Florida Fishing Report/ Bone fishing Charter
December Gulf stream Trip
Had a great trip with a father and son from Wilmington on Sunday. The weatherman was very kind with flat seas all day. We ran 40 mph out and back. The water temp at the break was 78.5 with blue water but for some reason the fish had shutdown. The wahoo bite has been good a couple days earlier but not today. Talked to a lot of boats with no strikes. We had a couple of cut offs in the morning and cover a lot of ground. Finally, we had a nice Mahi hit on a weed line but threw the hook at the boat. Later we had a couple of bonita hits and then the strike we waited a long time for. The long rigger went off and the line peeled off then a couple of white water head shakes and more line went off the spool. Ran him down and then at the boat he start with more head shakes. I stuck him green with the 10 ft gaff and he wrapped it around the boat. The fish ended up on the deck but the gaff looked more like a C-shape than a gaff. We had a few more hits for the next hour but couldn't keep the hooks in the fish. Headed back around 4:00 to a flat calm sea. Although we did catch a lot of fish the Wahoo weighed in at 49 lbs. In addition, we must have seen at least 25 turtles at the stream and a few porpoise on the ride in.
Fishing Report 12-10-2006
Took advantage of the great weather yesterday and did a little bottom fishing. I also brought the Bluefin gear just in case. Went to the School House to try to jig up bait for grouper fishing. We found large schools of Spanish sardines and while we were jigging up bait we noticed a large splash in one of the bait schools. Then the Bluefin started crashing the bait and it looked like hand grenades going off. We saw 3 come out of the water and they ranged from 100 lbs to over 300lbs. We put out the big rods and trolled for a couple of hours but not hits. It was worth just seeing them. Headed out 30 miles and bottomed fished. The bottom fishing was good but we worked hard moving around. It wasn't the slay job of a few weeks ago but we ended up with 2 large gags 20 lbs, 5 keeper Reds 8 to 10 lbs, and 12 grunts/snappers and 1 large AJ. We also had another 6 short Reds. The ocean was flat but cold on the way in and we ran 45 mph.
Fishing Report 8 Nov 2006
Tournament Report Fall Brawl
11-05-2006 We fished the last
tournament of the year on
Sunday since the weather was
supposed to be better but as
usual the weatherman was wrong
on both days. Winds were NE 15
to 20 with 4 to 5 ft seas.
Caught plenty of blues for
bait and headed to the
Horseshoe. Had plenty of
action but all were small fish
for a while. Then we started
getting hits on 2 to 3 lb blue
fish but couldn't keep the
hooks in them or they were
biting through the mono ahead
of the leaders because the
blues would run forward when
the kings hit them. The best
we could do was a small 9 lb
fish but David won 3rd place
Jr. Angler which says how bad
the fishing was for everyone.
Fun Fishing for Grouper 11-11-2006
I went fun fishing with a couple of Friends on Reel Adjustment Captain Chris Branco/Carlton Clark. We had a blast with one of the best grouper bites I have been on in a while. Final count was limits of gags (6 fish over 90 lbs total weight) and 9 Reds (over 75 lbs total). We also had plenty of throw backs and a 7 ft Tiger shark. Needless to say if you want to catch grouper now if the time give me a call.
Tournament Report - Wrightsville Beach KMT
We fished the WBKMT on Saturday. This was a captains choice tournament and you could fish Friday or Sat. As it turns out the weatherman was wrong both days as usual. Friday it blew hard SW and Sat we woke up to NE winds 15 to 20 and the seas built all day 5 to 6 footers. Fished around the Cabbage Patch. We had a few small fish and large Spanish in the morning. We did catch about a 20 lb fish and then around 2:30 we had a large fish come through the baits. It was one of the best strikes this year. We watched him swim by the short baits several times surfing the large waves. Then he turned around at max speed and skied out of the water with the bait hanging out of his mouth. He stripped 400 yards and we ran him down in the large seas. I quick gaff shot and in the bag. We finished 7th place 32.1 lbs out of 168 boats. Dave won 3rd place SKA Jr. Angler and another plaque for the wall.
