Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Biltmore

I guess this is a travel blog also.....Anna and I took the weekend to head to the mountains, but not our usual trip to Virginia. This time we checked out NC, staying the night in Asheville and visiting the Biltmore Estate. Actually, I was pleasantly surprised, just would have liked to have harrassed the giant bream in The Bass Pond with a fly rod. Despite one of the busiest weekends, with over 5000 people there today, things were not crowded and it was an enjoyable experience. The Embers were playing last night and we toured The House and Gardens today. We both have become wine snobs, actually, she's the snob and I just drank what she doesn't like. We had to do a lot of "tastings" . Also, I was impressed with the food, not the kind of amusement park junk that you would expect, but really, really good food in all the restaurants and everything was very reasonablly priced. If you want a weekend getaway, I'd recommend it.

Meanwhile, Capt. Gary fished the last day of the big blow this week, here is his report:
"Fished New Bern today....landed over 30 stripers and a nice trout. A few top water bites, but water was low and wind was blowing. A few on rattle traps, then the wind fell out and we crushed them on jigs and left them biting. Sent the boys home with limit of rock and that nice speck."

For us, it's off to Nashville today, Grand Ol Opry tonight and making it back home next week just in time for the next blow.

I imagine that Capt. Brian Horsley and company are whacking the albies......and the big drum. Yep, there has been a pretty consistent big drum bite on the East Side, when the weather is right, they've been pretty easy to find, all sight casting. I look forward to some of that next week.