Cobia season is off to a good start. The NC Marine Fisheries guys have changed some regulation on us this year so you need to check out the new regs before you go. Ever wonder what a 50 lb. cobia looks like?
Did a little fishing with the owner of Kayak Fishing magazine. Bushy is from the west coast and fishes all over the world but this was his first try at site casting for reds. To provide him the proper NC hospitality, one of our local wild horses ran thru the marsh and kept a close watch over him.
The fall and early winter are a great time to catch trout around Oriental as they begin entering the creeks from their summer in the Pamlico Sound and Neuse River. The smile says it all. Nice 25" citation trout for Kurt.
Old drum season is August and September. Congratulations to George on his first old drum. He said it didn't fight too hard. I reminded him that he started fighting it at the bow, fought it clockwise around the entire boat and ended up back at the bow again. Well maybe they do fight a little bit.
They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. Well here is a short story for ya.
April and May bring great striper fishing in Weldon NC, the rock fish capital of the world. Add a little Ralph's BBQ at lunch and life gets no better than that: fish 4 hrs., eat bbq., fish 4 more hrs., thank you Lord.
Headed down to Morehead City to try our luck with some September Spanish mackerel. The wind did not shift to the north as early as I thought and the waves were a lot bigger than I anticipated leaving the Beaufort Channel. As soon as the wind shifted more north, the water laid down and we found the Spanish.
August and September is peak Old Drum season in Oriental. Poppin' corks is the method of choice but if the winds kick up, bottom fishing can produce big numbers as well. If you like kayak fishing, take a sleigh ride with one of these big boys. Looks like I got to get a bigger net.
The old drum are starting to show up and I really wanted one this weekend but the winds were up and the rain was threatening. We went after them on Saturday anyway and the white caps gave us a beating. On Sunday we decided to stay in the creeks. Good move. We got two fists full of flounders and reds including these two slot reds. I was told blackened redfish was going to be on the menu at the Lantz house on Sunday night. Great fishing Chris Lantz.
Fishing in the Neuse has been pretty good with trout, puppy drum and flounder playing hide and seek along the shore and on the drops. Any thoughts of Hurricane Arthur shutting down the bite vanished today as I made a long paddle upriver aided by the wind. Glad I found this resting spot as the biggest flounder of the day was only moments away.
I took a couple days off work and headed to Florida to fish with Capt. Scott Hughes of Blackwater Charters. Scott is a renowned guide in the Ft. Myers / Boca Grande area. Our target fish were tarpon and Scott put us all over them. We finished up 6 for 8 for our trip. Scott fishes tarpon from April to October. Great guy, great guide, great fish. Call him up if you are in the area or looking for a destination to fish.
I had the privilege to fish in the Military Appreciation Day out of Morehead City with Capt. Dave Stewart, KneeDeep Customer Charters, and two marines from Cherry Point. I hope they enjoyed the Spanish mackerel for dinner. Capt. Dave and I have already signed up for next year to help in the MAD event. You should too. What an honor, over 115 boats participated taking over 500 service men and women fishing.
The Oriental Kayak Fishing Tournament is a fun event. Congratulations to the winners: Peter Overgaard of Oriental and Jack Lantz of Wilmington. Peter caught a Pamlico Slam consisting of a flounder, redfish, and trout. Jack's big redfish clinched the prize for him. Great job guys and we will see you next year.
Great job Ronnie Z. on catching that cobia yesterday and thanks for including me in for lunch today at M & M's Restaurant in Oriental. Blackened cobia just became my favorite. Ron caught it with a live menhaden on his trout rod. When the rod bent he looked at me and told me to start the engine so we could chase it down. No need. Great work Ron. Cobia fishing out of Morehead City is great mid-May to mid-June.