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Outdoors
I’m beginning to think this might be a little more like the winters
we are accustomed to and many of you readers retired to our area
to enjoy. There have been a couple of cold dips, like the one Sunday
and Monday, but they don’t last long and we warm back into the 60s
pretty quickly. If you weren’t paying attention, several days last week
made it into the 70s. I passed through the Green Swamp Friday afternoon
and the thermometer on my dash showed 73 degrees. That’s a
far cry from the past two
winters.
I’m sure we’ll get
some cold weather; we
always do. But if we can
avoid the sudden freezes
and extended days in
the 30s like the past
two years, the ish will
continue biting. I talked
to a couple of ishermen
this week that said they
were still catching trout
on top-waters. I don’t
remember ever being
able to hear that this
close to Christmas in years past.
Offshore ishing
Making a trip offshore is dependent
on the weather and especially
so at this time of year. During the
summer, you might go in marginal
conditions, but that isn’t wise once
the temperatures cool. Getting wet
then quickly goes from being uncomfortable
to a serious situation.
That is why offshore ishermen wait
for good weather like at the end of
last week to make the long trip.
Wahoo, tuna, kings
The ishermen who headed
offshore last week were rewarded
well. Those that went all the way
to the Gulf Stream found the wahoo hungry and snapping. Most
boats caught a half dozen or more and these were big wahoo. Several
were reported in the 50s and 60s and a couple were 80-pound bruisers.
Six of them in a ish box means a lot of meat.
The blackin tuna were still there and a few false albacore too.
Several of the ishermen reported they saw ish pushing water like
bluein tuna. They said they couldn’t get close enough to make positive
identiication, but there was excitement in their voices as they
said they would be looking for a weather window to go back and look.
The arrival of bluein tuna is good in many ways and I sure hope this
was some arriving and that we have a good bluein bite this year.
The king bite went off in the general area of Frying Pan Tower too.
There were lots of 15 to 20-pounders and a good handful of kings
that were in the 30s and 40s. That’s a pretty nice early Christmas
present and I expect more ishermen will try to chase them over
the holidays. The smaller kings were readily hitting spoons and sea
witches, but the larger kings preferred natural or live baits trolled a
little slower.
The offshore bottom ishing is good too. If you can ind a place
where you can get bait to the bottom through all those endangered
black sea bass, there are hungry grouper waiting to feed. Seriously,
there are places it seems the biggest danger to black sea bass is them
eating everything in sight and then starving. Many ishermen said
they were more of a nuisance than pinish inshore during the summer.
Grouper season closes at 12:01 a.m. on New Year’s Day, so if you
want some, you better get out and get them in the next 10 days. It
looks like the weather may cooperate. The grouper closure is an
annual spawning season closure and they will reopen on May 1. I
haven’t received the notice yet, but received a letter warning the commercial
grouper season would be closing early, probably on Dec. 21.
Fishermen with commercial licenses should pay attention.
Before you make that offshore trip, remember to check the water
temperature with Carolina Regional Coastal Ocean Observing
System (RCOOS, http://carolinasrcoos.org) and the weather and
sea conditions with Reefcast at the Frying Pan Tower website (www.
fryingpantower.com) and the NOAA marine weather forecasts
(http://weather.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/fmtbltn.pl?ile=forecasts/marine/
coastal/am/amz250.txt). Also remember to make a loat plan and
leave it with a responsible person.
Striper numbers strengthening
While the abundance of trout continues to hold everyone’s attention,
there are other ish that remain in the picture and some new
ones coming in. The best news close by is the striper or rockish
bite went off again in the Cape Fear and Brunswick Rivers near
Wilmington. Stripers are being caught around the docks and along
the bulkheads on the Wilmington side of the Cape Fear from just
below the state port to downtown Wilmington. They are also on the
