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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Red (D)Rum

Just before the last front blew in, Meghan and I made it out to look for drum. I hadn't been out yet due to all of the Marine schools and commitments I have had so far this year. We paddled around all day looking, but not seeing, a single drum. Meghan looked at me and pointed to a storm coming in, and we made the call to leave before we got stuck out on the barrier islands.

Just as we turn to leave, I call to Meghan and launch my Hogy swim bait into the center of a huge school I spotted. I hook up immediately, and Meghan gets close enough that she casts in and hooks up as well. I land my first quickly and cast back into the school for another. Meghan lands hers as I get my second into the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140. We snapped some pics and got three seperate release citations just as the storm crushed us. Even with a near slack current, what should have taken just under an hour took almost two paddling back in.

Sight Casted Striper the next day!

Tuna Tuesday

Lee and I have been patiently waiting for a day to tuna fish. The reports from Oregon Inlet were unbelievable, we saw a weather opening on a Wednesday, but we decided it was best to wait until we were both off work and didn't have to burn a vacation day. I've been saving mine for when the White Marlin show up, and he is saving his for the much anticipated upcoming birth of his daughter.

The reports rolled in with limits of yellowfin and big eyes filling the decks of boats, with docks lined with Mahi. We knew we were missing out on a major opportunity and Lee said, "its worth it lets go." On the following Tuesday we got our shot, with the crew of Duane, Lee, Kyle and myself. We aimed Southeast and beat the fleet to the rip. We immediately troll a grass line and start hooking small mahi and skipjack tuna.

While working a line that kept popping the outrigger, I felt a sudden "weight" on the line. I tried to force it forward to the clip and immediately had the line pull, followed by the 50 wide bucking to life and letting us know we had a solid tuna on. Duane took the wheel, and once in range, Lee put the 55lber yellowfin tuna over the rail.

 Kyle with one of many solid gaffers

 Kyles gaff shot in between the eyes!

 Lee's yellowfin!

With the fish box full of tuna and Mahi we made the run back through the shoals of OI. What a great day with friends.

Fishing Info: Water temp high 70s, working a weed line along the rip with med ballyhoo paired with seawitches.

Monday, December 12, 2016

King for a Day

With a last minute weather opening Lee and I exchanged a couple of texts and a road trip was in the plans. The king bite had been good so with pictures of silver missiles in our heads we made plans. The only issue is we didn't have a big enough cast net to come up with enough live bait, fortunately Good Times Sportfishing knew Al and Lee so were more than willing to help. Of course just before they called us over my livewell pump stopped working and the well was dry. I flipped the switch and nothing.. I opened my hatch to get to the pump but everything  looked like it was hooked up and nothing should be wrong. Lee suggested the fuse but it checked out as well. In a last ditch effort to ensure we had live bait I worked on my switch behind the panel and with pressure it came on. I couldn't get it to stay so I asked for some copper wire for the ballyhoo and I used it to ensure a firm connection inside the switch, then used electrical tape to make sure there were no shorts with a portion of the hot wire still exposed. The charter fleet had trouble finding the bait but these guys stayed longer to ensure we had bait, I cant say enough about the quality of guys they are (see their report on the link SMOKERS). They even told us to find them offshore if we ran out, real class guys. 

With bait in the Contender we ran out in 2 foot chop to a wreck we were hoping held some kings. It did and we began drifting and catching almost immediately. 

Lee with the big fish of the day right off the bat!

My first king of the trip.

Meghan's big king.

Mixed in were some giant little tunny!

Al with a king while Lee leaders in one of mine still on the line. 

Started jigging to see if I could trick one!

Meghan on the gaff shot.

Using Als rod and jig I nailed this king so naturally I was telling him how its done haha. 

One of Meghans little tunny.

It was awesome to get out and try something we had never tried  before. Overall we ended the day by 1:30 but had our limit by noon. I cant say enough about the crew of Good Times, with out them we couldn't have gottten it done. Keep up wit them on their facebook page.

A word of caution, follow someone out that knows the area well. The shortcut is a surf launch and the inlet is constantly changing and moving, its sketchy in good conditions.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wet and Wild with Wildy

When Evan with Wilderness System Kayaks reached out to ask if I was interested in heading down to the keys for a promotional shoot for their new Radar 115 and 135, there wasn't really anything else I could say other than 'Hell Yeah.'

Check out some of the footage!

Meghan also joined me on this trip and was able to sight cast, hook and land her first bonefish with the help of Bo Sellers of Shallowminded Charter Company! It wasn't just a check on her fishing bucketlist, but an experience of a lifetime. Oh, and she also got in the water to scare off a 5' blacktip shark that was coming for the second bonefish of the day. All in all, it was an awesome adventure for everyone involved.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Deep Drop

Once my busy life and winds matched up, I jumped at the chance to get offshore again. Our buddy Shane texted Lee that he wanted to go deep dropping. Since Meghan and I had never done it, and Lee had done it a few times, it was an obvious "let's do it." We met up at 4 a.m. for the long haul offshore, but man when I heard the engines turn over it brought a smile to my face.

We started wreck hopping on the way out, picking up Black Sea Bass at each honey hole. Meghan was a natural and put Lee and Shane to shame for a while. But we know better than to count them out and they soon started catching up.

A pair of Mola Mola aka Ocean Sunfish or a "Jay it's a Bebe Wheeal"

David Leslie hails us on the radio and stops by to give us some numbers where everyone smoked the bluelines and solid class of seabass.

Citation Tile for Lee

Citation Tile for Shane

We tried another spot for Blueline Tilefish but only hung a few seabass until Lee hangs into something real nice. I look up and he is up current stretched out. Shane handles the boat when they say its a shark and we assume its a blue dog, right until Lee sees its tail and says "that's a Mako, son." I still wasn't sold until it started doing some arial acrobatics jumping out of the water. Lee pulls him in, I gaff it quick and we throw it in the icebox before it can start going crazy on the boat.

With the time running out we pick up and run in by 3 p.m. with over 200lbs of meat in a stuffed fish box.

What A Day.