Monday, March 25, 2013

TAG Outer Banks (OBX), North Carolina – 17th Season Underway!

The TAG team assembled in North Carolina’s Outer banks alongside a cadre of State, Carolina, and Duke fans, as March Madness descended upon the Tar Heel State.  TAG’s 17th season in North Carolina was finally underway following weeks of weather delays.

Captains Charles Perry ("CP") and Alan (‘Big Country”) Scibal steered our tagging vessel, Sensation, through the treacherous waters of Oregon Inlet on a two-hour run to offshore fishing grounds at ‘The Point’.   We were joined by the greater part of the North Carolina charter fleet, a flotilla of center console boats, wave-runners, and jet-skis. 

 Angler Richard Montana battles the first bluefin of TAG’s 2013 North  Carolina season under Captain Alan (“Big Country”) Scibal’s watch.

Despite optimal weather and fishing conditions, fishing was challenging.  CP and Big Country managed to put us on top of fish all afternoon.  We caught and tagged (acoustic tag) our first fish (~ 200 lb.) at 9:15 a.m., after trolling a green and white sea witch lure along the warm side of the break.  Angler Richard Montana landed the fish following a 20 min battle.  Our second fish, another ~ 200 pounds, was caught, tagged (acoustic), and released at 12:45 p.m., following a 30 min fight.

Veteran tagger Dr. Andre Boustany (left) irrigates a 200 lb bluefin as TAG Director Dr. George Shillinger (right) deploys an acoustic tag.

We marked fish all afternoon and observed boats on all sides fighting fish.  Following two shortbites on the flatlines (baited with ballyhoo), we hooked our third and final bluefin of the day – also on the flatline.  This bluefin arrived as part of a doubleheader, accompanied by a 25 lb wahoo – an unusual combination of tropical and temperate pelagic fishes, rarely caught together.


rt balut said...

I am a big fan of Dr Barbra Block,as I did 5 years of tagging out of Atlantic Beach.NC on the "Mission Bound", "Bench Mark"' and the "Over Under"...

Anonymous said...

thats some big fish you caught.

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