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racinmullet
07-09-2007, 12:31 PM
Just got back from a week of fishing out of Hatteras. Man what a great week. My wife, son and I fished most days for flounder and found some keepers among many 13 inchers. On Monday I found a small creek on the chart and fished the mouth of it. We caught several specks some spots and a few croakers. On Wednesday, we made our maiden voyage out of the inlet. When I say maiden, I mean for the boat, crew and captain. We ran out to the 220 reef and started trolling. Seeing that I can not wire a ballyhoo that does not roll, I put on some Mann's stretch 25. Within minutes BAM the left long rod went off. My wife starts yelling that we have a fish and my four year old son is yelling that he is going to get the gaff. We havn't seen the fish yet. I politly asked her to drive the boat and for him to leave the gaff alone. A few minutes of fighting and we boated our first ever ,on our boat, King! After trolling about thirty more minutes, I found some structure on the fish finder. We anchored and put out a chum bag. My wife was bottom fishing while I prepared some rods for anything that may come into the chum line. Only several minutes had gone by before she said " I have a fish and it's big" she fought and landed our first ever trigger fish. She then proceded to catch one after another until she got tired and stopped. She overall probably caught 25-30 trigger fish. While all this was going on a school of 20-30 jacks came up the chum line but no takers. Then I saw a flash out of the corner of my eye and a gaffer dolphin came into the line. He did't take my squid but the next one did. After about 1 hour of fishing, I told her that I thougt the wind was picking up and it was time go. Final tally was one king 10-15lbs, one dolphin(bailers), 25-30 trigger fish, 6-8 black sea bass and one shark about 4ft long. All in about two hours of fishing. We only kept the dolphin. It was the best dolphin I have ever had.

J.


Southern Fried
07-09-2007, 01:34 PM
Great job !

offshore3144
07-09-2007, 01:43 PM
Sounds like you had a blast !!! Nothing like catching them on your own boat!! Mark


Law Dog
07-09-2007, 01:47 PM
I have noticed that many half day charter boats are catching triggerfish these days out of Oregon Inlet. I have never fished for them. Just wondering, how far out were you, how deep was the water and what were you using as bait?

Thanks for the info and congrats on the successful trip.

racinmullet
07-09-2007, 08:56 PM
Law Dog,

We were fishing on the 220 reef out of Hatteras Inlet in about 65-70 feet of water. My wife was using a basic two hook bottom rig with 1oz of lead and shrimp for bait. AR 220 is around 5.5 miles out of the inlet. It is really easy to find. If you go out on a North East heading and look for the reef bouy, you will run right into it.

J.

Law Dog
07-10-2007, 07:30 PM
Thanks for the info. I have eaten triggerfish and enjoy it grilled. I am always looking for something else to catch with small kids on the boat. I was by an AR out of OI about 3 1/2 miles the other day and thought I saw a half day charter catching triggers. However, I just assumed such fish were out deeper. I will give it a go in a few weeks. Thanks again.



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