Brunswick County side of the Cape Fear across from the state port
and into the Brunswick River.
This inlux of stripers is always great news and these are arriving in
good time for the Cape Fear Riverwatch Invitational Striper Tournament
on Jan. 13 and 14. The Cape Fear Riverwatch Tournament is
held annually to gather information on the status of stripers in the
Cape Fear Basin and to raise funds to help clean the river and help
rebuild the once thriving striper, shad and sturgeon isheries in the
river.
The irst Cape Fear Riverwatch Striper Tournament was held in
December 2008, but the tournaments have since been moved to the
middle of January. Possession of striped bass in Cape Fear River and
all its tributaries below Jordan Dam has been prohibited for several
years and the tournament operates under a special use permit to allow
holding the live stripers long enough to record several measurements
and weights, which are passed to ishery biologists for data
regarding this once thriving population of ish.
With the help of Cape Fear Riverwatch, striper numbers are increasing
and the ish are getting larger too. One of the stripers caught
during the 2011 tournament had been caught, tagged and released by
the same boat during the 2010 tournament. In that year it had grown
from 22.5 inches to 25 inches. Another striper tagged in a previous
tournament was also caught (and released). In an open environment,
this is pretty valid proof of a stable and growing population.
The most popular part of the tournament is the banquet on the
Friday evening (Jan. 13, 2012) before the ishing day. The banquet is
the primary fundraiser part of the tournament and features numerous
rafles, auctions and silent auctions. The banquet is open to all
and information on it and purchasing tickets can be found at www.
cfrw.us.
Several projects either supported or endorsed by Cape Fear
Riverwatch are ongoing in the river to assist with rebuilding shad
and short nose sturgeon populations in addition to the stripers. One
concern is the three dams spawning ish must traverse to get to traditional
spawning grounds above Fayetteville.
After the spawning run in 2010 and prior to the 2011 spawn a large
scour hole in the river bottom just below Lock and Dam Number 1
was repaired. With the addition of some federal stimulus funds, that
project was expanded to include adding artiicial rock ramp rapids in
front of the dam and that construction began after the 2011 spawning
run.
Col. Steven Baker of the Corps of Engineers said construction of the
ramp was running ahead of schedule and it would be ready for ish
to use during the 2012 spawning run. I made a trip to the Lock and
Dam and while the park and ramp were and are closed due to the
construction, the work is progressing and the rock ramp and rapids
are shaping up well. Several biologists familiar with the river and
the project estimate striper reproduction numbers could increase as
much as 50 percent, just by getting them past this irst dam.
Initial stocking programs for the Cape Fear River used striper ingerlings
from Roanoke River brood stock. In 2010 this was switched
to use brood stock from the Cape
Fear River and ingerlings that
were raised in the hatchery at
Watha, just above Wilmington.
There was a question with
whether the ingerlings from a
different river system were imprinting
with the Cape
Fear River or returning
to the Roanoke River
from genetic memory
in their DNA. More
than 100,000 ingerlings
from the Cape
Fear brood stock were
released along the
Wilmington waterfront
during winter of 2010-
2011.
As they mature, those
ingerlings could be a
major step in returning
the Cape Fear River to
the prominence in striper ishing
it enjoyed before the dams were
built in the early 20th century.
In the early 1900s the Cape Fear
River was considered one of the
top-ive striper rivers on the East
Coast. While I’m not nearly that
old, I remember catching them
in Walden Creek as a kid. For
more information on the Cape
Fear River Riverwatch program
or the Invitational Striped Bass
Tournament, visit www.cfrw.us
or call 910-762-5606.
Trout ishing is hot
Fishermen continue to ind good numbers of speckled trout in
most area waters. In some places the trout are almost all young of the
year and run from 10 to 13 inches, but there are some keepers and an
occasional gator trout mixed in.
The best way to guarantee catching trout is to ish live shrimp
