OUTER BANKS FISHING REPORTS - 2021
July 27, 2021
Today we ran two half day charter fishing trips with some folks from Canton NC. We had Jim and Levi Morris, Bradley and Savannah Pope, Luke, Daniel and Emily Worley, Tyler Stephenson and Jackson Burch with us for two trips. When life gives you lemons, you go ribbon fishing! We did catch one albacore. We know these are odd looking fish for most folks, but they have white/flaky/mild meat that make great fish tacos from what I am told. They also are in high demand in the commercial market and have been coined “today’s flounder” because of our strict no catch flounder regulations. We enjoyed having you folks, please do come again!
July 24, 2021
We enjoyed a special offshore fishing charter with a family crew from Fredericksburg VA today. We had Ben, Amber, Chase and Liz Harley with us for a “variety charter trip” and we had a ball! We started with deep-drop bottom fishing for some extremely great eating blue line tilefish. After we put our spread out it was really not much going on until five lines popped out of their clips, we had four rods bent over with reels screaming! We lost one tuna due to lines getting crossed, but got two nice yellowfin tuna into the boat. Our last line coming in ended up being one of these big sharks that have been plaguing us, took quite awhile to get it boat side but we got it and cut the leader. Then Miss Amber ended up catching her “I really wanna' catch a mahi” which rounded out our catch. These were some very nice folks and a pleasure to have with us. Hope you enjoy your fresher than fresh fillets! Hope to see y’all again.
July 20, 2021
We ran an offshore charter with Roy and Ryan Lupton from Courtland Va. This is Ryan’s third trip in a row catching a wahoo. Both he and his dad Roy have fished several trips with us over the last few years, doing father/son trips. We lost a few tunas to the sharks as you can see. We had a good ride out, good company and a good ride back in. Thank you for spending another day out there with us. Hope y’all enjoy the fresh fillets!
July 18, 2021
Another great offshore charter fishing trip with a father and son crew from Ofallon Illinois with us today. Duane and Triston Martin came to fish with us as a “surprise” trip from Duane for his son Triston. We started out in the shallower water hoping for a wahoo or a gaffer mahi, but that just didn’t work out. We ended up getting a call from one of our fellow Captains that they had some grass and fish a few miles further offshore. Thank you Capt Jesse on the Biopsy! We tried to fish out but our time was running out, so we picked up and jogged out. Happy we did as we caught fish immediately, but the forecasted winds started picking up and busted up the habitat we were fishing on. We did manage a decent catch for our folks today before the storms made up. We got a soaking squall just a little while after we got back to the dock, so it worked out. Thank you for coming along with us today and we hope you enjoy those fresh mahi fillets!
July 16, 2021
Great offshore charter trip with a fine group of fellas from Spotsylvania Va with us today. We had Jerry and JR Abel, Robert and Tyler Shelton, Matt Brookman and Dustin Buckley. While we didn’t load the fish box it was a very memorable day. We started out feeding the sharks and I mean very big ones at that! We finally got cleared out from them and started getting some bites that kept us on our toes. Both JR and Tyler ended up catching their first yellowfin tunas today. I believe Jerry was just about whipped after fighting with one of the very largest sharks we’ve had hooked this year.
We had a blue Marlin come in on our port teaser and our mate Chris had him hooked up on a “fed back” short rigger bait and away it went! That reel was squalling and so was our angler in the chair! We did get it pretty close behind the boat when it shoved it’s head up above the surface thrashing it’s bill and throwing the hook. We did not get it close enough to touch the leader, so we couldn’t count it as a caught fish. But I’m pretty sure the man in the chair won’t soon forget the speed and strength of that fish anytime soon. Our last bite ended up being a wahoo that was so very close to getting gaffed, but shook the hook free right out of gaff reach.
One thing that happened today was what a “fellow fisherman” did for our two young men JR and Tyler. Turns out they are “Wicked Tuna” fans and wouldn’t you know Capt Greg “Frenzy” Mayer was fishing right around with us. I made a radio call to him and told him he had some serious fans of his in the boat today. Next thing ya know he had a couple of Fishing Frenzy tee shirts and a sun visor inside of a plastic trash bag clipped onto a float and they tossed it out for us to pick up and give these young fellas. They came up and gave “Captain Frenzy” a proper thank you over the vhf radio for the gifts, how cool is that? Thank you folks for coming and being the great crew you were today with us. Hope to see y’all back again!
