Capt. Mike Webb of Pelagic Sportfishing said his parties caught three to six wahoo on each offshore trip last week. Webb said they got a lot of wahoo bites, but didn't have a great ratio going for getting them in the fish box.
"Wahoo are hard to land," Webb said. "Some days we catch seven or eight out of 10, and then there are the days we are thrilled to land half the strikes. They are super fighters, and there are just a lot of things that can happen to break the line or allow them to spit the hook on the way in. Wahoo never give up, and fishermen can't either."
Webb (252-904-3361) said in addition to the wahoo action, he's been finding schools of smaller, "bailer" dolphin that will follow a hooked fish to the stern of a boat where fishermen can catch them by flipping chunks of squid or ballyhoo into the fray. Throw a handful over and drop the hooks with bait in at the same time.
Webb said the offshore bottom-fishing also has been going strong. He said there are some pockets of nice black sea bass in 60 to 80 feet of water, but continuing offshore to around 100 feet deep has produced some grouper, plus a variety of beeliners, grunts, porgies and triggerfish. The main grouper are gags and reds, but they are also catching some nice scamps.
"One day last week, we got in some black sea bass that were wide open and biting everything, including our grouper baits," Webb said. "It was nice while we caught our limits, but they were so aggressive a grouper didn't have a chance to get to the bait. They were hitting some huge baits; some were half their size and larger. We had to move several times before we got clear of them and could catch any grouper."
Webb said some kings have been congregated about 15 miles off and east of Cape Lookout, with some small dolphin mixed with them.
"There are a lot of Spanish mackerel along the beaches, too," Webb said. "We had a couple of half-days last week and caught them well each day. Trolling Clark Spoons behind trolling sinkers and small planers has worked well. One may be better on a particular day, but we have been catching them on gold and silver colors."