*** Actual fishing reports are given below, revealing what was caught and not caught (provided the species was targeted) for every charter. I tell you what is currently biting the best and the least on both inshore and offshore fishing. ***
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1-14-17. Ran a 3 hour inshore charter today for a family led by a 8 year old. The bite was slow at first but then picked up. We managed 6 trout all of keeper size but released everything.
1-13-17. Just me fishing today. Caught 2 red drum and 6 trout in around 2 hours. All the trout were legal size the reds were 17 inches (18-27 is legal in NC).
1-11-17. Ran a scouting/fishing trip today just myself for 3 hours but never had a bite. Fished some of the same areas as yesterday. Saw a dozen buzzards eating fish, apparently the cold snap killed a few trout. No dolphins today.
1-10-17. Fished with a buddy of mine today inshore in 44F degree water. Very nice day with around a dozen redfish and a dozen trout all of legal size but it was a catch n release trip. Weather was chilly and it was misty rain, but who cares when the fish are biting. Also saw 3 dolphin back in the creeks and ICW. When the water gets this cold, the smart warm blooded dolphin’s advantages become unfair over cold blooded fish.
12-31-16. Ran a inshore charter today for a family of 4 including a 5 and 9 year old girl. We started out on fish I knew would bite and caught a dozen small trout along with a bluefish. With the girls doing well and warm, we headed in search of a few keepers and caught 7 trout for the cooler. Not a bad day to catch around 20 fish in 4 hours.
12-28-16. Friend and I fished for 90 minutes today, 7 keeper trout and 1 keeper flounder, all keeper size. Give me a call and let’s go give the fish a shot.
12-27-16. After celebrating Christmas on the 26th with the family, I took the two that wanted to go fishing today and we caught 22 trout and one flounder, including our 3 man limit (12 fish) of trout all in under 5 hours.
12-25-16. Christmas day, just me fishing for the first time in over a month. Caught 20 trout in 3 hours with 7 of legal size.
11-5-16. Ran two inshore trips around this date with a slow bite on the fish. We did catch a slam ton of crabs though and a few fish mixed in.
11-3-16. Took the same group from yesterday fishing again today, the bite was a little slower with 7 trout but the quality of fish was much nicer with 5 keepers of good size. Big front coming in tonight with 25 knot winds, so it will be interesting to see how the fish bite tomorrow.
11-2-16. Had a 4 hour inshore trip today with a total catch of 11 trout with 4 keepers. Fished for 1 hour this evening and caught two nice size trout, kept one for dinner and let the biggest one go. Saw 20 other boats and no fish caught. Thankful we had good luck.
10-31-16. Fished 2 hours inshore today just myself and caught 5 trout. Hopefully the bite will fire up soon.
10-29-16. Ran another 6 hour trip today, fished more to the west than the previous day looking for kings but again no luck finding them. We caught several Little Tunny and sea bass. Big fish wins a free Follow Me tshirt.
10-28-16. Ran a 6 hour trip today and caught 15 Little Tunny and 40 sea bass with several keepers. We tried hard for king mackerel but no luck. Big fish wins a free Follow Me tshirt.
10-14-16. Ran a 4 hour trip today out 8 miles. The water was black like coffee with a very strong current. 20oz of weight would not hold the bottom. We did not have any bites and came in to try for Spanish and blues with no bites. Canceled the trip and came in early. Things a bit stirred up from Matthew but hopefully it will settle out soon.
10-12-16. No fishing reports lately, we dogged two tropical storms this year, but Matthew got us. Over all, the area was very lucky with the storm. It is hard to say how the inshore fish are responding to all the freshwater. Both of my boats are still on the hill, but we plan to put back them into the water soon. I do have around 10 trips scheduled between now and Thanksgiving, so keep checking back for updates.
9-23-16. Ran a 4 hour trip today offshore. We started off Spanish fishing and caught two blues. The bass bite was slow with around 40 fish and 2 keepers partly because of the sharks. We caught over a dozen sharks and many others busted our tackle up pretty good. We concluded the day Spanish fishing again with several more bluefish and a nice redfish on a Clarkspoon. The big redfish are here and this is a great fish to target close to the beach during the fall.
9-21-16. Still alive here, just no fishing reports to post. Between the two tropical storms that buzzed us offshore and school starting back things have been slow. Hope to get out soon for a report.
9-11-16. A family of 5 fished with me today on a 4 hour offshore trip. We caught over 100 bass but no keeper size. The bite was very good so this is encouraging but no sharks which was unexpected. Also caught today was an octopus. We finished the day trolling for Spanish for 20 minutes and landed two bluefish, but no Spanish. Big fish always wins a free Follow Me tshirt.
9-9-16. Ran a 6 hour trip today and found the fishing slow. Ended up with 3 false albacore, 1 nice size Spanish, and around 30 bass with 4 keepers. We fished the Shark Hole area, Busters Hole, and 3 miles offshore of Buster’s (27 miles offshore). Quite a bit of bait out there so hopefully the fish will follow soon. Wish we could have found the king mackerel or a nice class of bottom fish.
9-8-16. Took my cousin out today to shark fish. We started by trolling for Spanish for bait and caught 2 along with a bluefish fairly quickly. It is a good sign they are starting to show back up. The shark fishing was slow, we fished 1 hour and managed one bite, boating a 4 foot bonnethead shark (like a hammerhead) that we released.
9-7-16. Took the family out today for crabs, clams, and shrimp. We quickly caught our limit of 200 shrimp, 40 crabs and 70 clams. The tides are not that low currently, so it made clamming tough, but 2 of us got 70 clams in 30 min, while another decided clamming was too much work :).
9-5-16. Fished with 4 guys today on a 4 hour offshore trip and caught 50 bass but no keepers. Did manage a small grouper and a shark. The bite was not as good as the previous day. Caught 3 bluefish trolling the beach.
9-4-16. A group of 6 fished with me today on a 4 hour offshore trip. We did not try the Spanish on the beach due to the recent storm mixing the water up. Bottom fishing we caught over 60 bass with 4 keepers, 2 sharks, and a trout. Fairly pleased with the results so close to the storm. Big fish wins free tshirt on all offshore trips.
9-1-16. Took a husband wife team fishing today. The goal was to focus on flounder, trout, and drum. Unfortunately, we did not get one of the species above but did manage 2 bluefish, a small grouper, and several other small fish. Using live shrimp and finger mullet all day, it was disappointing we could not catch a few nicer fish. Possibly the water is still too hot. 20 crabs rounded out the trip.
8-31-16. Ran a inshore trip for a family of 5 catching 2 black drum (one was legal size), croakers, whiting, puffers and many other fish. Also caught were 5 stingrays with the largest over 15 pounds. 20 crabs rounded out the trip. They kept 15 fish to eat. No flounder even though we kept minnows out.
8-30-16. Took a family of 5 fishing today inshore. Catches included 1 redfish and 1 black drum, both undersized and over 40 other fish including: pigfish, puffers, croakers, perch, pinfish, and a few others. 30 crabs rounded out the trip. No flounder even though we had minnows.
8-27-16. Six people fished with me today on an inshore trip. Total catch of over 50 fish with 6 black drum (no keeper size) and 8 croakers we kept to eat. We saw a dolphin on the trip and had a small shark swimming near the boat (5 miles from the ocean). Also caught were 2 stingrays about 18 inches across and 50 crabs.
In the afternoon, we ran a trip to Bald Head. A great way to enjoy the water if you do not wish to fish.
8-25-16. The family of 3 on the 22nd had such a great time fishing they booked the 25th also for another inshore trip. We did not do the crabs this time, but caught around the same number of fish and 8 black drum.
8-22-16. Took a family of 3 fishing today inshore, the child was 3 years old. We caught over 50 fish and 4 black drum. Ended the day with 24 crabs, a pretty good day.
8-18-16. Took a group of 6 fishing, clamming, and crabbing. 3 black drum, and 40 other fish. 20 crabs and over 100 clams, great day.
8-17-16. Ran an offshore and inshore trip today. Offshore we caught 1 shark, 50 bass, and a few Spanish Mackerel. Inshore trip we found fast action but nothing big enough to keep. Total catch over 50 fish and 20 crabs.
8-16-16. Was out of town from the 5th to the 15th, so no fishing report.
8-5-16. Ran several inshore trips between the 2nd and the 5th. Catches of black drum, croakers, and other smaller fish. Good catches of crabs as well.
8-2-16. Ran two trips today, an offshore and an inshore. The offshore trip we had 6 fishing and caught 100 bass and 4 sharks, no keeper bass. The inshore trip was a crab/clam/fish combo. Fishing 2 hours we caught 10 black drum, 1 flounder and an array of croaker, spot, whiting, pinfish, pigfish, puffers totaling around 50 fish. Several spots, croakers and whiting were keepers. Black drum have to be 14 inches and flounder 15, we did not find a keeper here but plenty of nice fish none the less. 100 clams and 30 crabs topped out the day.
8-1-16. Wind blew us out of the offshore trip today but my group decided to try their luck inshore. We had two 7 year olds, a 9 and 13 year old along with their dads. Ended up with 3 black drum, and around 70 other fish: croakers, pinfish, and puffers. I did not have the crab pots set since the trip was a last minute decision. We did keep out 2 minnows all day but no flounder. Inshore fishing for flounder, trout, and redfish remains slow and with young kids on the boat, we can’t focus on glamor fish. Never the less, we should have caught a few flounder if they were around.
7-31-16. Had a 10 hour trip today that was canceled. Winds were gusting to 20 knots and the buoys were reporting 4.3 foot seas (this is the average wave size) every 4 seconds. Individual waves can be close to twice this. Just not a good day to go offshore (assuming the weather buoys were accurate). Interestingly, 4.3 foot seas every 8 seconds would have been fishable.
7-30-16. Ran a 5 hour offshore trip today for a mom, daughter, and son. We caught over 100 bass with 3 keepers but no sharks which was surprising. We concluded the day trolling for Spanish mackerel, but no luck. A 7 foot tiger shark also briefly cruised by the boat. Big fish one a free Follow Me tshirt.
7-29-16. Took a mom, dad and their 4 and 7 year old children on a 4 hour inshore clam/crab/fish trip today. After finding 25 clams in quick order we switched to fishing. We caught 1 redfish and 1 black drum along with a ton of smaller fish. Unsure why the black drum were not biting better. Two sea turtles were spotted on the trip as well. Ended the day with 4 dozen crabs.
7-28-16. Took a mom, dad and daughter fishing on a 4 hour trip today. We caught nearly 80 bass on a strong bite with 4 keepers. A few people were not feeling well so we came inshore to Spanish fish and get the wind blowing, everyone started feeling better but the Spanish were not biting. On a side note, the buoys in the inlet are in their proper place once again. Big fish always wins a free t-shirt on the Follow Me Two.
7-27-16. Ran two trips today, one inshore and one offshore. The inshore trip we caught over 170 clams, 2 black drum, and many other smaller fish. Later we tried the flounder but no luck. Did not check the crab traps today. On our 4 hour offshore trip, we managed 1 Spanish, 1 shark, and 80 bass with 2 people fishing.
7-26-16. Took 4 fishing today inshore. Total catch of 12 black drum, 1 trout and many other fish. No clamming today, but did catch 20 crabs in the traps.
7-25-16. Ran an inshore trip for two moms and two 2nd grade sons. We caught shrimp, 30 clams, 3 dozen crabs, and many little fish including a dozen puffers the kids loved. No big ones today, but plenty of action.
7-23-16. Took a group to Bald Head today. Great trip for anyone who is not interested in fishing. Trip included traveling 25 miles to Bald Head with a stop in Southport for lunch. Touring the island, lighthouse, and swimming at Bald Head. We returned by ocean to Lockwood Folly Inlet, but reentered the waterway for a smoother ride home to OIB.
7-22-16. Ran a 6 hour today for a grandfather and his grandson. We caught 3 keeper king mackerel at the sharkhole and had a few others get off. Also, fished on the bottom with so so action, we kept moving looking for keepers but never found one. Did manage a small shark. Big fish always wins a free Follow Me Tshirt.
