Saturday produced possibly the fishing experience of their lifetimes for some anglers trolling off Oregon Inlet.
As big bluefin tuna were being fought offshore of the Outer Banks port, the fishermen were stunned to see a pod of Orcas arrive.
The beautiful black and white killer whales, slashing along the surface, began helping themselves to the tuna that were hooked.
Ten tuna were taken by the feeding Orcas, an occurrence rarely seen along the Outer Banks.
One angler was able to boat part of the bluefin he was battling - the head. The rest of his fish was gone, bitten off cleanly from the gills back.
One skipper said the whales "were behind the boat like barracuda chasing hooked fish in the Florida Keys."
To see still photos of the Orcas feeding on the big tuna, log onto twstackle.com, go to Fishing Reports and then click on Saturday's report.
Norman yields big catches of bass
Only a few years ago, Lake Norman wasn't popular at all with entrants in bass tournaments.
The lake on the Catawba River north of Charlotte was referred to derisively as "The Dead Sea." This was because of the seemingly low population of largemouth bass it held.
No more. Not after last week.
Two tournaments produced a stunning number of largemouth and spotted bass, many of them of good size.
In the three-day Bassmasters Southern Open from Thursday through Saturday, Fletcher Shryock of Ohio won with a limit of 15 bass weighing 49.9 pounds. That's an average of 3.3 pounds per fish.
He found the bass well uplake above the Interstate 40 bridge, approximately 25 miles from Blythe Landing, where the tournament was based.
Shryock located the area holding a great number of bass by chance. When his boat became stuck on a rocky/sandy bar, he radioed for help. While waiting, he caught five bass. Shryock returned the next day with a shovel, opened a channel for his boat into a pocket off the river and hit the jackpot.
Shryock won a large bass boat and motor valued at $45,000, plus $11,933 cash. He also earned a spot in the Bassmasters Classic championship.
Gerald Swindle of Alabama finished second with 43.15 pounds, earning $17,200. Tracy Adams of Wilkesboro was third with 40.4 pounds worth $14,917.
Other top Carolinians: Ron Wolfarth, Oakboro, sixth; Alvin Shaw, Roaring Gap, eighth; Jason Quinn, Lake Wylie, ninth, and Andy Montgomery, Blacksburg, S.C., 10th.
An N.C. Bass Federation club competition at Norman produced what one official called "phenomenal numbers" of fish Saturday and Sunday.
A whopping 792 bass were boated Saturday by the 148 participants and all the fish were released alive after the weigh-in. Sunday's catch totaled 744 bass, and all but three were freed alive.
The Land of the Sky team from Western N.C. won the tournament.
The largest bass was caught by Gary Abernathy, a fish weighing 5.73 pounds. T.H.
Catches of the Week
A 2-pound whiting at Bogue Inlet Pier by John Kringer of Beaufort.
Twenty reds boated and released in backwaters near Ocean Isle by local anglers Brandon Sauls and Jeff Beck.
Six bluefin tuna during one day off Oregon Inlet by James Norris of Ohio. Five were released and a 168-pounder was taken to the dock.