Reports of a fantastic bite of blackfin tuna got us to head to
Hatteras this past weekend. Anglers jigging
around the various rock piles have been catching
blackfin tuna pushing 40 pounds, some large
king mackerel and all the amberjack and false
albacore that you can stand to crank in. The
week prior, Ric Burnley (Saltwater Sportsman)
was down there and they caught their self-imposed
limit of 24 black fin tuna in just a few hours
We picked the forecasted calmest day and drove
down to fish on the
Hatteras charter boat the
Big Tahuna. Of course, the forecast
changed and it was rough as heck but those Carolina
charter boats are made for those seas. It was
a short run to fishing grounds and once there,
the action was constant.
This was a new fishing style for most of us so were there to
learn a new technique more than to catch fish.
We did both. We will be jigging a little differently
when we run out of Virginia this year. It is
worth your time to go out there at least once
on a boat which has this technique down. A good
charter boat can really shorten the learning
Ric Burnley road along with us in his roll of outdoor writer/photographer.
The anglers included myself, Charles Southall, Bob Manus,
Lee Williams, Danny Forehand, and David Brabrand. The
tuna bite was off the day we fished though it has turned
back on again now. We caught 4 blackfin, a big king
mackerel, and a ton of amberjack and false albacore.
We also had some shark encounters. We did not land any
of those. It was a lot of fun and a good workout. I
expect that we will be headed back that way soon. It
is a good way to spend a winter day.