Fishing Report 10/22/2006
Had a 3/4 day on Sunday and
the wind was still blowing
hard out of the NE. Headed to
the Dredge wreck and started
fishing. We had lots of action
for a while and ended up with
7 nice kings. Moved out to the
School House area and found
acres of Bonita on the top
feeding. We hooked and very
large king while I was
dropping back a bait but a 300
yard run and he bit through
the wire leader. We had a lot
of strikes with Cudas and AJs
but couldn't get anything to
the boat. We did have plenty
of action. By the afternoon
the seas were calm and we
headed back at 40 mph.
Fishing Report 10/15/2006
Took my son David and a friend Rob on a bottom fishing fun trip on Sunday. The weather was nice with a light NW wind in the morning. Went to the 23 mile area and anchored right on the ledge loaded with bait. The grouper did not want to cooperate but Rob did manage to get 1 nice 13 lb gage. We had a few more bites that broke us off. Then the long line with a small pogy started screaming and David took the rod. After the 2nd time the fish almost dumped the spool it was obvious this was not a king. The fish took a long run on top and David worked him back to the boat. I got a good look as it came to the boat around 30 feet down and it was a very large Yellow fin tuna. Unfortunately, he also saw the boat and headed for the horizon. We were about to drop the anchor and my small #4 treble hooks finally straightened out. This was the one that got away. Moved off shore a few miles and still could not find any Gages that wanted to eat. We did find a good bit of small kings but the Cudas ate them before we could get them in the boat. Moved out to a 33 mile area and had good action on the Red grouper but most were shorts. Rob did battle with a monster AJ that we took a couple of pictures and released. David had a nice Cobia to the boat that spit the hook just out of gaff range. Headed back to the inlet in flat calm seas. The water temp at 33 miles was still 79 degrees.
Fishing Report 10-05-2006
We did a little
pre-fishing before the US Open KMT.
Headed down the beach to Southport
and the river channel. Caught
monster pogies around Bald head
Island and starting fishing around
the old Sea buoy area. Had a fish on
in the 1st 5 minutes and we stayed
busy until we left. Final count was
7 nice kings and 1 large Spanish. We
probably had 30 strikes with fish
skying on baits and cutting pogies
in half. It was typical fall fishing
at Southport when the fish are in
Fishing Report US Open KMT (Friday/Sat) There were well over 300 boats signed up to fish and I think most fished the River channel area. We had a good 2 days of fishing with lots of action. We caught bait both days early which was a accomplishment the 2nd day due to the weather. The biggest fish we weighed was 26.45 lbs which put us in 40th place. Respectable but not the 3rd place we finished last year. With everyone fishing the same area it was the luck of the draw but there were plenty of nice fish caught. I think there were over 20 plus fish over 29 lbs.
The fall fishing is starting to heat up and the grouper should be moving in around 20 miles. We may try a fun trip on Sunday for grouper stay tuned.
Fishing Report 1 Oct 2006
Fished with Captain Mike Jackson aboard the "Liveline" along with Jeff Pittman and Bill Hicks on this beautiful Sunday. We left the dock about 0730 and had our lines in the water soon after that. Lots of bait around the artificial reef we fished and soon hooked up with a nice cuda. It was straight action after that, several Kings, cudas, lots of AJ's and even a nice dolphin which we lost after displaying some great tail dancing. Tried for Gag Grouper but only minimal luck on that. One thing about the Captain, he is a true professional, and you are treated like royalty aboard his boat. All you have to do it sit back, relax and catch fish. Thanks again Mike, and we hope to see you again soon .
Had a full day and the winds would not let up. The swell dropped a little over night so it was better than Sat. Went to Carolina Beach and found the shrimp boats and caught 2 sharks pretty quick. Decided to head offshore and stopped around 12 miles but the water was still off so we moved out to the School House area. The winds still blew 20 mph but the seas stayed around 4 ft. We had lots of action all day. We had 5 or 6 king strikes but were only able to get 1 full king in the boat. The baracudas ate the rest. We had 2 teenagers get eaten next to the boat and a cuda almost jumped in the boat while trying to eat a king, in fact he got me wet with the splash. The king we boated was 25 lbs a nice fish. Then we started getting double headers on large cudas. We hooked over 12 large cudas and 3 were eaten by sharks next to the boat. It was a cool site watching the cudas get eaten by a large shark. We did weigh in one for a citation 27 lbs and released others in that same size range. Final count was 3 kings (2 were 1/2s), around 12 cudas lost count and a nice AJ.
