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Pickle - October fishing question for you

By: Mstaszew
8/7/2019 10:35 AM

Looking to do a trip October 12th. It's been a few years since I've done a boat trip, but I've only done them April/May for yellowfin, September for whatever is biting, and winter for ocean stripers. I called up my regular guy who does nearshore/inshore and he said Amberjack were scarce this year and he recommended an inshore trip for stripers.

So, what are your thoughts on mid-October? What can one expect for inshore stripers? Looking online it looks like they are smaller in the sound and about the size I catch inadvertently bass fishing here in inland NC. No thanks. I'd be all for striper fishing, but for those ocean running giants which I know we can't expect at that time.

Ideally a nearshore/inshore trip for meat fish would be superb. In the past with my regular guy we caught tiles, even trolled and picked up some mahi and wahoo. The only deal with him and tiles is that he uses electric which I'm OK with ONLY if I'm worn out from Amberjack first. I recall on here that you do not use electric which I'd prefer if bottom/wreck fishing is the only thing to do at that time.

Anyway, any insight you can give on expectations and trip recommendations would be much appreciated. Also, how is your availability that time of year?

Thanks!

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By: Pickle
8/7/2019 11:30 AM

Okay you have expressed lots of thoughts. As you know I tell it like it is. First the easy answer FORGET ABOUT OCEAN ROCKFISH/STRIPERS. I know that's a "Bold Statement" but we haven't had any Ocean Stripers in over 7 years. Now some boats might fish the Oregon Inlet Bridge, up against the pilings and catch some on live bait. Quite IFFY! If that's what you like okay, but you can't do that from a big boat. Sound Stripers 12 to 20 Inches are a good possibility at the Manns Harbor Bridges. Light tackle fishing. Not bad but again generally small boat fishing right against the Pilings. This fishing can be affected significantly by Winds, Water Quality and sometimes Tides. Next "Bold" statement NO AMBERJACK! Commercial fishermen cleaned them out in late May/early June. Nobodies fishing for them. Maybe a few here and there on some Wrecks and some way down South. Okay Mid October Ocean Fishing:
Inshore: Bluefish, False Albacore, maybe some King Mackerel but you need a 6 or 8 Hour Trip to reach/find them.
Wreck/Bottom Fishing: Tilefish and Snowy Grouper close August 31st. That leaves Black Sea Bass. Absolutely one of the best eating fish around and a specialty of my boat. We fish numerous wrecks from 150 to 200 feet deep. NO ELECTRIC REELS, NO 3 or 4 HOOK RIGS. Limit 15 per person, 13 inches. October has nice action with 2 to 5 lb fish. Triggerfish can be a bonus along with scattered Southern Hake. Possibility of Trolling home for a few Kings and False Albacore.
Availability Wide Open. But be mindful of small nasty Fall wins. Let me know if you have any more Questions.

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By: Mstaszew
8/7/2019 11:59 AM

Thanks for the advice. Let me get back to my friend and his sons and relay the info. The black sea bass and possibly kings sounds spot on.

Amberjack, that's a shame. That was our go-to early bite in years past just for the fun fishing and then we moved onto the meat fishing after we were sufficiently exhausted.

Ocean stripers, yeah, I knew that was out of the question. I came down and fished during that epic winter where the state record was broken, but... it's called fishing, not catching, so we got a freezing cold boat ride in an open boat. Even had to shovel ice and snow out of it beforehand.

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By: Mstaszew
8/7/2019 12:50 PM

Pickle, I sent you a PM.

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By: Mstaszew
8/7/2019 1:28 PM

Sorry for all the noise, but one more question... how is offshore fishing that time of year? My experience there is limited to spring.

I spoke to my friend and his boys and we're kind of at odds right now where table fish is nice, but the boys are hoping to hook into something huge.

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By: Pickle
8/7/2019 1:59 PM

I sent you a PM too. Anyway Fall has some very good Tuna fishing. The bigger bodies of Yellowfin go North for the Summer off NJ and NY. They start returning in good numbers in late September. Our prime Fall Tuna time is Mid October into early December. If conditions are right in October you could still have a good Dolphin bite along with some Wahoo. In addition we have some Blackfin Tuna in the mix. The Fall Tuna season is more conventional Offshore fishing meaning you really don't need some of the exotic stuff like Kite or Green Sticks used in the Summer or slower months. Fall Yellowfin are generally bigger than Spring fish. Come on, lets go fishing.

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By: Mstaszew
8/7/2019 2:42 PM

You are the man! Thank you, again, for the most helpful advice. I'll pass all of this along and we'll figure out what we're gonna do.

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By: Pickle
8/7/2019 6:09 PM

Come fish on the Polish Boat. Polka Dancing optional, fish catching No.1. Many people ask how the boat got its name STOLAT. Well it's a Polish word actually spelled Sto-lat meaning 100 years. It is regularly used as toast or saying meaning "a hundred years to you". Buttt the real reason for naming the boat that is my wife said "It is the last boat I'm getting for a Hundred Years".

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By: lowtide
8/7/2019 8:19 PM

Thanks for sharing the great fishing questions and even better answers. I wish this forum was more active. Thanks, fish on.

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By: prezlee
8/8/2019 10:00 AM

We fished with Stolat this week. Excellent in every way - fish in number and quality; expertise of captain and mate; friendliness and patience of captain and mate. Everyone had a great time. All the important things. A+.

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By: Pickle
8/8/2019 11:29 AM

Thanks Prezlee, yes it was good. Limit of Tiles plus about 3 Dozen Bailer Dolphin. An Offshore bonus on a Bottom trip. For everybody's info Tiles close on August 31. Come get em. After that it's the Sea Bass Express. 15 per MAN limit. Not big (2 to 5 lbs) but alll great eating.

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By: obxmini
8/8/2019 12:05 PM

Come fish on the Polish Boat. Polka Dancing optional, fish catching No.1. Many people ask how the boat got its name STOLAT. Well it's a Polish word actually spelled Sto-lat meaning 100 years. It is regularly used as toast or saying meaning "a hundred years to you". Buttt the real reason for naming the boat that is my wife said "It is the last boat I'm getting for a Hundred Years".

Pickle
Love the backstory, Pickle!

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