under a loat. Live shrimp are all but gone from area creeks, but the
Tackle Box, by the ramp at Southport Marina, has been stocking
them and said they would continue as long as they could get them.
Some ishermen are also using live mud minnows, but the trout don’t
seem to like them quite as well as shrimp.
Fishermen are also catching trout on a variety of soft plastics. A
little scent seems to help seal the deal and the bio-baits like Berkley
Gulp are doing well, while some ishermen are adding scents like Pro
Cure to their less expensive soft baits.
Hard lures like the MirrOlure MR17 and Rapala X-Rap are also
catching trout well. My concern is with their treble hooks and knowing
there are so many small trout that will have to be released. I like
the soft baits, with a single hook, that can be removed easily and
quickly.
Trout are being caught in many places. While they are around
many of the spoil islands along the Cape Fear River and in the creeks
and bays behind Bald Head Island, The Elizabeth River, the creeks
off the Intracoastal Waterway, Big Davis Canal and the Lockwood
Folly River are all places that can be reached even when the wind is
blowing and they are holding trout too.
Pups
Puppy drum are also biting well. Pups prefer water a little shallower
than trout, but sometimes their territory overlaps. Pups will
move into less than a foot of water and many times this is where the
baitish go to ind a little warmth during cooler weather. Areas of low
current with darker bottoms, warm a little around the low tides and
baitish and puppy drum seek them out. Many times they are well
back up in the creeks, but sometimes these areas are in many of the
same locations you will ind specks, just farther up towards the bank
or on the shallow lats nearby.
Wounded Warriors Fishing Club trip
This week Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures (www.
breadmanventures.com) in Sneads Ferry provided another ishing
trip for the Wounded Warriors Fishing Club I coordinate at Camp
Lejeune and this time it was for puppy drum. I met Capt. Jernigan
when he donated a couple of ishing trips to the fundraiser for Barry
Bey’s Aquaculture Program at South Brunswick High School. You
may remember him from a column a few weeks back when I reported
on a trout trip he took with several of the Wounded Warriors
Fishing Club.
There was enough room on the boat I got to go too and it was a
great trip. We ished some of the creeks off the New River as it runs
through Camp Lejeune between Sneads Ferry and Jacksonville.
There were a couple with enough water depth to get in and out easily
and a couple that were so shallow the bottom was visible most of
the time. Early in the morning, the water temperature was only 49
degrees, but with the sun shining on the dark bottom, the water had
warmed to 54 degrees by early afternoon.
Once again we ished Berkley Gulp grubs on light Bluewater Candy
Aftershock jig heads. In the stained water of the creeks, new penny
was the hot color. We didn’t catch any huge drum, but we caught
30 or more and released them all. Most ranged from about 15 to 22
inches. While I spent a fair amount of time taking pictures, I was
rewarded by catching the largest drum – and the smallest. We also
caught four lounder and had one trout crash the party.
The trout was barely legal and was thinner than the ish we had
caught several weeks earlier. It must have been hungry as it was
up on a lat chasing small pogies in the creek. The lounder were
aggressive and had been feeding well. They were all plump and one
lounder was so stuffed we laughed and commented on how odd his
full belly looked.
Frustrating meeting
Last week I reported the South Atlantic Fisheries Management
Council (SAFMC) met Dec. 5 through 9 in Raleigh and the ishermen
who attended the meeting were disappointed and frustrated. Two of
the things they discussed were black sea bass and individual ishing
quotas. Several ishermen said the new stock assessments for black
sea bass were very good, but the ishery managers were not willing to
relax the regulations. In fact, there are plans to increase the minimum
size and retain the same allocation.
As for the Individual Fish Quotas (IFQs), the ishermen oppose
them as a way of forcing small ishermen and operations out of the
business. They see this as just another name for Catch Shares that no
one wanted. Fishermen also see IFQs or Catch Shares, as beneiting
