Outer Banks

 

Date: August 2nd

Where: Gulf Stream, Out of Oregon River Inlet, OBX, North Carolina

Water Temp: 70 degrees

Daytime Air Temps: 80's 

Best times to fish: All day

Top lures:  Flying fish, fished under kites

Best Boat & Captain: Tuna Fever, Capt Billy Maxwell

Best place to eat: Blue Point

Best place to drink: Weeping Radish Brewery or Sundogs

Description:  After Capt. Billy took a 45 min run out of the inlet we looked for the blue water line and for bait.  Once on the bait we deployed kites, and off the kites we used an artificial flying fish pattern.  The kites were constantly adjusted to keep the baits bouncing off the surface.  This technique kept the leaders out of the water and resulted in explosive strikes.  Three to four foot fish coming clean out of the water to blast the baits kept it interesting to say the least!  We had 10 by two o'clock and called it a day.  Billy and crew kept us focused on the fish all day.  I truly enjoyed being part of the crew rather than sitting inside waiting for "fish on!"  I don't normally keep fish, but yellowfin are delicious and these ten fish will keep my family & friends in tuna for most of the year without any of the negative effects of commercial long line fishing, like by-catch of non target species.   

 

Todd Jurgensen