Sunday, November 19, 2017

Over 20 years ago.....

....these sports stepped on my boat with a saltwater fly rod.  When they left they gave it to me, opening a can of worms that I have thoroughly enjoyed as I did spending some time on the water with Pete and Mo this week. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

grouper and grits for dinner

wow, I am stuffed.  Good stuff.  When I retire maybe I'll open a restaurant. 

great action and calm conditions with the albies this morning, searched a while but found some bait and charge doffshore before the wind picked up to catch a nice limit of gag grouper. 

Beautiful day on the water with sw breeze warming things up for a nice ride home. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

albie bite continues......

......and the trout showed up on the beach and at the jetty.

Ray got on the stripers and trout today at New Bern.

Friday, November 10, 2017

slow at the seamounts?

First day was a bit slow with just 3 nice tunas, but James got on a little bite on day two with a triple grand slam, 3 sails, 3 striped marlin and 4 blue marlin......not too shabbby.

Albies, trout and drum in the suds, oh and the kings

Scattered ablies on bait up and down the beach with more out on the draggers, sight casting drum in the suds and the king mackeral just off the beach is off the hook........after this nor'easter things should really fire off.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Missed the marlin hanging out with these......

......but there were plenty of tunas to make the day.....and a heavy handful of big dorado

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Excellent at the beach

Wow.  Took a quick trip looking for a snappa and couldn't stay away from the groupers.   Good problem to have.   Put out one line out with a live bait and immediately got bit......repeatedly. 

Limit of gags and limit of kings in just a couple of hours.   Road past plenty of albies.

sounds like the drum and trout are biting in the suds.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

I got to play

Just got back from a quick trip to CR, I did manage to fish one day.   It rained for a day, was cloudy one day and beautiful, slick calm and clear skies the last two days.   Perfect green season weather.  The water was a little green but the dorado fishing was good, also the tunas were really biting.   Countless strikes on top water with 50+ pounders airing out on flying fish all around.   We caught all we wanted but my day was over after this one bottomed out the bogagrip and my arms.  65# braid, 80 pound flouro leader and all I wanted on a spinning rod. 
Looking forward to some of the great fishing we have right here!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Capt. Ray says

"Been catching some nice specks and stripers in the river and the beach bite is on fire too.  We got a few openings."
----- Ray


Sunday, October 22, 2017

All reports aren't good

This one isn't great.  My first day on the water, took my dad and my buddy Brett Hinson who has built me some very cool sticks.  www.carolinacustomrods.com 

I spent most of the time up around New Bern within 3 or 4 miles either side of the bridge.  I threw a spook-like walk the dog topwater bait for about 4 solid hours.  I had 6 very lazy bites from what looked like decent fish, probably stripers or perhaps a trout, but only caught one 17 inch striper.   Brett caught a puppy drum on a rattle trap.

I was blown away by the amount of bait.  Despite what has been generally good water quality this year, the menhaden were having a hard time of it.   There were school after school of little 2-4 inch menhaden from one side of the river to the other and spanning several miles.   It was dead calm, so O2 may have been a little low, but a lot of these menhaden also had sores, something that we have not seen in a long time.

Unlike catostrophic fish kills of years past, these were not all turning belly up at the same time and there were almost zero dead, rotten floating menhaden.   As soon as one would go into a death spiral a gull would plop down and pluck him up.  There were plenty of menhaden falling out of formation and going into a circle and there were thousands upon thousands of sea gulls on top of them at the first sign of struggle.

 The menhaden schools were pretty tight and balled on the surface.   Sometimes would be 30 or 40 gulls hovering and plucking weak and injured.   What was oddly missing is sign of fish frenzy chasing and feeding on menhaden.   We got a bite about everywhere we went and would see an occassional slow swril as a striper or trout sipped one down, but nothing crazy.  Almost everywhere we went, there was the same story. 

It was mid day before we got out there and I have heard that the morning and late afternoon bite were completely different, but I thought we would get more bites than we did......just way too much bait and the fish were full, hence the lazy bites.

On a positive side, there was a lot of bait, good to see that.  Also there were a lot of very healthy looking mullet around, of all sizes.  We did see some finger mullet get showered on the shoreline a couple of times, also close to where I missed a couple on the spook.  There were no signs of dead or distressed fish other than these little menhaden.   I'm sure there were plenty of fish around cleaning up from below at the right time of day and the gulls were doing a good job of keeping things cleaned up on top. 

Since I'm semi-retired from the guiding thing, I can really appreciate those who are out there fishing on their days off to stay on the bite, "prefishing" before trips and keeping a pulse on what's going on.  My efforts today don't reflect the good fishing that those guides have been experiencing because they are spending time on the water.    That's what it's all about.   On my next trip, I think I'm going to save some time hunting around and just hire one of the guides.
George

Friday, October 20, 2017

striper action on fire

 

 Some pics from a recent trip with Capt. Jennings, most on topwater

Thursday, October 19, 2017

On the way home


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Negotiating the price of mud crabs

Although very nice crabs, I think that the crabber got the better end of the deal.

Excellent striped bass fishing with Capt. Greg

and yes there are still some big drum in the riva!



Ashley and trout fishing

If you want to learn about trout fishing, this would be the year to do it and we have just the guy.   Give Melissa a ring at 252-671-3474
 

 


Baramundi

Took my casino winnings and put together a last minute charter.  A lot of rain and a lot of casting and 8 hours s later pat and I each got a bite.  Both on spooks.  I missed mine.  This one is dinner.  Along with three mud crabs we bought off a crabber.  Mud crabs are like supersized stone crabs.  





Like a cross between a snook and a tarpon......and yes, they do jump.  
All are born as males and grow up in the estuary, turn to females and go to the ocean to spawn.  They get over 60 pounds. 

All in one day with Capt. Greg


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lots of spots back home

Picture from Capt. Ray catch from yesterday's 5 boat trip organized by Down East Guide Service

Now some Marlin Porn

See the reef in the background, sometimes the bite came less than 100 yards from the break and in less than 100 ft of water.   
The high boat averaged 2 black marlin releases each day, including 4 over 500 pounds and one of those nearly hitting the half ton mark.   I got to see one of those yesterday, estimated in the teens, way, way over a grand.   That was the one we came for, although I didn't know it at the time.   I have a great new appreciation for what these blokes are doing down here with heavy tackle marlin fishing and why people come from all over the world to do it.  

 










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