Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
cold up there?
Pics to follow
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Costa Rica report
I'm heading down that direction tomorrow to straighten things out......
Friday, November 25, 2011
The report and what's coming up.
Small trout everywhere from New Bern to Cape Lookout with patches flurries of nice 'uns. Capt. Charles Brown had a limit of 4 pounders the day before Thanksgiving. That good fishing will last until we get a hard freeze. Water temps are warmer than last year, mabye we'll get a break.
Stripers up at New Bern are very consistent and will be through the winter.
Wahoos in the bluewater. Along with a few dolphin, tunas and sailfish, the offshore fishing out of MHC is pretty good.....if you can get a pretty day.
Costa Rica.....Heading that direction on Monday to fish a couple of tournaments. First, the Los Suenos Marlin Invitational, Dec. 1, 2, 3. Wish Team Dragin Fly the best of luck. I'll be reporting and posting pictures from Costa Rica next week.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Capt. Joe Ward report and me from the beach
Little albie show the last couple of days, tough to get on, but we beat down a few, plenty of little trout with an occasional keeper.
New Bern with customers we booked with Capt. Joe: "Great time….good clients…23 trout with 8 nice keepers & 1 rock."
On a side note, I'm in the dog house. When taking out the trash, I left the yard gate open and watched Aisha make her exit....nose to the ground and into the wind. Now healthy enough to run deer, this hound dog is on the hunt. We'll see if her nose is good enough to get her back to the food bowel. In the meantime, if you see a wandering hound in the MHC area.........
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The garage floor was soaked and Anna had a "cat that ate the canary grin". She said that she had to give the dog a bath....why in the garage? So it wouldn't run away.
Apparantely running wasn't an issue with this hound. Immaciated, dehydrated, tick-ridden, full of worms, ear mites, no collar and on the side of hwy 70 between La Grange and Raleigh. My initial assesment was correct: this dog would not hunt....probably slowed down by the heartworms and ribs nearly poking through her lose skin.
Fast forward one week, a trip to the vet, a bag of dogfood with fish trimmings and "Aisha" is now parasite-free.....minus the heartworms which the vet recommended to deal with after she gets on heartworm medicine. Aisha has also learned some manners and lessons such as sitting, staying, coming when called and walking on a leash...... also wagging her tail, which was a trait long out of practice for this dog.
For a dog that obviously has not been spoiled, living with Anna and our fat lab Shamrock, it hasn't taken long. She is now napping in the house and has learned that there is more to life than dry dog food and heavy hands.
She is about 6 years old and very low maintenence. Anyone interested?
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Trout limit now 4 fish/person
Monday, November 14, 2011
yes there are albies......
Still really good up the river for stripers/specks and Costa Rica is firing off. Offshore of NC, the last two days have yielded excellent fishing for wahoo, also a mixed bag of dolphin, tuna and scattered billfish bites. Capt. Chris has had a good couple of days on the groupers. The weather has been fantastic.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
same ol, same ol
Albie fishing continues to suck......although I did see a few today.
In Costa Rica....from Capt. James: "the fishing is picken up. the guys ben geting between 10 and 15 bite per day danny catch 4 marlin yesterday 1 blue and 3 stripes"
It's killing me not being there......couple more weeks. Want some? Give me a ring.
We'll miss you Capt. Jack
Below is from Jim Cole who often fished the river and understood the river's importance to Jack.........and Jack's importance to the river:
"It's difficult for me to consider fishin' the Roanoke around Weldon without his being there........as.......he was always there; if not in his boat, chatting with other fisherfolk in the parking lot. Most of you included in this send are fully aware; others, I included, thinking that perhaps you were able to meet him at some point while flingin' flies for shad or stripers in the spring. Dang! I'm certainly going to miss our continual banter, sharing of info (and flies).......and all of the parts of Capt Jack that made him so special to us.
Weldon, simply, won't be the same place without him........but! I have tucked away one of his "special American Shad flies"; I'll tie some up over the winter and post them on the Triangle Fly Fishers site and other sites, as I can attest to it's ability. One slow shad fishin' afternoon late in the season, I had pulled the boat back up at the ramp, seeing his truck perched there ( a common sight to those not familiar). He asked if I had ever caught a "White Shad" (American Shad) around Weldon. After my negative response, he offered up an interesting red over yellow maribou pattern with a gold braid body wrap.....stating, that he felt some "white shad" were in the area. After proper thanks, I opted to re-enter near the ramp and fish the far side across next to the current seam....tying his bright red/yellow maribou thingie onto a 350gr line....as nothing else was going on. Within several casts I hooked what I thought was a small striper (given that it was late Mar/early Apr?)......to my amazement, I had landed my first "white shad/American shad" (probably 2.5-3lbs) at Weldon with Capt Jack watching from his perch at the ramp. I held it aloft to him, and was able to see his "thumbs up". I will treasure that memory, and many, many others of him every time I enter the water there. It will be very vacant for me, to not share a smoke...or some banter and info, general bitchin' 'bout conditions and such....or areas that have been productive. He will most certainly be missed. I suspect that I and others will "feel him" there on the water this coming spring. "You da Man", Capt Jack......we'll miss ya!! JimBob
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
clean water, big swell.....
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Dirty water here, dirty water there, but more fish there
Dirty water in Costa Rica also, very green. Caught sails the last couple of days, 6 for 10 yesterday and 3 dorado. James says that things are shaping up like last year, great marlin fishing in late November/December.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
The wind is laying down.....
Capt. Chris Kimrey still has some openings this week for fishing out of MHC, he had a good day with the albies on Friday and caught a 54 pound king on Thursday. Capt. Gary and I have a pretty busy week this week, but both of us have openings next weekend. I am wide open the week of Nov. 14-18.
Capt. Joe Ward and Greg Voliva will be availalbe for some of those speck/striper trips up the river. If you want to get out there, drop me a line to make it happen.
Fishing in a Gale and Trout
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The versatility of the spinning rod opens up some more shots and more fish.
Conditions up the river on this wind are actually pretty good for the stripers and trout. Plenty of places to get out of the wind.
The Down East Guides have openings through the weekend for albies or if you want some fish for dinner, I'd recommend a trip to the Neuse.