Atlantic bonito and Spanish mackerel are
May 02, 2021 Hampstead 3 photos

Trip Summary

Made a 1/2 day practice run today, getting ready for the 2021 charter season... and boy, what a workout! The Spanish mackerel have moved in, and from the looks of things, this should be a banner year! After a dozen Spanish, we started throwing them back. Still a lot of Atlantic bonito around too, although they'll be moving on as the water warms up... but that's OK, king mackerel are moving in right behind them. All fish were caught on the troll within 1 mile of the beach.
Phillip Loughlin
Hampstead, North Carolina, United States
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