the ish houses and processors rather than the ishermen.
Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) presented an amendment for a
isheries bill to prevent any money from being spent working towards
Catch Shares, but it was voted down a couple of weeks ago. Several
ishermen said it is hard to believe the federal regulators are looking
at the same data as they are. There is a brief summary posted on the
SAFMC website, www.safmc.net, and more information is to follow.
Sheraton to rebuild Atlantic Beach pier?
I received a message just before I was going to send this and while
it isn’t local, it has some signiicance. It wasn’t an oficial press
release, but the word was that the Sheraton Corporation plans to
rebuild the pier at their Atlantic Beach motel. The pier had suffered
damages from several hurricanes, most recently Hurricane Irene
this fall. The pier has always been open to the public and this is good
news during a time when the number of N.C. piers has been declining.
Tournament news
We are late enough in the year the only tournaments going on
are the annual saltwater tournament run by the Division of Marine
Jerry Dilsaver
Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
Thursday, December 22
High 5:19 AM 5.0 7:14 AM Rise 4:56 AM 11
Low 11:38 AM -0.1 5:08 PM Set 3:16 PM
High 5:32 PM 4.3
Low 11:47 PM -0.4
Friday, December 23
High 6:15 AM 5.0 7:14 AM Rise 6:01 AM 4
Low 12:33 PM -0.2 5:08 PM Set 4:15 PM
High 6:27 PM 4.3
Saturday, December 24
Low 12:41 AM -0.5 7:15 AM Rise 7:01 AM 1
High 7:08 AM 5.0 5:09 PM Set 5:19 PM
Low 1:26 PM -0.2
High 7:20 PM 4.3
Sunday, December 25
Low 1:33 AM -0.5 7:15 AM Rise 7:54 AM 0
High 7:59 AM 5.0 5:09 PM Set 6:25 PM
Low 2:15 PM -0.2
High 8:12 PM 4.3
Monday, December 26
Low 2:23 AM -0.4 7:15 AM Rise 8:39 AM 1
High 8:48 AM 4.9 5:10 PM Set 7:30 PM
Low 3:03 PM -0.2
High 9:03 PM 4.3
Tuesday, December 27
Low 3:11 AM -0.2 7:16 AM Rise 9:18 AM 5
High 9:37 AM 4.8 5:10 PM Set 8:33 PM
Low 3:48 PM -0.1
High 9:55 PM 4.2
Wednesday, December 28
Low 3:58 AM -0.1 7:16 AM Rise 9:52 AM 11
High 10:25 AM 4.6 5:11 PM Set 9:33 PM
Low 4:33 PM 0.0
High 10:48 PM 4.1
Photo by Capt. Jerry Dilsaver
Levi Cunningham, a member of the Camp Lejeune
Wounded Warriors Fishing Club, with one of more than a
dozen redish he caught recently while ishing with Capt.
Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures. The drum ranged
from 15 to 22 inches and they also caught four lounder
and a trout.
Photo by Capt. Jerry Dilsaver
Construction is progressing well on the artiicial rock rapids and resting pools being added
below Lock and Dam Number 1 on the Cape Fear River above Riegelwood. These rapids
leading to the dam will allow anadromous ish to cross the dam on their spring spawning
run. Biologists believe this could increase the striper spawn in the river by as much as 50
percent.
Fisheries (www.ncdmf.net) and the Chasin’ Tails Outdoors Speckled
Trout Challenge (www.chasintailsoutdoors.com) which run until the
end of the month. The Marine Fisheries Tournament is for the whole
state and has no entry fees. Fish can be weighed and paperwork submitted
at any Tackle shop with a weigh station certiied by NCDMF.
The Chasin’ Tails Tournament is held from the store of that name in
Atlantic Beach.
I don’t have a go or no-go conirmation yet, but there is some talk
about an informal fun speckled trout tournament on Christmas Eve,
with weigh in at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center (www.oifc.com). The
talk has been of a $50 entry fee with all the money being paid out to
the top three places. At this point it is still speculation, but those ishermen
who are interested are requested to send an email to info@
oifc.com, or call the ishing center and let them know. By the time
this reaches the newsstands, information should also be posted on
the Ocean Isle Fishing Center website.
Saturday night the jolly old man will be dropping through chimneys
across the land. I hope you have been good and will not awaken
to ind lumps of coal in your stocking. I also hope everyone will
remember the real signiicance of the holiday. I don’t consider myself
overly religious and I’m often not quite politically correct, but I believe
in the story I have been told since childhood that this was when
God gave mankind the greatest gift of all.
Jerry Dilsaver may be reached at [email protected]
Good ishing
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Latest Reports

