Capt Bobby Bourquin
May and June 2016
May and June there were many very windy days and made for some rough sea conditions and many cancelled trips but we managed to get out several days and had descent catches of mahi in the gulfstream and the nearshore half and full days trips we caught kings, mahi, amberjacks, cobia, spanish mackerel, blues and black seabass.
This month we ran half day trips and caught spanish, blues and bonita. We fished in the NC Offshore Challenge both days and caught Mahi the biggest was 27.8 lbs not big enough to place in the money this year. The marlin fishing was really good in May with lots of boats releasing fish. We encountered 2 Marlin but no solid hookups for us.
This month we ran half day trips and caught kings, spanish, blues, amberjack and black seabass.
We also ran a few gulfstream trips and caught nice size mahi and missed a few sails.
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This month we ran 6 and 9 hour live bait trips and caught a mix of small to average size kings and 1 NC citation king that weighed 34.8 lbs caught by Andrew Schweser from Arlington Va. We also caught big spanish mackerel, cobia, false albacore and black seabass. We only ran one gulfstream trip and caught some nice gaffer mahi the biggest weighed 25 lbs.
Mostly ran half and full day nearshore trips and had catches of king mackerel, spanish mackerel, cobia, amberjacks, sharks, grouper and black seabass. The gulfstream trips we ran we caught mostly mahi.
September and October 2016
These two months we had some very good fishing days on the gulfstream and the nearshore trips. Gulfstream trips produced wahoo, mahi, tuna, and sailfish. The nearshore king mackerel bite was very good with great action and good sized fish as well as sailfish and Cobia. The sailfish bite nearshore was as good as I have ever experienced. We had back to back days where we released sails and had multiple encounters as well as seeing other boats fight and release fish near us.
The half and full day trips produced king mackerel and lots of citation size spanish mackerel in the 5 to 7 pound range. We also caught mahi, amberjack and sharks. The gulfstream trips produced wahoo, mahi, blackfin tuna and sailfish.
November and December 2016
These two months we did not run any offshore trips. We did do some speckled trout fishing and it was as good as I have experienced in several years. Good numbers of fish as well as lots of big fish. We did go giant bluefin tuna fishing twice and no bites for us. There were some fish caught this season out of Beaufort Inlet and around the Cape Lookout shoals. Most of the fish caught were very large fish and one that weighted over a 1,000 lbs.