7-21-16. Two 4 hour trips today. First trip we caught over 100 bass with 2 keepers and 4 Spanish with 2 small kings trolling. We only trolled for 30 minutes. The afternoon trip, we only caught 20 bass with 1 keeper. I am unsure why the bite was so slow, but possibly because there was no current or drift at all offshore. We did manage 12 Spanish and 2 small kings trolling. We also lost 8 or so Spanish, they were very lucky getting off today.
7-20-16. Had 3 generations of fishermen on the boat today on a 4 hour trip. The bass bite was excellent with a catch of over 100 fish with 6 keepers. One of the youngsters was not feeling well so we ran around to get the air moving and tried the Spanish on the beach for 20 minutes with a catch of 2 Spanish and 1 bluefish before we had to head to the dock. I think the Spanish are an option and plan to try tomorrow further. They are a fast moving fish though, so each day is different, unlike the bottom fish that are more territorial in nature.
7-19-16. Took a dad and 3 sons on a 7 hour trip today. We had a good report of king mackerel out 20 miles to the southwest of ocean isle 2 days before, but the kings were not there today. Several other boats tried as well and followed us to 3 other spots when we left looking for fish. We ended up with 1 small king, a nice barracuda, and a fair amount of bass, but no keepers other than 1 shark. The bottom fishing is better to the east, so it was a gamble to run to the west. My mate and I just were not able to get it done today to the level of quality (with respect to fish in the boat) we expect.
7-18-16. Had an inshore and a offshore trip today, both 4 hours. The inshore trip revolved around two youngsters and we caught over 40 fish including many puffers, pinfish, big croakers, black drum, trout and others. The offshore trip we caught 80 bass with 1 keeper, 3 little tunny and 1 Spanish. The Spanish and little tunny were offshore around 8 miles on bait pods. The pods come up and go down quickly, so they are difficult to fish. No Spanish on the beach, but we did try for 15 minutes.
Also, ran a water taxi service to Inlet View from 6:30 to 10pm. It is a great trip, check it out on the website.
7-17-16. Took a group from Maryland today on a 10 hour trip out 50 miles. It is the 3rd time they have been with us. The seas were very nice and the action was as well. We started out catching 5 big barracuda and 5 amberjacks. Two of the barracuda were over 30 pounds and received a citation from the state (special award for fish that is abnormally big for its species). All the cuda and amberjack were released. On the bottom fish, we found the bite slow to start and the cudas were stealing our fish as they came up. It took us around 2 hours of picking on a few fish here and there before we found the bottom fish in numbers without being harassed by the cuda. Total catch of our limit of big vermillion snappers (30) and another 20 keeper gray snapper, black bass, pink snapper aggregate for a total of around 50 keepers. We caught another 40 bottom fish we threw back along with 2 small sharks. Big fish won a free Follow Me Tshirt.
7-16-16. Had a 2 hour clam, crab and shrimp trip today. We found 130 clams, caught 30 crabs and a lot of minnows, small fish and a few shrimp in the cast nets. Two children 6 and 13 had a great time with their mom, dad, and grandfather. The adults always enjoy the trip as well.
7-15-16. Ran a 4 hour inshore fishing trip today followed by a 2 hour clam/crab/shrimp trip. We canceled our offshore trip as the seas were simply too rough to take someone. The inshore trip we had a dad and group of kids ranging form 8 to 16. We caught over 50 fish including 8 black drum.
On the clam and crab trip, we found 60 clams in short order and everyone decided they had enough so we went and shrimped. A 9 year old boy and 6 year old girl caught many shrimp and minnows and enjoyed feeding the seagulls a few minnows they caught. The 9 year old learned how to cast a net his first cast and caught over 30 shrimp himself. We also caught around 40 crabs, a great day on the water.
7-14-16. Had an inshore and a 4 hour offshore trip today. The inshore trip the bite was fast on black drum, crocker, and other small fish. No flounder but we had a 3 and 6 year old on the boat so the trip revolved around them. Total catch of black drum was 8 and over 50 fish were caught in total.
The offshore trip was the slowest of the year, around 20 bass and no sharks. The seas were rough limiting what we could do. Weather man missed this one, he was calling for a nice day.
7-13-16. Had two 4 hour trips today. The first trip we were met with rough seas but managed over 50 bass with no keepers. No sharks either. The second trip the seas were very nice and we caught nearly 100 bass with 1 keeper, and 1 shark. We had three good runs on sharks, but only managed 1. 2 very lucky sharks to get off the hook.
7-12-16. Started the day off with a 6 hour trip out 18 miles and caught 1 king mackerel, 2 little tunny, and 1 amberjack trolling. On the bottom we had a decent bite of bass with around 60 fish and 2 keepers. Also caught were 2 gray snapper and many other smaller fish. The bass bite was not as good as I would have liked out 18 miles, but the action was good enough.
We ended the day with a 4 hour trip that we cut to 3 hours because of storms. Turns out the storms missed us but you never know. The bass bite out 10 miles was excellent with a catch of over 80 bass fairly quickly with 1 keeper and 2 sharpnose sharks. We changed locations and caught a nice 6 foot hammerhead that we let go, and had another large shark rip off 100 yards of line before breaking us off. We only shark fished for 30 minutes. The big sharks are doing great now and the 4 hour trip is an attractive option. Big fish always wins a free tshirt.
7-11-16. We had two 4 hour trips today. The first trip was met by high seas but we managed to limp out 5 miles and catch a few bass before trying the sharks on the beach. The shark bite was great with 4 big fish on and one caught around 40 pounds. The other 3 broke off our 100 pound test. On the afternoon trip, the seas were very nice and we caught over 150 bass and many other fish but no keepers. We tried the sharks again, this time rigged with wire and caught 1 around 30 pounds. The big sharks are here and we have a realistic chance to catch blacktips and spinners up to 100 pounds if desired. Spinners jump when hooked, so they are an enjoyable fish to catch. Big fish wins a free Tshirt on Follow Me Two.
7-10-16. Ran a 4 hour fishing, crabbing, clamming, and shrimping trip this afternoon. After fishing for 2 hours catching 4 black drum, a large florida pompano, stingray, and several other small fish, the storms started to build forcing us to check the crab traps and call it a day. No flounder, even though we kept nice minnows out most of the trip. We did manage over 30 crabs. Unfortunately, we were not able to clam or shrimp. We also saw a dolphin in the waterway.
7-6-16. Small craft warnings yesterday and woke up today to the offshore buoys reporting gust over 20 knots and 5.5 foot average seas. 5 foot seas means there are plenty of 7+ foot waves around. Some boats run, some cancel. I am conservative with the ocean as there is not much room for error out there. A 48 foot dive boat also bagged their trip for today. I do not want anyone to get the impression I am quick to cancel, that is not the case. Thanks.
7-4-16. Ran a 4 hour inshore fishing/clam/crab/shrimp combo trip today. The fishing was slow with only 2 small fish caught (we targeted flounder and redfish). The water temperature was 88 back in the creeks. We did have an excellent catch of 100 clams, 4 dozen crabs and 6 dozen shrimp. The inshore fishing for crabs/clams/shrimp remains fantastic. Sure I would love to go catch 6 flounder, but fishing is about taking advantage of what is available and right now (on inshore) that is crabs, clams, shrimp, and smaller fish. We also saw a dolphin in the waterway.
7-3-16. Back in action today after a 2 day break. Met 4 guys and 2 girls at the dock at 6:30 and discussed if we should go or not. It was going to be rough, but they wanted to give it a try anyway. We fished around 1.5 hours out 5 miles and caught close to 40 bass with 1 keeper, no sharks. Three people were not feeling well so we came back to the dock. Everyone was a super good sport despite some not feeling well. I was pleased with the action but wish the ocean would have been nicer for us. Big fish won a Follow Me Tshirt.
6-30-16. Took both boats to Bald Head Island today on a cruise for 12. This is a fantastic trip for anyone interested in being on the water but not into fishing. In the evening we took a sunset cruise, also another great option.
6-29-16. Back to back 4 hour trips today with a good bite made for an excellent day on the water. The ocean started out nice, and got even better. We started out trolling for kings 10 miles out and caught 1 nice size Spanish but no kings. On the bottom our two fishermen caught over 100 bass with 6 keepers. The afternoon trip we had 6 fishermen and caught over 100 bass with 9 keepers. It is wonderful to see the big bass biting so close to the beach. No sharks on either trip. Maybe it is a coincidence, no sharks but bigger and more bass? We also had a pod of dolphin swim under the boat. Big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt.
6-28-16. Ran a 4 hour offshore and an inshore trip today. The offshore trip we had an excellent bite on bass for a party of 4 with many “two at a time” catches of bass. We caught over 100 easily with 2 keepers. Bass must be 13 inches to keep, and many fish are 12 inches. No sharks, which was surprising and no Spanish when we caught several just the day before. On the inshore trip we caught 5 fish but no founder, trout, or redfish. The bite on inshore remains slow (at least for us and the people we have talked to). The crabs, clams and shrimp likely are the way to go inshore, as catches remain good.
6-27-16. Back in action after a windy break. We ran two trips today a 6 hour and a 4 hour. The 6 hour we caught 200 bass with a family of 5 from Missouri, several snapper, sharks, and other fish. We tried trolling for king mackerel 18 miles out for 30 minutes but no luck. On a personal trip (or if the client request) we may troll longer to “grind out” a bite or two, but after 30 minutes, I pretty much know the fish are not there. With the bottom bite so good, we focused on that.
On the afternoon 4 hour, the bass were not biting nearly as well, which is strange. They normally bite about the same. The shark bite was strong as well as the Spanish and bluefish bite on the beach. The Spanish were in the dirty water close to the beach for anyone who reads my reports with their own boat. Also caught was a small king with gold dots. Remember Spanish have a black dorsal fin, kings do not. But small kings DO have yellow/gold dots.
6-24-16. The wind blew us out every day this week. Small craft warnings, sustained 20 mph winds, and 4-7 foot seas are not fishable. I hate it for everyone that did not get to fish with me this week. I know full well how much everyone looks forward to their fishing trips. Looking good for next week though, 2 foot seas forecasted for Monday.
6-22-16. Took a dad and his 9 and 12 year old sons fishing today back in the creeks. It was one of the first experience for the kids fishing from a boat. Each caught over 15 fish including black drum, croker, whiting, pinfish, and puffers. We fished for flounder, trout and redfish with live minnows and live shrimp but no luck. The wind was blowing hard and the purpose of the trip was to ensure the youngsters had action. We concluded the day checking 5 crab traps for a nice haul of over 3 dozen blue crabs and 10 stone crabs.
6-21-16. Canceled a few trips recently as the ocean has been too rough. A sailboat practically sank today at a near by inlet yet many charter boats still went fishing. I fish rough water (it is the Atlantic Ocean) and understand many of my clients only spend one week in the area and generally want to go fishing no matter what but sometimes you just have to make a tough call and cancel. We can always do an inshore trip as backup if you desire.
6-18-16. Ran a gigging trip tonight for 2 hours. We got 1 three pounder and saw a lot of other life but no other flounder. Generally, we see many flounder too small to gig and have a chance to gig 1 to 3 in a 2 hour trip. It is a great trip for kids or anyone looking to venture out at night and see a lot of marine life.
6-15-16. Had two trips today, a 3 hour followed by a 4 hour. We had a dad and son on the 3 hour and caught 70 bass with 3 keepers and 2 sharks. On the 4 hour trip, 5 people fishing with a catch of over 150 bass and 6 keepers. Also caught a 5 pound puffer and 1 shark. Super days fishing. Big fish always wins a Follow Me tshirt.
6-14-16. Ran a 11 hour trip today for a family of 5 from NC. We picked them up from their private dock at OIB and headed out 40 miles and eventually close to 50 miles. The bite was excellent, caught and released 4 amberjack, 1 barracuda, and many bottom fish. We kept our limit of 25 vermillion snapper, close to 20 jumbo sea bass, and several gray snapper. Also caught was a nice size cobia. Super day way offshore. Big fish always wins a free Follow Me tshirt.
6-13-16. Three guys from Rhode Island joined us today on a 4 hour trip. We tried the Spanish in the morning and toward the end of the trip but no luck. Offshore 5 to 8 miles the seas were sporty but we managed around 50 bass with 6 of legal size and 3 sharks. I was fairly pleased with the bite considering the sea condition. The clients wanted to release all the fish today. Big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt.
