I hope everyone has been staying safe and positive with the COVID-19 situation we have going on currently. Times are tough but the fishing is excellent. I am still operating and will be running trips in Weldon starting April 12th. The fishing has overall been awesome and should continue into the second week of May. If you would like to experience a spectacular fishery and get out on the water for some outdoor activity give me a call. I sanitize my boat and all equipment before and after each trip to ensure client safety. Talk to your family, call your friends, reach out to a client and lets go catch some fish…. alot of them.
Well yet again, its been a long overdue post but here we go. Fist off i would like to thank everyone who fished with me out of Wrightsville Beach this June and July. It was great seeing old friends and meeting some new ones along the way. Fishing was fun and the Lady Luck did well for me, she’s a versatile boat and i don’t take it for granted.
Moving forward, another season is officially upon us. The big reds have showed up on the neuse river and pamlico sound. We’ve caught beautiful fish and it should get nothing but better as we carry on into September. The river is alive! It seems as the higher salinity water and lack of rain has helped us out. Tons of bait, lots of spanish and blues, birds diving, fish jumping and busting… its an exciting time to be on the water, especially on calm days where you can see it all. Speckled Trout.. thank god for them and this year has been awesome. With the lack of slot drum on the sound, the trout have been our staple inshore. Large catches and fun fishing… I’m going to grind it out with waterfowl preparations early October to make sure i have time for fall fishing mixed in with the ducks. It should be spectacular. Finally, hitting the banks for flounder has been productive. We caught plenty our last trip with some quality keepers in the mix.
Be safe on the water friends and if i can help in any way I’m a phone call away.
Well, its been long over due for an updated post so here we go. The fishing out of wrightsville beach thus far has been fun. We are targeting spanish mackerel, seabass, flounder, drum and sheepshead primarily. When the weather allows we have pushed off the beach and the king mackerel have been numerous in the 10- 25 mile range with a few nice mahi in the mix. Lots of life just off the beach, birds working, porpoises (dolphins), plenty of bait… its good to see. Most of the inshore species we are catching with clients are falling for carolina rigged finger mullet… hard to beat this time of year for multiple species. Black drum and sheepshead are being caught on fiddler crabs its easy to fill up a bucket at low tide, then head to the bridges and pilings for a good time. Nearshore out to 30 miles the kings we are catching have come off drone spoons fished behind a #3 planer on a fairly stiff rod. This works well while still pulling ballyhoo up top for the mahi and sailfish opportunity.
Trout have been the story over the past months. Thank god for them because the slot drum have not been prevalent. We have had a few good days on the drum but overall their just not around in the normal numbers that we typically see. With that said, the trout fishing has really been a blast. Early morning topwater, then switching to popping corks fished with a DOA shrimp underneath… and if the wind picks up well transition to live bait and typically pull our better fish on the live bait. Flounder are around, artificials fished straight to a jighead and bouncing off the bottom is most productive. It wont be long now when we start transitioning over to old drum… and were chomping at the bit for it.
Thanks friends, and if you have any questions feel free to give me a ring, ill be happy to help any way possible
It’s been a fun start to the 2018 rockfish season at the head of the Roanoke; and it should just keep getting better. Great clients and working along side Great guides make this special place in NC even more memorable. we have three half days left availible currenly. Give us a call and lets go get em!
First off, there is alot of life in the Sound right now. To the bait fisherman, you should have no problem getting fresh shad… they are thick along the river shore and creek mouths of the lower Neuse and Pamlico. The fishing has been strong as of late with good catches of slot drum, trout, and rockfish. This cold front that came through and finally brought us some fall weather should help to push the trout up the creeks as the water temperature falls. The time for trout is upon us. With that said i took a long “ride about” yesterday and was pleased with the number of birds i saw for this time of year. The 2017-18 season looks promising, and we still have some dates open for combination fishing and gunning trips. We are in full preparation for waterfowl and are looking forward to sharing sunrises, decoying birds, and memories with clients this winter.
We have had some fun trips on the Pamlico sound and Neuse river the past several weeks with friends, family, and clients. The holiday boat traffic has tapered down but the fishing has not. Early in the morning and late evening have produced best, as the water temp. is obviously very warm. Plenty of bait is around, and its been good to see strong numbers of crab, shrimp, and mullet along the shoreline and tributaries. The river and sound has a lot of life around now, and hopefully it will stay that way through the summer and into the fall. Slot drum, speckled trout, flounder, and a good showing of striper are making it fun for us.
It’s been an interesting season up here on the Roanoke thus far this year. Live bait has been hard to come by and the water levels recently have been as high as many have fished in this area…. in decades. With that said we have had great days with both new and repeat clients fortunately. The scenery here on the Roanoke is beautiful and the added water has allowed us to access places normally not fished. Catching Rockfish back in the woods in high water, all while watching a variety of wildlife, has been a memorable experience not only for clients but also myself.
The weather has been great the past two weeks and we are experiencing some exciting fishing for Stripers (rockfish) up on the Roanoke River. We have been having good numbers of fish on half day trips and the keeper sized fish are here as well and should continue to get even better. The fish are biting, the weather is right, and the scenery is gorgeous… Time to get out on the water Friends!
March winds are upon us and so are the fish. Its been an interesting winter….. actually not much of a winter at all and the surface water temps in the creeks along the Neuse and Pamlico represent that. Fortunately we have not had a cold stun to report and the trout fishing remains fun. The stripers and shad are on the move and you can tell spring is in the air, even if we have colder air coming this weekend. The birds are singing, the animals are pairing up, and; most importantly the fish are snapping… Lets go get Em !