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2008
Fishing Reports - Pelagic Sportfishing - Atlantic Beach, NC

     DEC 31, 2007 - JAN 6, 2008   2 DAYS OF CONSTANT ACTION ON THE BOTTOM.  LIMITS OF NICE GROUPER, BEELINERS, AMERICAN REDS, AND LOTS OF SEA BASS AND SHARKS.  BLUEFIN TUNA BITE SEEMS TO BE GETTING BETTER EACH WEEK AS THE COLD WEATHER HAS COME.

     JAN 7 - JAN 27, 2008   FISHED FOR BLUEFIN 4 DAYS IN THE LAST 2 WEEKS.  CAUGHT 5 TUNA AND TURN OVER 2 TO THE "TAG A GIANT TUNA" PROGRAM".  ONE WAS 69" EST. 250 LBS, AND THE OTHER WAS 63" FAT 175 LB TUNA.  THE TAG BOAT PASSES A LINE WITH A TENNIS BALL ON IT AND YOU ATTACH THEIR LINE TO OUR LEADER SO THEY CAN PULL THE TUNA IN THEIR BOAT TO SURGICALLY INSERT THE TRACKING DEVICES.  LOTS OF FUN AND HELPING TO LEARN WHERE AND HOW THESE FISH MIGRATE.  ALSO, HAD ONE 69" THAT WAS TAIL WRAPPED AND DIED.  WE HAVE HAD SUSHI FOR ALL OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS.  ALSO, BOTTOM FISHING IS SLOWING DOWN SOME, BUT STILL STAYED BUSY ALL DAY CATCHING GROUPER, SEA BASS, RED SNAPPER, AND SHARKS.  ALSO, SAW A 20' BASKIN SHARK THAT WOULD NOT LEAVE FROM AROUND THE BOAT.

CAPT MIKE WILL BE IN GUATEMALA RUNNING CHARTERS ON THE "SEA ANGEL" FROM FEB 15 - MARCH 26.  YOU CAN STILL BOOK CHARTERS FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR BY CALLING MY HOME NUMBER, 252-222-4659, OR BY EMAILING ME YOUR NUMBER AND I WILL CALL YOU FROM GUATEMALA.  I USUALLY GET MY EMAIL EVERYDAY OR TWO.

      FEB 15 - MAR 30, 2008  WHAT A GREAT TIME IN GUATEMALA THIS YEAR.  I WANT TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO CAME.  ALL GROUPS WERE GREAT AND I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL IN THE STATES SOON.  FISHING WAS GOOD THIS YEAR, WE HAD 5 - 20 SHOTS A DAY AT SAILS, AND AVERAGED AT LEAST 3-9 SAILS A DAY, PLUS SOME REALLY NICE DOLPHIN.  LOTS OF FREE JUMPERS AND FINNERS.  ALSO LOTS OF UNREAL WHALE SIGHTINGS.  NOT BAD FOR A 28' CENTER CONSOLE WITH NO MATES, JUST THE CAPTAIN AND 3 - 4 GUYS.  ALL THE SAILS WERE FROM 70 - 140 LBS.  ALSO, WE HAD SOME GREAT TIMES AT SUPPER, INCREDIBLE VOLCANO CLIMBS, AND SUPER VISITS TO ANTIGUA.  THE LAST NIGHT IN GUATEMALA CITY IS ALWAYS FUN, TASTY MEALS, GOOD CASINO RUNS, AND WILD NIGHTLIFE.  THANKS AGAIN.

     MAR 31 - APR 20, 2008   WE HAVE HAD SOME GREAT TRIPS ON THE 61' PELAGIC THE LAST FEW WEEKS.  THE WIND HAS KEPT US TO THE DOCK SOME, BUT NORMALLY AS WE GET CLOSER TO MAY THE WIND WILL BE MORE COOPERATIVE.  CAUGHT HAND FULLS OF BLACK AND YELLOWFIN TUNA, WAHOOS, KINGS, AND DOLPHIN ALREADY.  ON THE 18 TH, WE HAD OVER 400 POUNDS OF TUNA, DOLPHIN, AND WAHOO.  GREAT DAY. CONSTANT ACTION.

