Memorial Day is coming fast
April 30, 2021 Hampstead 3 photos
We're one day away from May 1... which means we're getting close to Memorial Day weekend. Charters usually book up fast over the long, holiday weekend, because almost everything is running in the local waters, from Spanish mackerel to kings to cobia. In the meantime, even this early in May, the reports on Spanish, bluefish, false albacore, and even some Atlantic bonito have been pouring in from all up and down the coast. The boats venturing a little further offshore are coming in with king mackerel as well. It's a great time to go fishing! Look us up!
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Other reports from this captain
Other reports from this captain
June 13, 2021
Took a group of active duty Army guys out for a half-day charter. Planned to get offshore and look for some kings, but with 15mph northeasterly winds at sunrise, the ocean was far too rough to run far. Made a shift in the plan and trolled frozen cigar minnows over some nearshore structure. First strike was on the downrigger, and looked like a pretty solid fish, taking a lot of line in an initial run, and giving our angler a real battle... his first time with a big, saltwater species. Sadly, just before the fish came to the boat, it threw the hook and swam off. Another short strike followed a few minutes later, but did not hook up. The downrigger went off again, and I could tell by how it went off that we had a shark. Turned out to be about a 2-1/2' Atlantic Sharpnose... a fun catch, but not the target species. If he'd been a little bigger, though, he'd have gone in the ice box. Those are really tasty fish! Things got slow until we picked up a king on one of the surface lines. This one came into the boat, but was, sadly, one inch short of legal size. This would also be the last king for the morning, as things really slowed down. The seas were really making it hard to do much of anything, so we decided to run inshore and try to catch some Spanish mackerel. The guys wanted to take something home to eat, and Spanish are a great option. It was slow going at first, until we finally found the hot spot. I had already extended the trip, but clouds were building and the seas were getting rougher, so we pulled in the lines with 17 Spanish on ice. These guys were a real hoot to fish with, and kept me cracking up for pretty much the whole day.
Rough seas and good fishing
June 12, 2021
2021 wind and weather has not been kind so far, but on Saturday I had a couple of troopers willing to take the big rollers in stride during a half day charter. In return, we were able to get on a pretty good run of Spanish mackerel. The seas subsided throughout the morning, and it turned into a really pretty day. Due to the conditions, we were not able to run far offshore, so we spent the time trolling spoons along the beach. Finished out the trip with a scenic run down the Intracoastal Waterway, and got everyone back home before the rain set in.
Rough Day on the Water
May 31, 2021
Never trust the weather forecast when the wind is out of the north/northeast... at least not around these southeastern NC waters! Forecast for subsiding seas and diminishing winds was a pipe dream, as we got out on the water with Jacob and his wife, Gabrielle for a half-day trip. Jake is an active duty Marine, but both he and Gabrielle demonstrated true Devil Dog grit as we worked through very choppy seas and chilly winds through the morning. Perseverance and a can-do attitude made all the difference. Thankfully, we were able to find the fish and put some Spanish Mackerel on the boat, trolling close in to the beach to get out of the worst of the wind and waves. At the end of our half-day trip (slightly extended), we came into Wrightsville Beach and made the scenic cruise back up the Intracoastal Waterway to the home dock in Hampstead.
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