 6/04/15

Summer time is here, and so is the summer time bite. The hot summer is the best time of the year to target trophy speckled trout on the flats. Some days we are able to sightcast these trout along with the redfish. The gigging has been good, and will continue to be through December. To keep up with what is happening daily, please find me on Facebook! Just search Breadman Ventures. 


12/22/14

Christmas is upon us and it has been another great year. I have upoloaded a new video and will get pictures from the past year uploaded over the coming week. I hope you and yours has a Merry Christmas! Gift certificates go on sale today. There was an overwhelming response last year, so I have decided to do it again this year for a few days. 


5/12/14

It was a great fall and an unusally cold winter. The winter and spring red drum fishing was awesome despite the cold. Summertime is coming on in, the gigging has gotten very good, and the fishing inshore has been on fire. 100's of new pictures and videos will be uploaded today, and I will try and be better about updating this report! You can find us on Facebook also, just search Breadman Ventures.

9/1/13

 

It has been a great summer! The redfishing has been good all summer, and we have had some more BIG trout on topwater, with lots of nice keepers. The flounder gigging trips have been limited because it has been so windy this year. We have went the past three nights and have harvested 18,18 and 21 last night. The photos have been updated!


7/7/13

The topwater trout action has been on fire, and there have been some big fish landed. We had a 8 pound 7 ounce a couple of days ago. The flounder bite is going strong, and the redfish are ready to hit topwater. Some days the reds have hit all day long, other days you have had to search for them. The gigging has been very good when the winds have allowed. The photo albums have been updated.

6/23/13

The fishing has been hot over the past month. There have been a couple slow days sprinkled in. The trout and reds are in their summer patterns and burning topwater plugs up, and there have been some citation trout and overslot reds landed on topwater. The flounder bite, which has been slow to kick off this year, is finally picking up. The flounder gigging has been awesome whenever the weather has allowed us to get out and go. The photo albums have been updated, be sure to check them out!

5/22/13 

Summer like weather is finally here. The gigging has been good when the weather has allowed. Been averaging 12-16 flounder per 4 hour trip. The topwater redfishing has been awesome the past few days, and have been some nice trout mixed in as well. The flounder bite has finally kicked off inshore. The photo albums have been updated, check out the pics from the past 2-3 weeks!

4/13/13

The past couple weeks have been insane! We have had speckled trout up to 7 pounds 7 ounces, and have had days of 40+ keeper specks. The topwater trout bite has been on FIRE some days. Check out the photo album for pics of the last couple of weeks.

3/29/13

Spent the moring sightcasting to about a 1000 reds. We plucked a few out of the mayhem.

3/27/13

A slow morning trip today. The fish were there, but did not want to bite, only caught 3. I ran a afternoon trip, and it was on! Put 18 reds in the boat.

3/26/13

12-13 redfish total today on a trip, and one big fat flounder.

3/23/13

A great half night gig charter last night. We stuck 16 flounder.

3/21/13

I did a little gigging last night. Stuck 16 flounder in four hours. The photo albums have been updated with recent pics from the past week.

3/19/13

I did some scouting on my own today for a few hours. They were CHEWING. I caught 12 reds and 17 trout.

3/17/13

Another great trip today. We caught 15-16 reds in the wind and spooked a school of upper and overslot reds.

3/15/13

GREAT DAY on the water. Caught over 30 reds and some nice trout on a trip.

3/13/13

Spent the day sightcasting to three different schools of reds in the shallow water. They did not want to eat, caught a few. Tears my nerves up watching them swim around the boat!

3/10/13

Been slower the past couple days. Huge cold front has come through. It should pick back up in another day or so. Catching a few fish. 

3/07/13

Slower day today following the big storm system that just come through. It was really windy and the water pretty muddy. Caught a couple nice trout.

3/05/13

Great trip today for the Maiden voyage on the Mako. We landed speckled trout over 5 pounds and caught over 15 redfish. Some of the reds were over 30"s. Great day today.

3/04/13

Spring is finally around the corner! December gave us some awesome Speck fishing, and the fishing has been good all winter. I have basically taken the past two months off to get some minor health issues in check, only been out 4-5 times in the month of Feburary. That is not like me.  I also have a new sled for the 2013 season, a Mako LTS. Sweet boat. The boat is ready and am I am now physically ready! See you on the water!

11/21/12

Another good gig trip with some rookies. 12 fish in 4 hours.

11/20/12

Limited out on on flounder with a group. 24 fish.

11/15/12

Killer day again today on the red, flounder and trout.

11/12/12

Killed the drum and trout today on topwater. Killer day out there.

11/10/12

Killed the drum and trout today.

11/09/12

A good gig trip. 8 flounder in a few hours.

11/08/12

14 trout, 18 reds on a 4 hour trip.

11/05/12

A little slower today, but big nice trout.

11/03/12

A great gig trip. No monsters, but solid fish.

