6 hours seems like a much bigger deal than going south. I can tell you the landscape and people sure change a lot more going north vs south.
We woke up early Thursday morning and put the boat in not really knowing where to start. We put in at Rudee inlet at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center but it didn't look like there was much activity around the docks. We finally decided to head offshore around 630am and hope we would find the fleet. Apparently they leave the dock really early around there so missed our chance to latch onto the charter boats. Nevertheless it was calms seas and we had mobility so off we went at 50mph due east toward the Norfolk canyon with white marlin on our mind. We came prepared with all the high level white marlin gear we've heard about (dredges, teasers, dink baits etc). After about 65 miles of running offshore we began to see boats in the distance it quickly became apparent we were in the right place. We stopped on the outside of about 30 charter boats who were chattering on the radio about how the bite had been very good in previous days but starting off slow this morning. As we organized our gear we heard several boats catching white marlin and a few blue marlin we're being battled. Getting a white marlin trolling spread in the water is no small task. Between the dredges, squid chains and hooked baits, there is a lot of rigging involved. We put the boat in idle ahead and as we completed rigging each step we'd put it behind the boat sort of setting the stage for when we'd actually start actively trolling/fishing. The first thing in the water was a squid chain and keep in mind we are just moving forward at idle speed, not trolling speed. I went back to rigging the dredge and about 2 minutes later Brant was working on getting the riggers set up and he shouts, "there he is". I'm confused as we haven't really started fishing. "There he is? What!" I look up and about 20 ft behind the boat I see a bill and dorsal fin going nuts on our squid chain. We go into a Chinese fire alarm trying to get a hook in a bait so we can get it in front of the white. We finally did but he wasn't keen on our bait just preferred to destroy our teaser. After a few minutes he swam off. 0 for 1.
We got our spread together and began fishing a short time after our first encounter. It wasn't long until we had two more whites come up on our long riggers. Brant fed one and we were on. The fish was angled, posed for pics and released. 1 for 3. Success! We had officially left our neighborhood, travled to a new place with an objective and accomplished the goal. We're thinking this is easy, now let's put some numbers on the boat. As is typical with that frame of thought, the bite totally died. The fleet was moaning about how bad the fishing was as apparently they were all catching double digit whites leading up to the day. What was interesting was observing these local boats. Like is always the case, these guys had it dialed in. We were under the impression white marlin fishing was a trolling fishery but up there these guys were into a new tactic of live baiting. This was right up our alley. So after a few hours without a bite, we studied what they were doing and dropped a jig 400 ft to the bottom to try and jig up live bait. Sure enough, we found jumbo tinker mackerel were thick on the bottom. This is why the fish were there. We quickly transitioned to live bait gear and we were fishing. It still wasn't hot and heavy but we finally did get another couple bites and landed one white before the end of the day. 2 for 5 was the result. We had learned a lot and still had a lot to learn. The plan was to try again in the morning for a half day. Day two report coming later. No Chris Campbell on board so these few pics and vid is all we have for now.
Below is Larry Spainhour and a door mat he caught yesterday. Larry is an accomplisshed tournament willing off shore angler and is shore agler,
Floating live shrimp over your favorite oyster bar or simply dead sticking a live mullet close to structure will give you a good chance at a nice redfish. I can not confirm nor deny this story. I will say that I was pretty close to the boat that was hooked up. We saw a very large tail that appeared to be blue in color that indicated a very large redfish. The two guys were in a small jon boat and appeared they were going to need a bigger boat. After several minutes of battle and seeing the fish roll close to the boat the hook pulled. Bummer dude! The guys said it was the biggest redfish they had ever seen in that area. Side note: The big boys are lurking. Don't be afriad to set out a big bait near your favorite spot. Whole blue crab, 8 inch croakers, corn cob mullet, king size pogies, etc...Those are the baits the 40+ inch reds love to eat. See ya on the water!
Wendell Barnett solo fishing ended up with 11 wahoos, the biggest of which was 60 lb and 2 blackfin one king and also sailfish which was release alive
Thx for the report Wendell
If you keep up with our reports you have seen that the nearshore reef fishing has been on fire for a few individuals. Having the right equipment sure helps to find the fish. I-pilot trolling motor is the trick. Structure scan sonar would also be a huge benefit. The I-pilot trolling motor has an anchor feature with GPS. Plug in your favorite numbers and the I-pilot will keep you right there without having to drop a clumsy anchor. Fish aren't there? Take trolling motor off anchor and scan the bottom until you find good structure again. Hit anchor feature on trolling motor. Drop down and check for action. My budddy Scott has these high tech features on his boat making it pretty easy to move around until you find some action. A couple of weeks ago on a pretty weekend we made it out to the 460/Jolly Mon Reef. We found a couple nice flounder and an 18 pound Cobia. We had a few more shots at another cobia, but our flounder gear was no match to keep them out of the wreck. See ya on the water!
Interesting day on the water for Team OIFC off the coast of Virginia Beach. Once we figured out where to be we had to analyze and make some adjustments to our fishing. By late in the day we got a little more dialed in and went 2 for 5 on white marlin. The bite was slower today for the fleet than it had been but still cool to have multiple billfish shots. Still working on a plan for tomorrow but we may give it another go. — with Barrett McMullan.
Jonathan Pistolis caught these flounder just the other side (Little River side) of the Sunset Beach Bridge. This area always proves to be a hot spot.
Allison, Aidan, and Mike joined me the other morning looking for a little action. The ladyfish did not disappoint. Ladyfish are not the most glamorous species, but they fight like a little tarpon making them a ton of fun to catch. Allison loves to shark fish, so we saved one for her to use as shark bait later that evening from the beach. The redfish also cooperated along with a few nice flounder and some croakers. Aidan was floating a cork rig when something slammed it. It was acting like another nice redfish, but the black and silver bars revealed a nice sheepshead on the other end of the line. Aidan,8, did an awesome job landing a 7.45 pound sheepshead. I am sure it is a memory that will stick with him for a long time. See ya on the water!
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Redfish are showing up in all sorts of places right now. It shouldn't be much longer before the big boys show up in full force. We have been picking the docks apart and little pockets in the creeks catching all sorts of critters...redfish, flounder, black drum, sheepshead, croakers, ladyfish, etc...Below is Laurel, Andy, Lorie, and Price with a nice catch of flounder, reds and trout. See ya on the water!
Flounders caught behind the Sunset Beach Bridge over Labor Day weekend by Jonathan Pistolis
While my boat was getting some much needed TLC down at the Marine Service center. I jumped on with Billy Thompson on his new boat. The redfish bite did'nt fail us. I even got to catch a couple.
I've only seen this one other time. I was fishing for flounder three miles off Kure beach one hot day in August when a small school of Dolphin fish aka Mahi Mahi swam by. Well Dr. Jeff Wallen got to see it for himself. 4 nice flounder and 2 mahi 3 miles off OIB. In the inshore waters I got to fish with Billy Thompson on his new nauticstar and broke it in on some real nice redfish.
Some friends of the OIFC caught this cobia while flounder fishing at the Jolly Mon Reef today. They were using a medium weight flounder set up with a pogie. I don't think they kept the baby flounder.