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#1 Kilsong

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 07:14 PM

I set up the thread exclusively for bluefin report in NC this winter.
the first bluefin out of Hatteras/Oregon Inlet right after Christmas last year.

I talked with a Capt in Virginia Beach today he told me one spotter plane spotted 6 big school of big bluefin( probably giant) heading south in 2 mile - 10 miles off the beach.

#2 Kilsong

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 11:36 AM

12-21
One 92 inches giant was caught off Morehead City, NC yesterday and long liners got blueifn in deep off Oregon Inlet, NC now. It is about time for bluefin show up off Hatteras/Oregon Inlet.

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 04:48 PM

Im ready when you are Ive been talking with captains out of pirates cove weekly....shouldnt be too much longer

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 09:34 AM

Dec 29
I talked with Capt out of Hatteras yesterday.
I fished yesterday and caught one yellowfin and blackfin, but there were still no sign of bluefin.
There were reports that some bluefin were hooked off Virginia Beach while trolling for striped bass.

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 10:07 AM

Dec 29
I talked with Capt out of Hatteras yesterday.
I fished yesterday and caught one yellowfin and blackfin, but there were still no sign of bluefin.
There were reports that some bluefin were hooked off Virginia Beach while trolling for striped bass.


There are still a lot of tuna here...The Miss Belamr caught 150lber yesterday on kroc spoon.

My friend was out also on another boat, he told me tuna were blowing up big time all morning.

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#6 Kilsong

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 10:19 AM

There are still a lot of tuna here...The Miss Belamr caught 150lber yesterday on kroc spoon.

My friend was out also on another boat, he told me tuna were blowing up big time all morning.

John, Those small tuna are not the same class tuna we saw in NC.
NJ coast were flooded with smaller tuna in 50 - 100 lb range from mid Nov. I was wondering where they came from because we didn't see those tuna in Cape Cod/New Hempshire/Maine for all summer. Some suggested that they were staying in deep in Canyon or Georges Banks.

I am wondering where 200 - 300 lb tuna we caught off Hatteras/Oregon Inlet now.
The only way they come should be deep east.

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 01:07 PM

The Miss Belmar Princess hooked 3 more bluefin yesterday while jigging stripers, 2 were spooled and the third broke the line.

It's amazing to see them being caught accidentally right now in contrast to how difficult they were to catch just a month ago. I'm convinced it's because they are feeding on larger bait (herring and small stripers) rather than the sand eels they were on in the late fall. Really wishing the boat wasn't pulled for the winter right now or I'd be out there!

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 06:13 PM

Big school of bluefin stayed off Virginia Beach for two weeks, but it seems they finally migrated down now. Only a few bluefin were caught last two days.
They should show up off Oregon Inlet/Hatteras, NC soon.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:47 PM

A few bluefin in 80" were landed out of Oregon Inlet, NC
A Capt out of Hatteras had two nice bluefin on jigs on Sun and Mon Jan 8 and 9), but both tuna pulled the hooks.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:06 PM

sounds like its time to pack the truck

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:42 PM

I am heading there next good weather window. I have gotten several good reports also. Anybody intrested?

#12 Kilsong

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:13 PM

I plan to go on Sat. Weather doesn't look good except Sat which is fishable unless weather changes. It could be a little early, but it looks good school of bluefin are there now.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:36 PM

do i hear road trip? Dave let me know I should be good to go with a days notice

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:44 PM

Will do Scott, Kil what are you thinking? Let me know. Saturdays weather looks a little rough but I am open for suggestions.

#15 Kilsong

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:57 PM

I didn't go today because Capt suggested to go on Monday instead as weather is not great though fishable today.
One boat fished today and had 3 for 5 on jigs and poppers.
I am leaving tomorrow to fish on Monday.
I hope I have a chance to test 450g two-piece prototype Black Hole jigging rod and Penn TQR S9 spinning reel.

