Tuesday, June 19, 2018

NC tarpon

Pretty good showing?   Want to chase some ghosts? 

Congrats Capt. Bubba Carter

60+ blue marlin releases by two anglers in 4 days.  I don't know anyone madder at a blue marlin than him.   Pretty work.   We can get you wtih Capt. Bubba or Capt. James on the Dragin Fly, who is pretty angry at them also.   Both boats have openings for a seamount trip in July and a couple of spots open in August.   We will coordinate anglers if you are willing to share.   This is once in a lifetime fishing folks.   All the best from the tropics,

Monday, June 18, 2018

sat phone seamount report

Capt. Bubba Carter just reported in from the Tijereta on the SAT phone, he is closing in on 50 blue marlin releases in one seamount trip.     Sounds like it is firing off.   You ready to experience it?

Friday, June 15, 2018

i need another lesson

I need another lesson from Capt. Jake Jordan on this catching billfish on the fly stuff.   Berto just shakes his head.   Nice day on the Dragin Fly yesterday, despite my 0 for 3 really good bites from sailfish on the fly.   I did have one get way into the backing, the whole time with the fish out of the water, but pulled the hook when he made the turn back at me.

I did catch a nice dorado and some little jacks and tunas with fly off of a floating barrel. 

We had a couple of seamount trips open up, with room for one trip in July and again in August.   You can even have Capt. Jake Jordan come along and give you a lesson....

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Lots of sharks

Excellent shark fishing......yes, even on the fly.   Ring us up and we will get you rigged up.  Very fun if you have never done it. 

"Oh yeah !   Sore arms,  broken rods,   An entire box of flies gone,  drags fried,   And a lot of cut back leaders.    What dreams are made of. " ----Frank D.  
....meanwhile in Costa Rica.   Roosterfish and a very sunny, pretty day along the rocks.

stripers and marlin

 Great striper fishing with Capt. Joe yesterday.


meanwhile in Costa Rica and the Dragin Fly, we stacked up some tuna to bring back home and a few sailfish and a blue marlin release in the process. 

See below a video put together by our friends at Stay in Costa Rica, we had a chance to share a day together on The Crush Em back in April


Monday, June 11, 2018

Its official

Season on specks opens June 15.   Ring us up to book your charter now.

Monday, June 4, 2018


Sunday, June 3, 2018

3rd and 3rd

Congrats to Wade Fickling, running The General, and 3rd place winner in the Swansboro Blue Marlin Tournament last week with 2 blue marlin releases.   Not to be outdone, Capt. Stewart Merritt was working as mate on the Safari which boated a 515 pound blue marlin this weekend in the Cape Fear Blue Marlin tournament.   

Both Wade and Stewart are great guys and great guides, part of the Down East fleet.  Super work guys, congrats!


yes there are still some cobia around, including the 23 that we released a couple of days ago, helping NC State put out some tags, including 6 with radio transmitters.   Have you seen those pvc tubes hanging off of the buoys?  Those are the recievers that pick up the "pings" from these fish and others as they pass by the coast, not just cobia, but also sharks, rays, tarpon and more.   Speaking of tarpon, I saw a lot more of those yesterday than I saw cobia.   Maybe a sign of good things to come. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

another little wave

Monday, May 28, 2018

few of these around Oriental

More like a ripple than a wave

I'm sure that it would have been more of a wave without 100 boats cruising around either trolling for Spanish or looking for cobia, but there were multiple cobia caught by those with the patience and persistence needed.   I didn't have it and was off looking for ghosts in other places.   Had some decent fishing, but no crazy cobia show.    Anna did catch a couple with me yesterday, but she had less patience than I, so I found her a beach before she turned into one.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

They pull harder in the ocean

No, we do not have the cobia like they do up the road, but we do have some pretty good fishing on the Crystal Coast.   Big drum, cobia and over sized bluefish yesterday, all sight casting.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Hopefully this is the beginning of a good wave of fish.  There have been a lot of little cobia around, usually that happens at the end of the run after the bigger fish move through.   I hope instead we are seeing signs of a really good year clase of young cobia vs the end of the run.   With an 80 pounder caught yesterday, and with what I saw today, along with some of the other guides, this is far from over. 

Today it was all sight casting, we started with a 48 pounder and quickly saw another keeper that will not make it any futher north in its migration.  With those two in the box the pressure was off and we got plenty of practice casting at singles and pairs paddling along on the surface, most of those were "keepers" with some as big as the one in the box.   I did not see any bait balls, but those who did see
them also saw a few cobia.   Other guides were duplicating my success about 20 miles in the opposite direction. 

All in all, things look pretty good for  a decent seasaon.....just got to hold on to this good weather and keep 'em coming.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

picking at them

seem to be a lot of small cobia around this year, we are picking through them to get a keeper, a long with the spanish, we're making the day.    The sw wind has finallily subsided enough to venture around further than the Cape which has provided some excellent sting ray fishing for those trying the cobia with bait......along with some cobia as well

Thursday, May 17, 2018

don't listen to the weatherman

If you do, you may never go outdoors.   Cancelled a perfectly good day of fishing yesterday.   At 9 am I couldn't stand it and went out by myself to catch a limit of spaanish and a cobia.   

Monday, May 14, 2018

dropping water

but Capt. Greg says:
"We are still grinding out a couple hundred each day on the River. Unless the water falls dramatically we should have at least another good week!!"

from the riva

Sunday, May 13, 2018

big snappa

28 pounds and released unharmed.