11/03/12

25+ reds and 25+ trout today.

11/01/12

Trout drum and flounder today.

10/31/12

Caught fish all day today. Trout/flounder/drum/stripers.

10/30/12

First trip since hurricane Sandy. 9 reds 4 trout in 2 hours.

10/23/12

Another good gig trip last night. Some doormats.

10/22/12

A few nice fish caught today on a scouting trip.

10/20/12

12 fish gigged on a 4 hour trip.

10/20/12

9 nice keeper trout and some small ones.

10/19/12

A little slower trout bite today. Still put 7 keepers in the boat however.

10/18/12

A great trout and flounder bited this morning on a half day trip.

10/16/12

Another great gig trip. Limited out at 12, with some trout and big mullets also. 

10/16/12

27 keeper trout this afternoon. Solid bite.

10/15/12

Another great gig trip with a group from TN. We limited out with 24 in 4 hours.

10/14/12

Another great gig trip with some guys. Stuck 12-13, all big fish.

10/10/12

Another great gig trip. Biggest fish was 30".

10/9/12

A good 4 hour gig trip last night with some kids. 10 fish put in the boat and a couple of conchs.

10/8/12

A good quick trip this afternoon. A few flounder, few trout.

10/7/12

Good four hour gig trip last night with some guys. 12 fish put in the boat.

10/6/12

A good day of fishing today. Caught topwater drum and flounder all day, although most were small, it was non stop action.

10/4/12

another good 4 hour gig trip. 14-15 flatties put in the boat.

10/2/12

A little slower on the fishing today. Caught some fish, but only a couple keepers out of the mix.

9/28/12

17 flounder last night gigging. One was 8 pounds.

9/27/12

Reds, flounder, trout. A lot of small guys today.

9/24/12

A good night of gigging last night. 27-30 fish.

9/21/12

A few flounder,reds and a big spanish today. Nothing to write home about.

9/20/12

A few flounder and reds today.

9/15/12

Good gigging last night. 37 fish total.

9/14/12

Another good 4 hour gig trip last night. 12 fish and some were BIG!

9/13/12

Another great 4 hour gig trip last night. Some big flounder.

9/12/12

38 doormat flounder last night. Some big girls.

9/11/12

Limited out last night on a 4 hour gig trip.

9/7/12

Slow day fishing today. Caught a few.

9/3/12

Some really nice specks today on topwater

8/31/12

Yet again, more speckled trout!

8/30/12

A great half day with some kids today. Kept 7 nice trout, and reds and flounder were also landed.

8/29/12

Another great day of trout fishing. Kept a two man limit, and had some reds and flounder also.

8/28/12

A two man speck limit put in the boat this afternoon in tthe pouring rain.

8/26/12

Another 3 person speckled trout limit today. Caught some reds and flounder also.

8/25/12

We limited out on trout and reds today. All on topwater. Great day. Had a nice keeper flounder in the mix also.

8/24/12

The fishing has been good over the past couple of weeks. Catching reds on topwater, flounder and speckled trout. It has rained a lot!!

8/9/12

Fishing has been good over the past couple of weeks with some days being better than others.

7/30/12

Stuck 8 flounder last night on  a 4 hour trip.

7/29/12

Caught some reds on topwater out of a huge school, and went home with three keeper flounder also.

7/27/12

Just added a new video from todays trip to the video page. Check it out!

7/26/12

The fishing has ben very good the past few weeks. The flouunder are biting good, and we have caught some uo to seven pounds. The topwater redfish has been EXCELLENT when the wind has allowed for sightcasting. The flounder gigging has also been very good when conditions allow.

7/3/12

Lots of small flounder again today. Still went home with a little meat.

7/2/12

3 nice keeper flounder out of about 15 or so. Lots of little flounder.

7/1/12

A good afternoon of fishing. Caught fish, but got blown off the water by a nasty storm.

6/29/12

A slow 4 hour gig trip last night. Water was a little murky and it was a little windy. Stuck 5.

6/28/12

Another great 4 hour gig trip with a great family. Stuck 12 flounder and some butterfly rays.

6/27/12

Had a great 4 hour gig trip with some guys from WI. 15 nice flounder and a couple of mullets.

