Saturday, June 27, 2020

Lots of bears, more pics to follow

Friday, June 26, 2020

Flashback Friday

Thanks Craven for the pic

Capt. Greg and Pamlico Sound MIxed Bag Trip

$700 for the boat
Openings available

big flounder

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Fishing report from Capt. Greg.

Fishing is good plenty of puppy drum
We have 18 trout in the box this morning.
Have had old drum twice this week including a BIG one that we ended up breaking off after 45 minutes on a mini rod and light leader. 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Family day on the Dragin Fly

Mauricio and crew of the Dragin Fly had a family day today.   Put some meat in the freezer then went looking for tunas for a couple of hours.   Did not make much forward progress, kept running over sailfish with a dozen bites in less than 2 hours. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Pamlico Sound mixed bag

Down the river.   Wow.   Most of  those pups (redfish) are of legal size, trout are in summer patterns and ready for wade fishing, black drum and sheepshead on the hard bottom.   Looking like a great summer of light tackle fishing.

Up the river add striped bass in the mix.

Waiting on flounder season, a bunch of them around.........

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Never Give Up

I had completely given up on the cobia.   Was on the way in the inlet and about to pull it back in the no wake zone when I ran across a pair of keepers, the larger being close to 50 pounds.  They went down but despite all the boat traffic and rocking and rolling they popped back up.    I hooked both of them and lost them both on the same cast.   I could not believe that we found them again paddling along, right in the middle of all the slop.   This time I hooked the little one and the big one was much more finicky.  Instead of taking a chance of losing the one on the line for a second time, we took the shot with the gaff and let the bigger one swim free until tomorrow. 

We did a lot  of looking and those were the only cobia that we saw......after i had given up

I did see a decent school of tarpon and a pair of 100 pounders cruising along the shallows.  I will have something for them tomorrow. 

Thursday, June 4, 2020


No cobias.....or at least none that I have seen in hundreds of miles of looking around the Crystal Coast.   Yes, there have been a few caught by the bottom fishermen and I shagged enough sharks and rays to get my fill of that.   There has been some excellent fishing of all sorts of light tackle toothed critters.   All kinds of sharks in all kinds of shapes and sizes.   Mackerals of Spanish and King variety, some trophy Spanish mackeral but the Kings are small, but make up for their size in voracity and numbers.   Catching 10 pound king on trout rods and flies is pretty good stuff.

Maybe a cobia will show but I think that running into a dorado along the warm waters and tide lines just off the beach is equally likely.   Amberjacks on the wrecks and a few bottom fish around but the weather has sucked and there has been a lot of current.

Big Rock starts this week so some of the guides have started to migrate away from the crowds and to the Neuse where the mixed bag trout/striped bass/puppydrum (red drum) mixed bag is yielding triple digit days.

Guides available for those who want to go

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Roanoke report, not over yet?

With all the rain up here in the mountains, they jacked the water up.  Waiting for a report that I may get first hand on Tuesday.   With the high water, a good topwater bite should stretch out a bit.

few cobias starting to show

heading back to the coast to get into some of that.  Looks like the weather is finally about right.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Roanoke fired off again today

Triple digits for this lucky and very tired angler. 
Thank you Capt. Greg

Roanoke and Cobia

Me waiting for the cobia to show up.............actually we did catch one just under 40 pounds out of a bait ball on Friday,  saw a couple on Saturday, then Sunday and Monday on the Roanoke for the stripers.    We missed the afternoon topwater bite by a day but there are still a bunch of fish out there.   they are a bit finicky at times, but you can still catch a hundred of them if you have a day to do it and you are mad at them. 
Going to give the salt a break and take this week in the office for the first time in a couple of months.    Starting to pick up the pieces and sorting out cancellations from Coronapanic. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

oh, the Roanoke?

They dropped the water again.....bunched all the fish up in one pile.  They were really mad at zara spooks.   Greg caught 72 on his first drift.   Yeah, pretty good, but dropping the water again this weekend so who knows.......

And yes, we still have seen no cobia

but we have had really good fishing with a bunch of different species that included bluefish blitzs so thick they were eating the weight off the line.   Grey trout on light tackle, giant snappas and groupers on the jigging rods, topwater plugs getting terrorized by packs of amberjacks, carpets of sharks behind shrimp trawlers, I mean we have had a really amazing day of just took three days to add it all up.

there are some bait balls around and the water temps are starting to get where they need to be.  The weather man says that there is a tropical system passing by on Monday/Tuesday so I imagine that later next week we should be into the first big wave......if we are going to get it.

It is sad to say that for the first time in my life the most trustworthy person on TV is the weather man.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Yes, we saw no cobia

But AJ's of all sizes for your angling pleasure

Monday, May 11, 2020

Coronapanic Continues

We lost a couple of corporate groups in late August, now ALL Down East Guides are open and available Aug. 17-20 and Aug. 24-26. 

This is a great oppportunity for those large groups who we have previously turned away due to lack of availability to now get on the books and fill these dates for this year. 

water falling

made for a couple of "tough" days of fishing for the jig guys but the top water bite in the afternoon made up for it for some of those who stayed late. 
Hopefully they will have enough water to hold it at about 8000 for another week or two.   Excellent fihsing continues and the top water now should go almost all day long in some places.  Fly fishermen be sure to have your lines stretched out or go to the Roanoke to get them stretched.   Should be really good.

Meanwhile on the coast, the tower boat is getting splashed and reports of bait balls on the beach are coming in.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Cold snap and high water

Going to keep the stripers up the river even longer and stretch out this good fishing all the way through May.....unless they turn off the faucet.

Openings over the next few days.

Great afternoon and morning with friends

Saturday, May 2, 2020

You know who you are .......

.....and the Down East Guides appreciate you defying unconstitutional government mandates and going fishing.


Thursday, April 30, 2020

Jennings report

fun catching continues