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. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

oh, the Roanoke?

They dropped the water again.....bunched all the fish up in one pile.  They were really mad at zara spooks.   Greg caught 72 on his first drift.   Yeah, pretty good, but dropping the water again this weekend so who knows.......

And yes, we still have seen no cobia

but we have had really good fishing with a bunch of different species that included bluefish blitzs so thick they were eating the weight off the line.   Grey trout on light tackle, giant snappas and groupers on the jigging rods, topwater plugs getting terrorized by packs of amberjacks, carpets of sharks behind shrimp trawlers, I mean we have had a really amazing day of just took three days to add it all up.

there are some bait balls around and the water temps are starting to get where they need to be.  The weather man says that there is a tropical system passing by on Monday/Tuesday so I imagine that later next week we should be into the first big wave......if we are going to get it.

It is sad to say that for the first time in my life the most trustworthy person on TV is the weather man.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Yes, we saw no cobia

But AJ's of all sizes for your angling pleasure

Monday, May 11, 2020

Coronapanic Continues

We lost a couple of corporate groups in late August, now ALL Down East Guides are open and available Aug. 17-20 and Aug. 24-26. 

This is a great oppportunity for those large groups who we have previously turned away due to lack of availability to now get on the books and fill these dates for this year. 

water falling

made for a couple of "tough" days of fishing for the jig guys but the top water bite in the afternoon made up for it for some of those who stayed late. 
Hopefully they will have enough water to hold it at about 8000 for another week or two.   Excellent fihsing continues and the top water now should go almost all day long in some places.  Fly fishermen be sure to have your lines stretched out or go to the Roanoke to get them stretched.   Should be really good.

Meanwhile on the coast, the tower boat is getting splashed and reports of bait balls on the beach are coming in.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Cold snap and high water

Going to keep the stripers up the river even longer and stretch out this good fishing all the way through May.....unless they turn off the faucet.

Openings over the next few days.

Great afternoon and morning with friends

Saturday, May 2, 2020

You know who you are .......

.....and the Down East Guides appreciate you defying unconstitutional government mandates and going fishing.


Thursday, April 30, 2020

Jennings report

fun catching continues

Monday, April 27, 2020

First cast

This 30 inch "buck" did not make it to fertilize the eggs of the 28 inch "sow" that was caught and released ont he second cast.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Justin pics with the kids

Do you think that they were ready to get out of the house?

Friday, April 24, 2020

oh, the fishing

No problem catching our keepers, did not need the bait that Greg gave us but it was helpful dialing things in.   Half of what we caught was too big to keep.   They are planning to drop the water tomorrow so that should change everything.  :)

Capt. Justin says

How do you know when you have become a mountain man?

 When you start putting gas in the boat after you've already put it in the water.....has nothing to do with the assortment of weapons used to pursue striped bass

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Capt. Justin report

We really, really, really appreciate those who are comfortable and confident enough to brave the world and go fishing.  For those who choose to live vicariously through this fishing report, we salute you and do not question the individual decisions that you feel like you need to make to keep yourself and your family safe.

Meanwhile Capt. Justin is doing his part facilitating the procurement of protein for his Covid free guests and implementing social distancing standards for the rockfish removed from the Roanoke River. 

Open days available for the essential activity of fishing for food.

Roanoke openings

On related matters, the fishing on the Roanoke River has been spectacular for those brave enough to fish through the Coronapanic which has yielded a 80% mortality rate on booked charters through May.

Drum trips

This time during most years would find our August and September drum season already booked tight.   We have large corporate groups who have been fishing 6-8 boats each day during the same weeks for many years. 

Fearing the answers through these uncertain times, we have not been pushing for confirmations or requesting deposits.   I am anticipating cancellations.    

If you know that you or your group is planning on coming, send me an e mail and let me know so that I can get your dates in ink. 

If you know that you are NOT coming, I also appreciate the heads up so we can begin to fill those openings.    

We have started a wait/call list for last minute openings,  reach out if you would like to add your name.

For those who have never done it, see a recent description on the fishing and the rates:

OK, a few more details on the details.
In the Neuse River/Pamlico Sound there is no lunar tide.   Unlike many places, lunar tides are predictable and with a good understanding of a tide, anglers can predict where the fish should be on a particular tide.
The arms of the Outer Banks wrap around the shallow waters of the Pamlico Sound  and negate any tidal influence coming from the ocean.   However, we do have tides, but our water is moved by the wind.   Even a light afternoon breeze, over a few hours can change the flow of the river; a stiffer breeze can change water levels by a couple of feet; a hard southwester can leave creeks dry whereas flounder can be seen crossing the street in Oriental on a strong nor’easter.

There are several ways that we can catch the giant red drum.    The traditional way of fishing for them is using cut bait in the afternoons, fishing  through sunset.   Although this technique can be productive any time of day, the afternoon breezes move the water and , broadcast the scent of the baits over a larger area, attracting more fish than under calm conditions.   On this “afternoon  drum trip” we typically use larger boats, 21-28’ center consoles that are comfortable and fishable under almost any sea conditions that the Neuse can offer.     If there is enough wind, we often hit the shoreline for a couple of hours to catch our limit of puppy drum or legal sized red drum, maybe also a trout or flounder before setting up for the big ‘uns……unless of course you want to forego catching dinner and target the giants from the start of the trip.    These trips are typically very consistent.

The other way of catching the big ones is using artificial lures and popping corks.   The tackle is lighter and this technique involves a lot of casting, so often preferred by experienced anglers.   Success for the big drum is consistent as long as weather conditions are calm with little wind, therefore these trips are usually run very early in the mornings before the breeze picks up.    Although the guides with the big boats can also catch the big drum in this manner, a smaller “bay boat” with a trolling motor is preferred,

Giant red drum trips:
Long half day, bay boat, artificial lures $600.  full days $800,  start time at 6/7 am
Long half day, larger center consoles, with bait $750.  full days $900, start at 6/7 am or 10/11 am

We also offer “split days” which take advantage of the morning and afternoon peak feeding times.   These days can be done on the same day or split over two days.    Spilt days on the bay boats are $1000 or $1200 on the larger center consoles.

Depending on the trip that you want and your arrival/departure dates into Oriental we can make hotel reservations for you and bundle that into a package.

Regarding your request for availability on Sunday afternoons through Tuesday afternoons during the peak of the season, these are the current options with first string guides:

Aug. 2, 3, 4 and 9, 10, 11 are open.
Flounder season opens Aug. 16 which is open and Aug. 17 is open, but things start getting very busy for us.
Aug. 23 is open with one boat possibly available on Aug. 24 and/or 25
Aug. 30 is open and the morning of Aug. 31.
Sept. 7 pm and Sept. 8 am are open
Sept. 13 pm and Sept. 14 am are open
Sept. 21, 22, 23 and 27, 28, 29 are open.

 Let me know if you have any questions or dates that jump out at you and we'll get you penciled in on the calendar. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Capt. Ray says

Lots of little red puppy fish in the big riva.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Greg also doing his part!

Live from the river with Capt. Jennings

Social distancing:   keeping these 6 striped bass seperated from their families. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

vote for The General   Share this on your Facebook page. It’s hokey but something to do right now. We made it to elite 8 last year. Maybe we can win with everyone in quarantine.