Saturday, June 24, 2017

Congrats to Marty and Brian

Congrats to Marty and Brian, formerly of the Run Off.  Not sure what they will be doing after winning the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament, but they will no longer be on the Run Off.  Will keep you posted on their new ventures and adventures.

Friday, June 16, 2017

little uns also

Hope to start seeing more of these, sign of a good spawn last August/September.   By this  October they will be around 18 inches and big enough to give a tug.    

Thursday, June 15, 2017

First Big Drum on a Cork of the Year?

Don't know if this was the first one.   Don't know if it was alone.  I do know that yes, Capt. Greg can get 'em on a cork.  Photo from the Neuse, just minutes ago. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sandbox pics


Poked out to my sandbox for a few drops and got some pulledge, but did not run into the aj's, bass and bigger groupers that are normally lurking around those parts.   Saw no cobia.
Meanwhile some good trips coming out of the lower Neuse.

Going to be a long week

Congrats to Capt. Brian Harrington and Marty on the Run Off for this 533 pounder, worth a minimum of $460K for being the first fish over 500 pounds weighed in the 2017 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

They are poised to win well over $1million if this fish holds up as the first place fish with 5 more days of fishing to go.

What many don't realize, is now that the pressure is off, Capt. Brian and Marty are very motivated to go catch another one bigger than this one!   I have always said that Capt. Brian is the hardest working waterman that I know and this is well deserved.  

Congratulations to Marty and Brian and crew of the Run Off!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Wounded Warriors with Capt. Greg

Friday, June 2, 2017

Capt. Ray on the lower Neuse

Capt. Ray getting it done on the lower Neuse also

It's not like a restaurant out there....

I had the pleasure to get invited along on an offshore trip on The General yesterday in search of billfish.    We had another group on The Bill Collector in hopes of loading the boat with dolphin, which is normally a pretty consistent fishery this time of year.

Although we did have a blue marlin take a look at one of our teasers and I got some really good sushi off of an oceanic bonito, we never saw another fish or got another bite anywhere in our travels except from the one loan wooden pallet that was "covered up" with dolphin.   We landed 16 bailers and gaffers, including my citation 45 pounder before turning it over to a nearby boat and continuing on our fruitless search for billfish.

Meanwhile, the guys on the Bill Collector hooked up to a blue marlin and landed a sailfish, EXACTLY what we were looking for, but they only had a handful of shots at dolphin.   Anytime you catch a billfish and hook a blue marlin off the NC coast that's a great day, so both boats had great days, just with the wrong customers.   If it were only like a restaurant and you could order up what you want.

Other than a few morning squals, I have seen very few NC offshore days prettier than yesterday

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

From Capt. Ray on the Neuse

"Carried the kids out this after noon. They caught 33 stripers in 2 hrs on top water.In the stumps.  Sometimes catching them 3 at a time......."----capt. Ray

Me, I caught a cobia sight casting while in the Turning Basin, just climbed up in the tower and there he was paddling along with all the other boats.    Only one I saw.  Still a few bites on the bottom with those who have the patience to shag sharks.  Bait balls, sharks, nice blues and spanish on the east side.  Very pretty over there, but did not see a cobia

Sunday, May 28, 2017

On the Neuse

"Yep we had a great day as you can see. 25 or 30 puppy drum and a ginormous trout. ....... We'll be back for sure!"


Saturday, May 27, 2017

After the Blow

Justin got his cobia yesterday
Jennings had a really good day on the sound, 30 pups and a 6 pound trout.

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.