6-11-16. Took two gentleman from North Carolina out on a 6 hour today. The fish as I thought would start biting better after the storm, and today was the day. Trolling, we caught 4 king mackerel and on the bottom around 60 bass with 4 keepers, 5 pound puffer, 4 sharks, and a few other fish. For just two guys fishing, the bite was very good with multiple 2 at a time catches of bass. We split our time between the bottom and trolling. If the kings are there, we will catch them, no doubt about that. Big fish won a free Follow Me T-shirt.
6-10-16. Two dads and 3 daughters from Pennsylvania fished with us today on a 6 hour trip. The ocean was nice and the fish bit okay but still are a little stubborn. We caught around 70 sea bass with around 7 keepers and 6 sharks. Also caught were a grouper and a nice sized flounder. We did not try the trolling. As always on the Follow Me, the largest fish wins a free T-shirt.
6-9-16. Took 3 guys from Ohio on a 6 hour trip today out 23 miles. The seas were a bit choppy with a strong current, but we pushed through. Total catch of 15 sharks, and around 70 seabass with around a 10 keepers. We could have possibly caught more keeper bass but the bigger bass like fish more than squid and unfortunately so do the sharks. We jointly decided to go back to mostly squid because the sharks were causing havoc. I guess that is a good problem to have 🙂 Also, tried trolling for 15 minutes but no luck. We are happy to troll as long as you want, but after 15 minuets, generally we have a good idea (on any type of fishing). The water is starting to settle out after the Tropical Storm. Everything should be back to normal soon. Largest fish won a free tshirt.
6-8-16. Took a dad and his two daughters on an inshore trip today. We fished hard from the Jetty to the Shallotte River with live shrimp and minnows, but only managed one fish. We also tried the Spanish for a bit trolling but no bites. Out of over 50 boats, we only saw one fish caught. The fishing in the creeks is hit or miss, and today I was not able to get it done.
6-7-16. First time back out on the water after the storm. Still too rough to run an ocean trip so we did a clamming, crabbing, and shrimping trip. Total catch, around 100 clams, 2 dozen blue crabs, 1 dozen stone crabs, 2 spider crabs, and around 8 dozen shrimp. Super day!
6-3-2016. Took a family of 5 from Ohio on a 6 hour trip today. The seas were exceptionally nice allowing us to fish 25 miles offshore. We started out trolling for king mackerel and other pelagics but did not have a bite after 30 minutes so we switched to bottom fishing. The bottom fish were much more corporative and we caught over 100 bass with 13 keepers, 7 snapper, and 10 sharks. We also caught two cobia that came to the boat while bottom fishing. The water was crystal clear and we saw many flying fish. Super day on the water. Big fish wins a free tshirt on the Follow Me Two.
6-2-2016. Today we had two morning trips, one on the 21 Coastal (Follow Me Three) around the inlet and backwaters and another on the Follow Me Two out 10 miles. Captain Fred ran the offshore trip and I ran the inshore trip.
Inshore trip. We found the fishing slow. Managed 1 nice flounder, a small cobia which was quite exciting, and around 10 other fish but no trout or drum (redfish). We fished the Little River Jetty, a wreck near the beach, Tubbs Inlet, and about everywhere in between. Six dozen live shrimp and 2 dozen minnows I really thought we would have nailed them. Only saw one other fish caught out of 50 boats. If anyone goes themselves, possibly try the incoming tide in the afternoon, we fished the outgoing tide this morning. We still had a great time on the water.
Offshore trip. Captain Fred reported a slow bite on the Spanish and bass, but he did manage to catch 8 Spanish and 70 bass with 8 keepers, 1 trout and 5 sharks. We just caught 200 bass less than a week ago at the same spot but the bite was slower today. I expect the bite to pick up again soon but we always find and catch fish on the offshore trips.
5-26-2016. Took two dads and 4 sons from Indiana fishing on a 4 hour trip. Started out for Spanish, but only caught one so headed out to bottom fish. Total catch of 6 sharks, over 200 bass with 10 keepers, and two 5 pound puffer fish. Super day on the water.
5-25-2016. Dove 45 miles offshore with a buddy today. We made two dives and caught 11 lobsters from 4 to 10 pounds, speared 6 hog snapper up to 20 pounds, 4 grouper up to 20 pounds. Also, fished a bit and caught a nice catch of bass and snapper. 8 of the lobster had eggs and were released. Two others were donated live to the Ocean Isle Museum for everyone to go see.
5-24-2016. Ran a 4 hour trip for 2 people today and caught 60 bass with 8 keepers. Also, caught 2 Spanish, but we did not try for them that long. No sharks. Not a bad day for 2 people.
5-12-2016. Fished with 3 people from Concord, NC today on a 4 hour trip. We caught over 100 bass with 3 keepers. A little surprised we could not find a few extra keepers. Half the fish were caught on 2oz jigs. Also, landed several bluefish, a trout, and 3 or 4 other species of bottom fish. Four sharks topped the trip off. We had a 40 to 50 pound Cobia circle the boat twice, but could not get him to take our live bait, a bit surprising as they usually can’t resist a live bait near the boat. Extremely surprising was seeing a school of 30 flying fish. Normally, we do not see flying fish until we are at least 18 miles offshore, and more commonly 30 miles. We did not try the Spanish today, but they probably are around. With the water having a slight chop (makes it difficult to spot the tideline) and no seagulls diving (providing additional tips on the Spanish), my mate and I made the decision to simply bottom fish. Everyone had a blast, hard to beat catching fish one after another on artificial lures.
4-30-2016. Ran a Gulf Stream trip today for a dad and his two sons from Lexington, NC. Nice catch of mahi and got our limit on 3 to 4 pound sea bass. The ocean started out nice but quickly turned rough sending us inshore in search of nicer seas. Everyone did fantastic under challenging conditions. The mahi should bite well for the next 6 weeks before scattering well inshore.
4-29-2016. No trips run since the last report. The 1 or 2 nice days we had did not align with anyone’s schedule.
4-4-2016. Ran another 4 hour trip today for 4 people from the NC mountains. We caught over 150 bass with 14 of legal size and one trout. Everyone had a great time and most of the fish were caught on jigs over the traditional squid bottom rigs. Catching fish on light spinning tackle makes for extremely fun fishing. Jigs work well offshore on larger fish as well, so if you are interested in jigging let me know. The water temperature was 61F so still too cold to try for Spanish, blues, and other trolling fish, but it wont be long. Give it 3 more weeks and everything should be wide open.
3-24-2016. Ran the first trip of the season today, a 4 hour for a family from Pittsburg. We fished 10 miles offshore and caught nearly 100 bass with 10 keepers, led by an 8 year old fishing machine. Since a few were not feeling well, we trolled around (to get the air moving) offshore 10 miles and along the beach for around 1 hour but no bites. The water temp is around 59, so still on the chilly side for trolling. I did catch 3 bluefish earlier in the week fishing back in the creeks in only 15 minutes. So I know the blues are around, but apparently they are sticking to the creeks for now which are 5 degrees warmer than the ocean.
3-9-2016. No fishing reports to post lately. The Follow Me Two received new cushions and a new coat of bottom paint recently, along with a new wax job. Stocking up on tying rigs, making sinkers, and getting ready for the season. Hope to have a fishing report to post later this month.
1-30-2016. Fished for trout today with my brother for around 2 hours as far away as the Little River Jetty and Dunn Sound. We ended up with 2 throwbacks (both in Dunn Sound). Both bites were undetectable, other than a little extra weight on the line. We spoke to the game warden on the way back and he mentioned he has not seen a trout (or redfish) caught in the last two weeks. However, I watched two people catch around 20 trout in a 30 minute time slot this week (fishing off the bank) on Cajun Pepper Vudu Shrimp color but all the fish were throwbacks. They mentioned the fish would not bite any other color. They caught the fish with 4 hours of water with the tide falling. I did not have a rod in the truck so could only watch the two catch fish after fish while the bite lasted. The bite stopped as fast as it started, but the good news is the fish are here, albeit in a finicky mood. Stay prepared and be ready for when they resume biting, possibly in the next day or so with the warmer weather.
No updates on offshore fishing. I have not been in over a month.
1-16-2016. Not much to report on the fishing as we have have serious winds for the last two weeks. Did try the trout today and yesterday for 1 hour each evening but no bites. Talked to a few other anglers with the same luck as me. I suppose the trout have finally entered their winter patterns, so on my next attempt I will change the game plan. At any rate, it was great to at least get back on the water for the first time in 2 weeks.
1-1-2016. Happy New Year! Took my brother and brother in law out for a 2 hour trout trip today. We managed 8 trout with 2 keepers. Both keepers were 2 pounders and many of the throwbacks were right at the 14 inch limit, but with enough to eat, we let the borderline fish go. Another great day on the water.
12-31-2015. Ran an inshore fishing trip today on the new Follow Me Three (21 foot Coastal). Two guys from Texas boated 14 trout. Most of the fish were 12 to 13 inches so just under the 14 inch size limit. We did manage 3 keepers and a big fish of 2.5 pounds. Lots of action and bites. Great way to start off the Coastal 21’s service.
12-29-2015. Took 3 guys on a 6 hour trip today bottom fishing. We caught a slew of black bass and kept our limit of 15. Nice seas and a great day on the water.
12-1-2015. We are happy to report that the 16′ McKee has been retired and a new 2016 Coastal 21′ with 2016 115 hp Suzuki will be available starting in January. The boat has an excellent platform for chartering inshore with the room to take up to 4 fishermen or up to 6 passengers for clamming/crabbing or cruises. Check the updates for the new pictures once the boat is delivered.
12-1-2015. Sorry for the suspension of fishing reports. We ran approximately 15 trips in August then only a couple after that. All the trips were productive trips with a lot of fish other than one where we tried the red drum on the beach in October and did not catch any. Nobody else did either out of 50+ boats, but that is hardly a consolation prize. I will resume my regular updates when the season picks back up in 2016, or if I go on a fishing trip myself.
7-29-2015. Had two 3 hour trips today and the ocean was very nice both trips. The bass were biting well on the morning trip and average on the afternoon trip. We did manage 2 sharks on the morning trip as well. The ocean was nice both trips but each time I had a youngster get seasick and the party decided to head on back in early. It is hard to gauge who will get sick and who will not. I have taken many youngsters as young as 6 this year with no seasickness issues at all. Big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt each trip.
7-28-2015. Ran a 3 hour trip where we had a nice catch of bass but no keepers and one shark. We tried the Spanish after my crew got a bit sea sick but no luck on the Spanish. Normally when moving, people start to feel better. Big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt. Had an afternoon trip after an hour break, but the seas had gone from very nice to very rough in just two hours time. Took the gang out of the inlet, thought about the seas, discussed with them, and we decided to bag the trip. I will get you out there, but I am not going to take you on just a boat ride knowing we have no chance to provide a good service.
7-27-2015. Took 4 guys from Maryland today fishing led by an aggressive 7 year old who caught the most and biggest fish, winning the free Follow Me tshirt. The ocean was calm, which was great for a change. The bite on the bass was still slower than normal though. We caught around 40 bass with one keeper and one shark. The fish were biting okay like the previous day, but hard to hook for some reason. After bass fishing we tried for the Spanish for 20 minutes and picked up 4 keeper size fish. It is a good sign the Spanish are back in play as an option and we may devote more time to Spanish fishing with this new information.
7-25-2015. Ran a 4 hour trip today for a father son team and we caught around 25 sea bass with one keeper size and no sharks. It was one of the slowest days I can remember. The ocean was sporty, with a strong east wind. The fish were biting okay, but they were hard to hook for some reason. Certainly disappointing not being able to catch the guys a shark. My mate and I were just not able to produce today like we normally do, but everyone still enjoyed being on the water and we all had a good time trying. Big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt.
7-24-2015. Had a 7 hour trip today for six and we caught over 200 bass and 6 sharks, including our limit of 30 keeper size bass. We did not troll offshore because it was very rough and all the other charter boats on the radio were not catching anything trolling. Eventually the seas ran us back inshore where we did troll for a bit but no luck. It really was a long shot considering the trolling bite was slow today. Another great day on the water all in all. Big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt.
7-23-2015. Ran a cruise to Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach today for 6 people. This is an excellent trip along with the trip to Bald Head.
