Shane Britt (Britt's Bucktails) sent me these pictures of fish he caught between Lockwood & Shallotte. He said he caught a lot of short fish & a few keepers. Shane reports the best action has been trout & drum Sent from my iPhone
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Thought that I had finally found some real black drum. We have been catching 13 inch black drum from Little River to the Shallotte River, but not any big enough to keep. The new regulations on black drum in North Carolina only allows anglers to keep black drum between 14 to 25 inches with a creel limit of 10 fish per person per day. It is amazing how many we have caught just under the 14 inch mark. Regarless a 13 inch black drum will bend the rod and I have scaled down the gear to a five foot ultra light. As luck would have it scaling down the gear just about cost us a few good bites. Deanna drilled a 21 inch redfish on the ultra light and then landed three more black drum with the largest one at 21 inches. It was about all that 5 foot ultra light could handle. It was a pure joy to watch the fight unfold and to finally bring home some nice black drum! However, the bigger drum are not biting as consistent as the 13 inchers. Either way the little black drum are a blast on light tackle. See ya on the water!
Greyson and Timmy put the hammer down on the fish despite the ugly water conditions. Black drum, croaker, trout, flounder, and redfish all cooperated on this trip. We used everything in our arsenal to make it happen. Live shrimp on small number 6 hooks to live mullet pinned to a light 1/8th ounce jighead. The ole Carolina rig also produced a few bites with live mullet and live shrimp. Letting baits sit still and letting the predator fish find it has been the key. Taking it slow and being patient is what it takes to catch a few fish in these conditions. Thanks for fishing with me guys! See ya on the water!
Shane Britt fished from the Lockwood Folly to Shalotte he found a lot of short fish but a few keepers. Shane said red drum and trout were the main action.
Tommy Helms sent us this picture of 5 flounder and a catfish he caught. As is natural for Tommy he didn't reveal where. But most anglers know that the ICW starts becoming fresh water at the HWY 17 overpass in S.C. There are a fair amount of catfish and stripers caught along there. Be sure to have your S.C. freshwater and saltwater license if you decide to fish that area.
Thanks for the picture Tommy
Toby Grantham of Knightdale reeled in this 46 lb African Pompano while fishing off of Atlantic Beach, N.C. on May 11. The N.C. State Marine Fisheries has certified it as a state record. This article & picture came from the Carolina Plothound.
Kevin Sneed of "Rigged and Ready Charters" took this picture and described the ICW as looking like the Mississippi River. The charter captains are going to earn their keep.
The rain has given me an unwanted break, but I have caught up on a few other things. I have been scrolling through old pictures and videos trying to entertain myself during the last 4 days of rain. Things are looking pretty depressing as the rain continues to fall. There is no telling what kind of shape our fishing is going to be in once all this finally clears out. I can only look at history and look ahead at what is coming during the months of September and October. Man I can't wait! See ya on the water!
Picture one is from 2012 when Rocco joined the afternoon trip with Uncle Joe Serafini and cousin Al. The redfish were chewing. As you can see from the smile on my face. I was having just as much fun watching them catch them as they were having catching them. The second picture is our afternoon trip from this year. Natalie came along this time. Rocco decided to go to the water park. Joe and Al made quick work of some nice reds before the bite completely shut down on us. We made a move to catch flounder, but it just wasn't happening. My best excuse was the East wind shut us down. Still, it was just great spending time catching up with this family. See ya on the water!
First picture below is Rocco and Gino from our first trip together in 2011. I took Bill Sr., Bill Jr. and the two boys out for a little Spanish fishing. We caught a few for the dinner table then headed back in to catch several small flounder. The action was pretty steady just nothing big, but the boys had fun. The second picture is our second trip back in 2012. The redfish were biting! Rocco, Gino, and Mario all got a chance or two to feel the strength of a redfish on the end of the line. The third picture is our trip from this past week. I enjoy looking back at these pictures not because of the fish that we have caught. It has been a privilege to watch these boys grow and to see their passion grow for fishing. I have enjoyed my time on the water with the Serafini family and I look forward to next year. Thank you guys so much! See ya on the water!
Dr. Jeff Wallen took the lead in the Red Drum Division with a 6.6 lb 26" drum Friday. This puts Dr. Jeff in the catbird's seat in all the In Shore catagories.
Justin, Robert, and Ryan joined me for a half day morning trip last week. Fishing has been inconsistent at best lately. The redfish bit like bulldogs the day before in the afternoon. Capt. Jeff Williamson headed that way to check on the action. I decided to head in the opposite direction to check another area the fish had bit a few days earlier. We landed a trout, croaker and a bluefish before calling Capt. Jeff to share information. Capt. Jeff said the crickets were chirping at the redfish hole. He was moving to find the flounder action. We continued to steadily pick at the trout until the action slowed. We decided to make a few moves to find a line stretcher. Robert drew first blood on the redfish and made beautiful work of a 26 7/8 inch redfish. Justin and Ryan could only watch as Dad showed them how its done. Justin did hammer a nice 22 inch red a few minutes later. We couldn't get Ryan a redfish, but he did catch the biggest trout just over 4 pounds. Ryan also had a mystery opportunity that he tangled with for a few minutes. The fish took several yards of line before making a turn back toward the boat. It made two really good swirls on top, so I don't think it was a stingray. It acted more like a pretty good size shark, maybe a big red. Not sure! We will have to get him next year. Clemson fans have been saying that for five years now! Give me a high five! LOL! See ya on the water!
Here is picture of Garrett Williams catch at the 90’s, we were fishing alongside our good friends and neighbors Brent and Matt Elliot on a lake like day.
On follow up trip to Jolly man reef last Friday on our awesome new Shearwater, with Holden and Garrett, we experienced something we had never seen before. We were anchored and drifting pogeys on balloons when two Barracuda crashed some pitched baits next to the boat. One hooked up for short fight and cut off while the other monster skied 12 feet high over our T-Top and flew in the air some 40 feet crashing near one of our balloons. It was wild! We have three witnesses should we be threatened with trip to the Liars Club!
Thanks for the report Keith and just so you will know our Liar's Club is closed. :)