Had a 1/2 day trip on Sat and the weatherman did not help. The winds blew 15 to 20 SE with a large swell. Had a father and 2 young men from Raleigh. Tried for sharks off the beach but no shrimp boats working so no sharks. Headed out to a 5 mile wreck but the water was off and no bait. Went out to the 10 mile rock area and trolled downwind due to the large seas. Go a little busy around 11:30 when the feed time was predicted. Ended up with 2 decent kings and a couple of sharks.
Tournament Update Atlantic Beach KMT
We fished the Atlantic Beach KMT last weekend. My normal crew couldn't fish so we teamed up with the Reel Greedy Team, Randell and his father George and myself and son David. We fished aboard Randell's new 35 ft Scarab with triple 250 Yamaha 4 strokes. I was glad to be on a bigger boat on Friday with 6 to 8 footers on the east side. The fishing was very tough with the east winds and full moon. We managed a 26.25 lb fish that finished in 7th place out of 350 boats. There were only 52 fish weighed in the 1st day and 40 the 2nd day. We had 4 fish in 2 days over 20 lbs but couldn't get the winner. My son David caught the Jr Angler fish and won 1st place in the tournament and 1st place SKA Jr. Angler. Had a great time despite the rough weather and slow fishing.
Fishing Report 9/3/2006
Had a 1/2 day with a
group of guys down from Conn. The weather
was nice with just a SW swell left over
form the storm. Headed out 20 miles to try
to find clean water off shore since
inshore was still cloudy from the storm.
Stopped at the Schools house and the large
pods of bait were gone. The AJs were
hungry so we got our morning work out.
Everyone caught at least one and we lost a
few in the wrecks. Had a couple over forty
pounds and they gave a great battle. Tried
to do a little slow trolling around the
wrecks but even the Baracuda were not
interested. Moved over to some ledges and
had a late season Cobia around 20 lbs eat
the long bait. He did a lot of jumping and
head shaking and finally threw the hook
close to the boat. The water is still
green and murky form the storm, hopefully
it will clean up over the next week.
Had a great trip with a father and son from Minn and uncle from Charlotte. The weatherman was correct for a change with light South winds and seas. Headed to Carolina Beach inlet to work around the shrimp boats to start. Most had went in early but we did catch a double header before the last boat went in the inlet. Released 2 75 lb Sandbar sharks. Went off shore to the Dredge wreck but the weed was impossible. Moved off shore to some 20 mile ledges and found a great weed line at around 18 miles. Fished for about 1 mile but no action. Started fished the live bottom/ledges with schools of bait on top but no action. Finally, the down rigger went screaming off and we had a nice king hooked. Unfortunately, the Cudas ate everything except for the head before he came to the boat. This was a good mid twenty lb fish. Moved over to the School House with large pods of bait everywhere. The Cudas were hungry. I lost track of how many we hooked but at least 10 to 12. We did have 2 more king bites around the bait but only managed to get 1/2 of a teenager in the boat and the Cudas got the rest. Also caught 2 Mahis and saw a Sailfish killing one of the pogies I through over board when changing out the baits. Over all a lot of action and fun to watch the action around the bait schools with packs of 15 to 25 Cudas working the bait.
Tournament Update FLW 2nd NC Divisional KMT 8/19/2006
Fishing Report Saturday 8/20/2006
Had a return group from NJ and the weatherman did his normal report. The predicted light SW winds turned into 10 to 20 and then into 15 to 25 by the end of the day. Started the day 10 miles out of Wrightsville beach but the weeds and wind made in hard to fish. We decided to run to Southport since the bite was so good yesterday but what a difference a day makes. When I turned the corner at Baldhead in the channel the wind was blowing 15 to 25 with 6 to 8 footers in the channel. Moved over to Youpon reef and caught a nice king and a couple of other strikes and a small Black tip shark. Moved out to the river channel but the water was dirty with no kings and bait. Finally, jumped the shoals to the Cabbage Patch and caught 2 more teenagers in just a few minutes then the wind picked up and the weed moved in. Made the long run back to the inlet. We tried hard for a few kings but the weather/weeds did not help.
