Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Trout and Stripers
Monday, September 26, 2011
Flounders in the rain
Sunday, September 25, 2011
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It did rain yesterday....
Friday, September 23, 2011
Not a drop of rain....
In Costa Rica they had a good half day with the dolphins, catching a couple heavy handfuls.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
So you're afraid to get a little wet?
Open tomorrow if anyone out there isn't so sweet that they're afraid that they're going to melt.
yesterday and today
Some nice flounder for us yesterday and a couple big drum. It was Capt. Brian's last afternoon on the water and he finished with a bang with a double digit afternoon on the big 'uns.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Pics from extreme fishing
pics from here and there
Just talked to Capt. Brian and Capt. Gary, both of those guys have at least a handful of big 'uns this morning. With winds more out of the north, they've got some calmer water to fish.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
So what's going on with the fish?
The hydrophones had to be set up before sunset and they had to be picked up by dawn so she could download the data, charge the batteries and get them ready to go back out in the afternoon. Anna was recording drum calls for 3 summers.
Drumming drum were recorded throughout the Pamlico Sound, lower Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. Spawning calls were recorded in late July, with peak activity occurring in August and September. There also seemed to be a peak of spawning during the full/new moons, but not enough years for this observation to be statistically significant. By late September, nearly all of the females had spawned out. During the last full moon in September or the first full moon of October most of the drum quickly left the sound.
So what's going on this year? The full moon was in early September, on Sept. 13 and fishing has been tough the past few days. Why?
1) The full moon factor: I've always said that the best fishing that I've ever had (tarpon, sailfish and drum) has been on the full moon.......and the worst days that I've ever had have been on the full moon. If you are there when they are biting, it's "epic", but they only seem to bite for a few hours each day. If you aren't there when it's happening, it ain't happening.
2) The spawn: With the big drum, the full moon factor can be compounded because they are activlely spawning and have something else on their mind than feeding.
3) Elvis has left the building: The big migration out of the sound is usually on the last full moon in September/early October, but the September full moon was a few days ago. Last week we started seeing many drum that have spawned-out, but also many drum that are still very gravid and far from finished. I believe that a lot of the fish that have already spawned chose this moon to exit the sound. Two days ago there was a large school of drum seen heading out of Drum Inlet. At about the same time, large schools of tarpon were seen between Cape Lookout and Beaufort....heading South.
4) Hurricane water: Before the storm, the best fishing was upstream of Oriental. After the storm, we had the best drum fishing ever, but each day we have seen the biggest body of fish slide down the river towards the sound, staying ahead of the dark, fresher water from upstream.
So what's the forecast? Getting better.
The full moon factor is subsiding each day, so fishing is going to improve, and fishing did get much better for me yesterday, we had a double digit afternoon. We are still catching a lot of fish that have not spawned out, so these fish should be around for a while. Although a lot of fish pushed into the sound or beyond from the fresh water, this nor'easter is going to turn things around. It's supposed to blow out of the NE for the next couple of days, which always makes for good drum fishing. It's going to mix up the water and shove a lot of saltwater up the river, with it will come the drum that are still out there.
Despite the slow down, here are some pics from the past few days:
Mike with a big female that still has some spawning to do:
We thought that we had a quad, but the 4th turned out to be a branch off of a persimmon tree, persimmons still attached:
Man how time flies, it seems like only yesterday me, my dad and bother were out on your boat having the time of our life. I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much each of us enjoyed fishing with you. Your personality and professionalism made even the slow times (what few there were) enjoyable. I've shared my photos with the guys here at work and even seasoned "Drum" veterans were amazed at the quality of the fish we caught. " ----Jason
Monday, September 12, 2011
Never Give up
Sunday, September 11, 2011
We also have a couple of groups looking for singles or pairs to split their sailfish trip in January and in March.
Capt. Gary had a good morning light tackle fishing up the Neuse today, PLENTY of stripers on top water once he got below the bad water up around New Bern. That should clear out over the next few weeks. He finished the afternoon with a couple of heavy handfuls of big drum.
Capt. Brian had another big day with "Never Enough"....catching just enough to make him happy.
I had the pleasure of sleeping late and taking the Vice-Chairwoman of the Marine Fisheries Commission and a couple of her friends out for an afternoon of drum fishing....everyone got a couple of fish, including some big enough for their citations.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
The Spawn is Awn
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Some photos coming up.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Grand Slam for Everyone
feels good to be the hero
"George: Good to see you on the water Saturday afternoon. I am emailing just to say thanks for making my fishing experiences with you both fun and informative. I took my two sons ages 14 and 11 after the old drum on Saturday night. My wife was there as well with the video camera and also a regular camera. We caught 6. I reeled in zero and had the best time fishing that I have ever had. I learned enough with you and Greg over the years to have a chance when I go and how to do the right thing by the old drum.------Walter"
Monday, September 5, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Mornings or afternoons....
Friday, September 2, 2011
The River Record.......
No dove hunting for me tomorrow......and no records......I'll be very happy with going out with Anna as the "mate" and catching a citation or two for my customers, maybe that will be a record for them.
Hey Brian, Good luck next Tuesday with Jim.... :)