7-22-2015. Weather man was calling for small craft warnings and 3 to 6 foot seas offshore so moved my 7 hour trip on the 21st to Friday. Today he is calling for 4-7 foot seas but with winds out of the north which means it will be nice for the first mile but likely very rough offshore. Unfortunately, there are no Spanish around (at least the odds are not great enough to charge someone and go looking for them close to the beach), and it would be too rough to get offshore 10 miles for the 5 hour trip. So after talking with my crew, we decided it would be best for them to book an inshore trip and I provided a few guides they could call to set that up. I am dying to get you out there and go fishing, but small craft warnings and 4-7 foot sea forecast really take the ball out my court.
7-20-2015. Took a 3 hour trip today and ended up with around 80 sea bass with one keeper size. It is hard to find keeper size bass on the 3 to 5 hour trips, but we do our best and we do catch a lot of bass around 12 inches, but the size limit for recreational fishermen is 13 inches, and 12 inches for commercial, go figure!! Not sure how the lobbyist can tell a 7 year old she cant keep her 12 incher but a commercial guy setting a fish trap or using 24 volt electric gear can, but that is the law. No sharks which was surprising, they have been hit and miss this year for some reason. Biggest fish won a free Follow Me tshirt.
7-19-2015. Got a late start today on a 7 hour trip as my mate was not available until 10am. The ocean was nice, and we started out bottom fishing for bass 20 miles offshore and within the first hour had over 100 bass with our limit of 25 keepers (5 per person) and 3 amberjack. The guys wanted to troll for kings and dolphin but after trolling a hour or so with only one bite and one barracuda, we went back to bottom fishing and caught another 100 bass with around 20 being large bass we let go (we were at our limit). We kept a live bait out on top while bottom fishing but no takers. Biggest fish always wins a free Follow Me tshirt.
7-17-2015. The weather broke and allowed us to run two 3 hour trips for the same group of 8 (4 went one trip, 4 the next). The first trip we caught over 60 bass, one octopus, and 4 sharks but not keeper bass and on the second trip we caught over 60 bass again but no sharks. Unsure where the sharks went or why they stopped biting but that is fishing. All in all, two great trips and the largest fish won a free Follow Me tshirt each trip.
7-16-2015. Another rough week, small craft warnings forcing me to stay at the dock.
7-13-2015. Ran two three hour trips today and the fish were biting very well. We caught over 200 bass between the two trips, with 7 keepers. Also caught were one shark each trip and an octopus. We kept a live bait out for a king or cobia, but not luck so close to shore, but there is always the chance. Big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt.
7-8-2015. Ran two more 3 hour trips today. The first trip we caught one shark and a ton of bass but no keeper size bass. The ocean was rough but everyone managed well. I tried to talk my second group out of going but they wanted to go, including 4 children between 5 and 12 years old. Everyone did great even in a rough ocean. In fact, the ocean was borderline me calling the trip off, and 12 oz weights were just enough to keep our baits on the bottom. We caught 1 shark, a ton of bass, and an octopus, but no keeper size bass. Biggest fish always wins a free Follow Me t-shirt.
7-7-2015. We had two 3 hour trips today and had good action on both but the seas were sporty. We caught plenty of bass and a total of 5 sharks between the trips but only one keeper bass. Both my groups got seasick so we tried the Spanish for a bit on one of the trips but only managed one. I did not have a lot of faith in the Spanish, but when we are trolling for Spanish, people often feel better than when we stop to bottom fish so it was worth a shot. Everyone was a good sport and did great despite some not feeling well. Big fish won a free Follow Me shirt on both trips.
7-6-2015. Ran the first 7 hour trip of the season after many 3, 4 and 5 hour trips. The 7 hour did not disappoint, fishing 18 miles offshore we caught 3 king mackerel, 1 mahi mahi, 20 keeper size bass (our limit with 4 fishermen) and 2 snapper. Also, we threw back another 60 bass. Super day offshore.
7-5-2015 Ran a 5 hour trip today for a Dad and son, we caught over 70 bass with 4 keepers and 4 sharks. Very nice day to have only two people fishing. We kept two live baits out all day but no luck. Also tried the Spanish along the beach but not luck on them. Bass are still biting good on the 3 and 5 hour trips, along with the sharks at times.
July 4th. Another rough week, canceled several trips.
6-29-2015. Ran a 4 hour trip today for 4 people. Nice catch of bass, but only two keepers along with 1 shark.
6-26-2015. Bad week on the weather, so canceled trips one by one as the week progressed. I will try to get you out there, but it needs to be safe and fun.
6-22-2015. Had two trips today, the first trip my mate and I took two clients out 5 miles to bottom fish for bass and sharks. We caught over 40 bass which was good for just two people on a 3 hour and 3 sharks. They did not want any of the fish so we tossed them all back but several may have made the 13 inch size limit. I know right where we left them, so come on and go fishing with us. In addition, we picked up a nice king mackerel. The second trip was a clamming and crabbing trip where we found 1/2 a five gallon bucket of clams and 4 dozen crabs. Not too bad.
6-18-2015. Took a dad and his two adult children fishing on a 5 hour trip today. We caught over 80 bass with 5 keepers fishing around 10 miles out. In addition, we kept two live baits out in hopes of attracting a king or cobia, but no takers today. We tried for 15 minutes on the beach for Spanish and blues, but not luck and also had no luck on the sharks. I am unsure where all the 4 foot sharks went, but hopefully they will return soon. There have been some kings caught around 18 miles out, so anyone looking for kings check out the 7 hour trip. This trip allows us to fish the 20 mile range. In addition, there should be significantly more keeper size sea bass out 20 miles. As always, biggest fish wins a free Follow Me tshirt.
6-17-2015. Ran two trips today, a 5 hour and a 3 hour. On the morning 5 hour we tried the Spanish for 20 minuets but only caught two, along with a few other bites. The bass were biting heavily though, and we probably caught over 150 with 5 keepers. Surprisingly, no sharks on the morning 5 hour trip. The afternoon 3 hour trip, the bass bite slowed but we still managed 40 with 3 people fishing along with a shark and a cobia. The biggest fish, won a free Follow Me tshirt each trip.
6-16-2015. Had a group from Missouri today on a 5 hour trip. Started out trying the Spanish but only picked up 2 so headed offshore 5 miles to bottomfish. Ended up with 80 bass, with one keeper. Also caught 6 sharks, and a gray trout that we were able to keep along with a cobia that was just shy of the 33 inch size limit. The highlight of the trip possibly was having a 300# tiger shark, over 9 feet long swim around the boat for a few moments. Everyone was able to get a good visual on the shark. As always, the largest fish won a free Follow Me tshirt.
6-15-2015. Fished a 3 hour trip today with good action on the bass with a total catch of 60 fish but no keepers. Also managed 3 sharks up to 20 pounds and 3 Spanish. Did see a turtle and several dolphins. As always, the largest fish wins a free Follow Me tshirt.
6-8-2015. Fished a 4 hour trip today and caught a few bass but they were slow with no keepers. Did catch around a dozen Spanish and Blues along with a few sharks.
6-2-2015. Had a 4 hour trip today for a group of 5 from West Virginia. We had nice seas and were able to catch 70 bass with 4 keepers along with 4 sharks. Also caught was a nice cobia and we had another cobia around the boat but could not get him to take a bait. We finished the day by trying for a resident barracuda near a buoy but were not able to get him to bite, however everyone did see the fish. As always, biggest fish caught wins a free tshirt.
5-29-2015. Ran a gigging trip for a dad and this two sons. We did not see a flounder during the 2 hour trip, but the boys did net 8 crabs. We all had a great time, just wish the flounder would have cooperated.
5-25-2015. Took a husband and wife team on a 5 hour trip out 8 miles today. We caught over 60 bass total, but only one keeper, also one keeper trout. We tried the Spanish with no luck, as well as kept a free line live bait out for a king, cobia, or cuda but no luck there either. Unsure where the keeper size bass whet, hopefully it was just the east wind and they will return shortly for the close in spots we fish on the 5 hour trips.
5-13-2015. Ran gigging trips the 13th and 14th for 2 hours each. First night we got 3 keepers and ended up with 2 keepers the second night. Saw several more undersize fish each night. There were a few mullet, crabs and minnows but not as much as we normally see. All in all a great night. Just to remind everyone, we run a 70# thrust 24 volt trolling motor with over 2000 watts of LED batter power lights, so everything is dead silent and very safe with no generator on board.
4-8-2015. Ran the first trip of the season today, a 5 hour trip in search of black sea bass and bonita. We had two people fishing from NC, and they boated 100 bass in less than 2 hours with 10 keepers (13+ inches) and many fish in the 12 inch range. Also, they caught a nice size gray trout. No sharks to be found, but they should show up by May as we are in a transition period between the winter shark species and the summer shark species. Also, no bonita trolling but they could show up at any time as they like the colder water. I think we are 2 to 3 weeks away from the Spanish mackerel bite inshore but the good news is the bass are thick on the 5 hour trip and also on the 3 hour, but with a much better chance of catching keeper size fish on the 5 hour since we fish further offshore. Reports 30 miles out have been great on the bottom fish as well, with big bass, and snapper biting well. If we can find 67 degree water offshore, there will be a shot at the king mackerel. Water temp 10 miles out was a chilly 63 F with 65 F on the beach. All in all a great day, not bad to pull right up and start catching fish on the first trip of the season right away.
10-8-2014. Ran a 2.5 hour gigging trip and saw 8 fish with 4 keeper size. We were 4 for 4 on fish we gigged with the large fish being 8 pounds. The small fish we did not gig but did touch them and watched them swim off the bank. Also, saw a lot of mullet, minnows, crabs, and other fish. Great night of gigging!
10-1-2014. Had a 3 hour trip today and we started out by catching live bait in hopes of finding several bull redfish. The bait came easy, but the redfish were not around. We did manage to get 4 sharks, with one being 35 pounds. Also, tried the Spanish but no luck. There was quite a bit of bird activity, so not catching the Spanish was surprising.
9-26-2014. Fished a two hour trip today with a stiff NE wind forcing us to the beach. We caught one Spanish around 2 pounds and lost 5 more. Slow day over all but we all had a good time on the water.
9-14-2014. We were planning on a 7 hour trip today, but were met with stiff north east winds so my party decided to convert to a 3 hour and try the Spanish. The Spanish were biting well today, with a catch of 25 fish with 15 keepers and 2 bluefish. Many of the Spanish were 2 to 3 pounds.
9-13-2014. Had a 5 hour trip followed by a 4 hour trip today with great seas on both trips. The morning trip we caught around 70 sea bass with no keeper size, 1 nice size Spanish, 1 octopus, and 5 sharks. The Spanish were not biting that well, but we gave them a try for 30 minutes. On the afternoon trip, we caught around 70 sea bass with no keepers, no sharks and no Spanish. The bite was pretty fast on the bass but the larger fish have apparently moved offshore. Water temp is around 83 degrees.
8-29-2014. Ran a 3 hour trip for two guys from NC. We caught around 60 bass but no keepers, two Spanish jigging, two sharks, and lost a 20 pound king mackerel. The king bit a bottom fish we were reeling up but were unable to get the kings to take a live bait over the on a king rig, go figure. Nice day on the water with calm seas.
8-22-2104. Ran a 5 hour trip today, caught over 100 bass and 5 sharks. No bass were of keeper size. The big bass apparently have moved offshore. They should start moving back inshore in September.
8-18-2014. Ran a 5 hour trip, caught over 100 bass but no keeper size. No sharks either. Steady action on the bass and even had one barracuda on, but were not able to get him in the boat.
8-15-2014. After being blown out earlier in the week, we were able to get back offshore today and run two trips. Starting out with a 3 hour in the morning we caught around 30 sea bass, 1 shark and 1 Spanish. We only tried the Spanish for 15 minutes but while trying them, around a 20 pound barracuda hit, pulled out 40 yards of line and jumped for us. Unfortunately, having the cuda on 15 pound leader was a mismatch and he cut the line quickly.
