Thursday, September 19, 2019

sweet 16 from the guide shack

53 inch monsta

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Justin likes nor'easters

and the drum usually do also.....

Monday, September 16, 2019

Corking with Will

Justin's week full of double headers

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Capt. Will pics

 Corkers getting what they need.
Thaks for the pics Capt. Will


Captain George,
   Thanks for trip yesterday. No other way to describe it than EPIC. We are already looking forward to fishing with yall again. Here are a few shots from the trip. Also could we get that "500 degree prime rib recipe" again. 
Thanks for everything,
 Matt Perry

Also if we could get a citation for :

Saturday, September 14, 2019

picking away at them pretty good

Recognize this guy? 

Capt. James from the Dragin Fly getting on some drum action

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

dock party

# 14 off the dock

Monday, September 9, 2019

Keeping on the tradition

"Several" years ago: 

pre charter drum fishing

one of the advantages of staying at the guide shack

Sunday, September 8, 2019

double digits took about an hour and a half


We had a GREAT!! Time fishing today. This was a once in a life time experience. Thank you so much for this fun day of fishing.  Attached are a couple of pictures.

Thanks again

Hugh and Sheila

Saturday, September 7, 2019

How long does it take for the river to settle down?

Bout 6 hours

Friday, September 6, 2019

7:00 am 

8:30 am 
11:30 am 

Power back on in Oriental

no damage to hotels and we already caught one off the dock

Rain delay

dock is almost dry
Rain delay over
Drum tournament resumes in 15 minutes which is when the dock will resurface
Wind is right direction to launch mullet head a long ways
Hotels all good
Bring it on

Thursday, September 5, 2019

still there

one beer, one bait, one drum

That didn't take long.   I am on the board with the first cast

report from hurricane central

Ok, so maybe not simply a "non-event".   Looks like it may be an "inconvenience" , but I still don't think anything crazy.  I am staying at the Stallings House on the river and will post pics and standings of the on going from the dock Dorian Drum Tournament......for as long as we have a dock anyway. 

Currently we are holding on 8 big uns for the season, added 2 to the tally last night.  I will be reporting for as long as we have power.
Pic as of 10:40 am
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

better off the dock

Tough day yesterday on the water......but it was pretty good off the dock last night, landing  3 big 'uns, trying to hit double digits before the end of the weekend

Capt. Justin pics

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Pre storm and post storm drum bites

The old drum fishing just before and after a storm can be epic.    I have 15 people supposed to arrive on Friday for fishing Saturday and Sunday.   The fishing should be fantastic, but these folks are flying in and may not be able to get here.   If anyone within driving distance wants to get in on the action, I am anticipating some last minute cancellations due to travel complications that are unwarranted because the media is making a mountain out of what I still maintain will be a non event.

All that said, God help those poor Bahamians.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Old drum # 3 off the dock of the Stallings House at 1:55 am this morning.

I will be staying there through the storm, fishing off the dock for as long as it is there.

dodging calls

I am with the phone all day Tuesday dodging calls.   We are planning on fishing if you can get here.    I really think this is going to be a non event other than media drama.

Sunday, September 1, 2019


Is that a guy's name or a gal's?   Or is it gender neutral? 

Whatever, hesheit is, my guess is that at the worst,  we'll have a quick glancing blow by a weakened cat 1 and fast moving storm.  

Hurricanes and storms typically only fire up the fishing, not worried about that.   We aren't going to fish in the middle of a storm or in dangerous conditions, but we will fish the day before and the day after and sometimes even that day.   

At this time ALL RESERVATIONS are CONFIRMED.   Bring your rain gear if you are afraid your candy ass is going to melt.   

reality report

Ha, that one we caught off the dock was the only one we caught all day!    Now don't get me wrong, we had a box full of fish: flounder, sheepshead and trout, but when we tried to catch Gray a big 'un, I could not make it happen. 

Yesterday was about the same, I caught a big one first thing in the morning with pictures going around before 8 am, but I did not get another big drum bite until just after sunset that afternoon.  I should have just fished the first and last hour of the day.   Fortunately my afternoon bite was a double header and gave all my anglers a chance at a fish of a lifetime, ....although Sam I am got 2 for himself. 

Yesterday afternoon the same guides who were having double digits a week ago could not catch double digits with a combined effort, myself included. I'll blame it on the new moon, why not? 

With this much effort, we are going to land on them soon enough and there are still a lot of fish heading this direction.   I'm predicting a late season with excellent big drum action well into October.

The "tough" fishing is putting things in perspective.  It's a big deal for a lot of people to have your picture taken with a dinosour in your lap and we've been glad to do it even if only 1 or 2 fish at a time.