July 15, 2021
We had an offshore charter with a great crew of young men from Maryland. We had Dan Mathews, James (Pinky) McVicker, Phil Linz, Mike Boris and Kyle Hopkins on a drop dead gorgeous day for offshore fishing. These guys came to have fun and hopefully catch some tuna and it looks like both were accomplished. We really had a great time with these guys today, lots of laughs and some very fresh tuna loins! Thank you for spending the day with us. We really enjoyed your company!
July 6, 2021
Our offshore charter trip was a “windshield or the bug” kind of day for us. We had John, Kim and Tanner Edmonds from DC with us today. Our fishing was very slow on this flat calm July day. We did catch a gaffer, along with a few more assorted species. On the way in our starboard raw water pump decided it was time to quit working, so the last 18 miles to the Inlet was on one engine. We got in just fine, but these boats have a way of showing us just who is the boss sometimes and I guess it was our turn it happens. Thank you folks for fishing with us. Day’s like today keep us humble!
July 3, 2021
We had an offshore charter trip with Casey and Zack Mitchell, Maddie Faulkenberg and Ray Ross from NC and IN. The tile fishing was slow for us this morning, heavy overcast skies and some strong current. We did catch a few before we turned further east and started trolling. No bites for awhile then we had a double, landing one. Then another couple bites that the sharks got, but we had a tuna bite right beside the boat and were able to get it in. Then we had a “five banger” that the sharks let us get 2 1/2 yellowfin tuna from, bless their hearts! We had a last minute wahoo bite that bite through the leader at the back of the boat. Our folks went home with some very fresh tilefish and yellowfin tuna fillets, so it was a good day. Thank you for coming out with us today, hope you enjoy that fresh fish.
June 29, 2021
You know, it’s a shame when normal working class folks that save their money all year just to come fishing and even the tilefish aren’t safe from the sharks. Way out of hand how the poor “endangered shark population” has overtaken the entire East Coast. Want science? We can show you science. We’ve gone from one to two shark encounters a year to literally as many as you can afford daily regardless of what species your charter customers are paying for. Way past time to thin the herd!
June 29, 2021
We had an offshore/variety charter trip with a group of fellows from Central PA. We had Brian Wetzel, Jason and Dylan Seedor, Casey Lenker, Kyle and Ricky Sims with us for some fun on a beautiful ocean today. We found some pretty blue line tilefish (extremely tasty too!) deep dropping and some hard pulling amberjacks to boot. We had a billfish come in the spread, but we didn’t get hooked up. We had a good day with you guys, hope to see y’all again!
June 28, 2021
Tis’ the season! We have started shifting to more deep drop fishing for blue line tilefish, as we do just about every year once summer sets in about now. These are some of the very best eating fish around here and the tackle we use is just for this type fishing. Light/strong/fast tip rods with higher speed reels, have proven to be our “go to” outfit for these deep water dwellers. We Do Not use electric reels, you catch and earn these fish just like another on here. The plan generally is to steam out and trying get a good catch of these rascals (obviously if weather permits), then put our trolling spread out to try for some tuna, mahi and other hot water fish. Just as any other day we want to give our folks a good time and put as much good eating fish in the box as possible while enjoying the ocean around us. We’re not fancy, just functional! Want to try something different? This has proven to be an enjoyable fishery and has earned many repeat customers for us. Most folks report that “these” are now their favorite fish to eat almost without exception. Come see us, we’d love have ya!
June 26, 2021
We had an awesome offshore charter trip with a family/friend group from all over. From what I gathered these folks fish quite a bit and we were happy to have them with us today. We had John, Matt and Kevin Campbell, Bob Blackwell, Pat and Michele Smith with us. They hailed from Florida, Virginia, New Jersey and New York. The plan was for some deep drop blue line tilefish and then getting on the troll. The tiles were a very healthy class of fish, caught a couple mahi and skipjacks. But where we found the tuna and mahi was in the middle of a huge nest of sharks. The sharks pretty much cleaned out our entire spread of gear. I know some say sharks are endangered, not here. Thank you for fishing with us today, those tilefish are as good as they come.
