It’s going back, back, back, back, he’s at the wall, it’s going, and it’s gone…Grand slam homerun!! That’s the call from the press box at a baseball game. The call is a little different for the prized Offshore Grand Slam. It begins more like, ‘There he is, right short!’ and ends with hootin’ and yellin’ mixed with a few joyful profanities. This week had several crews close to tallying the last species in the Slam as Blue Marlin, Whites, and Sails are off the Mid-Atlantic coast.

The billfish bite heated up the latter part of the week. The excitement started when ‘Canyon Express’ returned to the dock with seven Whites and a Sailfish to their credit. Weather conditions were perfect for the following day and saw the fleet head out in search of the bills. Most headed to the Triple Zeros and south to the 900 line. Others took towards the Norfolk Canyon and points north. ‘Mimi’ returned from the Canyon with 2 of 5 Whites and ‘Matador’ scratched 2 of 3. ‘Desperado’ chalked up four White Marlin and a Sailfish, ‘Victory Lap’ caught five Whites. ‘Wired Up’ had three Whites and a Sailfish at the end of the day, while ‘Poor Girl’ hung eight White Marlin flags from the riggers. ‘High Hopes’ scratched two Whites a day after they caught and released a Blue Marlin. ‘Backlash’ also caught a Blue one earlier in the week. ‘Frog Pile’ came close to the Offshore Slam on Saturday. They caught the hard one…a Blue Marlin…along with three Whites. Three other Whites and a Sail, the final species for a Grand Slam, jumped off before getting leader. These are great numbers for this time of year. Perhaps the predictions of another banner season are coming to fruition!

The fleets out of Pirate’s Cove Marina and the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center got into the dance as well. Boats returned to the docks with multiple White and Sail releases. Fifty Billfish were tallied out of Pirate’s Cove alone. Tuna, Mahi and Wahoo were also lying on the docks at the marinas. Hatteras is reporting plenty of Sailfish for the taking along with some Mahi and Wahoo scattered around.

Back at the Beach, Tuna, Mahi and Wahoo are also on the menu. Tuna are still hitting baits near the Canyon. Fish are ranging from 40 to 60 pounds. Larger Dolphin are being caught as well. ‘Blue Eyed Sons’ boated several Mahi with two meeting the 25 pound citation minimum. Scott Bitler and crew worked the Cigar and went 3 for 4 on Wahoo with one going citation.

The Rudee Headboats are scoring some great action deep-dropping offshore. Clients are filling the coolers with Tilefish, Grouper, Barrel Fish, and more.

Until next week, get out there and…
Catch ‘em up!

By Captain Don Malkowski
VBSF.net fishing report contributor and founder of the Get Reel Lure Co.