APRIL 21 - MAY 3, 2008  OFFSHORE FISHNG IS GOOD WITH THE DOLPHIN STARTING TO SHOW UP.  ALSO, A FEW WAHOO STILL AROUND AND A FEW BOATS IN THE FLEET A DAY ARE SEEING SOME BLUE MARLIN, WHITES, AND SAILS.  AS FAR AS THE BOTTOM FISHING FOR GROUPER, THE FISHING IS EXCELLENT.  CONSTANT ACTION AND BIG FISH.

    MAY 4 - MAY 11, 2008   DOLPHIN FISHING IS PICKING UP AND ALSO SOME WAHOO AND BLACKFIN TUNA BITES.  ALSO, SOME MARLIN BEING CAUGHT.  ON THE BOTTOM,  GROUPER, SNAPPER, BASS, SHARK, AJ, ECT BITE IS ON.

     MAY 12 - 18, 2008    OFFSHORE FISHING HAS BEEN GREAT.  CAUGHT 454 LBS, 36 DOLPHIN, THE OTHER DAY.  WIND HAS MADE US CANCEL MORE TRIPS THAN NORMAL.  CALL TODAY FOR A GREAT TRIP TROLLING OR HITTING THE BOTTOM ON THE NEW 31' CONTENDER.  THAT'S RIGHT, I FINALLY BITE THE BULLET AND HAVE A NEW BOAT.  SHOULD HAVE THE BOAT READY WITHIN THE NEXT 2 WEEKS.

     MAY 19- 25, 2008  GREAT FISHING THIS WEEK.  HAD 24 DOLPHIN,4 WAHOO, A KING, AND A SAILFISH ONE DAY.  393 POUNDS OF MEAT.  ALSO CAUGHT MANY DOLPHIN AND HAD A 400 - 500 POUND MARLIN IN THE BAITS, BUT JUST SHOPPING ANOTHER DAY.  GREAT CRUISING DAY BEHIND SHACK HELPED CAP OFF THE WEEK.  COME WHILE THE FISHING IS GOOD!!!

     MAY 26 - JUNE 1, 2008   I HAVE BEEN VACATIONING FOR A WEEK, BUT THE FISHNG THIS WEEK HAS BEEN AS GOOD AS EVER.  LOTS OF GAFFER DOLPHIN, SOME WAHOO, AND THE BILLFISHING IS TERRIFIC.  I HAVE OPEN DAYS ON THE 61' JUNE 22 AND 29, BOTH SUNDAYS, CALL TO GET IN ON THE ACTION.

     JUNE 2 - JUNE 8, 2008   A FEW TRIPS ON THE 28' ON THE BOTTOM.  CATCHING NICE GAGS, BLACK SEA BASS, RED SNAPPER, AJ'S, SHARKS, AND COBIA.  MANAGED TO CATCH 3 COBIA ONE DAY.

     JUNE 9 - JUNE 15, 2008   BIG ROCK BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT.  CAUGHT ONE BLUE ABOUT 200 POUNDS.  LOTS OF FUN, BUT PULLING BIG LURES SCARES MOST OF THE MEAT FISH AWAY.  LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR.

     JUNE 16 -JUNE 22, 2008   GROUPER FISHING HAS BEEN GREAT.  CATCHING LIMITS EVERY DAY.  NICE LARGE GAGS, PLUS SOME BLACK BASS, TRIGGERS,SHARKS, AJ'S,SNAPPER, AND MORE.  OFFSHORE, DOLPHIN FISHING HAS SLOWED DOWN, BUT STILL GETTING A FEW WAHOO AND SHOTS AT SAILS AND MARLIN.
 
