Sunday, July 27, 2014

Oregon Inlet Bluefin tuna ending season March 2014

I had Sergey from Kazakhstan, Igor from Singapore and Konstantin from Texas on my last guided trip to North Carolina, the guys were so excited as their fellow fisherman and friends had a nice open bite for 2 days in a row and I was honestly very optimistic to get to see an open topwater bites,
I’d rather say a typical North Carolina madness but unfortunately that didn’t happen, that was not due to the lack of fish, the fish were in a great numbers but the bite was weird in every sense, we were making fish on the screen and seeing hundreds of tuna swimming down sea ranging from 100lb to 500lb,
they were very obvious when the sun was straight up and you can see them in the warm cobalt water  swimming in a group of 3s and 4s and of course the big one coming in single, it was a great scenery but a frustrating one without any doubt, we set up to cast right up to their nose but there was no taker whatsoever  as if they were keyed in for a mission somewhere.
Finally Ned asked to drop a jig as the mark is really good and after a couple of twitch Igor came in tight on the jig and manage to land his first tuna for the season, the fish made it to the gaff and was served for dinner that very night, even though the fish was not that fat but the O’ Toro on that fish was one of the best I had ever had in a long time.
The weather got crappie again and we stayed ashore for 3 days straight, it was a long 3 days but lucky enough my wife and the kids made it so I finally had the chance to spend some time with them.
After the long wait, the weather finally improved and we headed out with excellent marks but harsh conditions for the jigging and popping guys, the trollers and the green stick guys had their day, they definitely did better than us this year and I can’t figure out the reason behind it, are we encountering the same scenario as the Cape where the fishes tend to feed at night? No matter how much we know about these fish, they tend to make us think deeply and when we think we finally figured it out, it is almost never right but that is why we love targeting Bluefin tuna, the achievement to catch a fish on a jig or on topwater is priceless and the success does not only go to the angler but to all involve, including the Captain, mate and the crew. Boat positioning, leadering, gaffing, photo taking all add up to a successful catch.
No bites for us and we were starting to lose hope.
Captain Ned moved us to the colder green water, from a distance we saw the porpoises and we headed straight out to intercept them, the guys were not interested to cast but we manage to get them going and in a couple of twitch and while I have my camera focused on Sergey ‘s lure, Boom! Fish on!
Massive top water boil and Sergey is on, after 9 minutes Sergey manage to land a 77 inch fish, took a quick pictures and released it to fight another day, Sergey is an avid angler and it is no surprise he got the job done quickly and on his own with no help, the Carpenter Endless Passion 86-40R performed amazingly with a lot of lifting power to spare, we called the day off with smiles on everybody’s face,
What a great day to end the season in North Carolina!
I would like to thank all our clients that gave us the opportunity to serve them in North Carolina for the 2014 winter and we look forward to see you guys again in 2015, Thank you!
Tackle used:
Rods:  Carpenter WV, Carpenter EP 86-40R, Patriot Design, Race Point
Reels: Shimano Stella, Daiwa Saltiga
Lures: Carpenter Gamma, CB One Zorro, Blue Marlin Stickbait, Siren, Bertox.
Jigs: Shout Shab Shab, CB One, Hot’s drift tune.
Line: Power Pro Hollow 130lb, Varivas SMP PE8, Sunline PE8
Leader: Saltywater Tackle twisted leader for popping,  Seaguar 150lb for jigging
  Tight lines


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