Tournament Update 8/5/2006 GE/Corning Industrial KMT
Fishing Report 8/1/2006
Greater Wilmington KMT Tournament Update
Fishing Report 7/25/2006
This was one of those days that
leave you scratching your head. I tried every trick
to get a king to eat but nothing. Not sure if the
front that stalled off the coast shut them down but
hopefully they will decide to eat again soon.
Tournament Report : 7/22/2006 King of the Cape, South port NC
As usual on tournament morning we
were greeting with 15 to 25 mph SW winds. Caught bait
in the dark and headed out Carolina Beach inlet at
sunrise. Started off shore and decide to fish the
inlet for a while. Made a few passes around the inlet
and sea buoy but no action or bait. Decided to head
offshore and pound our way out to the 30/30 area. The
1st 6 miles were not too bad but it got worse. Started
fishing around 9:00 and had some action. A lot of cut
offs and small fish with sharks mixed in. Finally,
caught a teenager but the winds never let up all day.
A small school of fish must have moved over the ledge
because we had multiple hits but they were only 4 to
lb fish. At around 2:30 I was changing out a short
bait and dropping back a fresh pogy when the line
started screaming off the spool. The fish took a lot
of line but saved plenty for around the boat. Finally
got the gaff in him after about 15 minutes and took a
few pictures and iced him down. The fished weighed
26.05 lbs and good enough for 9th place out of 121
boats. David won the Jr. Angler award and 1st place
SKA Jr. Angler. he also won the youth cast net contest
(3rd year in a row, he has a bigger collection of nets
than me). Overall a great tournament and Jerry
Dilsaver does a outstanding job putting it together.
Fishing Report 7/19/2006
Fishing Report 7/17/2006
Had a late season Gulf Stream trip with 6 young guys from the Wilmington/UNCW area. The 1st 40 miles out was nice but the NE winds picked up the last 20 miles. Started trolling in about 140 feet of water but the weed was impossible to fish. We fought threw the weeds and started catching small Mahi. Eventually had all the lines get hit and we brought the whole school in behind the boat. Started catching them on light tackle as quick as you could put out a line. Headed out to the drop and deeper water with a few more Mahi hits. Could not locate the larger Mahi and trolled south from the Same Ole area to the Steeples. The weed was the biggest issue all day but when we weren't around the weed no strikes. Over all a great day with lots of action just a little slow in the middle of the afternoon. Fished until 5:00 and headed in at 40 mph.Final count was 17 to 20 small Mahi and played with a couple of Dolphins at the end of the day next to the boat.
FLW North Carolina Division Tournament Update 7/15/2006
We fished the 1st of 3 NC Divisional FLW King Mackerel Series tournaments on Sat. This is limited to 100 boats and a different way of running a tournament. We enjoyed the change and had fun. We were greeted to 15 to25 mph winds Saturday morning. We checked out as boat #85 and headed up the river to Carolina Beach inlet. We already caught bait in the dark so we didn't have to get bait with a lot of other boats. Once we cleared the inlet we decided to make the run to the 30/30. This was not a fun ride for the last 10 miles. Finally arrived a the ledge and had hook ups immediately unfortunately we caught 2 6 lb Spanish. Finally the down rigger went off and caught a small king. At the time I didn't think too much of the fish because he was only about 10 lbs. The wind picked up and slow trolling was impossible. We anchored with most of the other boats fishing and started chumming. As usual we were greeted with a 6 foot Tiger shark who eventually ate 2 baits. He was fun to watch because the waves were so big when he would chase a bait to the top he would come 1/2 way out of the water. We stuck it out all day and started slow trolling once the waves dropped to a 4 to 5 ft. There were only 3 boats left at the ledge a we watch the 1st place fish get caught a few hundred yards away. Made the run back to Southport and weighed in our 12 lb fish. I was very surprised to find out we finished 18th out of 100 boats. This goes to show you what the weather can do to shut down a king mackerel bite.
