Early morning bottomfishing for triggerfish was real good with catches of 7-12 fish per drift. Fish were 1-4 pounders. Cut bait of albacore and sand bass worked better than squid because it stayed on the hooks better with the triggers biting so quickly. 57 triggerfish were caught by 11:00 AM. Our party wanted to catch vermillion snapper so we went deeper to 70 Fathoms, about 44.0 nauticals miles South of Beaufort Inlet. We had caught our limit of vermillion and silver snapper here a couple weeks earlier. The current was running 3.0 miles per hour and made it hard to stay in the fish. Only three were caught in three drifts; so we went back to 130' depths, to find that current had picked up to 2.5 miles per hour there. Seas built to 7' before we arrived back at the inlet at 3:30 PM.

Fish Species: Triggerfish and vermillion snapper
Bait Used: Squid, albacore and sand bass
Tackle Used: Electramates on 9/0 Penn Reels
Method Used: Bottomfishing
Water Depth: 130'
Water Temperature: 82.6 F.
Wind Direction: Southwest
Wind Speed: 20 Knots

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About The Author: Captain Bobby Freeman

Company: Sunrise Charters

Area Reporting: Atlantic Beach/Morehead City Offshore Fishing

Bio: Operated Sunrise Charters for 24 years, targeting deep water snapper and grouper; triggerfish, sea bass, dolfin ,tuna, and wahoo.Electric reels for bottom fishing and light tackle for dolfin our speciality. 37\' Custom New England Boat with 600 Horse Power Diesel. Extensive elctronics for locating fish include Loran C, two GPS, Color Scope, Radar and Plotter.

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