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Offseason Fishing Report 2-10-16


NEW YORK

Point Lookout

Cod and ling were cranked in at most drops on Saturday’s trip on the
Captain Al, the party boat’s Facebook page said. The fishing had improved on the outing, and depths 100 feet to 130 feet fished best.  Some dogfish and pout were mixed in. That was the most recent fishing report posted on the page at press time. But the page said a gale warning was posted for Monday, and no trip was expected to sail then. The boat is this site’s nearest to New Jersey that’s fishing for cod daily, and the trips are running 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.

VIRGINIA

Virginia Beach

A window of better weather opened around the time the weekly party boat trip would’ve sailed Saturday with Rudee Inlet Charters, Capt. Skip Feller said. But wind blew strongly, building seas, Friday during daytime and Friday night, so the trip was scrubbed. When the unique trips sail, catches can include blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, black belly rosefish, wreckfish, barrelfish and more. Each trip usually targets bluelines first. Then the trips push deeper to target the other catches, if weather and seas are fair, and enough bluelines are caught. Plenty of bluelines usually are, and fishing’s been good on the outings. Call: 757-422-5700 or 757-425-3400. Visit Website.

NORTH CAROLINA

Oregon Inlet

Most bluefin tuna charters are booked for March from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Gabby Willis said. The charter fleet usually focuses on them beginning on March 1, targeting the tuna throughout March. But a few of the trips are booked for February, and one trip already landed four of the fish. Weather’s been rough, and few boats have fished. But trips on that boat landed one bluefin on February 1 and three on February 2. Gabby didn’t know the weight of the fish, but <a href="http://www.oregon-inlet.com/journal/article.cfm?article_id=4080" target="_blank">click here</a> for a photo of one. The report written with the photo says the trip also caught yellowfin tuna.  “They had a beautiful day and caught Blue Fin Tuna and Yellow Fin Tuna,” it says.  The fleet’s been catching some yellowfins, Gabby said. Forecasts looked rough for the rest of this week, and she doubted trips would sail then. Visit Website.

Hatteras

One boat from the docks returned with a good catch of blackfin tuna Sunday,
a report said that day on the website from The Roost Bait & Tackle at
Teach’s Lair Marina
. Several of the fish weighed 30 pounds, and blackfins 20 pounds or heavier are eligible for a citation from North Carolina. So these were sizable blackfins, and the ones caught in winter are usually larger than blackfins caught in summer. This was prime time for blackfin fishing. The boat also sailed for them Thursday, also racking up a solid catch of the fish.  In the surf, a few puppy drum bit. Anglers needed to keep moving and find them, but if they put in the time, the fish could be found every day. A few bluefish and sea mullet chomped in the surf. So did “all the (dogfish) and skates ya want,” the report said. Visit Website.

FLORIDA

Islamorada

Weather was rough, but king mackerel and sailfish were belted with
Captain Easy Charters, Erica Andersen said. Weather was often cold
and windy. The fish are usually slow-trolled on live bait like ballyhoos or
pilchards offshore of the reef a few miles from port. Sometimes the live bait
can be pitched to the sails when the sailfish corral and shower baitfish in the area. Trips did no bottom-fishing in past days. But Captain Easy also bottom-fishes for catches like snappers at patch reefs inshore of the main reef. Call: 305-451-9578 or 305-360-2120. Visit Website.

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