On the afternoon trip, I took a family from Arlington, VA on a 5 hour trip and we caught 15 sharks, over 100 bass, and several other bottom fish species. There were no keeper size bass so this was somewhat surprising. They have possibly moved further offshore, but I can’t make that call after two trips on the same day. After, losing the barracuda on the morning trip, we returned to the same spot to try our luck with a live bait and wire line. The cuda hit instantly, and even with a whisper light drag cut 40 pound wire in half. I am spellbound to how that happened. We also tried the Spanish for around 20 minutes in 45 feet of water but could not get a taker. Still a great day on the water with slick calm seas. Largest and most fish caught won free Follow Me tshirts.
8-10-2014. My mate and I took a dad and his two 14 year olds from NC on a 8 hour trip (extended 7 hour) today out 20 miles. We started out trolling but were forced to change our tactics after 20 minutes as the scattered weed was a nuisance forcing us to spend more time taking weed off than fishing. Also, the trolling fish have not been around this year, so spending a day fishing for king mackerel, dolphin, amberjack, etc when the odds are not in our favor generally is not the best way to spend the day for most of my clients. After making the change to bottom fishing, we found a fast bite on sea bass, sharks, snapper, and other bottom fish. Total catch of 150 bass with 15 keeper size (our limit with 3 people), 3 gray snapper, 10 sharks, a cobia, and many other bottom species. A great day on the water and the largest and most fish caught won free Follow Me tshirts.
8-9-2014. Took a family from Chicago out on a 3 hour trip today. The ocean was so nice we were able to get out 8 miles and caught 1 shark and over 100 bass. No bass were of keeper size but the action was fast. As always, largest fish and most fish caught win a free Follow Me Tshirt.
8-8-2014. Ran a 5 hour trip this morning with a catch of over 150 bass with 4 keepers. The water is clearing up slowly offshore, so this is good news. We also trolled for Spanish near the beach for 15 minutes and caught one fish.
8-6-2014. Had two three hour trips today both with young kids between 8 and 12 years old. First trip we caught over 100 bass an 2 sharks but no keeper size bass. On the afternoon trip we caught over 100 bass with 4 keepers.
8-4-2014. Ran a Bald Head trip and a sunset cruise recently but the wind has not allowed anyone offshore to try the fish forcing me to cancel several trips. Hopefully, things will clear up soon and we can get out.
7-30-2014. Ran a 8 hour trip today for a group from North Carolina. We started out fishing 32 miles offshore and ran as far as 37 miles out with the only action being from small sea bass and more sharks than we could handle. The kings and other trolling fish were no where to be found (even though we tried hard), and all the spots we fished were void of meaningful life. After moving inshore to the 24 mile area, we picked up more undersized bass but nothing much to write home about. Today was one of the slowest days I can remember offshore in a long time. The trolling fish still are not around well enough to depend on but the bottom fishing remains good on the 5 hour trips. I wish we would have caught more today; my mate and I just were not able to get it done. Hopefully, the far offshore fishing will pick back up starting in the Fall. Biggest fish and most fish both won a free Follow Me tshirt.
7-29-2014. After a few blowout days, the wind finally let us back offshore to try our luck fishing. Today, we took 6 guys from North Carolina and Oklahoma out on a 5 hour trip. The bass were biting very well with a catch around 200 fish with 6 keepers and 2 sharks. Also caught were several bottom fish. We tried the Spanish on the beach and a barracuda under the 7 mile buoy but no luck. Still a great 5 hour trip. Biggest fish and most fish both won a free Follow Me tshirt.
7-25-2014. Took a group of 5 guys from West Virginia today on a 5 hour trip. We started out trying for Spanish for 15 minutes but with not bait on top and no bites we moved out a few miles and found the bass biting well. In total, we caught over 150 bass with 8 keepers and 5 sharks. It was nice to see the sharks back in the area. Also caught were a flounder, and several other bottom fish species. Largest and most fish caught won free Follow Me tshirts.
7-24-2014. Small craft warnings today with high wind and white caps even on the beach forced me to cancel both trips. We have had a few of these blow out days this year. Many of my clients are on vacation and have booked their trips months in advance and want to go fishing if at all possible and I will do all I can to get you out, even in challenging conditions. However, there are days you just have to let the ocean win and stay at the dock.
7-23-2014. Had a 5 hour trip today followed by a 3 hour. On the morning trip we caught around 70 sea bass with 2 keepers, 1 shark, and 15 nice sized Spanish. I haven not tried the Spanish on the beach in the last week, but there are some offshore in 45 feet of water under bait pods. The birds have not been there to help us, so it takes a little patience looking for the bait and staying on them. The ocean was dead calm for most of the morning trip.
On the afternoon 3 hour trip, we had a family of 5 from Iowa including two girls, their mom, aunt and dad. We love having ladies on the boat and have a bathroom so please tag along on the trips. The ocean started out nice, but slowly built up to a 3 foot chop but still right nice over all. Despite fishing in the afternoon, closer to shore, and with less fishing time than the morning trip, we caught over 100 sea bass. The bite was much better than just a few hours earlier, so you never know, and earlier is not always better on the ocean. Unfortunately, none of the bass were of keeper size and we did not catch any sharks but we tried hard for them. For whatever reason, it appears many of the sharks have moved offshore with no catches recently on the 3 hour, a few on the 5 hour, and quite a few further out. We did not try the Spanish on the 3 hour since they were further offshore. Everyone had a great time on both trips and we gave away two free Follow Me tshirts for 1) the largest fish caught, and 2) the most fish caught on each trip.
7-22-2014. Took three generations of guys from NC fishing today on a 5 hour trip. The ocean was dead calm for much of our trip. We caught around 150 bass with 4 keepers and one shark. We also put 5 nice Spanish in the boat and lost a few more. The Spanish are offshore in 40+ feet and were staying down deep more than they were on the top, making catching them difficult. There were no birds either to help us in spotting the schools. The Spanish only wanted sliver clarkspoons in sizes 00 to 1. Big fish and most fish both won a free Follow Me tshirt.
7-21-2014. After delaying our trip by 1 hour today due to rain in the morning, we set out with a group of 5, 2 dads and 3 sons ages 10, 10 and 13 for a 12 hour fishing trip. We fished water ranging from 80 to 130 feet deep and caught over 150 pounds of keeper bottom fish with over 12 different species. Vermilion snapper, pink snapper, gray snapper, sea bass, grouper, tilefish, sharks, and others were part of the catch. The highlight of the trip was seeing the young guys catch the two largest barracuda I have ever seen. One was 47 inches and the other was 64 inches. I am guessing the 47 inch fish was over 35 pounds and the larger fish may have gone over 50. These were some fat cudas! We also caught another smaller one about 15 pounds. All three cuda were released to fight another day. I am happy to announce that we started a new tradition on the Follow Me, where now not only does the person catching the largest fish win a Follow Me fee tshirt, but so does the person catching the most fish.
7-20-2014. Today we were met with friendly seas and were easily able to get out 10 miles to fish for sea bass and sharks on a 5 hour trip. We caught around 60 bass with 2 keepers and 1 shark. The bass bite was a little slow, so we moved around looking for new bass areas with no luck. However, we did find the Spanish mackerel out in 50 feet of water, so this is a positive development. We caught close to 20 keeper Spanish in 20 minutes of fishing and tried for another 20 minuets without having a bite. The Spanish were finicky going up and down and turning on and off the bite. All in all a great day on the water with 3 generations of guys from North Carolina.
7-18-2014. Ran a 3 hour afternoon trip today for 4 guys from Ohio. The seas were choppy with a stiff east wind in the afternoon but we managed to get around 70 bass with one keeper. Unfortunately, we did not catch a shark today even though one of the guys up front fished hard for them. Big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt. The weather is finally getting better for us after several weeks of rough seas. Hopefully, it will remain nice for the rest of the summer.
7-17-2014. Had a double hitter today, back to back five hour trips for two different groups from Ohio. The first trip we started out in 50 foot of water trolling on large but submerged bait fish schools for Spanish and kings for 15 minutes but did not have a bite. Possibly, there were sharks up under the bait fish and they do not bite the spoons we were using for mackerel. After, trying the mackerel, we started bottom fishing and caught near 200 bass with 5 keepers and 2 sharks.
On the second trip, for reference, we fished the same areas but had 3 people this time instead of 5. Everyone did great in rough water catching around 150 bass with 4 keepers and 3 sharks. Generally on the bottom fish, they will bite fairy consistent throughout the day. For a higher ratio of keepers to throw backs and for snapper, grouper and other fish, it is best to go on 7 or 9 hour trip so we can get further offshore. However, the bass and sharks are fun to catch and this has been our best fishing strategy of late. If we could keep 12 inch bass, we would have loaded the coolers.
One of the guys fishing with me on the morning trip sent his Gopro camera down on his fishing rig and claims he filmed the bass taking his bait. I will post under a new video section once I receive the file.
Big fish won a free tshirt on each trip.
7-15-2014. Even though I was forced to cancel the offshore fishing trip today, my mate and I were able to run a clamming and crabbing trip for 11 people. If you would like to take more than 4 or 5 on this trip, we can accommodate up to 11 by running both boats. In total, we found around 60 clams and caught 2 dozen crabs. The clams were bit hard to find today, but once we found them it was game on. Thunderstorms and rain hampered our efforts some. The weather, forecasted to be 4 to 7 foot seas, forced my mate and I to cancel the offshore trip for Wednesday (July 16th). The weather is looking more favorable for double trips both Thursday (July 17th) and Friday, so hopefully we will get out and I can provide everyone a new fishing report.
7-14-2014. We had two trips on the books today, but I was able to provide my second group the option of going on Friday since the ocean was a bit rougher than expected. On the morning 3 hour trip, we caught around 60 sea bass with 2 keepers and one shark. The bass were not biting as well as I would have liked but action was still fairly steady. The forecast for Tuesday forced me to cancel the scheduled 7 hour trip. Big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt.
7-11-2014. My mate and I ran 2 trips today starting out with a 4 hour and following it up with a 7 hour trip. The rain and storms kept us mindful and on our toes throughout the day, but with a dedicated radar to the boat, and GPS satellite weather maps we were able to safely monitor the situation and continue fishing. On the 4 hour trip, we had a group of 3 from Missouri and caught over 100 bass and 7 sharks. 7 bass were of keeper size. The 4 or 5 hour trip is a much better choice normally than the 3 hour as it allows us to get further offshore and have a better opportunity for keeper size bass, although some days we do catch keeper size bass on the 3 hour trips. We concluded the 4 hour trip by trolling spoons for both king and Spanish mackerel around 7 miles for 15 minuets but no luck.
Our afternoon trip, we ran out 22 miles, thanks to a flat ocean we were able to go further than we normally do on a 7 hour trip. The bass and sharks were biting well. Our group of 5 from North Carolina caught near 200 bass with close to 25 keepers. Several of the bass were pushing 3 pounds. Also caught were: triggerfish, gray snapper, other bottom fish, and around 10 sharks. We did not try trolling due to the presence of storms 20 miles away (top water fish do not like inclement weather). As of now, I would suggest bottom fishing on most trips unless you get past 30 miles offshore. The trolling fish have not been inside of 30 miles (at least not well enough to go target them), but this could change any day.
7-10-2014. We started out with a 3 hour trip 5 miles out today with average seas and caught around 40 bass in 30 minutes and several sharks. None of the bass were keeper size (13 inches) but several were close. Due to a few clients not feeling well we stopped bottom fishing and tried the Spanish near the beach for 30 minuets but not luck. The Spanish have vanished from the beach since Hurricane Author. We decided to cut the trip short since several were not feeling well. 11 year old Levi won the free Follow Me tshirt.
7-9-2014. No report the last few days as high winds and seas have forced me to cancel the trips. I will do what I can to get you offshore, but the ocean is the ultimate boss.
7-6-2014. Ran a 4 hour trip today for a family of four from North Carolina. The wind was strong out of the east and seas were rough, but we managed to get out 5 miles and catch around 70 sea bass with 6 keepers and one shark. Everyone did great and nobody got sick. The water was mixed up with some sediment, but still greenish blue so that is good news there is no brown fresh water offshore from Hurricane Author.
