Offshore fishing report: giant bluefin tuna

Matt Hardeman and Brandon DeLong caught this 105-inch bluefin tuna last week. They hooked three bluefins that day.

It’s giant bluefin time along the NC coastline

After a few weeks of miserable weather, the Carolina offshore boats are back at it, catching some prized giant bluefin tuna in the past several days.

The folks from Rigged & Ready Fishing Center got the late winter/early spring bite off to a good start on Feb. 23, 2001. They hooked up at 7:15 a.m, and boated a 98-inch giant bluefin that weighed 398 pounds cored. The very next morning, they doubled down, putting two giants in the boat for the trip back to Supply. Those fish weighed 500+ pounds after being dressed for market.Numerous boats combined for dozens of bluefin in one day last week

Outer Banks Marina reported weighing in numerous giant bluefin on Thursday, Feb. 25. Brian Olson and his crews decked a 439-pounder (dressed weight), and reports around Wanchese said Outer Banks boats accounted for about 50 catches of giant bluefin that day.

Bluefin tuna bite is going strong

Fishing out of Beaufort, N.C on Feb. 24., Brandon DeLong and Matt Hardeman of Double Down Fishing caught and weighed a 105-inch giant bluefin that had a core weight of 507 pounds. It wasn’t the only giant they hooked on the day.

“We’re very fortunate to have this one today at 105-inches and 507-pounds core weight. We pulled off our first fish after fighting it for almost two hours. We set back out, hooked a double, and were able to bring this one in,” they said.

Elizabeth Ambrose of Manteo also landed a giant bluefin last week. On Feb. 24, her fish measured 102 inches long. The cored weight was 487 pounds.

Elizabeth Ambrose caught this giant bluefin last week fishing out of Manteo, N.C.

Capt. David Daniels of Seaducer said seas were calm and that the fishing was on fire. His client for Feb. 25 also boated a huge bluefin.

“My charter today started the day in the best possible way, with a prayer to our Lord Jesus Christ. The seas were calm and the fishing was off the hook. We caught a 700-pound bluefin tuna,” said Daniels.

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