Fishing Report 7/11/2006
Tournament Update Got-Em-On Carlina Beach KMT
Fishing Report 7/3/2006
Had a opportunity to do a father/son trip today so we headed to Frying Pan Tower to see if we could find a African Pompano for David. Unfortunately they did not want to cooperate but everything else did. We had action all day and lots of fun. Released around 15 to 20 kings all very small 7 to 10 lbs but good action. Had a double header of Mahi, 6 to 7 AJs and the big fish of the day was the 1st line in the water. This was the largest Cuda I have seen, David did a great job landing the beast. He jumped 6 or 7 times and fought hard for 25 minutes. We took a few pictures (no way for David to hold it so we took on one the deck with him) and measured him before we released him. He was 58 inches long with a 28 inch girth. I would estimate him around 50 lbs.
Tournament Report Jolly-Mon 6/25/2006
Fished the Jolly Mon on Sunday and the weatherman change the forecast as usual from 10 to 15 to small craft over night. Caught bait around Carolina Beach and headed to Lockwood Inlet so we could run to the Jungle area. Came out the inlet to 4 to 5 footers but ran 30 mph to the Jungle. By the time we started fishing the winds had picked up and rain showers surrounded the area. Decide to anchor up and chum because slow trolling was impossible. We caught 3 small fish and then had a 10 to 12 foot Tiger start hanging around the boat. After he ate my 3rd king rig I decided to have some fun. I tied on one on my heavy shark leaders on a 6/O with 50 lb test. Rigged up a fresh dead pogy and waited. It didn't take long before he returned and I feed him like a dog 2 feet from the side of the boat. I set the hook and it was on. He tried to head shake the hook out around the boat for about 25 seconds and then decided to head for the horizon. I fought him for about 10 minutes but he started heading towards the kings lines out the stern of the boat so I broke him off. This was the 2nd largest Tiger I have seen in NC. Not a great start to the tournament season. You have to take the good with the bad.
Fishing Report 6/24/2006
Had a return trip with some of our troops from Bragg. A great group of guys that come out to have lots of fun regardless of whether the fish cooperate. Left the inlet and headed towards the shoals. We had a very large swell and a little SE wind. Fished at the 30/30 area hoping to find cleaner water and some action. There were plenty of tournament boats fishing but the action was slow. We did manage a couple of decent kings and had a nice 25 lbs Cobia. Also a couple of sharks to break up the slow action in the middle of the day. Moved over to the Dredge wreck to find it void of life. It is amazing what a east wind does to the fishing.
Fishing Report 6/22/2006
Had a full day trip and the weather was perfect (I thought). The seas were flat and the winds light but from the east. Tried several spots from 18 to 25 miles with no results. The ocean looked sterile. Not bait on the ledges and no fish. Finally, ran off shore around 35 miles and found some activity with a large school of Spanish feeding on bait. Finally, the prop wash bait got hit with a nice king and he was off to the races. We had a few more hits and kings and then the down rigger went off smoking into the distance and going off shore. After about 15 minutes our nice king became a snack for a very large shark. The angler tried to fight the shark on 20 lb tackle and after a very long battle he broke off. Late in the afternoon around 4:00 the bait came back up and we got on a pretty good king bite for about 30 minutes. Not a action packed day but when I got back to the dock and heard how bad everyone from the Gulf stream to inshore had done I can
see why we had to work so hard.
Fishing Report 6/18/2006
Fishing Report 6/16/2006
Fished a 1/2 day trip with a group from West Virginia and Florida. The
weather was great for a change with light winds and seas. Headed out 18
miles to the School House area trying to find clean water. Due to the
rain and wind from the storm the ocean was a mess. 1st trip over the
wreck we caught a 25 lb Cobia on the down rigger. Had a few other
strikes but very slow with almost no bait on the wrecks. Went to some 20
mile ledges and caught some small kings but had a lot of short strikes
that missed the hooks. Went back to the wrecks and played with the AJs
until no one wanted to hook another fish. The hardest fighting fish in
the ocean even on heavy tackle. Ended the day with a nice Cobia hook up
on a king rod. Unfortunately we lost him at the boat due to a equipment
malfunction. 25 minute fight and he was 35 lbs plus. He will be around
for the next trip.