June 24, 2021
“One monkey” can stop a show after all! It amazes me how these boats and engines run as long as they do, in the environment they work in. Had an unexpected saltwater pump issue this morning right after we left Outer Banks Marina. Good thing I keep just about “spare everything” around and a little mechanical background. Never a dull moment owning a boat!
So he had to adjust our plans and turn into an inshore charter instead but we were paid back with a very enjoyable family group. We had Michael, Jack and Laura Perrizo, Ian, Miles and Molly Harris with us. They were from all over it seemed Michigan, Georgia and South Carolina, all here to have some fun. So we had a sea mullet (whiting) smack down inside the Inlet in the smooth waters of the Sound on this windy North East day. I believe a great time was had by all, including me. Thank you all for making our day and please do enjoy those very tasty/fresh sea mullet. Come back and see us!
June 21, 2021
I’ve got a lot of catching up to do since my last post about our haul out at Bluewater Boatyard the 10th of June. We’ve had some very good day’s catching fish and we’ve had some slow days too. We’ve had family and friend groups from all over the country with us during the last nine days. Folks from Pennsylvania, Utah, Wisconsin, Michigan, Delaware, North Carolina and Virginia. We’ve very steady/very tasty blue line tile fishing deep water bottom fishing, we’ve caught some very nice yellowfin tuna, white marlin, a few mahi, along with our traditional vacation time inshore half day fishing along the beach for spanish mackerel and bluefish. We have some weather forecast for the next few days that looks like will keep us tied up at the dock. Looks like a couple days home, selfishly looking forward to a day or two off with my wife, family and furry children. See ya back soon and will get back to our more “daily” fishing reports. I would like to thank the folks that have spent part of their vacation with us! We hope y’all enjoy the OBX as much as we do.
June 4, 2021
First week of June has been one of less fish for us, but we sure had some pretty ones just the same. Truth told we came home with a “skunk in the box” on one of our trips, this past week. It’s been a few days that had slow fishing to having citation sized yellowfin tuna and blue marlin hooked up at the very same time. We’ve had folks from Kentucky, Kansas, Philly, Atlanta, Ohio, VA, WV, Colorado and Lancaster Pa with us. The ocean has always had a way to keep us all properly humble, myself certainly included! Thank you folks for spending the day with us, both the good and not as good as we all hoped for.
June 4, 2021
End of May, first of June kinda post! As y’all can see we’ve been busy the last few days and I need to get caught up on our fishing reports! The fishing business is full of “what if’s” ( what if a bigger boat, smaller boat, faster boat, etc......,) the only thing I am concerned with at the moment is making the folks on “this boat” happy with whatever type trip they have booked with us! We have had folks from Kansas, Virginia, Massachusetts, Florida and Indiana with us in the last few days. Some were seasoned fishermen, some caught their very first fish ever with us just in the last few days. Folks when I say “it’s not about us”, I mean it. It doesn’t matter if your fishing trip is in the Inland waters of the Sound or 40 miles offshore in the Gulfstream, it is all about you and your trip. This has truly been a variety week for all of us and we thank each of you for spending time on the decks of the Wild Card. Please do come back and see us again!
May 28, 2021
Today we had an eager green crew that figured “it” out and got the job done. We had a make-up crew from NC, NY and Va that we’re moving fast enough to make our Mate Chris come out of his shirt! We honestly had a good time with this “old Dog” showing a few tricks of the trade along the way. This is what fishing is truly about, it’s not about me it’s about our crew having a good time and learning something new. I hope you guys had a good time and enjoy those fresh fillets, come back and see us!
May 27, 2021
The last couple days have been inshore and in the Pamlico Sound for some meat to carry home. Spanish mackerel and sea mullet (whiting) have been the “go to” for us. We did see a couple of pair of cobia yesterday, but we didn’t have any takers. Make no mistake, fried sea mullet is some kind of good. We had folks from NJ, VA and the mountains of MD with us the last couple days. Guess I never thought about Maryland having mountains, just shows I don’t get out much now I know! Thank you folks for fishing with us.