7-5-2014. My mate and I ran a 3 hour trip today for Spanish mackerel. With a stiff east wind we were pinned to the beach and trolled from Shallotte Inlet down to near Little River Inlet without having a bite. It is the first time I remember not catching a fish in over 5 years. Several other charter boats were fishing off of Little River and none were catching Spanish; I did hear of one shark caught on the radio out of several charter boats. If the weather would have allowed us to get out 5 miles, I feel confident we would have caught bass and sharks. Blame it on Hurricane Author or the east wind or whatever, unfortunately we just were not able to get it done today. Conditions should improve quickly as the water settles back out.
7-1-2014. Today we ran a 5 hour, 3 hour and a clamming/crabbing trip. We started out with a family from Texas on a 5 hour trip. After trying the Spanish for 20 minuets around the inlet with no luck we headed out to bottom fish for bass and sharks. The charter caught over 100 bass with 8 keepers and 1 shark. We returned to fish for Spanish and picked up 10 fish in under 20 minuets, all keepers. The Spanish have been biting better a little later in the morning and around high tide near the last set of cans (buoys). On a low tide, it would be best to check for a tide line as it is more distinct around low tide. As with all trips, big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt.
Our 3 hour afternoon trip we were met with flat seas once again and had a family from Illinois which included 3 six year olds. The kids did fantastic catching around 100 bass with one keeper and two sharks. We did not try the Spanish since we were pressed for time and the fish were biting well on the bottom. One of the 6 year old boys, informed everyone on the boat that sharks are endangered and must be released, so both sharks were let go to be caught again.
The last trip of the day, was a clamming and crabbing trip for a dad and his 12 year old daughter from Ohio. We found 67 clams and around 70 mussels and caught 4 crabs. When we clam, most often the clams are found on dry land, but at times more can be found in the water and that was the case today. It certainly makes digging clams a lot cooler during the Summer to dig in the water, but digging in the water does require more skill. Grace picked up on digging in the water quickly, and found more clams than her dad. Both had an excellent time and commented several times about how mom and granddaddy should have joined them.
6-28-2014. I dove the Frying Pan Tower today and as we pulled up 45 miles offshore the water was so clear we could see the bottom. It was a great dive, over 100 amberjack, 100 barracuda, 200 vermilion snapper, two big tarpon and many tropical fish were spotted. Also, had a 7 foot tiger shark swim within 15 feet of me and several sting rays that would go well over 100 pounds. The tower is accessible to us on a 9 hour trip provided we get nice weather.
6-27-2014. Today we took three generations of family members from Pennsylvania on a 3 hour fishing trip. The ocean started out a little choppy but quickly became calm helping us out greatly. We caught around 100 bass with 5 keepers, one shark, and a few other bottom dwellers. Everyone had a great time and said that the trip spoiled them when compared to a head boat they took out last year each catching only 2 bass each. Big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt.
6-26-2014. Small craft warnings today so pulled the boat out of the water for maintenance. We cleaned the bottom, repainted, waxed, changed the oil and zincs. The boat is in perfect shape, so give me a call and let’s go fishing. Thank you.
6-23-2014. Ran a clam and crabbing trip today for a family from Ohio. We found around 100 clams and 50 mussels. In addition, we caught 25 crabs. It was a great day on the water. We had two girls today who did great, so ladies do not be bashful about getting dirty and digging clams.
6-19-2014. Had the pleasure of taking a family from Maryland fishing today on a 3 hour trip. The weather man was calling for 1-3 foot offshore but we were fishing in a 4 foot chop 5 miles out with whitewater on top. Everyone did great, but after a hour of fishing, the seas started working on a few of the youngsters so we decided to cut the trip short. We probably caught close to 40 bass with one keeper size bass and one shark. With a better sea, we would have done quite a bit better on the fish. Big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt.
6-18-2014. Today, we ran back to back 3 hour trips. On the morning trip we started out Spanish fishing and caught 6 but not knowing if they were going to pick up biting better or not, we had to made a decision on the time constrained 3 hour trip so we headed out to bottom fish for bass and sharks around 5 miles. The action was fast with a total catch of over 100 bass with 2 keepers, 1 keeper flounder, 6 sharks, and various other bottom fish. The guys had such a great time, they joked with me that if the afternoon charter does not show up to call them to go fishing again.
On the afternoon 3 hour trip we had 6 people so decided to focus on bottom fishing since everyone gets their own pole and can spread out around the length of the boat instead of being forced to the back of the boat under a trolling situation. In total, we caught over 100 bass with 2 keepers, 4 sharks, and various other small fish. We also had 3 ladies on the boat today, one who was fishing for the first time ever. Her first drop she caught a shark and bass on the same rig. Free Follow Me tshirt to the person catching the largest fish.
6-17-2014. Around 5pm, I ran a 2 hour clamming and crabbing charter for a dad, mom and son. We had slow going on the clams only finding around 30. I do not remember a day this slow on the clams in many years. However, we did pretty well on the crabs. The 9 year old had a blast fishing several crabbing lines with his mom. They caught over a dozen with 7 keepers. We concluded the day checking three traps and that yield an additional 20 crabs. So all in all, a good day.
6-17-2014. We had a five hour trip today were we started out fishing for Spanish mackerel. After trolling 25 minuets with only 1 fish, we decided to move offshore 10 miles and fish for bass and sharks. We caught several sharks and over 100 bass with 6 keepers. We concluded the day by trolling for Spanish catching 6 in around 15 minuets but time was up so we headed back to the dock to start cleaning fish. Big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt as is customary on every trip.
6-16-2014. Ran the first Gulfstream trip of the season today and found scattered weed and no bites trolling so after 30 minutes the guys on the boat wanted to give up trolling and go bottom fishing. After moving in a few miles to 140 feet of water, we caught over 50 pink snapper (we were able to only keep our limit of 18), 20 triggerfish, 20 gray snapper, 2 tilefish, and several other snappers. In addition, we caught 10 dolphin fish (mahi mahi) with the big fish 20 pounds. All the dolphin were caught free lining while bottom fishing. After catching our fill, we moved inshore to the 48 mile range and 95 foot of water to try the bottom fish in shallower water. Results were good with 15 big bass, and another 15 keeper gray snapper, and other various bottom fish. No grouper today on the bottom, but we could hardly complain as we probably had well over 250 pounds of fish on ice with many more catch in releases.
6-12-2014. Ran a 5 hour trip today for a dad, son and son in law from Virginia. We started out Spanish fishing but only caught one so after 25 minuets we headed 10 miles offshore to try the bass and sharks. Action was steady on the bass with a total catch of over 100 fish including 13 keeper size bass. We also caught around 15 sharks. We concluded the day by trolling for Spanish again and picked up two fish. Each day in the ocean is different as evidenced by having non stop action on the Spanish yesterday but struggling to find them today. However, more times than not, the ocean is willing to give you one or two species of fish as long as you are prepared, nimble, and willing to take what is available. This is one of the main advantages of the five hour trip over the three hour trip, it allows more time for back up plans. All in all, we had a great day, with a friendly calm ocean and three great fishermen.
6-11-2014. Had the pleasure of taking a family with three generations of fishermen and fisherwomen from Arizona on a 3 hour trip today. 8 year old Ben led the charge catching over 20 Spanish and securing the Follow Me tshirt for catching the largest fish. In total, we had such a great day I lost count on how many Spanish we caught, but I estimate around 40 keepers and another 10 that were either too small or got off at the boat. We did not try the bass or sharks today. Just to remind everyone, we have a nice 7 foot clearance bathroom (cleaned after each trip with Clorox) on the boat that flushes so ladies feel free to join the guys on the fishing trips.
6-9-2014. We ran a 5 hour trip today and were met with choppy but fishable conditions at the inlet. After trolling for 30 minutes for Spanish and only picking up 4 with 3 keepers, we decided to head offshore 10 miles and try the sea bass. The action was fast with a total catch of over 100 fish and 11 keeper size bass. Bass have to be 13 inches to keep. We also caught two small sharks. After having our fill on the bass, we headed back to the beach to try the Spanish and worked a tide line for 30 minuets but no luck. Overall though, we had a great day with pretty steady action on the bass offshore. Big fish won a freeFollow Me tshirt. The weather is suppose to be nice all week so give me a call and lets go fishing. Thank you.
6-8-2014. Dove today at the City of Houston, a 290 foot passenger steamship that sunk during a hurricane in 1878. The wreck is 45 miles offshore in 95 feet of water. Visibility was around 70 feet and the tropical fish (lionfish, butterfly fish, blue angel fish, damsels, wrasses, Spanish hogfish, and more) along with amberjack, barracuda and many other species were abundant. No sandtiger sharks on the wreck but a 7 foot tiger shark did pay us a visit. Water temp was 75 on the top and 73 on the bottom.
6-7-2014. We had a 9 hour trip scheduled today with high hopes but were met by a stiff east wind at the inlet. We started out 10 miles trolling for kings, barracuda and amberjack but with no luck, so we moved out around 15 miles then on to 23 miles all trolling but only had one bite. After fishing 15 minutes, at 23 miles, the seas were building so we headed back to the beach to troll for Spanish. The Spanish were scattered and not biting that well but we did manage to catch 15 with 10 keepers We never tried the bottom fish today due to rough seas. We eventually cut the trip to a 6 hour trip. I do not remember a day this slow in a long time. The big fish did win a Follow Me tshirt. I have a 5 hour trip on Monday, so check back to see the report. With the winds dying out and shifting from east, the fishing should pick back up. Very little bait today offshore (Barges, 70 Foot Hole, Governor), so anyone after kings probably should not stop until you get to 85+ feet. Water temp was around 75 offshore.
6-3-2014. Ran 5 hour trip today for a family from Kansas. We started out fishing for Spanish near the inlet and caught around 20 keeper fish in 30 minutes of fishing. After our fill on Spanish, we headed out around 10 miles to find the bass and sharks with good results. My three fishermen and one fisherlady caught over 100 bass and 3 sharks, but only one of the bass was of keeper size. We also tried trolling for king mackerel and barracuda at a reef 7 miles out but no luck. Generally, this close in it is difficult to find kings and cuda in any numbers but we gave it a 10 minute effort just to be sure. We finished the day fishing for Spanish along the beach, but the bite had slowed. However, we were able to catch several more Spanish and two bluefish. The person catching the largest fish won a free Follow Me tshirt. Just to remind everyone, we have a 7 foot clearance bathroom on the boat that flushes so it works great for the ladies.
5-26-2014 Today we took two men fishing on a 5 hour charter out 10 miles. The action on the bass was fast, with a total catch of over 60 fish, but only 4 keepers. The sharks were not as thick today, but we still managed to catch 6 with only 2 fishermen. After catching our fill of bass, we moved back to the beach and trolled for Spanish mackerel catching 11 keepers with a few more undersized fish we let go. The Spanish were a bit more scattered today as the tide line was not as defined with low tide running a hour behind the previous day. I kept a big plug out for king mackerel while we were trolling for Spanish, but no takers. Typically, the kings on the beach tend to be loners and are considered gravy to catch one so close to the beach. However, kings on the beach are often in the 30 pound class so it is always fun to try for one while Spanish fishing. Largest fish won a free Follow Me Tshirt.
5-25-2014 Ran a 5 hour trip today with two dads and four children all under 12 years old. We caught over 100 bass with 13 keepers and 15 sharks. In addition, we kept a live pinfish out for a cobia most of the day but no cobia were to be found. After our fill of bass, we moved on started trolling for Spanish mackerel along the tide line in front of the inlet. We managed to catch 18 Spanish with 12 keepers. Everyone had such a great time we ended up extending the trip to a 6 hour trip. Largest fish won a free Follow Me Tshirt.
5-24-2014 Took a dad and his three children ages 8 to 12 flounder gigging and we had shots on 6 flounder and saw another 5 pound flounder swimming. Everyone did great, but it takes a little practice on gigging accuracy and the boys and their sister were only able to put one fish in the boat. We also saw two stingrays, crabs, minnows and other aquatic life. All in all a great night out on the water.
5-9-2014 Took 5 guys out on a bachelor party today and looked for Spanish jumping and for gulls working along the beach but nothing in sight so went out 7 miles and trolled for Spanish there for 10 minutes with no bites. After moving to a bottom fishing spot, we found plenty of bass in 50 feet of water but all small, with only one keeper. We moved out to 60 foot to look for bass but found a desert, and no bass. A quick move out to 75 feet produced steady action on the bass with 7 keepers. Also, the sharks were thick here and we caught close to 20 along with over 100 bass. The water temp was 69 to 71 from the beach out 23 miles warming up during the day to 71. I think most of our fish are still offshore but should be moving inshore in the coming weeks. The cold winter has put normal fishing two weeks behind in my opinion. The good news is there are fish to catch now, and the fishing should stay good deeper into the summer this year.
