Monday, March 30, 2020

office hours

I never had any.
I also never had a time when we were not responsible for connecting guides with customers at wee hours of the morning or a time when we did not have to monitor customer travels around the globe. 

We got none of that going on right now so if I don't pick up the phone, leave a message, I'll get in touch with you when I get back into the "office".

Meanwhile, we have guides in position to take people for the essential activity of "fishing for food" in Roanoke Rapids/Weldon, New Bern/Oriental and Morehead City/Atlantic Beach.

shad that is......

Fishing for food is essential.

If you need a boat and guide, let us know.

yesterday from Capt. Greg at Weldon

Got a handful on the jigs this morning!
plus all the shad you could want.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Government Be Ware

Shutting down public beaches and waterways or determining if a business is "essential" and shutting their doors is one step away from civil disobedience.

It is shameful to see so many sheep.    Baaaa. Baaaaa.  Baaaa  Bang!

Monday, March 23, 2020

wet market

Capt. Ray said:

Went to the Wet Market and got in on some Covoid free protein.
Trout fishing is as good as I’ve ever seen.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Coronapanic and social distancing

Isolate from the older generation,  practice social distancing, do what is absolutley necessary to keep those who are vulnerable as safe as possible, but the world should not shut down. 

This is a failed fire drill with devastating economic consequences.   For sure this will help us learn how to do things when the Big One comes around. 

All this said, no one should question the decisions folks have to make for their family and we respect those decisions.   We will be forwarding deposits to future reservations, however, we will not be making cancellations on this end. 

For those who do not suffer from the coronapanic or coronavirus and are healthy, we have healthy guides available to take groups of 4 or less. 

Greg has a boat load of shad and a double limit of stripers from Weldon today, yes, there are catchable numbers of stripers already that far up the river. 

Stay safe out there

Social distancing

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Fishing Report

…..for what it’s worth, fishing has been pretty good.  Dozen shots at sails each day with almost daily shots at marlin, a few dorado and good tuna fishing.

and in NC: 
Shad, shad, shad
Trout, trout, trout
Stripers, stripers, stripers
Puppy drum, redfish, spottail.  

Monday, March 9, 2020


New word for the dictionary.  Being from North Carolina, we don't cancel our week vacation when a storm comes off of Africa. In short, we are real people and everyone is in a different situation.  The sunshine kills Corona, we are here and waiting to accommodate you if you can make it.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

yeah yeah we got trout

and plenty of guides who can show you how to be an expert

name that fish

Monday, March 2, 2020

And other news

Dragin Fly was again competitive but not enough to make the podium.   Just  a few bites behind the leader going into the last leg of the Los Suenos Triple Crown.

Saturday, March 14

Christ Episcopal Church at 1 pm, followed by reception there at the church and a less formal reception at the Bridge Point Hotel and Marina at 6 pm.

The Bridge Point is also where rooms are reserved for out of town guests.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