May 24, 2021
We had a spectacular offshore charter with a young couple from Vale, NC. We had Colten Gantt and Taylor Payne for a very memorable morning in the Blue Water. We got set out and had a mahi come in on our port teaser, then took a naked ballyhoo. That was a good way to start the morning we thought, then these three nice yellowfins piled onto our baits at once. We had only two anglers so they were sure enough busy. Each got their tuna (80 and 84 pounds) in and ended up tag teaming on the 90 pounder. Three citation fish makes for a very special day. Thank you guy’s for spending the morning with us, this catch won’t be forgotten about for a very long time. Good job
May 19, 2021
We had a near shore charter with a very nice group from Kentucky this morning and they were throwing down on some spanish mackerel. We had Courtney and Peyton Wren and Shelby Sullivan for this half day morning trip. We started out slow catching, but got the word from a fellow Captain (thank you Benji on the Gal O Mine) that he’d found some fish and it worked out perfectly. Thank you for fishing with us this morning and we hope to see you folks again.
May 17, 2021
We ran offshore with a group of men from Wilmington NC. We ended up with a buffet kind of a day. Had a pretty ride out, with some king mackerel bites coming right out of the gate. We did manage a few tunas today, as what we were hoping for. It breezed up out of the North/North East as has been the usual for the last several weeks, but that was towards the end of the day so it worked out. Thank you guys for fishing with us today, hope to see you back because that bigeye tuna is still here.
May 16, 2021
Today was an inshore charter day with a couple of young fellas from San Angelo Texas with us today. We had Sam Knox and James Mayville for some tasty inshore sea mullet fishing and it paid off very well for us. These guys are long time friends and fellow college students. We hope you had a good day and enjoy those awesome eating fillets. Enjoy the rest of your stay here on the OBX and hope to see you back.
May 15, 2021
Our offshore charter trip was with a family group from Charlotte NC. We had Paul, Joey, Emily, Tommy and David Manuel with us for a "lumpy" day. The weatherman really ought to go out with us sometime! We started out up in the shallows catching some blackfin tuna and king mackerel. We pushed on off in the deep hot water and it did nothing but get tougher with no bites for us. We came back in on the bank and finished out with some more kings, skipjacks, albacore and one big mystery bite. Saw plenty of hammerhead sharks and one really big manta ray close to the boat. We didn’t catch the yellowfin tuna and mahi as we hope for, but our anglers stayed busy. Thank you folks for spending the day with us.
May 14, 2021
We had lots of fun today on an offshore charter trip with a group of young fellas from Michigan. We had Pawel Kargol, John Powell, Nick Lehman, Alex Walworth, Joe Beckham and Alex Sadovskiy. Rumor has it one of these guys is getting married soon and they were out for a good day together. It was pretty enough heading out until we hit hot water and the breeze was steady from that point on. We ended up with a good time and caught some fish for all the crew. Thank you for coming out with us today!
May 10, 2021
An awesome half day near shore morning trip with an enjoyable bunch of folks! We had Wales Jr, Allison, Laura & Wales Christian lll and Lauren Torres from VA, NJ and MI. Kind of a breezy dreary morning but the Spanish mackerel were here and willing to bite. This was our strongest catch of Spanish mackerel so far and it sure looks like they have arrived! Thank you folks for fishing with us today and sharing your pictures. It was our pleasure to have you!
May 8, 2021
We had a full day near shore charter trip with our crew from WV, Dustin Hughes, Brianna Case, Gary & Nikki Justice. We set off hoping to get on a solid cobia bite, but it simply didn’t happen for us today. We went “full send” and found some Spanish mackerel, bluefish and an albacore that bit on our big bait, but never saw a cobia. One of our home team boats caught two nice ones, good on you Hunter and crew! Thank you folks for spending the day with us.
May 7, 2021
We really enjoyed our half day near shore charter trip on the Wild Card with these two cuties, Mia & Quinn Smolenski who were nice enough to bring their Mom and Dad with them today. We didn’t have much of a catch but we did catch some fish and these five year old twin’s have had their first day on a boat. All I can say is these were some happy, happy young ladies. You could tell they had some fine parents. Thank you for coming with us today!
