2010-03-29 - The OU Fishing Report - Florida, Bahamas, Hatteras, NC
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Islamorada, FL

Key West, FL

Bahamas

Hatteras, NC

Key West, FL

Sharks, Sailfish

Islamorada, FL

Cobia, Mackeral

Bahamas

Mahi, Wahoo, Blackfin

Hatteras, NC

Yellowfin
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Open Boat Trips

Bahamas

Date
Trip Type
Price
5/4 (nts/days fishing) Treasure Cay to Cat Island (1 spot open 4 total)
$2000 per person

New Jersey

Date
Trip Type
Price
46 Hour Long Range Canyon - Marlin Tuna Shark Swordfish
$850 per person
46 Hour Long Range Canyon - Marlin Tuna Shark Swordfish
$850 per person

More dates coming soon. Total 6 anglers per trip. Price excludes gratuity.

Ocean City, MD

Date
Trip Type
Price
Shark Fishing Trip
$250/person
Full Day 12 hour Fishing Trip
$300/person
Full Day 12 hour Fishing Trip
$300/person
Full Day 12 hour Fishing Trip
$300/person
Full Day 12 hour Fishing Trip
$300/person

Hatteras, NC

Date
Trip Type
Price
Full day Tuna Trip
$375/person

Where's the OU Fleet?

That's Right Islamorada, FL
Low Profile Hatteras, NC
Over Under Treasure Cay, Bahamas
Pretty work Islamorada, FL
Pima II Fort Lauderdale, FL
28' CC Key West
Flats Skiffs Key West/Islamorada

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We just received this very nice email from Mr. Raymond Baker who, with his son-in-law, John Wright recently experienced one of our Key West Fishing Packages....

I want to tell you how much we appreciated Ted as our Captain for our fishing adventure.  Not only did he produce the fish but he was able to make my fishing experience a trip of a life time.  From the moment I got on the boat, he made us feel like family; then he took us out to the Gulf and gave us the royal treatment.  Yes, we tried to find baitfish, but could not quite get on to them, so we out and fished with what we had.
 
I for one was pleasantly surprised by the number of fish he put us onto.  It all started with the Yellow Tails, then on to the Tuna and from there is was all bliss and don't foget the Dolphin Fish.  And then day two hit and it was excitement from the time we got on the boat until we finally docked and relived our Shark Fishing experience.  It was so exciting to watch the Master start a chum slick and then even more exciting to watch the sharks come into the slick and take our baits.  I have never experienced fishing like that.  It was the most exciting trip of my life.
 

Thanks again for a great couple of days and the lodging experience was beautiful.  The hotel people made us feel comfortable and welcomed us with open arms.  It was a great week and and even  more spectacular fishing experience.  Thanks for taking care of everything.  You made my trip memorable!!!!!!!!

Mr. Raymond Baker

 

Early spring fishing in Hatteras N.C. brings good catches of yellowfin tuna, with a few bluefin tuna still around. There have been some wahoo catches and some Mahi Mahi as well.

The season should be picking up as the water temperatures are warming up along with spring outdoor conditions.

Remember Head’s Up….it’s a lot better than WORK!

Captain Darrin Callahan

Hatteras Bluefin tuna videoCheck out this great Hatteras bluefin tuna video!!!

Open Boat Hatteras Trips!!

Now scheduling open boat tuna trips on the Low Profile. $375/person for four people for a full day tuna trip. First trip is Sunday, April 4th, 2010!

Islamorada Fishing Report

Islamorada has thawed out and the fish have really made a great showing!! This week has been full of good times and great fishing. Capt. Andrew fished several days this week for me on That’s Right and he was making me look bad as he is a great bottom fisherman and it showed this week. He produced some really nice Cobia! The biggest one might have gone 40 pounds with the others coming in at 20 pounds or so. He anchored up along the reef edge in 50’ of water and found a super bit of Groupers, all released alive and well. The biggest one was pushing 40 pounds; a big Black Grouper along with 6 or 7 more ranging from 10 to 15 pounds…excellent fishing. Also along the bottom the guys found some real nice Mangrove Snappers up to 6 pounds and an assortment of Mutton snappers. They were mostly schoolie size 8 pounders, great eating. The Yellowtail snappers have slowly become very hungry again as the water has warmed up to 73 degrees. It’s still a little dirty but coming along nicely.

Mid week I was able to get my butt back and fished with some buddies that I haven’t fished with in over 10 years, so the pressure was on. We had two pretty good days. We spent one in on the reef edge and picked away at the Porgies and Yellowtails pretty good. We threw back a few Groupers and caught plenty of King Mack’s. The bait, well it’s still a mess! It’s totally different every day so we have mostly been dependant on the Live Shrimp and they have yet to let us down. The best rig for us lately has been a simple old chicken rig…imagine that!  

The next day we loaded up with about 300 Pilchards and off we went to the Hump. Well, it didn’t work out for us well as we would have liked but we managed to chum up a few nice Blackfin Tunas, which we caught both on the jig and live Pilchards. After 7 or 8 drifts, which by the way were very quick ones. There was a little too much current that day so we decided to run out another 10 miles and make a few drifts for a Swordfish. On the second drop we got the bite, however, he won and pulled off…bummer. Now as I was running back up to set up for our third drop we stumbled into nature at its finest! A 50’ Whale Shark feeding on the surface and he was surrounded by 5 to 10 pound Blackfins. Now we all thought we hit the mother load! Funny but we tried every trick in the book and could only trick two or three of those little rascals. Gosh, talk about frustrating! That was making me pull my hair out, but it was a spectacular event to watch that’s for sure.  

