Monday, April 29, 2013
Pics from this week
Couple of websites to keep an eye on
The first site is projected flows at Weldon, the second is a history of what's gone on.....
As you can see from the second graph, they've stepped the water down a bit. Just as the fish were getting here and we're having a lot less trouble making our days, the water drops and it's like putting water on the fire, it kills the bite......temporarily. The fish drop back and for the most part, stop biting. They fall down river, perhaps another set of falls, maybe several miles. As soon as the water levels stabilizes, life returns to normal, the fish start biting and the upriver migration resumes. Even if they're on the move up the river, at least we know where they are going and they're feeding along the way.
We're still getting what we need, but not having any "epic" days, got some pics to follow from this past week.
This rain is going to work out just fine, giving us enough water for a long season......those epic days are still to come and when they get here, they should be here a while. The keeper season will be closed, but expect phenomenal striper fishing through May.
Friday, April 26, 2013
The patches are getting bigger
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Cut off at the pass
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
bout like yesterday
Monday, April 22, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
The Roanoke Report
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Fishing with Capt. Chris
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Offshore World Championship
Sunday, April 14, 2013
And yesterday's report from Costa Rica....
On the Beach NC Report
Heading to the "agua dulce" of the Roanoke for a couple of weeks, but I'll get some salt spray soon enough.
NC Spring Time Offshore Fishing
breeze...and average of 7-9 ft. seas......current into the
wind.....yuck. We ended the day with 3 wahoo and 2 blackfins.
Today was a different story....flat calm... no wind.... no
current.....lots of bites. Ended up with 10 wahoo and 4 blackfins...
5 of the wahoo were well over 50 lbs. We also hooked a Mako while we
were catching a triple header wahoo..after the jumps ...he got away,
however I do feel as if we were at a unfair advantage having all of
those wahoo on too.
Also the boats that jigged today did excellent with the Cobia. Two
different boats who I spoke with caught 15 or better per boat. 35lb.
average with some bigger.
Here is a pic of todays catch.
Friday, April 12, 2013
After much consideration and support from my friends, my family and especially of my wife Anna, I have decided to come out of retirement. I am officially announcing that I will be fishing the Oriental Rotary Club's Tarpon Tournament and Inshore Slam July 26, 27, 28 of this year.
Through my Oriental Rotary Club Tarpon Tournament Career, my greatest accomplishment was in 2007, when Jim "Never Enough" Copland and I won the Skate Division of the tournament..... That trophy hangs with pride in my office.
Although I am fishing the Tarpon Division and the Inshore Slam, at my late age....far from my physical prime.....I no longer have the stamina to be competitive against the other great skate fishermen that are out there. I will not be targeting skates this year.
I do believe that in addition to the much coveted skate trophy, the Rotary Club should offer an official Skate Division with an optional entry fee. The Inshore Slam entry is $150 before July 15. Entry for the Tarpon Division is $275 prior to July 15. Pay-out is good, but the idea of the tournament is to raise scholarship money for Pamlico County students.
I am very happy that the Oriental Rotary Club will be using observers in this year's tournament. I believe that the return to this format is good for the tournament and good for the fish. The Oriental Rotary Club is doing good work and I hope some of you will consider fishing this year.
Details of the tournament: http://www.orientalrotary.org/
You may also consider being an observer in this tournament, a great way to spend a couple days on the water with a team of tarpon fishermen
In addition, Down East Guide Service is giving away a FREE day of tarpon fishing on July 25. That's right, I'm going to "prefish" on July 25 with one lucky tarpon tournament team that enters prior to July 15.
Here's the schedule.
July 25 Prefish with Down East Guide Service
July 26 is the Inshore Slam
July 27 and 1/2 day on July 28 is the tarpon tournament.
Five species, two tournaments, one long weekend.
Bring whatcha got!
Fly fishing for Tarpon:
I like your attitude! I'll take a look at the Costa Rica trip.
I appreciate your reply, it's hard to tell "tone" sometimes with e mail and I wasn't trying to be a smart ass......well maybe a little. Below is a little more detail:
Yes, it could happen, but expect to make the day with the large numbers for which the Roanoke is famous.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
And in Costa Rica....
"First stripe marlin for the season boss we also catch 5 sailfish with that stripe marlin today best day so far for April" ------Capt. James Smith-----Dragin Fly
Things have been a bit slow, but looks like it's getting better.... if you're looking for billfish that is.....
Run Off Report
Friday, April 5, 2013
Roanoke Report. It is time
Capt. Mitchell Blake
There are now plenty enough stripers in the lower river for successful trips. LOTS of shad up at Weldon with a few small stripers already hitting shad spoons. Year in and year out, April 15 is usually the first of the 100 fish days at Weldon. Folks like Mitch Blake are taking advantage of this "early" bite. Drop us a line if we can help get you out on the river.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Justin Haddock putting a smile on the girls faces
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
"Costa Rica has beaten the USA 1 time in 8 tries in the USA. We are ranked #33 in world, them #53. They have little to no chance against us here.
But I agree, we are going down when we go down there! "
Hard Core Bryan......who also can catch really nice wahoo, check out this slob.