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 12:08 PM

I didn't go today because Capt suggested to go on Monday instead as weather is not great though fishable today.
One boat fished today and had 3 for 5 on jigs and poppers.
I am leaving tomorrow to fish on Monday.
I hope I have a chance to test 450g two-piece prototype Black Hole jigging rod and Penn TQR S9 spinning reel.


good luck everyone who is fishing monday. cant wait for the report and to get down there soon.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 10:36 AM

Will do Scott, Kil what are you thinking? Let me know. Saturdays weather looks a little rough but I am open for suggestions.


Keep me in the loop David.

#18 Kilsong

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:39 PM

There were 4 - 5 boats, butt nobody caught tuna today.
We had 4 yft on green stick.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 08:39 AM

Any size?

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 11:48 AM

I have room for a couple for Friday and Saturday(Jan.20-21)

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 01:17 PM

Adding a few details for those who may be interested.

Fishing the Sea Breeze since my regular Captain is in Mexico. Rate will be based on 5 anglers. Cash price of $380, credit card is $390. I can take all cards through my shop or we can settle up on the boat. If we put 6 on the boat, the rate will drop to $320 cash/$330 credit. If we end up with less than 5, I will cover all additional costs, so worst case scenario is $380/$390.

We can work out lodging as well. Got a few coming from the north and I'm coming from the south. Carpooling is also possible.

You don't need to commit to both days, first come first serve.

Courtland38@gmail.com or 843-301-4408

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 07:55 PM

Courtland,
See you Saturday morning. Scott, see you soon.
David

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 09:24 PM

01-15 report

I wish I could report that we killed 300 lb bluefin on jig/popper, but we never saw single bluefin on the trip like most other boats.

Fishing was hot on Sat, but they just vacate the area yesterday.
We landed 4 small yft in 25 - 30 lbs range on troll using green stick.
Green stick technique for trolling for tuna are very popular among commercial tuna boats, but it was the first time I saw how it work.

While serching for bluefin we encountered AJ in 20 - 40 lb which were eager to hit
jigs. With 30 lbs drag which were intended for big bluefin, they could pull only a few ft even they tried to charge hard. :)

20 - 40 lb AJ is no contest for 450g two-piece proto-type Black Hole Cape Cod Special, but you can see the moderate/fast action bend.
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high sticking test for the rod with AJ. :)
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trigger fish are very aggresive. They even hit big jig with very small mouth.
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I couldn't test Penn TQR S9 on the trip, but I jigged with it for several hours. Boy, the stiff turning of the handle made me very tiring. I don't want to use the reel for my regular jigging reel unless Penn modify the reel for smoother handling. Turning of the handle is stiff because of sealing.
Jigging and popping is different. You can use stiffer handle for popping, but you need smooth handle for jigging.

I plan to go drive down to NC again to fish sunday if weather is good enough.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:10 PM

youll get them next time Kil,too bad you cant fish with us Fri and Sat. I may come up to the shop tomorrow for a few things let me know if you want me to test that for you :D

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#25 Kilsong

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:47 PM

Scott,
You are welcome to test the prototype rods, but I need them for my Sunday fishing. :)
The prototype jigging rods bend nicely. I don't worry about the strength of the rods. The only concern is that the joint section is strong enough for over 30 lbs drag for long.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 07:44 AM

Hey Scott- If you swing by Kil's pick me up some assist cord and a few packs of JM hooks(9,11,13). Maybe 2 packs of each. I'll get you covered on Friday. If not, no worries. Thanks. Courtland

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 04:35 PM

Hey Scott- If you swing by Kil's pick me up some assist cord and a few packs of JM hooks(9,11,13). Maybe 2 packs of each. I'll get you covered on Friday. If not, no worries. Thanks. Courtland

Scott came to our shop and picked up your stuff.
I also gave two-piece 450g Black Hole rod along with Penn TQR S9 for testing. I know Scott uses very heady drag to try to break the rod. :)
Good luck on your trip.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 05:47 PM

Scott came to our shop and picked up your stuff.
I also gave two-piece 450g Black Hole rod along with Penn TQR S9 for testing. I know Scott uses very heady drag to try to break the rod. :)
Good luck on your trip.