     JUNE 23 - JUNE 29, 2008   MONDAY, WE CAUGHT A FEW DOLPHIN, KING, WAHOO, BUT ALSO HAD A 250 LB BLUE MARLIN ON FOR 40 MINUTES UNTIL IT PUT ON A GREAT SHOW AND FINALLY SPIT THE HOOK.  HOWEVER, WE DID CATCH A NICE SAILFISH AND RAISED ON OTHER SAIL.  CAUGHT SOME DOLPHIN AND WAHOO. SPANISH MACKERAL AND BLUE FISHING WAS GOOD THIS WEEK, ALONG WITH ONE DAY THE KINGS WERE BITING RIGHT OFF THE BEACH.   ROUGH WEATHER MADE FISHING AT THE END OF THE WEEK TOUGH, BUT LOOKING FORWARD TO GOOD WEATHER NEXT WEEK.
WILL START RUNNING THE NEW 31' CONTENDER THIS WEEK IN PLACE OF THE 28' GILLIKIN CUSTOM!  WE WILL HAVE MORE ROOM AND A GREAT, AND FASTER RIDE.

     JUNE 30 - JULY 6,  2008   OFFSHORE FISHING HAS BEEN GOOD THIS WEEK.  NO RECORDS SET, BUT DID CATCH 9 DOLPHIN AND TWO WAHOO ONE DAY, ALONG WITH HAVING A BLUE MARLIN ON FOR A COUPLE A MINUTES AFTER CRASHING IN ON ALL THE BAITS AND A QUICK LOOK AT A WINDOW SHOPPING SAILFISH.  ALSO, CAUGHT A FEW DOLPHIN AND WAHOO ONE DAY, AND A SAILFISH AND HAD A SHOT AT A SECOND SAIL.  ONE DOLPHIN WAS 38 LBS.   GROUPER FISHNG IS ALSO GREAT ON THE NEW  31' CONTENDER.

     JULY 7 - JULY13, 2008    OFFHSORE FISHING THIS WEEK WAS OK.  SOME DOLPHIN, WAHOO , AND KINGS ARE STILL BITING.  ALSO, MARLIN AND SAILS ARE HERE WHEN THE WATER CONDITIONS ARE RIGHT.  LIMITS OF GROUPER WERE CAUGHT EACH TRIP EARLY, WITH SOME KING BITES ALSO CLOSE TO SHORE.

     JULY 14 - JULY 20, 2008   A LITTLE ROUGHER WEATHER THIS WEEK FROM OFFSHORE STORMS, BUT DID MANAGE TO HAVE A GOOD GROUPER TRIP THIS WEEK, AND ON THE 61' HAD SOME DOLPHIN, WAHOO, KINGS, ECT.  ALSO, THE BARTA TOURNAMENT WAS A BLAST.  FISHED ALL CIRCLE HOOKS OFFSHORE, AND THE SECOND DAY JUST STAYED ON THE BEACH TO CATCH KING MACKERAL AND SPANISH.

     JULY 21 - JULY 27, 2008   THE WEATHER HAS FINALLY BECOME NICE.  A FEW DOLPHIN, WAHOO, WHITES, AND SAILS ARE BEING CAUGHT OFFSHORE.  BOTTOM FISHNG FOR GROUPER IS STILL CONSTANT ACTION.

     JULY 28 - AUGUST 3, 2008     WOW.  WATERS WERE A LITTLE ROUGH THIS WEEK, BUT THE NEW 31' CONTENDER IS DOING WELL.  BOTTOM FISHING IS STILL GOOD, BUT I AM HAVING TO WORK HARDER THAN NORMAL TO CATCH FISH.  ALSO,  OFFSHORE THERE ARE A FEW DOLPHIN AND WAHOO BITES, AND STILL BILLFISHING CONTINUES TO BE GOOD.  CAUGHT ONE NICE 50 + LB SAILFISH THIS WEEK.  ALSO, CAUGHT 2 KINGS AND LOTS OF SHARKS IN THE RALEIGH KMT, BUT NOTHING BIG ENOUGH TO WEIGH

     AUGUST 4 - AUGUST 10 , 2008  SPANISH MACKERAL BITE CONTINUES TO BE GREAT, ALONG WITH SOME KINGS RIGHT WITH THEM ON THE BEACH.  BOTTOM GROUPER LIMITS STILL BEING CAUGHT, BUT HAVING TO WORK A LITTLE LONGER TO GET THEM.  HOWEVER, NICE SIZE FISH.  OFFSHORE FISHNG IS A LITTLE SLOW, BUT WILL GET BETTER IN A WEEK OR TWO.

