The dolphin showed up in droves this day… always great action and incredible eating!  This is a fish we never get tired of seeing (or catching!)  Almost always plentiful somewhere in the warm waters of summer off our coast, these fish are amazingly athletic and can show up in schools numbering in the hundreds behind the boat.  Bailer size fish were the norm for us this season with several nice gaffers thrown in the mix.  Our trips departing both Hatteras and Oregon Inlets saw plenty of these guys all summer… always a great time!

Blue Marlin…

The Blue Marlin bite was not as prolific for us this season as it was for many but we will take all the bites we get!  Getting a nice blue one to the boat…especially on smaller tackle…is an accomplishment that any angler lucky enough to fight one of these big fish can be proud of.

Sailfish Summer

The billfish were the talk of the summer…we experienced phenomenal bites off the coast of North Carolina – Sailfish and White Marlin being the heavy hitters but plenty of Blue Marlin action as well.  Double and Triple hookups were not uncommon!  This kind of fishing makes for an adrenaline filled day and it is an amazing thing to just watch.  Leaps like this make it a “no-brainer” as to what is on the line…

Commercial Day: Oregon Inlet NC

Some people are really greedy… (haha!)  Thanks Dave!

Outer Banks Catch

Outer Banks Catch! This entire hook and line caught North Carolina fresh fish went to Kelly’s Restaurant on the Outer Banks. Thank you so much Mike for all your support… you keep local fisherman in business even when we don’t have charters and you are a model for others to follow by providing your customers with true, fresh, wild caught North Carolina seafood! This is what the Fistful does when we are not charter fishing… thanks to everybody that supports “Outer Banks Catch”!

Tuna Tuna Tuna!: Oregon Inlet NC

Pretty work Paco! You’re not so rusty with the gaff after all! 🙂 And don’t forget the box full of dolphin not in the picture… Thanks for a great day and all the hard work!

Dolphin Day: Hatteras NC

Peggy… you guys get the trophy for toughing out a not-so-pretty day to bring home dinner. A definite adventure start to finish… thank you so much for a wonderful day! Patrick… I can’t believe you are so grown up wow… I know your mom is proud of you 🙂 Good luck at UNC Katie! It was so nice meeting the rest of you guys – hope to see you back later in the year!… and peg – this was GREAT practice for rock season!! 🙂 Thanks again!

Mackeral: Oregon Inlet NC

Never a dull moment with this crowd! Lots of blues and a handful of Spanish and a ton of fun… thanks for a great trip guys!

Inshore Fishing: Hatteras NC

A beautiful day inshore fishing with the O’donnell family from Ohio! Plenty of Bluefish and Spanish Mackeral plus a fun group makes for a wonderful day… lots of thanks to Mike, Emily, Sarah, Brandan, Nate, and Jack for a fantastic trip! Hope to see you back in Hatteras next summer!