This weekend both the That’s Right and Pretty Work fished and it was like Snapper express! My goodness the Yellowtails have gone to chewing, about as good as it can get. Limits in no time at all! Today I had 4 neighbors with me and they were catching those 4 at a time and nice fish…two pounders. The Porgies and Hogfish kept one guy busy all morning so it was pretty funny as he didn’t even have time to get a drink! Capt. Andrew is on That’s Right as I write this and he is doing it again this afternoon, one after another…great stuff. He was off to the Little Hump to catch a few Amberjacks. Capt Clyde on the Pretty Work had a great catch of AJ’s on Saturday, as well as his limit of Yellowtails and some really nice Porgies.

Well, this coming week is another full week so stay tuned as we should have some great things to report. And DON’T FORGET THE PRETTY WORK IS NOW IN THE KEYS ALL YEAR!!

Capt.John Oughton
cell 305-481-6527
john@overunderadventures.com

Bahamas Report

Last week we had some friends in from south jersey. The Legendary Bill May and Marty May came down with two other couples. It was a bunch of fun but don’t have a lot of fishing to report from that week as much of the time was devoted to island hopping. The main purpose of the trip was to keep the girls entertained. We went to Elbow cay for the night and had dinner at the Abaco Inn which is arguably one of the best restaurants in the Bahamas. Of course we went to Nippers on Sunday after a few hours of bottom fishing where we were able to produce 3 average size muttons and over a dozen yellow tails. On the last full day we went to Man o War and checked out all the charm the island had to offer and hoofed it back to Treasure Cay for Pizza Night. That was a good time with Bill and crew.

Joe Trainor has arrived back to the Bahamas to fish the 2010 season. Joe arrived on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday we put a solid morning in making hook sets for the upcoming marlin season. The bills are starting to show up here. We are pleased with the reports coming from the Abaco's and the other islands around the Bahamas. There is a good patch of water that has been hanging around the bend off Elbow Cay. Reports from Cat Island say that the Whites are chewing. We’re real happy with this nice water showing up after a hard winter. The secondary reports have been good.

Thursday was a Bakers Bay trip. Unfortunately trolling was not cooperating so we decided to focus on deep dropping so we sighted in our hole off of Guana and wound up with some good looking yellow eyes.

Thursday was also the arrival of our most recent group from Providence and the Philly area. Our first day out, after looking at water shots from Mitch Roffer, we set a course for the north side of the Little Abaco Canyon. Hoping to release our first billfish of the season we arrived out there after putting some time on the edge to see 2 frigate birds working some bait and it was not long till we boxed our first dolphin. The next pass we had a double header!! On the first one we came in at 20 pounds and the second one was dropped on the deck at over 50 pounds. We worked the birds for one more dolphin until it started to down pore and we lost the birds. We trolled around looking for a hard temperature break and nice Bahamas blue water. Sad to report we found a break but no bills came out to play. The second day of fishing we trolled the edge off Guana Cay and produced a Wahoo that unfortunately a shark got the tail of and produced a dolphin by noon. We stopped and deep dropped around lunch and got a half dozen yellow eye snappers before we ran inshore to bottom fish. Yellow tail fishing was off to a slow start but we were able to catch our limit. We had some good excitement with either a king or a barry that we had take a butter-flied yellow tail and it put on. It was a real show for us before it spit the bait. Today we fished the edge again because they had to catch a plane this afternoon and it was rough. We wound up working some birds and catching a black fin and two dolphins. Fishing is definitely improving in the Bahamas with the arrival of spring. We’re looking forward to getting back out there!

Tight lines from the Abacos!!
Captains Thomas & Joe

Key West and the lower Keys are finally seeing some stable weather patterns that are a little more expected this time of year, and that's translating into good fishing offshore, on the reef and in the backcountry. It will only continue to get better as we move into April.

OFFSHORE

Sailfishing is getting better and better every day, especially with east current and east wind coming together to form a great color change and "tailing" conditions. This is some of the most exciting bluewater sightfishing in the world. When the fish tail, we'll actually cover ground in our fast and nimble center console, pitching live herring and pilchards at them. A few smaller dolphin are showing up as well, along with plenty of false albacore and blackfin tuna.

REEF

Our bottom fishing on the reef edge and shallow patches has been excellent for flag yellowtails to 4 pounds, big mangrove snapper, muttons, cero mackerel and kingfish. This is a great option if you are looking to pack some fish in your freezer. We can cut them, freeze them and ship them home for you, no mess…no fuss.

Pictured to the right: A couple of Key West blacktips taken on light tackle.

GULF WRECKS

Although water temperatures are still a bit cool in the Gulf, we're seeing some good cobia and snapper fishing on the wrecks. Mutton, lane and yellowtail snapper to 6 pounds are fairly common, and we hooked a couple of cobia in the 60-pound range. Of course, there are plenty of goliath grouper, amberjack and other species to keep you busy.

Pictured to the right: Joe, Mike and Steve Scherf with a great catch of snappers from the Gulf.

FLATS/INSHORE

Now that water temps have finally hit the 70's the shallows are coming alive. The first ones back have been the sharks and they are big and hungry. We're seeing a variety of species including blacktip sharks to 150 pounds, lemons and bulls to 400 pounds, hammerheads to 600 pounds and the occasional tiger. This is really exciting fishing, drifting across the shallow flats and basins with butterflied cuda's in tow. They'll eat dead baits as well as a variety of artificials and flies and are great fun on light tackle. 

Pictured to the right: A typical blacktip shark taken on light tackle in the shallow backcountry of Key West.

Things just keep getting better and better here in Key West, and we can't wait to get you out on the water to experience it!

Captain Ted Lund
305-213-5369

OUCH!
This is where the hook went in.
With the offending cuda and large plug.
Goliath Grouper
Barracuda
Key West Grey Snapper