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 click here 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.
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.