Thanks again for everything today Kil it was great to see Jane and Esther as well as yourself.Lunch was much appreciated and from our discussions it looks like a very busy year for JigNPop. Courtland and I will do our best to give the new rod and Penn reel a serious workout.Ill see you down there on Sat afternoon

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 09:01 AM

I got contacted by Penn today.
There are seven sealing in the reel to make the reel water proof. The only sealing on rotor makes it stiff. He asked to bring to Penn in Philadelphia to get rid of the sealing on the rotor and check everything to make sure for 300 lb tuna.

Scott,
can you stop by the Penn on the way to NC today ? They close at 4:30 pm.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 11:48 PM

01-20 report

Court and Scott fished on the Sea Brease out of Oregon Inlet today.
Scott said surface actio was great. They used HERU Skipjack and had good bites on them.
They are going to fish tomorrow again.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 08:44 AM

I plan to fish on Wed (01-25) as weather looks good.
I am going to fish on the Good Times out of Hatteras.
If anyone wants to join the trip, let me know. The trip cost $1,600 including tip.
If we have four guys, it will be $400 and $320 for 5 guys.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 05:39 PM

01-21 report

I just talked with Scott. They couldn't find tuna today. Weather was not bad in the morning, but tuna left the area. There were many boats fishing commercially as commercial season is closed tomorrow and only one or two boats had tuna.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 09:43 PM

Weather looks alright for wednesday, I am intrested Kil. It would be nice to see Andy, I would like to bring home some fresh fish also. If BFT are hard to find maybe we can find something else? What do you think?

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 10:24 PM

Weather looks alright for wednesday, I am intrested Kil. It would be nice to see Andy, I would like to bring home some fresh fish also. If BFT are hard to find maybe we can find something else? What do you think?


I didn't call anyone yet. IF you come, we need 2 - 3 guys. Scott also showed interest. He is on the way to NJ now. There are lots of AJ. If bluefin bites are slow, we might ask Andy to go after tile if the spot is not far from bluefin ground.

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 10:34 AM

As you guys know we went down to OI on thurs to fish Fri and Sat. I stopped at Penn on the way down so that Kils new Torque could get the modifications he requested. The Penn rep Tony met us at the door and had the reel ready to go in about 5 mins,he also gave us the .10 tour and I will have to say it was a neat experience.Now to the fishing...Friday although a little sporty to start out was the best bite I have experienced in NC. On our second drop we had four hits coming tight on one. While Courtland was fighting his fish I made a quick drop and got crushed again but only came tight for about a min. Although I know thats not a long time I will have to say the two piece Blackhole rod Kil had me try handled the first run very well at 28lbs of drag unfortunately the hook pulled.While watching Courtland was still fighting his fish(it was a big one) George the mate noticed big bluefin surfing in the waves,after about 5 casts with my skipjack 150 a bluefin around 400lbs came completely out of the water and crashed my popper but unfortunately missed it.During the course of Courtlands battle I had 3 more savage strikes without any actually grabbing the popper but it was spectacular to see.Unfortunately Courtlands tuna broke of at the main line which we think was caused by a shark since right before it broke he had a series of strange head shakes.We got back on the search again and upon stopping Courtlands jig gets inhaled on the drop and after a great fight we have him in the boat,a nice 62" kill fish, the first one of the season for our boat.On our fourth or fifth drop Courtland is a little tired from all his efforts so he decides to blind cast a skipjack 150 while we are jigging and again gets crushed and comes tight on a very nice bluefin. Since we had some newbies with us he graciously hands of the rod and after about 5 mins the hook pulls, but the smile on the young mans face didnt leave for the rest of the trip.All together we had 15 strikes killed one and broke off another about 50 feet from the boat and had the hooks pull after short runs on the others.Must have seen about 100 tuna surfing the waves throughout the morning.
Sat. started with high hopes as the wind held off until about noon but we were unable to find them. Fishing is a strange sport as the day before there were numerous slicks and surfacing tuna everywhere you looked and the next we only made two quick drops at 140 feet with no results.I cant wait to get back,hopefully with Kil on Wed.(have to see what the wife says about that...LOL)