     AUGUST 11 - AUGUST 17, 2008  DITTO

     AUGUST 18 - AUGUST 24, 2008  A COUPLE OF TRIPS ON THE 31' CONTENDER THIS WEEK.  ONE DAY WAS SLOW, BUT THE OTHER HAD GREAT GROUPER TRIPS.  OFFSHORE FISHING STARTING TO GET BETTER.  WAHOO'S, DOLPHIN, AND BILLFISH.

     AUGUST 25 - AUGUST 31, 2008   BOTTOMFISHING WAS GREAT ON MONDAY, LOTS OF GROUPER AND SOME BIG RED SNAPPER (ONE 18.3 LBS).  OFFSHORE TUESDAY WAS GREAT.  CAUGHT LOTS OF NICE GAFFER DOLPHIN (ONE 31 LBS), AND 2 NICE WAHOO BY LUNCH, THEN WENT MARLIN FISHING.  CAUGHT ONE BIG WHITE MARLIN WITHIN THE FIRST 30 MINUTES.  GREAT DAY!   WEDNESDAY, HAD TO WORK HARD FOR THE GROUPER, BUT FINALLY GOT THEM IN THE POURING RAIN.

     SEPT 1 - SEPT 7  LOOKS LIKE HURRICANES GUSTAV AND HANNA ARE GOING TO MAKE ME CANCEL ALL 4 OF MY TRIPS THIS WEEK.  DID MANAGE TO GET OFFSHORE THE FIRST AND GOT SOME NICE WAHOOS AND DOLPHIN.  HOPEFULLY HURRICANE IKE WILL LET ME FISH NEXT WEEK.

     SEPT 8 - SEPT 21, 2008    SOME TOUGH WEATHER HAS PREVENTED LOTS OF TRIPS THIS LAST 2 WEEKS.  WAHOOS AND DOLPHIN ARE STILL BITING OFFSHORE WITH OCCASIONAL SAILFISH MIXED IN.  TOUGH FISHING WITH LOTS OF SCATTERED GRASS.  OFFSHORE SHOULD GET BETTER AS THE SEAS CALM DOWN.  SLOW KING FISH BITE DURING THE ABKMT, BUT IT SHOW ALSO PICK UP AS THE FALL WEATHER COMES IN AND THE TROUT GET AROUND THE ROCK JETTY.  SPANISH ARE STILL BITING ON THE BEACH WHICH MAKES A FUN HALF DAY FOR FAMILIES AND KIDS RIGHT ON THE BEACH.

     SEPT 22 - OCT 5, 2008   GROUPER FISHING IS BACK ON FIRE.  GREAT CATCH AFTER WATCHING THE WIND BLOW FOR WEEKS.  FIRST TRIP BACK CAUGHT LIMITS OF BIG RED GROUPER AND LOTS OF BIG GAG GROUPER WHILE TRYING A NEW AREA. PLUS BEELINERS, RED SNAPPER, AND SOME SHARKS AND GRUNTS .  OFFSHORE FISHING HAS BEEN REAL SPOTTY.  SOME DAYS SMOKING A PRETTY CATCH OF WAHOO, WHILE OTHER DAYS STRUGGLING TO CATCH.  WAHOO FISHING SHOULD CONTINUE TO GET BETTER AS THE MONTH GOES ON.  OCT 4 HAD 4 NICE WAHOO, DOLPHIN, KING, AND 2 BIG BLACKFIN TUNA.  HAD LOTS OF OTHER CHANCES AT WAHOO, BUT SOMETIMES THEY CAN BE AGGREVATING.  LOOKS ALSO LIKE THE BLACKFIN ARE GETTING READY TO BITE.

