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Outer Banks, NC - Aug 7-14, 2011

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Got back from vacation in the outer banks on Sunday. I got to test out my new rod in the surf and after consulting with a few locals...wound up catching a bunch of bluefish.

I stuck to fishing during sunrise and incoming tides, and every now and then a school would move through and I would get lucky. Nothing big...the blues were trout-sized at most, but they put a surprising bend in the 8 wt. The biggest was maybe 13". For being my first fish in the surf PERIOD, catching them on a fly was a blast.

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Re: Outer Banks, NC - Aug 7-14, 2011

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Cool report. I need to get back to that place.

Posted on: 2011/8/16 20:04


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With all those blues you should of tried a poper you would of had a blast

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Re: Outer Banks, NC - Aug 7-14, 2011

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Nice report. How did they taste?

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Re: Outer Banks, NC - Aug 7-14, 2011

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fred i was thinking the same thing. tried a gurgler once and it was getting hit but i think the hook was on the big side...next time for sure.

never ate them before last week, but we cooked em in butter and lemon/lime juice. came out pretty good.


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Re: Outer Banks, NC - Aug 7-14, 2011

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I was down there during the same week, man! Next time fish high tide during the later afternoon/early evening(not always this time check the local tide charts). The bait fish come in alot closer during high tide. I didnt take my fly rod, but I averaged 20 bluefish in 1.5-2 hours a day. They were all around a foot, with one being close to the 13-14" range, but they were a blast. Just watching them fly through waves cutting up baitfish was exciting. I think the big ones move in around october.

p.s. you have some cojones to put your finger anywhere near that mouth, they have some sharp teeth.

Posted on: 2011/8/17 22:59


Re: Outer Banks, NC - Aug 7-14, 2011

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very cool you were down as well. yeah, aside from a few lost/torn up flies, i was pretty lucky w/ the teeth...only got my finger once.

totally agree on the baitfish too...one of the ones we cooked had around a dozen little ones inside.

Posted on: 2011/8/18 10:56


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They routinely shredded and bit the tail off my curly tail grubs. I also had a southern gentleman tell me to, "kick the dang thing back in, those blues will take your damn finger off!" The losing of a finger seemed excessive, but they certainly had big enough and sharp enough teeth for me to not want my finger caught in their mouth. Also, one of the most spastic fish I have ever handled, which I think added to the worry over the teeth.

Posted on: 2011/8/18 23:52


Re: Outer Banks, NC - Aug 7-14, 2011

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Cool post! I spent week in OBX and it was sick at times during AM, had several doubles on Drum, few flounder under the minimal size and some blue fish also. Didn't take fly's or fly rod, fished with spinning outfit and have to say, the flounder put up best fight and did bend 9' rod little!

Posted on: 2011/8/19 9:59


Re: Outer Banks, NC - Aug 7-14, 2011

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I just got back from there myself (South Nags Head Aug. 13-20). Took the fly rod and managed a 10" flounder from the surf on a grey/white Clouser deep minnow. Also a few other smaller fish, but overall the surf proved too unmanageable for most of the trip to fly fish. With the beach restoration that is occurring, casting was a bit of a challenge as they have added quite a bit of height to the beach as well as depth.

Took my oldest daughter to the Outer Banks Fishing Pier which was right across the street from where we stayed. As much as I hate to say it, we bait fished with cut shrimp on a two-hook downrig and she had a blast. Caught some blues, croaker, and the one thing she couldn't stop talking about - a ray. As much of a purist fly fisherman as I am, bait fishing provided her far more activity than any other technique of fishing.

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Saltwater fishing sure is fun!


BTW, if you REALLY want to make life easy on yourself when it comes to casting in the surf, you can make a stripping basket out of a dishpan. This saves a TON of grief when it comes to watching your fly line get taken out with the tide.

I used .080" weedwacker line and glued them in place with Shoo Goo. Thread a piece of webbing through, add a buckle and voila! An effective and most importantly, inexpensive stripping basket!

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Edited by wgmiller on 2011/8/20 16:12:50
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cow nosed ray------------ great on fly rod will make the reel scream.
glad you caught a few with your daughter and had a good time.
if you hit the sand behind you, turn and cast towards the dunes and shoot on the back cast....

Posted on: 2011/8/20 16:15
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Re: Outer Banks, NC - Aug 7-14, 2011
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Nice stripping basket!
Why feel bad about bait fishing? I enjoy all types of fishing and use a lot of spin gear in the salt. Fishing is fishing. Your daughter had a blast - that's all that matters. I always tell guys new to salt fly fishing to take spin gear with 'em as sometimes it's mighty hard to FF at the beach.

Posted on: 2011/8/20 16:16


Re: Outer Banks, NC - Aug 7-14, 2011

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FI - I must be too much of a fly snob! LOL I just love the challenge that fly fishing brings. Beyond a doubt, bait fishing in the salt is the way to go though.

I would have loved to have caught that ray on a fly rod. The surf was just too rough to get out (and down) to where the fish were. I was able to go about 30-40', but longer than that became a challenge. I've used the backcast as a front cast in freshwater, but never thought to use it in the surf. It's amazing how much they built the beach up with dredged sand.

Nice work Jay378. If you really want to learn more about fly fishing the Outer Banks, check out OBX fly fishing. Beware of the addiction...

Posted on: 2011/8/20 16:29


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I'm not familar with that area, but I tried fishing the actual surf zone once with a fly rod in NJ. It was an exercise in pointlessness for me, but I take one down every year and fish a bay up to its inlet.

Far easier without crashing surf and high winds.

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Re: Outer Banks, NC - Aug 7-14, 2011

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Many of those surf dwellers rely on scent as their primary sense. I've never fished the salt with fly gear, but I imagine it could be a PITA and is probably much less effective than spin or bait fishing. Good to hear you guys got into fish. If I can talk my uncle into lending me his keys, I'd like to get down there for a long weekend in October.

PWK,
I watched a dude get his thumb shredded by a small blue at Oregon Inlet. I was in grade school at the time, but remember it like it was yesterday. Thought he could lip it like a bass... even as a youngster I'm sure I'd have better sense than that.

Posted on: 2011/8/20 22:39



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