4-22-2014 Had to cancel a few trips recently due to high wind and seas so no fishing reports to post. With the water warming the Spanish mackerel and bluefish should be on the beach any day now and the bass are likely biting well on the 3 and 5 hour trips. King mackerel, barracuda, and amberjack should be biting well shortly on both the 7 and 9 hour trips along with nice size bottom fish. The Gulf stream action is best in May and early June for wahoo, dolphin (mahi), and blackfin tuna.
3-1-2014 I hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to warmer weather as I know a lot of you had a brutal winter. My first mate and I would like to thank everyone that fished with us the last few years. We look forward to fishing with you again this year, and taking new clients fishing as well. We just received 200 new FOLLOW ME T-shirts. Whoever catches the largest fish on each trip is awarded a free shirt.
10-5-2013. Ran a 6.5 hour trip today and started out fishing the Shark Hole area 18 miles out. We caught one nice size king around 15 pounds but did not have another bite. I talked with a few other boats in the Shark Hole area and they never had a bite. After giving up at Shark Hole we moved on out to Busters Hole area and caught an Amberjack but still no kings in the area. We concluded the day picking away at bottom fish, ended up with 10 keeper bass, a few gray snappers, 10 sharks, and quite a few mixed bag bottom type of fish. Fishing is picking up, but still a little slow.
9-21-2013. Ran a 6.5 hour trip today starting out 8 miles fishing for sea bass and sharks. After catching 10 sharks and over 50 bass with only one being keeper size, we moved to the barges to troll for kings but no luck. We then pushed out to the 65 and 70 foot holes but there was no life. Returning to the 90-90 we joined 20 boats, but never saw anyone catch a fish. There are some small bass and sharks to be had in this area on the bottom and we enjoyed catching some of them. Finally we moved in and caught several Spanish and half dozen blues in the last 30 minuets of fishing. It was one of the slower days I can remember fishing offshore, but the seas were nice and we all enjoyed being out there.
9-20-2013. Ran a 4 hour trip today out around 8 miles and caught over 100 bass and 15 sharks. No bass were of legal size.
9-15-2013. Ran a 6.5 hour trip today with nice seas. There were tons of false albacore around and we caught two before moving on to try for something else. Probably could have caught all we wanted if we stayed at them. Ended up with one amberjack and a big Spanish out in the Shark Hole area along with plenty of sea bass closer to the beach. Only a few sea bass were of keeper size. We also caught 10 or more sharks. Fishing is a little slow but we had a great time.
9-14-2013. Hard north wind today, making seas calm for the first mile or two. We ran a 4 hour trip catching 25 Spanish and a few blues.
Was out of town during this time frame and did not run any trips.
8-19-2013. With the nice seas we ran another double trip. The morning crew did a 5 hour and caught over 100 bass and 2 sharks. Only one of the bass was of keeper size. We did catch an undersized grouper, so that was a nice surprise. The afternoon trip was a 4 hour and we again caught around 100 bass and 2 sharks but only one keeper bass. Apparently, the keeper size bass have moved offshore. We also tried trolling for Spanish on the afternoon trip for around 30 minuets but never had a bite. We gave away a free tshirt each trip.
8-18-2013. Ran a double 5 hour today. We caught over 100 bass each trip and a decent catch of sharks. On the morning trip, we only caught two keeper bass and on the afternoon trip we caught 5 keeper bass. We also tried trolling for kings and Spanish for around 20 minuets but did not have a bite. We were too close to shore to try the kings but gave it a shot anyway. The seas where the nicest of the year. Everyone had a great time and we were able to give away a free t-shirt on each trip.
8-17-2013. Took a family of 6 on a crabbing and clamming trip today. Since 5 is the max number I take, we took both the mako and the little boat on this trip. Everyone was a great sport, digging clams and catching crabs in the rain. In total, we ended up with 194 clams, around 30 blue crabs and 8 stone crabs. We keep one claw on the stones and let the crab go. As you may know, crabs regrow their claws so it is a great conservation technique to protect our stone crab resource.
8-16-2013. Ran a 5 hour trip for three men from Colorado and Virginia today. With a northeast wind it was calm on the beach but choppy conditions 10 miles offshore. We managed to catch around 10 sharks, and 100 sea bass with 7 keepers. Pretty much non stop action for 3 people. Everyone had a great time and nobody got sick.
8-14-2013. Today I took two dads and 3 sons ages 10 to 12 on a crabbing and clamming charter. We had a great time finding 170 clams and catching 5 dozen blue crabs and 6 stone crabs.
8-13-2013. I was forced to cancel trips for Tuesday and Wednesday due to small craft warnings on Tuesday and high seas. I am well aware most of my clients are from out of town and have been looking forward to going fishing for months in advance. As a result, I will do everything I can to take you fishing, but your safety and comfort are paramount. The two cancellations here represent days where the conditions crossed the line on what would be responsible and feasible to run a trip.
8-12-2013. Had the pleasure of taking two dads and 3 sons from Connecticut fishing today on a 3 hour trip. We fished in rough seas and were able to catch around 30 bass and 7 sharks. None of the bass were keeper size. The two dads were feeling a bit wheezy so they did not fish long but the two teenagers and the 10 year old fished hard. Due to the conditions, we decided to come in a little early. Catching 3 sharks by himself propelled the 10 year old to winning the free Follow Me tshirt for the largest fish.
8-8-2013. Today we were met at the inlet by a friendly South wind and calm seas on both of our 5 hour trips. The first trip we had a group of fishermen from Ohio and caught over 150 bass with 8 keepers. Also, caught were a nice size bluefish, croker, and a surprise a triggerfish. Triggers normally live near the gulfstream. Scott, a long time reader of my fishing reports, wanted everyone to know he caught 60 bass by himself. We also caught 6 sharks on the trip and several other species of fish. The two young boys on the trip have already started talking about doing the 8 hour trip next year. To conclude the first trip we tried the Spanish for 20 minutes but no luck.
The second five hour trip we had a father, his two daughters and his grandson fishing and again we crushed the bass catching over 150 with 15 keepers, so fishing was little better on the afternoon trip. Also caught were a 4 pound flounder and 7 sharks, with other various bottom fish species. The 11 year old grandson caught the first and last fish of the trip and announced he wants to do a 24 hour trip next year.
Both trips the person catching the largest fish won a free Follow Me tshirt.
8-7-2013. Today we ran a 6.5 hour trip for 5 guys and girls from Virginia. We started out trolling for kings around 20 miles offshore and had 4 bites and caught one king in around 30 minuets of fishing. The 3 kings that did not get hooked were extremely lucky. Since the trip was only 6.5 hours and we were pinched for time we stopped trolling and started to bottom fish. The crew probably caught close to 200 bass including their limit of 25 nice size bass. Also caught were a 4 pound flounder, a 22 inch grouper (they must be 24” to keep) 3 gray snapper and various other bottom fish species. No sharks today. All in all a great day on the water.
8-6-2013. We ran a 8 hour trip today for a group of 3 from NC and Florida. We started out trolling 25 miles offshore at Buster’s Hole and had a few knock downs and caught one 20 pound false albacore. Unable to find a bite on the kings we started bottom fishing and caught a few small bass but nothing much to show. A 40 pound wahoo attacked a bass at the boat, which was a surprise so far inshore from the stream. With the slow fishing, we moved to an area called Shark Hole to troll for kings and found a dozen boats there but no bites and never saw another boat catch a fish. We resumed bottom fishing at a different spot and caught over 100 big bass. With our limit of 15 bass we were throwing back fish over 15 inches in size. Also caught on the trip were around 8 sharks. On the ride back in we found an overturned 25 foot boat that we reported to the coast guard. The coast guard informed us there was a search and rescue yesterday and the boat matched the description (it was very rough that day and we actually canceled our afternoon charter that day). The vessel is 10 miles off the inlet at 150 degrees so be careful in this area for the next few days.
I wish we could have found the trolling fish, but they were not to be. There are some reports of kings in the 70 foot hole and Atlantic Ledge area, so running a bit west might be a good idea if searching for kings but a gamble as it would be difficult to get over 1 king per person fishing and a chance a few fishermen on the boat might not catch a fish if we stuck to trolling 100%. In addition, the Little River boats have likely worked the bottom fish hard in this area, so there may not be a good fall back plan if the kings are not biting.
8-5-2013. We ran a 3 hour trip today for 6 people from New York. Three were under 12 years old and they did a fantastic job in sporty conditions. After being met by an unfriendly east wind at the inlet we decided to troll for Spanish in hopes we would not have to challenge the Atlantic offshore. After 15 minuets of no bites, we were forced to pick the lines up and head offshore to bottom fish. Around 5 miles offshore, we were able to catch around 50 sea bass and 2 sharks in 45 minuets of fishing. We also lost a few sharks at the boat. None of the bass were keeper size, but several were close. The seas continued to build and forced us back close to the beach where we caught a few more bass and 1 shark. I wish we would have caught more fish but I was ecstatic at how everyone did and how hard they fished. We gave away a free Follow Me tshirt to the person catching the largest fish.
The afternoon trip we decided to cancel due to the east wind and high seas; however, we still gave away a Follow Me tshirt for the group meeting us at the dock.
8-4-2013. Today we had a dad, his two daughters and his grandson all from Ohio fishing with us on a five hour trip. Pretty cool to have 3 generations on the boat. It took us about 20 minuets to figure out the fish but then we were able to catch over 100 bass with 12 being of keeper size and 6 sharks up to 20 pounds. We trolled for about 20 minuets but there were no kings in the area, only sharks. The kings are starting to show up on 6.5 hour trip. The big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt. Just to remind everyone, we have a 7 foot fully enclosed bathroom on board so “where to go” is never an issue for the ladies.
7-31-2013. On a five hour trip today we caught around 150 bass with 12 keepers and 6 sharks. Also caught were several other bottom fish species. Like every charter, the person who catches the largest fish wins a free t shirt.
7-30-2013. We had another three charter trip today. The first was a 5 hour trip today and caught around 150 bass with 12 of keeper size. Also, caught 5 sharks and several other bottom fish. Our second trip was a 4 hour trip where we caught around 100 bass with 4 keepers and 1 shark.
The final trip was a gigging trip, where we were able to get 4 flounder and saw a horseshoe crab, other crabs, and several big fish. Great day on the water.
7-26-2013. Today we ran a 3 hour trip for a group from North Carolina and were met with a stiff east wind and rough seas. Fish tend not to bite well on an east wind but we gave it a go anyway. We ended up with around 50 bass with 4 of keeper size and 2 sharks in challenging conditions. We gave away a free Follow Me tshirt to the person who caught the largest fish.
7-25-2013. I ran three trips today in an attempt to get everyone offshore fishing that was blown out earlier in the week. Our first trip was a 5 hour trip with 4 fishermen from New York. We were able to catch around 100 sea bass including our limit of 20 keeper size bass, 5 sharks, and a few other bottom fish, in around a hour and half of fishing. We then tried the Spanish off of Lockwood but no luck.
The afternoon trip were were met with almost slick seas, a total 180 turnaround from a few hours before. We had two dads and 4 young boys from ages 6 up to 13. We caught around 100 bass, 20 sharks, and various other bottom fish. None of the bass met the federal 13 inch size limit. Still a lot of action and everyone had a great time. We gave away a free tshirt each trip.
The late afternoon trip was a clamming and crabbing trip. We had to work hard for the clams but ended up with around 100 clams. Also, caught were 25 blue crabs and 10 stone crabs. Not a bad day!
7-24-2013. Today we ran a five hour trip followed by a 3 hour then a 2.5 hour clam and crabbing trip. The five hour trip we caught around 100 bass with 15 being keepers and 12 sharks for a group of 6 from Chicago. We saw gulls working hard diving on bait but could not talk the charter into trolling for kings or Spanish as they were having too much fun catching bass two at a time on the bottom! As is custom on the boat, the largest fish won a free tshirt.