     OCT 6 - 12, 2008     ONLY GOT TO RUN 2 OF 5 TRIPS THIS WEEK DUE TO TOUGH WEATHER.  HOWEVER THIS WEEK LOOKS GREAT.  OFFSHORE DID MANAGE TO CATCH LOTS OF BLACKFIN TUNA AND A FEW WAHOO WEDNESDAY.  GROUPER FISHING WILL BE GREAT THIS WEEK IF ANYONE WANTS TO GO TUESAY THRU FRIDAY.  ALSO, THE KINGS ARE BITING LIVE BAIT RIGHT ON THE BEACH IN THE NORMAL SPOT.

     OCT 13 - OCT 26, 2008     GOOD WEATHER DAYS HAVE GOT TO BE COMING, WOW WHAT CRAPPIE, WINDY DAYS HAVE PASTED.  FISHING OFFSHORE CONTINUES TO GET BETTER AND BETTER.  CATCHING NUMBERS OF WAHOO AND BLACKFIN TUNA ( TASTY).  GROUPER FISHNG HAS BEEN OFF THE CHARTS GREAT.  IF WE CAN GET MORE PRETY DAYS, YOU NEED TO CALL FOR A TRIP.  BIG GAG GROUPER BITING IN THE SHALLOW WATER, AND REDS IN THE DEEP.  ALSO, KING FISHING IS GOOD RIGHT ON THE BEACH.  THE WAHOO CHALLENGE HAS BEEN DELAYED 2 WEEKS.

     OCT 27 - NOV 2, 2008     HAD TV CREW FILMING SHOW FOR  "BIG WATER ADVENTURES"  WITH MARK DAVIS.  WE HAD ABOUT 20 GAG GROUPER BY 10:30 AND THEY HAD ALL THE FILM THEY WANTED. SOME UNDER WATER FILMING.   THEN MADE A LONG RUN TO CATCH RED GROUPER.  ALSO, GOT ON A GREAT BITE RIGHT FROM THE START.  BIG RED GROUPER, LOTS OF FUN.  CONSTANT ACTION FOR MARK, ME, AND JR WAITS.  MAKE SURE YOU WATCH FOR IT ON THE OUTDOOR CHANNEL.  I MAY START MAKING CUSTOMERS HAND CRANK A LITTLE FOR THE SHALLOW WATER GAGS WITH THE NEW PENN TORQUE 300 REELS AND TORQUE 80 - 130 LIGHT WEIGHT RODS.  6.3/1 RATIO GETS THE GROUPER OFF THE ROCKS FAST AND THE HANDLES ARE SURPRISINGLY EASY TO TURN.  ALSO, CAUGHT LOTS OF GROUPER ON THE NEW BOMBER JIGS ( DARTS) AND BUCKTAIL LURES.  GREAT TIME, GREAT FISHERMAN, AND FIRST CLASS CAMERA CREW.  OFFSHORE, BITE IS STILL A LITTLE SPOTTY.  WE CAUGHT 6 DOLPHIN AND 2 KINGS ON FRIDAY, BUT THE NEXT DAY THE OFFSHORE CROWD CAUGHT PILES OF BAILER DOLPHIN WITH A FEW GAFFERS MIXED IN, AND HAD GREAT WAHOO FISHING.