George Hughes Beckwith

George Hughes Beckwith was born May 14, 1942 in Charlottesville, Virginia to Julian Ruffin Beckwith and Lois Hughes Beckwith.    Dr. Beckwith is survived by his sons George Hughes Beckwith Jr. (Anna) and Henry Dodge Beckwith, Psy.D.; his two sisters, Polly Hawkes (David) from Charlottesville, VA and Lois Johnson (Gary) from Bangor, ME and his brother Julian Beckwith (Joyce) from Watkinsville, GA.
After World War II, Julian and Lois and the Beckwith family moved to Clifton Forge, Virginia where they purchased property on the banks of the Cowpasture River, “The Farm”.   This is where a young George Beckwith found his love for fishing and the outdoors and where he would return through the years, sharing the happiest times of his life with family and friends.
In 1953 his father accepted a teaching position at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  The family returned to Charlottesville where George graduated Lane High School in 1960.   He later attended Hampton Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia, becoming a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.  Married to Kathy Dodge in August of 1965, he was greeted by the birth of their first son, George Hughes Beckwith Jr. in July of 1970.
George was accepted into the University of Virginia School of Medicine and with great pride of his father, graduated in 1971.   George and Kathy moved to Kentucky where George interned at the University of Kentucky.  In 1972 his second son, Henry Dodge Beckwith was born.   George completed his Residency in Internal Medicine/Fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Virginia from 1972-1976.
 In 1976 George traded the clear waters of the Cowpasture River for the tannic waters of the Trent River and New Bern, North Carolina, exploring with his boys all that coastal North Carolina has to offer.   George was very involved in the development of The Carolina East Cardiac Rehabilitation Program that has become extremely meaningful to people recovering from cardiac events in Eastern North Carolina.  George was also very active with the American Heart Association, retiring from medicine after nearly 40 years.
George was thankful for his team of colleagues and nurses through the years and the many patients who adored him.  The people of Eastern North Carolina and his family’s love for the coast kept him in New Bern, but any few days of leisure found him back on the clear waters of his childhood, working in his garden and sitting with friends on the porch  of the log cabin that he always wanted.
We cannot count the times when we have been with dad, stopped by the family of his patients who thanked him for taking care of their loved ones.   We would like to pass along our deepest and most heartfelt gratitude to all of his nurses and caregivers for their dedication, compassion and the dignity that they have given our father.  
The family is overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and kindness that has been showered upon us by his colleagues, friends and patients.   In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to:
American Heart Association or
Craven County Hospice c/o Craven County Health Department Foundation  PO Drawer 12610 New Bern, NC 28561
A memorial service is scheduled at Christ Episcopal Church in New Bern, North Carolina at 1:00 pm on March 14.

That smile

That smile is when you are fishing with your son, it's slick calm and user-friendly buffalo albies are eating spearing along the beach at the Cape without another boat in sight .....
George Hughes Beckwith
May 14, 1942- February 22, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020

Attacked by Costa Rica puffer fish

yup, took a chunk out of my trigger finger while attempting a gentle release from the cast net.  Ouch. 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

My morning

Nope, I did not catch it.  Roy sent it to me from Quepos in a taxi.  But we have caught some good stuff from the beach this year, including some nice snook, snappers and jacks.  Still waiting on a rooster for this year.    Yesterday morning the sardines got pushed up in the river mouth by a school of jacks.  Pelicans, friggit birds, bait jumping out of the water at your feet to get away from a wall of jacks.   Tripled up for about 2 hours.   Today was a more typical day of surf fishing in Costa Rica.   A lot of casting of hooks, lures, bucktails, cast nets and assorted live bait and no bites. 

Friday, February 14, 2020

How about some of you trout fishermen show up........ the New Bern MFC meeting and tell them how important the upstream net ban has positively impacted recreational fishing around New Bern.

February 14, 2020
·        • MFC TO MEET FEB. 19-21 IN NEW BERN

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Feb. 19-21 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 South Front St., New Bern. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Feb. 19, at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 20, and at 9 a.m. Feb. 21.

Public comment periods are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 and at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 20. Members of the public may speak to the commission on any fisheries-related topic. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for three minutes. More time may be allotted, at the chairman's discretion, depending on the number who sign up to speak. Those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the Feb. 19 or the Feb. 20 session, but not during both public comment periods.

The deadline for submitting written comments to the commission through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office is 5 p.m. Feb. 17. Those who wish to submit comments electronically may do so through an online format by clicking here.

Those who wish to bring their own handouts to give to the commission during the public comment period should bring at least 12 copies to the meeting. The Marine Fisheries Commission Office will not accept public comment for this meeting through email.

The public may listen to the meeting online. Up to 200 participants may listen to audio and view presentations in real-time on a first-come, first-served basis. Directions for participating in the webcast, including information on system requirements and testing, can be found here. Following the meeting, an audio recording will be posted online.

The meeting agenda and full 1200+ page briefing book materials are posted online here.