Our three hour trip, we had four fishermen from Pennsylvania and we caught close to 100 bass and 6 sharks. Only one bass was a keeper size. This is typical of the 3 hour trip. Everyone had a great time and we gave away a free tshirt.
The clamming trip we found around 150 clams, and caught 30 blue crabs and 2 stone crabs. Two girls, grades 3 and 6 were also able to find 4 hermit crabs. What a great day on the water.
7-23-2013. Rough seas keep eating away at our offshore trips this week forcing us to cancel or make back up plans to go crabbing and clamming inshore. I will do all I can do to get you offshore but sometimes better judgement must prevail. Today, the charter decided to go crabbing and clamming (totally up to them) since we were blown out offshore. We had good luck on both, getting around 200 clams of which they kept 120 and let the rest go to find another day. Also, we caught around 40 blue crabs and 8 stone crabs. Everyone had a great time on the water.
7-22-2013. Rough seas have blown out trips for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of this week. Today we ran a 2.5 hour clamming and crabbing trip. The clam diggers were hard workers and dug up their limit of a 5 gallon bucket of clams (around 200) and were able to haul in 30 blue crabs and 12 stone crabs. One claw was taken from the stones and then they were released to regrow the claw and be caught again another day.
7-19-2013. On the 5 hour trip today we caught 2 grouper up to 22 inches in length (they must be 24 inches to keep), over 100 bass with 18 being keeper size, 5 sharks, and around 50 combined: tomtate, pigfish, pinfish, toadfish, and other bottom dwellers. It was a great day on the water with long term clients and friends from West Virginia. We were happy to give away a free Follow Me tshirt to a young man who caught the largest fish.
7-18-2013. We ran two 4 hour trips today and were met with the nicest seas of the year. With the nice seas, we were able to fish territory we normally fish on a 5 hour trip. Both trips caught around 100 sea bass with 10 keepers on the morning trip and 12 keeper bass on the afternoon trip. Also, we caught around a dozen sharks on each trip along with several pigfish, pinfish, toadfish, and several other bottom dwellers. On the morning trip, we decided to try for Spanish mackerel and barracuda for about 15 minuets, but with no luck, so we resumed bottom fishing. 15 minuets may not sound like a long time to try for a species of fish, but in reality with precision technique, it is more than enough time to get the message that Spanish and cuda are not in the area. We were also happy to give away a free Follow Me tshirt on each trip to the person catching the biggest fish.
7-17-2013. Today we ran a 6.5 and then a 3 hour trip in the afternoon. The 6.5 hour trip we were able to catch over 150 bass with around 40 being legal size and several being close to 3 pounds. We kept our limit of 20 with 4 fishermen. With the seas being so nice, we were able to fish territory we normally fish on the 8 hour trip. Also, caught were an octopus, gray snapper, 6 sharks, and many other bottom fish. We saw dolphin and 3 sea turtles.
On the afternoon 3 hour trip, we were able to catch around 100 bass, 1 shark and several other bottom fish. None of the bass were of legal size but we had a great time fishing with virtually non stop action. On both trips we were able to give away a free Follow Me tshirt.
7-16-2013. We ran three 3 hour trips today with good results on each trip. The morning trip we caught over 100 bass and around 12 sharks. The afternoon trip we found the fishing a bit slower, catching only a few sharks and 40 bass. We then tried the Spanish, but no luck. The Spanish are still not available. On the late afternoon trip, the bass and sharks were again feeding well. We caught several sharks and around 100 bass. We gave away a Follow Me tshirt on each trip. Not a bad day on the water.
7-10-2013. We had a 3 hour trip this morning and caught around 70 bass but only one was a keeper size. We fished for over a hour without a shark but ended the day catching 6 sharks, so not a bad finish to the day. All sharks were cleaned at the dock and packed in zip locks. We are always happy to provide 20 to 30 minuets of fish cleaning as part of the mate’s tip. The big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt.
7-09-2013. Ran two three hour trips today. On the first trip, we caught around 80 bass, with 2 keepers and 15 sharks around 15 pounds each. On the afternoon trip, we had much nicer seas and were able to catch around 50 bass with 3 keepers but no sharks. Quite surprising considering how well they were biting just 2 hours earlier. To conclude the second trip we decided to try the Spanish mackerel for 30 minuets but never had a bite. Hopefully, when the water clears up in the next week or so the Spanish will return. Big fish won a free Follow Me tshirt on both trips.
7-4-2013. We had 5 trips on the book for this week and were only able to run one because of poor weather. Today we had 4 fishermen and 2 fisherwomen from West Virginia and we were met with rough seas at the inlet. The mate and I tried to talk the crew into going back to the dock at this point, but they were serious about their fishing and wanted to plug along. So we limped out around 5 miles and started fishing for bass and sharks. We were able to catch around 50 bass but no keepers. Also, no sharks which came as a surprise because we had great bait. The rough seas and abundance of freshwater from all the rain made fishing challenging. However, nobody got sick and everyone fished hard especially 11 year old Jacob who won the Follow Me t-shirt for the biggest fish.
6-28-2013. Unfortunately, I have a few other commitments and will not be booking any additional charters until July 15th. I will be running all currently booked trips between now and the 15th though. If you are wanting to go fishing on July 15th or after, please give me a call/email as we will have a great time and catch the fish.
6-29-2013. 5 to 9 foot seas predicted for Saturday, so we canceled the trip. People say the fish bite better when it is rough, but we will let someone else test that theory.
6-26-2013. Today we ran a two three hour trips. Due to choppy conditions, we did not try the Spanish on either trip. When the ocean is “sporty”, it is often best to anchor up and focus on bass and sharks as then you can fish in comfort, so that was the plan. On the morning trip, we had a family of four from Maryland and we were able to catch around 80 sea bass and three sharks. We also lost 3 sharks on this trip and 6 of our bass were keeper size. Not a bad trip at all! On the afternoon trip, we had six fishermen from Illinois and we found the fish were a bit lazy but we still caught around 60 sea bass and one shark. Four of the bass were of keeper size. Everyone had a great time fishing and we gave away a free Follow Me t-shirt on each trip to the person who caught the largest fish.
6-25-2013. We had another great day on the 3 hour trip. Three fishermen and three fisherwomen from Michigan were able to catch around 80 sea bass and 3 Atlantic Sharpnose sharks that were 15 pounds each. Five of the sea bass met the federal minimum length of 13 inches so we were able to keep them and all the sharks. Since it was a little choppy, we did not try the Spanish and instead anchored up and fished in comfort for the bass and sharks. A 11 year old young lady won a free Follow Me t-shirt for catching the biggest fish.
6-25-2013. Ran a gigging trip from 3am to daylight. The wind was blowing so it forced us into the more protective areas. We saw 10 flounder and gigged one keeper (the rest were not gigged). Also on the trip, we saw: redfish, needle fish, one horseshoe crab, stone crabs, one stingray, and sea urchins. Gigging is a great adventure for everyone but it must be done at night and around low tide. Check out the descriptive write up on gigging under Inshore Fishing on the main home page.
6-24-2013. We tried our luck at a clamming and crabbing charter this afternoon and found slow digging on the clams but were able to muster up around 25 or so. The crabbing was much better with around 3 dozen blue crabs and 8 stone crabs.
6-24-2013. Had a 3 hour trip this morning in fairly sloppy conditions to start. We did not try the Spanish, but rode out 5 miles and started fishing for sea bass and sharks from an anchored boat. The sea bass bite was hot, we had 8 legal size fish and probably caught close to 100 total. No bites on the sharks which was surprising. Two of my crew members today were young boys, 8 and 11 years old and they did fantastic! We also saw dolphin on two different occasions and the 8 year old young man won the free Follow Me t-shirt for catching the biggest fish.
6-19-2013. Went gigging myself for 30 minutes to check the conditions tonight. Got two 17 inch flounder and one 15 inch flounder. Not too bad for 30 minutes!
6-15-2013. Ran another three hour trip today as a father’s day gift for two gentleman. We started out fishing for Spanish but never had a bite. Still unsure where the Spanish have gone. After trying 30 minutes for Spanish, we went offshore 5 miles and caught around 50 bass and 4 sharks around 15 pounds each. Only one of the sea bass met the minimum length of 13 inches. While we had steady action on the bass, if you are fishing for sea bass close to the beach you better know where to go because they clearly are not available for the casual weekend warrior. Nevertheless, we had a great time with good action and the ocean was beautiful.
6-13-2013. The father son team from Texas had such a great time they decided to go gigging again. Although, we tried just as hard, the visibility was worse from boat traffic and we only saw 5 flounder and none were big enough to gig. Flounder have to be 15 inches to keep. It is good thing the crew did not gig any small ones because the game warden checked us right around day break.
6-12-2013. Took a group from Illinois on a 3 hour fishing charter today targeting Spanish mackerel and sea bass. We trolled the beach, the 3 mile buoy, and the 7 mile buoy for Spanish and only caught two. The bass were also slow but we were able to pick away at them, but no keepers (they have to be 13 inches to keep). The three hour trip remains slow, and I would recommend anyone fishing to attempt to get 18+ miles offshore. The ocean was nice today, and we had a great time.
6-12-2013. We ran a 2.5 hour gigging trip from 3am to daylight with a father and his sons from Texas. The water was muddy but all other conditions were in our favor. We saw a dozen flounder and gigged 3 keepers. Also saw redfish, crabs, shrimp and many other minnows. A great night on the water.
6-5-2013. Weather man was calling for east winds 15-20 knots so we canceled the charter today.
6-3-2013. Ran a 2.5 hour inshore crabbing and clamming trip today for two ladies from Kentucky. We started out taking pictures of a dolphin in the waterway before proceeding on to the clamming and crabbing area. We were able to find 67 clams and catch 3 dozen blue crabs and 8 stone crabs. With some extra time left over, we did a short tour of the Shallotte River and the canal system at Ocean Isle. What a great morning.
5-30-2013. Took 4 fishermen from Michigan today on a 5 hour trip. Started out fishing for Spanish and only caught 2 so we headed out try the kings by trolling spoons 10 miles offshore but no luck. We then anchored up, put out the live bait, and started chumming for cobia and kings using fresh ground pogys but no kings or cobia were in the area. We did catch 60 sea bass and 1 shark while trying for the bigger fish. To end the trip we resumed Spanish trolling and caught 7 more. Fishing is remains a little slow on the 3 and 5 hour trips, but we still had a great time on the ocean.
5-25-2013. Took the family for a 3 hour Spanish trip. We fished around 2 hours and only caught 2 Spanish and never saw another boat catch one. A few of the charter boats out of Little River caught 6 to 8 Spanish on the 26th so hopefully, they will pick back up in the next few days.
5-24-2013. Too rough to fish offshore so canceled the charter.
5-21-2013. The Spanish are here! Took a party of 4 from Ohio today on a 3 hour Spanish and sea bass trip. The seas were 3 to 4 feet leaving the inlet, but we took it easy going out and everyone did great. We found the Spanish in 30 foot of water and caught 35 fish all of which were keepers. Due to the conditions, we did not attempt bottom fishing for sea bass. After Spanish fishing, we headed closer to the beach looking for working shrimp boats in the hope of seeing dolphin but no such luck as the working shrimp boats were not to be found. Nevertheless, a great trip on the water with a great fishing family.
5-18-2013. Ran the first offshore trip of the season today (10 hour). Started out 24 miles trolling for kings with no luck and no bait on top. However, there were plenty of sea bass on the bottom. We then moved out 32 miles with the same results. Water was green at both stops. Moved out to 45 miles found blue/green water and the action was fast, caught 5 amberjack and 4 barracuda within a hour before they wised up. After trolling, we bottom fished and caught 100 bass, and 30 various snapper. Never saw a flying fish or any bait on top and no king mackerel to be found anywhere. Still had a great time fishing. Thanks to Jon, Shawn, and Cindy for being such great fishermen and fisherwomen.
4-18-2013. First inshore trip of the season. Caught 40 whitings on a 3 hour trip.
3-10-2013. Weather man was forecasting seas up to 20 feet most of last week so took the Mako out of the water for Spring maintenance. Getting ready for the Spring fishing season.
3-2-2013. Too windy lately for fishing, but there are plenty of clams available. Got the boat limit of 200 each of the last two weekends in around 45 minutes.