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Bluefin Tuna TripsFirst Hatteras Bluefin of the Season!

 

Good news to report.  On our first of a month of scheduled Bluefin Tuna Trips, we connected with an estimated 350 pound fish.  The beauty was 80 inches long and caught by a women angler.  Nice job to all, making short work of the fish, releasing the trophy after a quick 35 minute battle.  We were fishing about 40 miles to the north of Hatteras Inlet, on LOW PROFILE, our 55' Custom Carolina Sportfish.  We will continue to run Bluefin Tuna Trips the rest of this month and into March.  This tuna trip produced one other bluefin bite, which didn't come tight and also saw a couple of nice yellowfin tuna come to gaff.

 

Tight Lines,

 

The OU Crew.

 

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Hatteras, NC - Bluefin Fishing Report

 

Quick update on the Bluefin situation. NMFS has closed the commercial Giant Bluefin season as of today, January 22nd. This is due to the quota being filled. FYI, this is the first time I can remember since we have been Giant Bluefin fishing (about 7 years) that the season has closed early (before Jan. 31). We had hoped to target them ourselves off Hatteras the rest of this month and possibly even February, but they never made it to us in any numbers and were mostly caught north of us.

What does this mean……

First, it means there are A LOT of Bluefin around! For those looking to come down and catch Bluefin recreationally, it means very little, other than that the amount of fishing pressure will pretty much drop 75% starting tomorrow, with the commercial fleet now done for the season. This is good for the recreational fisherman. The recreational limit continues to be 1 fish between 27 and 73 inches. That is unchanged and should remain unchanged through the entire winter season. We’d expect the main body of fish to be right off Hatteras any day now. Undoubtedly, it will be a bit more difficult to keep track of them, with the commercial season closed, but starting about the first week of February should be about right. to date all the trips we have scheduled are mid February to early march. The schedule has filled in quite nicely, but we still have plenty of dates open..

If you’d like to get in a trip, let me know your availability and we'll work on getting some more split/open trips filled up.

We continue to post open/single spot dates here.

 

Open Boat Bluefin Tuna Dates

 

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Hatteras, NC - 511 Pound Blue Marlin Takes First Place in Hatteras Fishing Tournament!

 

Hatteras Blue MarlinCapt. Darrin, running LOW PROFILE in the Hatteras Village Open fishing tournament is sitting in first place with a 511 pound blue marlin that was boated in the first few hours of fishing yesterday.  There are 2 more fishing days, but at this point, the big blue has us sitting in first in the big fish division of this BillfishTournament in Hatteras.

Capt. Darrin and Amp, held on to take the big fish division with the only Blue Marlin boated.  It came down to the wire on the final fishing day but the big 511 fish held up and paid out approxiamtely 30,000 to the winning team, that charted LOW PROFILE for the Hatteras Village Open.

 

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Photos From Some Recent Hatteras Fishing Trips

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Bluefin Tuna Fishing

 

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bluefin tunaWe fished Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  The fish are definitely still here.  It was pretty sporty out there Friday and Darrin managed to hook into a pretty big fish, that took some time to finally bring to boat side and release.  The fish was estimated in the 350 pound range.  Saturday the conditions calmed a bit and the fishing was on.  Fish were biting on the jig and the troll.  We released a couple jumbos and managed to find a small one at about 66 inches for the box.  Sunday was a bit slow for us with a few bites, pulling off a nice fish after a lengthy fight.  Some boats had em’ good, others didn’t’ yesterday.    This week we again have Rick Rosenthal in town for filming.  We have spots every day the weather is good between now and next Tuesday.  Spots are $350 per person (little more than before to allow us to get to the fish, now about 40-45 miles).  There is a chance we will only be fishing with only 2-3 people per day, so this is a great opportunity to get out with only a  couple people on the boat.  If you can go at all over the next week, please email and let us know your availability.  We will watch the weather and keep everyone up to date.  The entire week looks fishable, with Thursday/Friday looking like it may be pretty.


For more info, please call Capt. Darrin Directly, as I’ll be working all week, getting our 48’ ready for launch here in NJ for Striper Season.  Darrin’s number is:  252 305 1677.


Ps:  more and more reports of Yellowfin showing up as well…

 
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