Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Those crazy storms.....here it comes
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
crazy storm last night
Friday, April 25, 2014
They can't bite all the time.
Got this report from Anna in China, should make for some interesting discussion when she gets home:
"On boat. Going through lower gorge this morning, middle gorge about 2 pm and arrive at the locks tonight. Do the tour of the dam tomorrow. They did not build swim through for the fish populations so most of their fresh water spawners are dying off. They have killed off their local river dolphin ...probably ate them. In addition they are talking about 3 huge pipe lines to divert water away from the river to bigger cities.........most of the towns are new since the old ones are now under water. The Chinese government relocated 1.3 million people from homes that are currently under the water along the river. The damn went online in 2009....... also drowned villages that had been around for 2000 years without giving archaeologist time to protect artifacts. They are talking about building 14 more dams....... No forest because they cut them down for firewood, no animals...you guessed it...they ate all the local critters.
Our future is in the hands of these guys?"
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
If you are reading this blog to find out how good the fishing is on the Roanoke.......
Fuel on the river, $40, lost jig heads and weights and hooks, $50, 10 dozen shad minnows, $100. So three of you are actually paying $100 each to learn how to do it? Pretty good bargain.
Great Down East Guides such as Capts. Justin Haddock, Mitch Blake, Richard Andrews, Ray Massengill and Greg Voliva still have openings on the river. This is going to be the best year for numbers of fish in many years and the season is going to last well into May.
E mail us with when you want to go and we'll make it happen.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The report that I sent to James.....
I put my skiff in the water this morning and not shit, the boat was frozen to the trailer. I fished late last night, off the water after dark and it was cold and the boat froze to the trailer before the water could drip off of it. How bout that? Caught 70 small striped bass this morning, only 5 of them were keepers, not more than 20 inches. How did your day go?
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Dad getting into the New Bern striper action
Although the speck trout season is closed as a precautionary measure due to the hard freezes and scattered cold stuns, the reports coming in are extremely positive about fishermen seeing large numbers and good sizes of specks in most of the creeks of the Neuse. Thanks to Capt. Joe Ward for taking my dad fishing for a day.
"Hey George, only open for a few more days for the rest of this month.....had a great time with Doc last Sun afternoon...15 trout & 7 rock." ----Capt. Joe Ward
Saturday, April 12, 2014
They have arrived.
Come getcha some!!!" -----Capt. Greg
Friday, April 11, 2014
Capt. Greg and Capt. Mitch on a guide's day off
Thursday, April 10, 2014
TEAM Dragin Fly had a great hook up rate and managed to squeek 12 releases out of 15 bites.
Our boat, the Dragin Fly also had 12 sails, but we beat them on time. At the end of the day, the TEAM was pretty far down the list, but the boat Dragin Fly was still in the hunt, 2nd place behind another Maverick from Quepos, the Frenzy.
Today, the last day of the tournament, was memorable. We were on a boat that was born well before I was, but the crew was doing the best they could with what they had to work with and they wanted us to be successful. They were also good mechanics. With about 30 minutes left, we do something on the Black Topper Fly (seriously, that was the name of the boat), that we have not done yet on the Dragin Fly, catch a quadruple header in a tournament. As we're backing down on the 4th fish, we blow a water hose on the engine and smoke is pouring out, but we get the release. Team Dragin Fly has now broken the 3rd boat in as many days......but the mates/mechanics did get the water hose changed and an impeller replaced and got us home safe and sound before sunset.
Meanwhile, the Dragin Fly and the Frenzy are scrapping for first place. When it's all said and done, after 4 days of fishing, the Dragin Fly and the Frenzy have the same number of billfish points, but the Dragin Fly caught and weighed 2 dorado, worth a point/pound. The Frenzy only had one dorado, so after 4 days of fishing, the boat Dragin Fly had more points. Unfortunately for us, the Top Captain/Boat award is given to the captain with the most points for his best 3 of 4 days of fishing.
Congrats to the Frenzy for winning Top Captain/Boat over the Dragin Fly in 2nd place. I think that team Dragin Fly ended up tin 14th out of 64 teams.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Bragging rights for a day
Today, the boat Dragin Fly has bragging rights over the entire fleet. They had nearly 100 sailfish in the baits and their South African fishing team caught 36 of them, enough to win the daily. To make sure they had the daily secure, they added a blue marline
Team Dragin Fly, representing Costa Rica, well, we had a little trouble staying in the meat. Although we had bites throughout the day and ended on a double header, our boat was having electrical problems and we were trolling towards home without a radio and had no idea what was happening offshore.....but even if we did know about it, if we had to have a GPS to get there, we would have never found it. We caught 12 sails and a 40 pound dorado. I have no idea what place Team or Boat Dragin Fly is sitting in.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Day 1 Report
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Capt. Bubba Carter Milestone on the Tijereta
Not a bad view
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The fishing has been excellent and we have had a team from Brasil and two teams from Europe practicing with the Dragin Fly.
I'll keep you updated on how Team Dragin Fly and The Dragin Fly fare next week. Stay tuned.