Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Big Drum Video

Thanks for the video Ryan!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

on the way to the awards banquet...... congratulate the winnners.  
Three minutes after lines in the water we released our first sail, but could not hold on to the lead with 21 sailfish releases for the day.  We only missed 3 sails so our hook up ratio was impressive.   The minature striped marlin that we missed 3 times in the same turn hurt us.  That one costs us the daily and potentially third place.   It does feel good to be a little more competitive.

report, pics and stuff

Caught enough to stay in the game, but we need a big day today.   Here are some pics that have been hanging out in my inbox.....

Good trout bite with Greg

Couple of roosters on the pangas

Just hanging around......

Friday, February 24, 2017

day 1

Pretty tough competition,  nice to be competitive.  hoping for consistency

Friday, February 17, 2017

Big snook

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

big rooster on the pangas yesterday

Had a black marlin kick my but

Thank you Marc for the invite to go fishing.  I'm sorry that I pushed you out of the way on your own boat to grab the rod that had the big black marlin on it.  I never had a fish that beat me up so bad that I vomitted after release.   I think we were both relieved not to be attached any longer.  Anna put some video up on facebook.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Capt. Chris

Pretty cool huh?  That's Capt. Mountmaker Chris Kimrey

I've been slack posting reports on this side, done a little better over at   Click on the fishing reports

Here are a couple of pics from some Costa Rica exploits:

Monday, January 9, 2017

If you haven't figured it out by now.....

.....yes, I am in Costa Rica, making it out just before the deep freeze.   14 in Morehead City today.    This may be no bueno for the trout.   Will be a couple of weeks:

Friday, January 6, 2017

baby striped marlin

seem to be some baby striped marlin around.......

Monday, January 2, 2017

you gotta understand....... ain't about the ducks, but the duck hunting and the opportunity.    Most folks don't understand that legally hunting wild ducks is extremely inconsistent and the fact that you are paying for a guide does not even entitle you to fire your gun.  
If you can pay a couple hundred bucks a head for the opportunity, then I can give you a number, but Down East does not endorse or recommend duck guides.  Too often, customer expectations exceed reality and I don't want to get in the middle of it.  

For fishing, ring me up and we'll stand behind our recommendations.  If you are still glutton for punishment.......and I do occasionally enjoy the below kind of punishment, here are some pics from Capt. Ray:
 Most of the "sports" have no clue of the costs and work it takes to put out a spread like this
 Three oddballs in one day, you never know what might happen: Red heads are seldomly seen up the Neuse, rarely are wood ducks shot over open water and only occasionally are sea ducks taken from shore blinds.
Ten ducks is a really good limit for 5 people, the above is an excellent morning.   Yup, that's the reality, 2 bluebills per person is a legal limit, so 10 bluebills is a great day for 5 guys.   The extra ring neck, scoter and handful of buffleheads and ruddy ducks are just a little over half of the total 6 duck/person limit allowed. When people ask "what is the limit?  I want to hang up the phone because it just doesn't matter, you'll never see it."


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Yellow Dog Envy

Since acquiring a small piece of duck marsh on the Neuse River, for the first time in several years I've taken a couple groups of duck hunters.   I haven't had any yellow dogs around the house for a long time, but thanks to Capt. Wade, I've had the best of both worlds:   The chance to see a yellow dog grow up and make his first retrieves, see the lightbulb come on so to speak, and at the end of the day, I get to send him home.   I guess that's what grandparents feel like.

Friday, December 23, 2016

fresh water mixed bag with Capt. Mitch


Thursday, December 22, 2016


Not much of one, but here it is.   I have duck hunted more this year than in the past 5 or more put together and it has been quite enjoyable.....probably because there are a lot of ducks and I haven't had to go, I've wanted to go.   It has also been most enjoyable because of the company who has joined me, including a big, goofy yellow dog named Clyde.

There are rumors of a decent trout bite that has materialized in the back of some creeks, but you better be there on the day of the big bite instead of the day after.

Up the river crappie fishing is the big thing.  

At the beach, there are still some trout around but it's better for those who are in the know and go every day.  From my performance on my 3 hour boat ride yesterday afternoon, I am not in that category.   Water was 52 degrees all the way to the shoals and we saw nothing, not even a flip.   Maybe something was happening in the morning or maybe it's on the other side of the shoals where the water should be warmer, but it looked mighty dead between the shoals and Beaufort Inlet yesterday afternoon.

I'll be messing with the ducks for the next couple of weeks, not heading south until sometime in January.   Ring me up if you want to pass some water under your feet and some cold breeze in your face, not sure that we'll get into anything, but man it sure is nice just to get out on the water this time of the long as it's a pretty day.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Crappie fishing?

Check out this report from Capt. Mitch.  This is what he's doing up the river.  Plenty of trout at the coast and if you can get in the ocean on the pretty day, the big drum fishing has been VERY consistent.


Haven't updated in a bit.
Stripers were playing hard to get but I found the mass and it's right!
Also this is my third year learning the Crappie thing,  Working on  best 10 fish 15lb, half days.  Might not be Trout but it's as good a trip as you'll find around. We also get our Rock on these trips as well.  We can get them on jigs, minnow, fly..... your call I'm on top of it.  
Hope all is well!

Mitchell Blake

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Bad day to be a flying fish

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Watch Warren Win