Monday, May 22, 2017

Cobia report

I ain't got one.
Slow go for me and the nearly 300 miles I have zig zagged over the past several days.   I have seen very few cobia and even resorted to bait fishing today.   I get enough of that in August and September, so as long as it is sunny, I have been wandering around and hoping for the motherload around the corner.  

The guys who have concentrated on bait fishing have been getting their pick, but I don't think it has been red hot for anybody.   At least there have been a few Spanish around, although they alos have elluded me the last couple of days.

Looks like the clouds are going to keep me in the office for a few days.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Excellent spanish fishing, fair cobia fishing......

but it sucked for me yesterday.   90 miles of core excersie up in the tower......heck, I can't even spell excersise ......exercise

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


OK, got mine today, 3 cobias to be exact, they weren't monsters but they will put a little flavor into the grease.   Capt. Greg has been steady and is on a streak, catching them every day....and some nice 'uns also.   Here are some pics from the last three days.

These guys started with Greg and finished the last couple of days on the Roanoke.   How is the fishing up there?   Well, it's not bad, but not red hot, although it does have a lot of potential. Water levels have stabilized and there are still a lot of spawning fish, which can make them pretty finicky for a lot of the day......but when they go to biting, you need to be there, often early and late.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Got cobia?

Took Greg about 2 hours to limit out yesterday. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

yes, we have cobia

Well, yesterday, we had cobia.   I broke Greg's gaff off in a nice 50 pounder yesterday.  If you catch it, please give me my half of a gaff back.   Greg called just minutes ago and said that his new gaff works well, he just landed a 50 pounder, but it was not the same one.


Meet Melissa

Melissa has been volunteering on the phones, some of you have talked to here while we have been away.   She was tired of talking about fishing and got out to do a little of her own. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Giant Spanish Mackeral blitzing on the shoals with light tackl and the fly

That's the report.  Few cobia also caught today.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Good white shad bite and yes, stripers bigger than this.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Yes, some of these have hit the beach also

Picture courtesy of Capt. Roy Heverly.   Roy will be helping us with some cobia trips this year.  He was fantastic for our folks last year and we look forward to working with him again.  Give us a ring to get your day on the water.


This should last into Memorial Day

If they keep the water up, it'll be good for a lot longer.  Capt. Mitch has been getting into the action also:

Greg, Jennings, Justin and Mitch are all rnning some good trips in some parts of the river many customers have never seen.   We have a list of their openings if you would like to go. 

standing by, 


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Consistent triple digit days.

The bite may temporarily fall off when the water drops, but as it stabilizes, they will fire off again.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

High water

If you know the river, you recognize how high the water is right worries, Greg sent this pic after catching 52 stripers on a half day trip 

Big bluefish blitz continues on the coast

I've heard people talk about the big bluefish that blitz the beach.......they're back.   5-15 pounders on topwater is pretty cool.  That's what those who have been looking for cobia have been getting into.    Looking forward to getting home and getting some salt spray in the face.  

Green Season is settling in here in Costa Rica, but the fishing is just starting to fire off.   15 tunas and left them biting on the Dragin Fly yesterday, plust a handful of sails.

Pics and report from Capt. Haddock's sports


Hey George. Josh, Andy and I had fun fishing with Justin yesterday. Despite the water levels we still caught 35. Almost hit the max number of 7. Caught more fish in the 22-27 range than I ever remember. Hated to have to throw them back. All in all it was a great day. See pictures. Hope you're doing well...and hope to catch up with you soon.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Leveling off,1,1,1,1,1

Here is link to Roanoke River water level forecast.

Still got the keepers

but it was a much slower pick as the water got jacked up again yesterday, all the way to 35,000 where it is forecast to stabilize.   This will open up parts of the river that few non-locals get a chance to fish.  You should be able to run from Weldon all the way to Gaston and the dam....and that's where the fish are going to be heading also, strung out all along the way.
Pics from Greg and Jennings yesterday:


Thursday, April 27, 2017

This was yesterday

God only knows what today brings, but He was pretty good to the boys yesterday.
From Justin:

And from Jennings:

"Hope all is well Capt. George. The fishing was good today... consistent with good numbers of keepers mixed in. Craig's fishing partner also had a double tag fish with the keepers. Hope all is well"
- Jennings 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What the water is doing now?

stepping up the water

Yes, they have stepped up the water in the Roanoke at Weldon with water levels increasing dramatically over the past few days and forecast for the next couple of days.   How has this affected the fishing?   Capt. Greg says that they are catching 40-50 fish/half day trip despite the increasing water levels the last two days and the average size of the fish is getting larger.  

Actually, the increasing flow is not necessarily a bad thing, cuing fish downstream to make the charge all the way up the river.  When they get to Weldon, it's just a few more miles to the dam and there are fish stacked up almost all the way there.   Although the fly fishing is more difficult, some of our best days have been under these high water conditions.

As long as we are having 40-50 fish half days, fishing is going to continue as scheduled.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rain Delay

Although rain is not a reason to cancel a trip, that is all up to the captain's call, but some captains have called this rain a little too much, so are giving the stripers a break for a day or so.

Attached are pics and comments from one Greg's recent trips.

My 81 year old dad, my neighbor's son Tate Jones (had never been fishing on a boat), and I fished w Greg  on Friday afternoon and had a relaxing good time......We caught rock fairly steady the entire time and were able to get 6 keepers for my belly muscle at a later time.
 Most importantly my Dad and Tate had a good time catching fish on a beautiful river surrounded by woods.  My kind of nature therapy.   I enjoyed spending time w Greg as he's relaxed but put us on fish.  I've attached a few pictures of my Dad and Tate enjoying themselves.

As I told Greg........all I had to do was show up w something to drink & snack.  No worries, no pressure, no fish prep, no boat cleaning, no boat bill or insurance,
Nutting.  That's the way to go.

Thank you for an enjoyable afternoon.
Lynn. S."

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Greg V. stripa report from the riva


"George we had and epic day on the river with Capt Greg and Jennings. My son and his buddy had a bet to see who could catch the most and by 10:30 am it was 49-47. We ended up catch over XXX (triple digits)  for the day with 3 little boys and two dads." ----JH