I was one of the speakers at the Catchin’ For Kids Sportfishing Show on Sunday, http://www.catchinforkids.org/2011%20Sportfishing%20Show.html . Robert Smith (mate on the Reel Escape) was at the show. They had a charter out of Hatteras the day before. His report was big seas and no tuna. It was too rough to get north to the bluefin bite. There were some bluefin and yellowfin caught on Friday close to Hatteras but Saturday it was all false albacore (still great bluefin action out of Oregon Inlet). He said that he had a cooler of false albacore in his truck if I wanted them. I said sure, that we would feed them to some grouper. Robert wants an invite for that trip (Rob, I have your cooler in my truck).
It was not a great fishing report as we were scheduled to fish the following day with our friends on the Big Tahuna: www.bigtahuna.com . A group of us go down to Hatteras and fish with them each year. We always have a good time and get in some offshore action when we are tired of waiting for Virginia offshore season to start. The forecast was marginal with winds to 30 kts expected by the afternoon. The morning started off calm and we thought about making the run to the 700 line area where the bluefin bite has been. We decided to stay closer to Hatteras and fish where they had caught some tuna Friday. We trolled and jigged and never caught a tuna. By mid-morning, it was howling so we had made the best weather decision, just not a good tuna decision. We caught a bunch of false albacore and a variety of jacks. We had some shark encounters. We came in early when the waves started to break into the cockpit. We now have an abundance of bait for deep-dropping and flounder strips. We had fun catching bait. Now, if those bluefin will just stay put until next weekend, they are close enough for a run out of Virginia Beach. The Hatteras yellowfin bite should take off any day now.