May 5, 2021
Another great inshore charter with a very lively bunch of loggers from MI and NC. We had Terry, Blaine and Hunter Abbe, Everette Hersey, Conrad and Nate Weaver with us on what will be a long remembered trip for sure. Well today “IT” happened, the long awaited push of fish showed up and we had just the crew for this day with us! We had our first spanish mackerel, bluefish and cobia for 2021!!!!! This was a very special day for myself, my mate Chris and these folks that came for a good time. Thank you so much for spending the day with us, it was great!
May 4, 2021
We ran an inshore charter trip with Shane, Lisa and Jim Vavrick from PA and VA respectively. We were hoping to get offshore but the weather was calling for a strong front coming through this evening and I decided it would not be good if it came early. We tried to catch some spanish mackerel and cobia as it is time and the water temperatures are getting in the range to get them moving up here. Well evidently the fish didn’t get the memo, because we struck out on both species. Before the day was over we were able to catch a couple black drum one of which was a citation size fish. We are getting close to this season kicking off at any day now. Thank you folks for fishing with us again.
May 3, 2021
We had a nice offshore charter trip with a group of friends from Staunton VA. We had Michael Gill, Steve Edwards and Kagen Shiflett with us today. These guys told me they have been trying to do an offshore fishing trip for sometime now and today it happened. We had a catch of some blackfin tuna and king mackerel. We had some hungry sharks around too! Was happy to get these fellas out. Thank you for spending your day with us.
April 21, 2021
We ran offshore with brothers Jim and John Holliday from Atlanta GA and Millersville MD. We had a yellowfin Tuna bite pretty soon after setting out then it just died out for awhile. We pushed a good ways offshore and found the most “life” (birds, flying fish, porpoise, etc) I have seen this year and it was like a zoo with all the critters around. We had a very nice blue marlin come in and hit several baits without a hook set. First one we have seen this year and it really did get us all excited, even if I admit it myself! We did end up in some fishy water that provided some bites for the rest of the day. We ended up with a 25lb blackfun tuna, that earned a NC State Citation for the wall. Good day all in all, thank you for fishing with us!
April 19, 2021
We ran an offshore charter with a crew from PA. We had Nick Bagdonis, Buddy Touchinski, Kevin Szczecina and Chad Korell with us. It was a beautiful ride out but breezy in the hot water, much more than I was expecting. We didn’t find the water that I was looking for at all. Left the fleet and ended up fishing a long ways down South and found what I thought would be great water/temp break/color change .... crickets! Ended up fishing back up to the North and finally found some willing yellowfin tuna. We really enjoyed these fellas company today and they have fresher than fresh tuna loins for their efforts. Thank you for spending the day with us!
April 18, 2021
We had a half day morning charter. When life gives you lemons, you make Catfish! Today was the first time ever for the Wild Card to go catfishin’ but here we are! We had Diana Ketterman, Tammy Hamilton and Terri Flynn from WV with us this morning. These were some honestly nice folks and WE had a good time on a beautiful morning. Thank you Lady’s for fishing with us, hope to see y’all again.
April 6, 2021
We had an offshore walk-on make-up trip wth Tom Stewart from VA, John and Spencer Dickerson from Wilmington NC, and Greg & Ryan Shorten from Cary NC on board with us today. It seemed like it was uphill both ways today, choppy seas coming and going. We had fairly steady fishing once we got into the groove with four yellowfin tuna, four blackfin tuna and a nice bonus Wahoo. I think for the way the wind has pushed our hot water off the last couple days we did OK. Thank you guys for spending the day with us.
March 30, 2021
Our first trip of 2021 was a very enjoyable day with some really nice folks from Mt Pleasant Michigan. We had Wesley, Aleisha & Wyatt Wilson and Seth Schafer. These folks did a great job today and their efforts paid off! We really had an awesome start to this season. Thank you folks for spending your day with us on the Wild Card.
Bucket List Fishing on the OBX! Well folks, it appears the Bluefin Tuna bite has turned on very well in the last couple days. If you’ve been waiting “till they’re here”, the time is now. Bailey Boy and I made a trip to check on the boat yesterday and there was a solid line of fish coming to the dock, being filmed by the “Wicked Tuna” folks. Hard core fishing at it’s best, 500 pounds of solid muscle on the other end of the of the line isn’t for the faint of heart. Weather windows are the key here and they can change quickly. Date flexibility will definitely work in your favor if available. Give us a call if you’re up for it. Capt Frank