 

6/23/12

A lot of flounder caught and lost today. Went home with 4 nice keepers, one being a doormat.

6/19/12

Some nice reds and flounder caught today!

6/17/12

A lot of flounder caught today, two being nice over 20 inches.

6/16/12

Some days have been better than others over the past week and a half. It's fishing!

6/4/12

Did good on the flounder last night. Had one over 10 pounds.

6/3/12

18 flounder while gigging last night.

6/2/12

13 upperslot reds landed this afternoon on topwater. A great afternoon!

6/1/12

A little slow on a half day today. Wound up with a couple nice flounder.

5/23/12

Located a nice school of reds this am in the wind. We could see the fish, put one nice one in the boat. Salvaged the half day trip with some nice keeper flounder. The biggest flounder was around 4 pounds.

5/22/12

REDFISH SWIMMING AROUND THE BOAT! Hundreds of them, they just would not take a bait. 

5/21/12

A little slower day today, put still come home with a couple nices reds on a half day trip.

5/20/12

A great 4 hour trip this am. 7-8 reds in the boat, kept 4 nice keepers.

5/19/12

Took a family trip this afternoon. We put some overslot reds in the boat on topwater.

5/17/12

Good day redfishing. Filmed a large school pushing water,

5/14/12

Around 12 flounder landed today. Did really well on the topwater reds also. The reds were running 21"-29".

5/11/12

Slow trip in the am. Made up for it in the afternoon. Put a 21", 23" flounder in the boat along with some nice trout.

5/5/12

A little stormy, but finally was able to make it out for a 4 hour gig trip. Stuck 13. 

5/4/12

Had a great 4 hour gigging trip last night. We limited out. 18 flounder.

5/3/12

Had a fun afternoon flounder fishing. Caught around 20, but only two nice ones. A 21" and a 23". 

4/30/12

A slow 4 hour trip this afternoon. We could see the reds pushing, but just would not bite.

4/28/12

Fished the Redfish Action out of Scotts Hill. We caught fish, but only weighed one. All of our fish were over the slot but one.

4/26/12

Spent the day scouting for redfish for an upcoming tourney. Found some nice ones.

4/25/12

Really windy over the past week. Almost too windy to do anything. Fishing has been okay on the days when the wind has not been as bad.

4/18/12

More Atlantic Bonito fishing. Caught a 60 pound black drum also.

4/17/12

Atlantic Bonito fishing. They are out there!

4/16/12

Another great day Atlantic Bonito fishing.

4/14/12

We had a great day sightcasting reds. The fish were there, but a little finicky. My guys did get to carry a couple upper slots home, and got to see the reds like they never had before.

4/13/12

Atlantic Bonito!! Did good off the beach today on the AB's.

4/11/12

A little slow today. Really windy, and a cold front pushing through made it tough.

4/10/12

Another great four hour redfish trip today. Put  10-12 on the boat along with some flounder.

4/5/12

A GREAT four hour trip this morning. Upperslot reds in a school. It was on! 

4/4/12

Slow night of gigging on a four hour trip, little windy, not many fish out. Unusual.

4/3/12

4 hour gig trip. Stuck a 7 pounder and a 5 pounder. The kids had a blast.

4/2/12

A slower day of fishing that what it has been. Really windy, only caught a few small ones.

3/31/12

Stuck 14 nice flounder on a 4 hour trip. Storms ran us off the water at the end. 

3/30/12

A great day of fishing today. Some mid to upperslot reds were on the menu as was some flounder.

3/27/12

Stuck a three person limit last night on a gig trip. Some 5+ pound fish also. 

3/26/12

Tough windy night of gigging, but managed some doormats. 10 fish total.

3/24/12

Slow day of fishing today running from storms. We caught some small flounder/trout/drum. Slow day.

3/21/12

Another great night of gigging. 22 fish.

3/20/12

Another night, another 20 flounder. A few bigger ones in the mix.

3/19/12

Another good night of gigging. 18-20 flounder, some big mullet, and a few speckled trout.

3/18/12

Good night of gigging last night. 16-20 in the boat in a few hours. Made a new video also.

3/17/12

Spent a windy night on the water with a group that wanted to go despite the conditions. Saw a few small ones, but it was a rough four hurs in the wind. 