CCA NC will be offering comments in support of potential Rulemaking for Small Mesh Gill Nets to include:
The gill net free zones established upstream in the Pamlico and Neuse have saved, for the most part, the two good year classes of stripers that are present in these systems.  From what we are seeing, these fish have remained in the systems and are currently in place ready to move up the rivers this spring to spawn. 
Mild winters and ideal environmental conditions for successful spawns have resulted in a trifecta boom in three species: speckled trout, red drum and striped bass. The upstream net free zones are not responsible for this boom, but these large protected areas resulting from the net restrictions have provided a sanctuary, making the fish more accessible for an economically booming recreational fishery and easier for enforcement to protect.
The reduced bag limits and increased size limit on speckled trout imposed on recreational anglers have also played a huge role in the rebound in those stocks. Again, combined with the mild winters and ideal environmental conditions, the large, spawning size speckled trout are now allowed a chance to escape harvest and grow another season, resulting in an abundant stock now targeted by both recreational and commercial fishermen.
The Commission needs to recognize the extraordinary gift we have been given by Mother Nature and do everything in its power to protect these abundant stocks for future generations. The public trust interest in these natural resources should be protected for the majority and not allowed to be exploited by the few. The reason for the gill net zones was to protect several good year classes of striped bass.  They are still out there.  The need to protect these fish is just as great as it was when the closures were first established.  If anything, the need to maintain the gill net free zones or sanctuaries is greater than before and consideration should be given to expanding this "gill net sanctuary" to the mouths of the Pamlico, Neuse and Bay rivers or simply use the current "tie-down" lines.

The Commission will also consider Rulemaking to make Tarpon a "catch and release" only fishery. CCA NC supports the proposed rules changes that would make it illegal to possess or sell tarpon; hook and line only means of catching; and unlawful to gaff, spear or puncture.

Recreational anglers and supporters of coastal conservation are encouraged to attend the meeting to share their experiences and concerns. It is important for the Commission to hear from the community that owns the public trust resources the Commission is given a fiduciary responsibility to manage and protect for current and future generations.

February 15, Onslow Bay Chapter Banquet, Swansboro, NC. This year the Onslow Bay Chapter will be honoring Dick Henry, a true legend in the fishing tackle world and North Carolina treasure. Dick was the founder of Henry's Tackle that has now evolved into the global giant, Big Rock Sports. The auctions will include spa packages, wine tasting, fishing and hunting trips, and great vacation destinations. There will also be a new ATV, oyster roast for 40, fishing tackle, a used boat, motor and trailer, plus donations from many local companies, and much, much more! Join us for the fun at the Swansboro Civic Center on Saturday, February 15th. For tickets or more information please contact Rocky Carter at (336) 423-9100 or Matthew Wallin at (757) 508-3980.

February 27, East Carolina Chapter Banquet, Greenville, NC. The East Carolina Chapter returns to the beautiful and spacious Rock Springs Center for their 31st annual banquet. The auctions include fishing trips and popular vacation destinations, local donations of jewelry and clothing, boats, motors and trailers, and an off-road vehicle. And did we mention a puppy?! For tickets and more information please contact Billy Byrd at (252) 341-0191 or Matthew Wallin at (757) 508-3980.

March 5, Neuse River Chapter Banquet, New Bern, NC. The Neuse River Banquet returns to the Shrine Club located on South Glenburnie Road. The event features one of the best banquet meals found in the state served up by Chef Ben Wheat and Two Chefs Catering, plus live and silent auctions, and raffles featuring one of the best tackle line ups at this type of event! For tickets and more information please contact Donald Willis (252) 670-3853 or Matthew Wallin (757) 508-3980.

March 26, Charlotte Chapter Annual Banquet, hosted by The Palmer Building. For more information please contact Joe Neely (704) 249-8196.


Tickets for all CCA NC spring banquets can be purchased online:

FEBRUARY 19 -21, NC MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING, at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. The meeting agenda is available now at:
Public comment is welcome both Wednesday night and Thursday morning. 

FEBRUARY 20-23, BEAUFORT GAME FAIRE, at the Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort, NC.

Featuring the introduction of the Carolina Conservation Cup, 5 Stand Championship and Calcutta to auction off teams and shooters from NC's Big 5 conservation groups --- Ducks Unlimited, Coastal Conversation Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Forever & NC Wildlife Federation will compete to carry home the trophy and donations from the Beaufort Game Faire. The winning bidders in the Calcutta will carry home a Caesar-Guerini/Syren shotgun, keep your eye on the clay birds, folks. For more information visit their website at: 

Friday, February 7, 2020

This may be worthwhile

but please make sure they have the Kool Aide appropriately labeled.   Seriously, more folks, especially those who whine the loudest, should get a better education on what's going on.