Saturday, May 31, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
39 blue marlin in 3 days
Meanwhile at Los Suenos, we raised one blue marlin today.
If fishing ain't your thing and you are a duck hunter or wingshooter and you have ever considered Argentina, you need to join me July 10-17 at the best all-inclusive deal that you will ever get at our two VIP duck and dove lodges.
Quit talking about it and dreaming about it, just do it.
Oh, the cobia fishing, I bait fished for the first time today and hooked about a 100 pounder.....spinner shark, put on a great show until it cut us off. Saw one little guy on a buoy that did not want to eat the fly. Amberjack fishing is off the hook, almost as good as the blue marlin fishing at the FAD's.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Capt. Ray reports on the big drum
Report from the Bill Collector out of MHC
Thanks" ------ Erik
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Lower Roanoke still on Fire with topwater stripers
Justin Haddock getting it done.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Last report from Weldon
-----Capt. Rod Thomas
Capt. Rod will be joining us on the Neuse/Pamlico this year for the big drum. Super guy and great fisherman.
Report from the coast? Well, if you wanted to sight cast cobia this past wee, it has sucked...... up until yesterday with the arrival of bait balls and cobia swimming around them. We pulled a couple off, caught a couple and saw a dozen or so. It was the best sign of life that I have seen this year, but it was very crowded. I kept trying to stay away from the crowds, but every time I got by myself, there were no fish around. I need to learn to play better with others.
The rest of this past week it has blown out of every direction of the compass or we have saved the day with bass, amberjacks and a sprinkling of groupers. Bait fishing for cobia remains good for those willing to do it.
Marcus and William had a blast with their first introduction to "maximum pulledge"
Thursday, May 22, 2014
3 hour tour
Monday, May 19, 2014
What's the deal with this fish?
Two, I miscalculated how much gas it was going to take to propel my Parker in search of cobia and return all the way back to the dock. We didn't make it. I've got to thank Derek Jordan for the tow, it wasn't the first time that he's pulled me home......
In all fairness, my fuel gauge is busted, I have now confirmed the malfunction, it still reads half a tank. I need to also thank Capt. Chris Kimrey for towing me to the Gulf Docks earlier in the week. Yup, as the dockmaster said to me yesterday. "Not again!".
Down East University-Crystal Coast Campus
Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed our time last week.
Down East University is a great idea and I am very glad we were able to join you guys. I learned a lot and enjoyed the fellowship with everyone.
Cobia fishing with you on Monday was a lot of fun. The 75 lber you put Eric on was extra special to say the least!
Another enjoyable day of class with Chris on Tuesday. Ocean Flounder & live baiting the AJ’s & sharks was great. So much to learn, so little time.
Also, thanks for the two rod and reel combos that came with the DEU package!
Hope you decide to do it again!
Week in Review and miscalculations
Up until yesterday we have been enough cobia showing themselves to ride around and look for them. Hopefully they'll show again or we'll have another wave come through, otherwise, I'll be getting the bottom gear together to load up on the bass and the groupers instead of wasting the whole day riding around in circles looking for brown ghosts and trolling for Spanish mackeral.
Over the past week, we saw over 100 cobia, catching 20 of them, including this 75 pounder caught during the Down East University-Crystal Coast Campus. We caught keeper cobia every day that we fished except for yesterday and Tuesday, when we were trying to catch one on the fly. This big black drum made the mistake of eating a fly along with a red drum equally as large and a false albacore over 20 pounds on spinning tackle, but no cobia.
With warming surface temps and another approaching wave, we are far from finished with sight casting cobes.......
Monday, May 12, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Top Water Striped Bass Bite is on FIRE
Customer asked how old is this top water plug with the paint missing and straightened O-rings?
That one's about 2 weeks old!" ----Capt. Mitch
If you have never done it, you will not be disappointed. Where can you go and on a "slow" half day only catch a couple dozen fish? We have guides that are on the riva and they are going to stay there as long as YOU want to go fishing.
And off the beach
Friday, May 9, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Good News, Good News
More good news is that water temps are perfect for top water action.
Good news is that water levels look good for a successful spawn, barring no more deluges upstream. A successful spawn this year would be really, really good news, considering that 2 of the last 5 years have been a bust and almost no baby striped bass were produced.
For the fishermen on the Roanoke, they are now getting the best of it.....and sometimes a few hours of oddly slow fishing......that's when the stripers are preparing to do what they came here to do and food is just not a priority.
From those anglers who are getting the best of it, here are some reports and pics:
"Thanks to you and Greg for some great striper fishing yesterday and this morning. We had a blast. We'll probably be looking you up at some point in the future for our next adventure, whether it's the Roanoke or elsewhere!" ------Matt
"When the fish ran drag after landing 40 plus Stripers I thought we had stuck a game changer. Ended up being an awesome Cat! Released fish an went on to catch another 40 or so Stripers on the half. Dang where are my scales?" ----Capt. Mitch Blake
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The diplomat's response to drum tournaments
Top water stripers
Just so you know how I feel about Old Drum Tournaments
"As long as the fishery can handle the effects of catch and release fishing, and I believe that this fishery has demonstrated that it can, the adult red drum catch and release fishery should be available to the public.
I do not like the idea of the government dictating how many fish someone can catch and release. A 'sufficient' amount should be left up to the individual. The public must keep in mind that albeit very low, there is a mortality associated with catch and release fishing. The more you catch, the more you kill.
I detest the idea of a tournament that encourages people to catch (kill) as many adult red drum as they can. Red drum are a long-lived fish with a unique life history and warrant the protective measures currently in place such as the required use of circle hooks on short leaders with fixed weights from 7 pm to 7 am during the spawning season on the Pamlico Sound. During this same period I would support the prohibition of tournaments whose outcome is determined by a total number of releases or requires that every fish be measured or taken out of the water."
George H. Beckwith Jr.
Monday, May 5, 2014
The Roanoke the way it's supposed to be
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Two spots left with Down East University-Crystal Coast
Shoot me an e mail if you have interest in signing up at the last minute.
It should be good, the cobia have arrived at the coast!!!!
Saturday, May 3, 2014
We had a great day on the river today (w/Capt. Lee). 100 fish is pretty dang good for a half day. Thanks for such a great service." ---Dustin
Friday, May 2, 2014
That's nothing, it's been a long season. After launching and loading the boat several times/day, some of us, yes multiple guides, have launched their boat and taken off to go fishing with their truck and trailer still on the ramp......not me of course, I would never admit to such a thing.
Doing good despite tough conditions.
The Down East Guides have been having consistent triple digit days despite some crazy weather conditions and highly fluctuating water levels. Most of them on the fly and jigs. Looks like it's going to drop again and we'll be back to where we were a week ago.....catching 'em.