Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Yes, the Big Red Drum have arrived

A hurricane, a full moon combined with shortening LOD (length of day) are all triggers for the running of the bulls.   Yes, they have arrived. 

Monday, August 3, 2020

I had it all wrong

Tom Cat Brynn was fishing next to multiple time tarpon tournament champions Mobile East Gene and Kingfish Derek.   Gene was not with Tom Cat, he was witness to the win, not a part of  it.   Ouch. 

Meanwhile, I was cutting some shooting lanes. 

Tarpon, tarpon, tarpon

Sounds like there was a pretty good showing out in the sound on Saturday, coinciding with a local pick up tournament of local tarpon fishermen.   

Tag a Long Dan and Tom Cat Brynn each caught two tarpon.   Dan's team  hooked a third tarpon that would have sealed the deal, but the tie in this event is broken by the first caught fish , which was team Tom Cat.   I understand that multiple tarpon tournament winner Gene Wooster from Mobile East Marine was also on the boat so I guess they split the trophy? 

Capt. Greg also caught a tarpon along with Jimmy on the Bull Pen.  

Lots of tarpon showed under ideal calm condtions.   After this blow they may be worth pursuning.   Let me know if you are hard headed enough to chase unicorns.   Will get you rigged up. 

Oh and the big drum have showed also.  

Monday, July 27, 2020

another tarpon in the air for Greg

.....but he was trout fishing at the time.

some pics from his last couple of days

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

steady mixed bag


few tarpon around.  Greg caught his second one of the year
excellent mixed bag fishing that includes black drum, puppy drum and trout.
yes we are open for business.
Bring it.

In Costa Rica.....still shut down and can't get there but the sailfish are waiting.  The last two reports I got from some folks who poked their head out......50 sailfish bites/day.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Fishing on The General

Capt. Wade and Trey making it happen

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Thanks Race for the pictures

These are from the "way back machine"

NC fishing report Got tarpon?

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Lots of bears, more pics to follow

Friday, June 26, 2020

Flashback Friday

Thanks Craven for the pic

Capt. Greg and Pamlico Sound MIxed Bag Trip

$700 for the boat
Openings available

big flounder

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Fishing report from Capt. Greg.

Fishing is good plenty of puppy drum
We have 18 trout in the box this morning.
Have had old drum twice this week including a BIG one that we ended up breaking off after 45 minutes on a mini rod and light leader. 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Family day on the Dragin Fly

Mauricio and crew of the Dragin Fly had a family day today.   Put some meat in the freezer then went looking for tunas for a couple of hours.   Did not make much forward progress, kept running over sailfish with a dozen bites in less than 2 hours. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Pamlico Sound mixed bag

Down the river.   Wow.   Most of  those pups (redfish) are of legal size, trout are in summer patterns and ready for wade fishing, black drum and sheepshead on the hard bottom.   Looking like a great summer of light tackle fishing.

Up the river add striped bass in the mix.

Waiting on flounder season, a bunch of them around.........

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Never Give Up

I had completely given up on the cobia.   Was on the way in the inlet and about to pull it back in the no wake zone when I ran across a pair of keepers, the larger being close to 50 pounds.  They went down but despite all the boat traffic and rocking and rolling they popped back up.    I hooked both of them and lost them both on the same cast.   I could not believe that we found them again paddling along, right in the middle of all the slop.   This time I hooked the little one and the big one was much more finicky.  Instead of taking a chance of losing the one on the line for a second time, we took the shot with the gaff and let the bigger one swim free until tomorrow. 

We did a lot  of looking and those were the only cobia that we saw......after i had given up

I did see a decent school of tarpon and a pair of 100 pounders cruising along the shallows.  I will have something for them tomorrow. 

Thursday, June 4, 2020


No cobias.....or at least none that I have seen in hundreds of miles of looking around the Crystal Coast.   Yes, there have been a few caught by the bottom fishermen and I shagged enough sharks and rays to get my fill of that.   There has been some excellent fishing of all sorts of light tackle toothed critters.   All kinds of sharks in all kinds of shapes and sizes.   Mackerals of Spanish and King variety, some trophy Spanish mackeral but the Kings are small, but make up for their size in voracity and numbers.   Catching 10 pound king on trout rods and flies is pretty good stuff.

Maybe a cobia will show but I think that running into a dorado along the warm waters and tide lines just off the beach is equally likely.   Amberjacks on the wrecks and a few bottom fish around but the weather has sucked and there has been a lot of current.

Big Rock starts this week so some of the guides have started to migrate away from the crowds and to the Neuse where the mixed bag trout/striped bass/puppydrum (red drum) mixed bag is yielding triple digit days.

Guides available for those who want to go

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Roanoke report, not over yet?

With all the rain up here in the mountains, they jacked the water up.  Waiting for a report that I may get first hand on Tuesday.   With the high water, a good topwater bite should stretch out a bit.

few cobias starting to show

heading back to the coast to get into some of that.  Looks like the weather is finally about right.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Roanoke fired off again today

Triple digits for this lucky and very tired angler. 
Thank you Capt. Greg

Roanoke and Cobia

Me waiting for the cobia to show up.............actually we did catch one just under 40 pounds out of a bait ball on Friday,  saw a couple on Saturday, then Sunday and Monday on the Roanoke for the stripers.    We missed the afternoon topwater bite by a day but there are still a bunch of fish out there.   they are a bit finicky at times, but you can still catch a hundred of them if you have a day to do it and you are mad at them. 
Going to give the salt a break and take this week in the office for the first time in a couple of months.    Starting to pick up the pieces and sorting out cancellations from Coronapanic.