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APRIL 2009

Sailfish 2009 
  The OBSESSION headed down to Isla Mujeres, Mexico with two other Oregon Inlet charterboats in early January.  Trip down there went well with good weather and no problems.  Fishing in January was excellent.... we released 300 sailfish in 15 trips.  Weather was unusually rough, with winds out of the north virtually the whole month, and for that matter thru February as well... all related to the cold weather in the states.... still tempertures were in the mid 70's to low 80's but that was a bit cool for down there. The first day we fished, January 13, with three deckhands from other boats, we caught 22 sailfish out of 45 bites!  A few days latter, Wayne Decker, with son's Geoffrey and Wesley, enjoyed two 20+ fish days.  Paul Kamp and his crew fished 4 days and released 122, with a top day of 37 sailfish.
     Fishing was unusually sporadic in Februay, which has always been our best month down there.  We had a week of 20+ fish days and ended up averaging 10 sailfish/day for the month, but that average was well off from the last two years when we averaged 15-16 sailfish/day.  Generally, there are two bodies of fish off Isla Mujeres.... one  I call the resident fish, which hang around close to the island in an area that
holds a lot of bait... we usually work on these fish early in the season.  As more boats get there and fishing pressure increases, we run north where we generally find what I refer to as the migratory fish, which is usually a larger body of fish.... these sailfish have produced the epic 50+ fish days but move around more from day to day, often with the wind.  Typically, when the weather is fit the fleet runs  up there and find them, reducing the fishing pressure on the resident fish, which we save for the rougher days.  This year, even with the north winds, which typically moves the migratory fish closer to the island, after a few days of great fishing in early February, they disappeared, scattered or just moved out of range.  Consequently,  the majority of the fleet just pounded on the residents, so fishing slowed up on them.  A few of us continued to run up north every few days trying to relocate the migratory sailfish, but we only had limited success.  Anyway, fishing picked up again in March around the full moon.  Peter Watson and  daughter Currin, caught 35 and 29 sailfish in successive days, and overall for the month we averaged 12 sailfish/day.  We ended the season releasing 685 sailfish.

    As luck would have it,  we got the OBSESSION all the way back to Pirates Cove with no problems, only to hit a submerged object right at the mouth of Pirates Cove creek..... nearly 3000 miles of traveling and we are less than 200 yards from my slip.... anyway hauled the OBSESSION out the next week, got the propeller repaired and we are back in business.  
    We have fished several days in the last week or so,  and have had some excellent bluefin tuna fishing, with fish weighing from 100-150 lbs.   A few yellowfin have shown up but water conditions have not been great as yet.  Some dolphin, mako sharks, wahoo and blackfin tuna are around and a few blue marlin have been caught in Morehead and Hatteras, so we should see a few of them if the conditions get right in the next few weeks.
Tuna 2009
   Richard Wright, 30, who has worked on all the top Morehead City charter boats in the last 10 years,  will be mating for me this summer.  He finished out the season with me in Mexico and has fished the days we have fished here, and has done an outstanding job.  He is an excellent deckhand and has an outgoing personality.   I have had several very positive compliments about him in the short time he has been on the OBSESSION. 
    I am currently taking bookings for 2009, but with the economy the way it is, business is very slow, so I have too damm many open days.  Please come and bailout your local charterboat captain!  You can reserve dates by phone  (252-480-0094) or e-mail [email protected].  The cost of chartering the OBSESSION out of Pirates Cove Marina in 2008 will be $1650 for 1- 6 people and this includes all bait, tackle, and ice for your fish.  All you need to bring is your food and beverages for the day, and a few extra coolers to bring home your catch.  There is fish cleaning service available at the dock.   A $400 deposit is required to secure your fishing dates... this deposit is fully refundable: 1) with notification of cancellation of your trip at least 2 or more weeks prior to your scheduled date or; 2) due to bad weather.   The deposit can be sent to:  Captain Jeff Ross    3102 S. Ocean View Ct.   Nags Head, NC   27959.   A summary of the types of fishing at various times of the year is available on my OBSESSION website  (see Fishing Calendar):

        With the economic difficulties we are all facing,  I have had several groups that could not quite get a whole group together.  If you want to go fishing, and need additional people to fill out your group, or you want to join a group to share costs for a charter, please call or email me,  and I will discuss several options with you and hopefully hook you up with a full group.   Very often I can come up with additional people to fill up the boat.

 At this time I am booked for the Dare County Boat Builders Tournament, the Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament and the Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament.   As one would expect due to these financially trying times, I have had cancellations by two of my tournament groups.  Marlin 2009
    The 51st ANNUAL BIG ROCK BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT out of Morehead City is scheduled for MONDAY JUNE 8 thru SATURDAY JUNE 13, with 4 out of six fishing days.  I have only one or two committed anglers,  and so we are looking for 3-5 more anglers. If someone has a full group, I would be available for that, with my committed anglers very interested in joining that group if there is room.
     The Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament, out of Rudi Inlet,  will be held THURSDAY AUGUST 20 thru SATURDAY AUG 22, with 2 out of 3 fishing days.  The Obsession has had great luck in this tournament in the past, but I have no anglers committed to this tournament at this time!  If you have a full group or are interested in being part of a group for either of these tournaments, please contact me by email ([email protected]) or phone 252-480-0094.

     I would like to thank those who have fished with us over the years for your business.  Hopefully you had a great fishing trip, exciting adventure offshore, and maybe even a memorable catch.

     We guarantee 110% effort to show you a great time and hopefully catch you a bunch of fish and maybe a fish of a lifetime! Ruth Ann and I will be happy to provide more details upon request by e-mail  [email protected] or phone (252-480-0094).   As well, we are always glad to offer any assistance and/or recommendations for your travel, lodging and dining on the Outer Banks .
     Check out my  website for more information on my boat, myself, my fishing operation as well as fishing reports and pictures of recent catches: 
Best wishes and tight lines.... Cap'n Jeff Ross.

P.S. PLEASE feel free to forward this to any of your fishing buddies....   we need all the business we can get!!


   My wife, Ruth Ann, is an NC Real Estate Broker with Village Realty in Nags Head. If you are interested in buying, selling or following the market, please let her know.  She would love to speak with you! Now is the time to buy real estate on the Outer Banks!  If you are looking for vacation rentals, Village Realty, with more than 500 vacation rental properties and a 25-year commitment to extraordinary service, will help make your vacation dreams come true!

   Ruth Ann can be reached at 252 473-8495  

              Ruth Ann Ross


Captian Jeff Ross
3102 S Ocean View Ct
Nags Head, NC 27959