3/14/12

12 or so reds today, some trout and a few flounder. Kept some for the dinner table.

3/12/12

Killer day of speckled trout fishing. Kept a two person limit of 2-4 pounders.

3/08/12

We had a GREAT day fishing today. Lots of fish. No monsters, but very nice reds and trout. 

3/06/12

Slow day today on the reds following a coldfront. We did find some trout, and one HUGE one, just could not put them in the boat.

2/26/12

18 fish total last night gigging. One flounder had three eyes, kinda weird......

2/15/12

A little slower last night gigging, but did end up with 8 nice fat flatties.

02/08/12

Last night was another great night of winter gigging. 18-20 fish total. We made a video last night also, be sure to check it out on my video page!

02/07/12

Great night of winter gigging last night. 16 flatties.

02/04/12

Tough day today, only caught a handful. 

02/01/12

Very  tough day on the water today. Super low tides, windy, made it tough to locate reds and fish. Managed 7 redfish and two black drum. Very tough day.

01/30/12

Had a great 4 hour trip last night. Stuck our limit of flounder and trout, with the biggest trout being 5 pounds. Great night!

01/28/12

Another good night last night. We stuck our limit of flounder and a trout.

01/25/12

Yet another great night last night. 15 flounder and some BIG citation sized trout. Beautiful night to have been out there.

01/24/12

We had a great night of gigging last night. Several nice trout and some pretty flounder.

01/17/12

Stuck 16 flounder last night. I will take that anytime in January. They seem to taste better in the winter. :)

01/07/12

We had a good night of winter time flounder gigging last night. Stuck some flounder and a couple of trout. Click on the video link to see the video we made while we were out there!

01/06/12

We had a good day fishing for redfish today. Landed 11-15, and a couple of flounder and a black drum.

12/22/11

We had a killer day today. 30+ reds and 10-12 nice fat specks. The biggest specks were 3-3.5 pounds. Great day on the water. 

12/14/11

20+ reds caught today. We never found any big ones though, most were 16-20". Still a fun day. A few trout and flounder were in the mix as well.

12/10/11

The fishing has been good the past few weeks, as well as the gigging. There have been a few slow days in the mix, but that is to be expected this time of year. Lots of small trout around, but we have landed some 5-6 pounders over the past couple weeks.

11/13/11

Fished half the day with my son today. We kept 11 keeper trout, biggest was over 4 pounds.

11/11/11

Very cold night gigging last night! In the 20's. 67 flounder put in the boat.

11/10/11

I had a half night gig trip last night. 16 fish in the boat. Biggest was 7 pounds.

11/09/11

Fished a half day charter today. 15 Keeper trout put  in the boat! Not too shabby!

11/07/11

Some very nice fish  last night on a gig trip. Over 30 put in the boat!

11/03/11

Smoked them last night on a commercial trip. Had some 8-10 pound fish in the mix.

11/02/11

I had a great gig charter last night. We had 21 fish in the boat by 1 am. The biggest fish was around 6 pounds.

10/30/11

We had a greaat day today. Really windy and cold. Put 8 nice keeper trout in the boat, a couple of keeper flounder also. Caught 25 or so flounder, 25-30 trout and a couple of reds. Great day.

10/28/11

Full day charter today. The trout bite was slow, but we caught a few keeper flounder, and a bunch of small ones, and a really nice fat redfish.

10/24/11

Afternoon charter today. A little slow on the trout. Did manage two nice keeper flounder, but lost 3 at the boat. Stumbled into a school of tailing reds at dark, that was fun.

10/23/11

A short gig trip last night. Windy and tough, only got a few.

10/23/11

Afternoon trip today. 4 fat keeper flounder out of 30, and some small trout with one being a keeper. A fun 3-4 hours.

10/22/11

Gig charter last night. Stuck 16 and the biggest was around 6 pounds.

 

10/18/11

It was a little slow today with an advancing cold front. Managed a couple keeper flounder and a nice speck. Lost a couple nice flounder.

10/17/11

We caught some very nice specks on a charter today. We did not kill them, but we caught quality fish. 2-4 pound specks and the biggest red was 26" and 8 pounds.

10/16/11

Gigging charter last night done very well. Went home with 20 flatties!!


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