Today's trip was a make-up from yesterdays early AM thunderstorms. We had calm seas and lots of hot action at Christina's Ledge. Good King bite with a few Spanish mixed in.
- Capt. Mike Wells
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I took over the helm this afternoon from Capt. Brant and guided a crew from Chapel Hill to an excellent live bait fishing adventure. We fished just inshore of the Shark Hole and had 2 nice kings and 4 dolphin including one release. Unfortunately we kept tradition going by having a story for the one that got away. We were able to successfully bring a kingfish in the low 30's right to boatside before he opened his mouth, shook his head and sent the hooks flying. Oh well, we got to see her and we would have cut her loose anyways.
Capt. "cool daddy" Stan had a great day of flounder fishing in the backwaters today. Small pogies were the hot bait today used on the drift and at anchor. Ended up with 4 keepers with 2 around 3lbs each. Check out the smile on this little guy's face. Way to go!
A great day to be on the water. Found plenty of veteran size pogies right at Shallotte inlet this morning then headed offshore to the 17 mile rock area. There was not much holding in the area but we did manage to capture a stud king mackerel weighing around 25 lbs. Good to know I can still catch one. After that, we moved to a nearby wreck and battled amberjacks until my charter's arms could not move on their own. Just as we were about to leave Mr. Cobia showed up and we were able to land a nice 20 lber. Plenty of fun and action as usual live bait fishing on the Carolina Contender.
Had an all day trip yesterday and traveled the high seas all the way to 38 miles out and had little luck. We caught one King early at the Jungle and the rest of the day only produced one Barracuda and a few Dog Sharks. Today we fished the Lighthouse Rocks and caught Kings and several 4 to 5 pound Spanish along with the multitude of Sharks!!. That was a welcome improvement. Bait has been a little tricky, yesterday we gave up on pogies and jigged our bait, today we caught it on the OIB side of Lockwood Folly Inlet. "KINGSIZED" MULLET ARE SHOWING UP HERE AND THERE BEWARE!! Till next time!!
Today I fished a couple 7 hour trips in 15 to 25 mile range. The kingfish didn't cooperate too good with only a few bites in the morning, but ended up doing alright on some good bottom fish and the amberjack provided some great battles. On the afternoon trip, we hooked and fought for close to an hour on heavy tackle what I believe to be an enormous jack. Unfortunately, the line finally broke as darkness was approaching. The one that got away! The big story of the day though was the sudden appearance of fall! That's right, the silver mullet's were running yesterday morning right on the beach just outside of Shallotte inlet. October is coming!
Boy, We have had some rough weather here lately!! I have not been on the water many times in the last week as my Contender is in for some TLC. I ran a couple of trips on the "Red Rider" which is my 2500 Hydra Sport which produced a few kings and a nice dolphin from the 7 mile boxcar area!! The Hydra Sport is now FOR SALE see boats for sale on the home page!!
Another great day on the water. Picked on a few Sharks until 10am when the bite turned on for Kings in the 12-25 pound range. Had 10 bites and caught 4 fish including a couple into the 20's- Caught the fish in 65 feet of water
Fished the afternoon and did good on King Mackerel in the 6-12 pound class and a few Sharks to boot. The seas were decent at 3 feet early but kicked up to 3-5 by late afternoon. Still plenty of bait on the beach and plenty of Kings to catch. Good fishing.
Had a 3/4 day trip this morning and started at the 65 foot hole. It was covered up with bait theiving and bait cutting 3 to 5 pound KINGS!! Had to get out of there after one nice Mahi. Moved to Atlantic Ledge to find a good stock of 12 to 15 pound Kings that were willing to feed rather aggressively!! Had a great day overall!! Will be back out Tuesday!! Bait was on the east side of Shallotte Inlet and easy to get!!
The Southwester had the seas pretty kicked up. We managed to get bait and fish the 90\90 and 65 foot hole areas all on one engine!! I experienced difficulties with my port engine this morning but the boat performed great on one engine. We managed 20 knots without making a prop change and caught Kings, Sharks, Mahi and Cobia. Our Kings were teenagers and didn't get us a big fat check but we got an "A" for EFFORT!! We will be back out tommorow so stay tuned!