     NOV 3 - NOV 9, 2008     GROUPER FISHING IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS THIS WEEK.  IN THE WAHOO CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT WE TOOK A BIG GAMBLE THE FIRST DAY AND TRIED TO PULL OUT A BIG WAHOO IN THE KING MACKERAL WATER.  CAUGHT LOTS OF KINGS, SHARKS, GROUPER, BASS, A TURTLE, SNAPPER, ECT. AND HAD ONE WAHOO COME IN FLASH AT THE BAIT, BUT NO HOOK UP.  OFFSHORE THE NEXT DAY WAS SLOW WITH ONLY 2 WAHOO BITES AND A DOLPHIN OR TWO.  ALSO, THE FIRST BLUEFIN WAS SOLD HERE THE OTHER DAY AND THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL SITINGS AND GUYS WITH KING MACKERAL TACKLE GETTING SPOOLED BY THE GIANT BLUEFIN.  HOPEFULLY, WE WILL HAVE A GREAT SEASON THIS YEAR.  CALL OR EMAIL IF INTERESTED AND I WILL CALL OR EMAIL BACK IF THE BITE CUTS ON.

     NOV 10 - NOV 23, 2008     TIME TO START THINKING GIANT BLUEFIN.  A FEW FISH BEING CAUGHT AND SHOULD GET BETTER AND BETTER AS WE GET INTO THE WINTER.  MILD WINTERS AT THE BEACH.  BOTTOMFISHNG WILL BE GREAT THRU END OF DECEMBER OR MID JANUARY.  CALL TO MAKE A PACKAGE DEAL WITH ONE DAY ON THE BOTTOM ON THE 31' AND ONE DAY BLUEFINNING ON THE 61'.

     NOV 24 - 30, 2008     BOTTOMFISHING IS STILL GREAT.  BLUEFIN FISHING SHOULD KEEP GETTING BETTER.  LAST YEAR MID DECEMBER WAS GOOD BLUEFINNING.  RAN A FEW BLUEFIN TRIPS THIS WEEK AND CAUGHT LOTS OF KING MACKERAL, ALBERCORE, GROUPER, SEA BASS, SNAPPER, AND SOME NICE BLACKFIN TUNA (GREAT SUSHI).  ALSO, SAW A RIGHT WHALE AS BIG AS THE 61' PELAGIC.

     DEC 1 - DEC 7, 2008     THE WEATHER ALLOWED A FEW TRIPS ON THE BOTTOM THIS WEEK.  ONE DAY WENT WAY TO THE SW AND CAUGHT A HANDFULL OF RED GROUPER, A COUPLE A HANDFULLS OF GAGS TO THE EAST SOME,  AND LOTS OF BEELINERS AND SOME BASS.  THE NEXT DAY THE WATER TEMP WAS A LITTLE LOW IN THE SHALLOWS, BUT DID GET LIMITS OF GAG GROUPER AND RED SNAPPER, AND LOTS OF BLACK BASS IN THE DEEPER WATER FULL OF CURRENT.  THE BLUEFIN ACTION IS SLOWLY PICKING UP AS THE WEATHER COOLS DOWN.  CALL OR EMAIL TO GET IN ON THE ACTION.

     DEC 8 - DEC 14, 2008     LOTS OF WINDY AND WARM WEATHER WILL DELAY FISHING TIL NEXT WEEK.  ONE DAY BLUEFIN FISHING THIS WEEK.  ALL THE CONDITIONS LOOK RIGHT TO BRING THE FISH HERE.  LOTS AND LOTS OF BAIT AND BIRDS, BUT WE DID NOT CATCH TUNA.  WAITING FOR GOOD WEATHER TO HIT THE BOTTOM NEXT WEEK.

    DEC 15 - DEC 31, 2008     BOTTOM FISHING FOR GROUPER AND BIG AMERICAN RED SNAPPER IS AS GOOD AS EVER.  FUN FISHING WITH CONSTANT ACTION AND FANTASTIC EATING LATER.  BLUEFIN ACTON STILL SEEMS TO BE GETTING BETTER, BUT ONLY 10 - 20% OF THE BOATS A DAY SEEM TO GET A SHOT AT A FISH.  HOWEVER, THE FISH ARE MOSTLY 84 - 97 INCH TUNA.  MAKES IT WORTH THE WAIT AFTER YOU LAND A TROPHY TUNA.  THANKS EDUARDO.