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:03 AM

I left my shop at 6:00 pm yesterday and arrived at Hatteras Marina at 4:00 am. We are going to leave dock at 5:00 am. It is pretty calm now and temperature is 51 degree.
I hope tuna are in biting mood today.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 08:10 AM

I left my shop at 6:00 pm yesterday and arrived at Hatteras Marina at 4:00 am. We are going to leave dock at 5:00 am. It is pretty calm now and temperature is 51 degree.
I hope tuna are in biting mood today.


Good luck.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 08:41 AM

I'M FEELING A WIDE OPEN BITE TODAY!! HOPE I'M RIGHT!

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 09:12 AM

Good luck Kil it will definitely be on especially since I was unable to go.....catch em up!

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 09:15 PM

We located bluefin, but bluefin didn't locate our jigs. :)
There were half dozen boats and we saw at least three boats fighting. We marked lots of tuna on screen, but they didn't show any interest in jigs which is unusual in NC.
I decided to stay one more day hoping they are in biting mood as weather looks great.

I found a real nice inn called Seaside Inn in Hatteras. Owners Tracey and Chris are super nice and room are very clean. They even offer to make coffee at 4:00 am knowing that we are leaving at 4:30 am for fishing.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:13 PM

01-26 report

No boat found bluefin today.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:17 PM

Damn Kil, sorry to hear.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 04:17 PM

youll get them next time

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:36 PM

Fishing is fishing. It is very strange this year. They never had good fishing two days in a row. They should settle down soon though.

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I didn't know there are manta ray in NC. We saw many of them on surface. There are maany hammerhead sharks too.
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A lady angler from Virginia joined us yesterday. She came in a big truck loaded with offshore tackle. I've never seen any lady angler jigs as good as she does.
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testing two-piece BH jigging rod

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There were lots of nice seabass which were willing to hit jigs.
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Fred's best catch of the day. :)
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Seaside Inn in Hatteras, NC

I found a nice inn only half miles from Hatteras Marina. It is only $50 - $60 plus tax one night. They are very clean though the building is old and the owners are very kind and try to accommodate customers. They even showed us rooms before we check in.

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I am going to stay a the inn when I go down to Hatteras from now on.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 01:31 PM

Looks like you still salvaged a nice trip Kil. Hows Andys new boat?

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 11:37 AM

01-28 report

One boat out of Oregon Inlet came in with limit catch of yft and one nice bluefin.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 01:03 PM

thats a great sign....Tues cant come soon enough.Momma wants some sushi :thumbsu:

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:15 PM

01-31 report

I heard fishing is slow today.
I don't know why bluefin are moving around this year.
Bluefin are still caught off Virginia Beach.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:39 PM

didnt the bite last year not start until the middle of feruary? i think i remember going down around the 20th last year and the bite had only just begun. also mabey it hasnt gotten cold enough to force them down south to NC and school up there. it has been a really mild winter and it wouldnt surprise me if the bait and bluefin are staying further north. an example of this would be that the cod are just showing up to block island when it strted last year the very end of december and early january and the cod are only showing up in the shallower water, which is generally colder.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 07:24 AM

Bluefin started biting in Feb in 2010 and we had good bluefin bites in Jan in 2011.
Every year is different. While we had great bluefin bites until mid April in 2010, bluefine disappeared by the end of March last year. It depends on bait situation and water temperature.
Once they settle down, bites should become consistent.

Huge school of bunkers are located off Hatteras and it should attract bluefin soon.




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