Tournament Update 6/14/2006 Tail walker Offshore Challenge Georgetown, SC
Traveled to Georgetown, SC for our 1st tournament of 2006
last Wed afternoon. Set up to do a little pre-fishing and bait scouting
Thursday morning and was greeted with SW winds 15 to 25 mph and 3 to 5 ft
seas. In addition, there was no bait around the inlet. The discussion around
the dock the night of the captain's meeting was the lack of fish around
Georgetown and no bait. Checked out Friday morning and headed north based on
some information that there was some bait 20 miles north on the beach. We ran
with 6 other boats for 30 plus miles and never saw anything on the beach. We
decided to play hero or zero and head to the Cape Fear River channel to find
bait and try to catch a big fish in the channel. We made the very long run and
finally caught bait offshore of Bald head Island. We fished the channel and
managed to catch a 54 lb Cobia. We fished our way south the rest of the day
looking for a king. Day #2 started like the previous 2 days looking for bait.
We got lucky working with some other boats and found 1 school of pogies in 25
ft of water south of the inlet. We fished an area around Cape Romain shoals.
Had some good action in the morning and manged a 19.87 lb king. Not a money
winner but in the top 30. Almost all of the money fish came from Charleston.
However, we did have the largest fish in the tournament with the cobia and won
the bonus cobia money.
Fishing Report 5/25/2006 Gulf Stream
We took a shot and went to the stream even though the weatherman said it was going to blow in the afternoon. He was right for a change and it was SW most of the day and by 3:00 it was 5 to 7 ft with plenty of white caps. The trip was worth it because we had 14 Mahi and 2 Wahoo. Most of the Mahi were gaffers and we have one bull around 30 lbs. The Wahoo were OK aroung 20 lbs. Even though there was no weed to work we stayed in fish most of the day with double headers and we had 4 on at once with the school behind the boat. Overall a great trip and the stream is at its best. If the weather will cooperate we will go again this weekend. Give me a call if you want to catch one of the best game fish - MAHI.
Finally a day when the wind was not blowing and we went to the
stream. Last minute change by a client so I went with my son and a
couple of fishing friends. We had a great day with lots of action. The
final count was 17 Mahi and a 54 lb Yellowfin tuna that David caught. We
caught every fish we hooked which is a great day at the stream. The
disappointing part was that we had a school of 60 to 100 Mahi around the
boat and they would not eat even cut bait. The minute we started
trolling 3 lines went off. There was a lot of weed line and action on
top with Mahi jumping chancing flying fish. The next couple of weeks
should be outstanding at the stream.
Fishing Report 3/25/3006
Had a short near shore trip today with some guys in town to watch basketball. The weatherman was right on the temps cold but the wind let off and it stayed pretty flat. We bottom fished at a near shore artificial and had a lot of action but it was hard to find keeper size sea bass. The guys stayed busy all morning and caught a couple of keepers, 3 sharks and many throw backs.
Fishing Update 3/13/2006
The Gulf Stream has started early as we thought with the warmer than usual winter the waters have warmed up at the break. Yellowfin, Blackfin and Wahoo were caught over the weekend. I went with a friend on another boat for a fun trip. We had a wahoo, a blackfin and a king mackerel in 220 feet of water (he must have been lost). Most of the good bites were south of us we fish north out of New River inlet but the water was bright blue and 75.5 degrees. If the weatherman gives me a break with the wind I am going to the stream on board Live Line this week and we will see how the new 300 HPDIs do.Give me a call if you are interested in getting out to the fishing grounds quickly and spend the day fishing rather than riding. I can't offer a comfortable saloon to sit in but I can get to the fishing grounds quickly and spend more time fishing. We also stop the boat when we hook up and allow the angler to fight the fish from a dead boat rather than dragging them in on heavy tackle with the boat moving.