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Outer Banks North Carolina Fishing Reports
What a great week of fishing
Striper fishing over the past week has been as good as it gets on the Outer Banks. Limits of fish have been boated most days with all being a nice class of fish. On Saturday, I had Mike Barwick and his buddies from Dinwiddie, VA. These guys wanted to try jigging rather than trolling. The fish were moving fast all day, but they managed to catch plenty of fish. On Sunday, it was my best trip all season. I got to take my son Bryce out for some action. He caught heís first Striper jigging. What a big smile on his face. It was priceless moment. I do have some dates still open for a Striper experience of a lifetime.
On a sad note, my friend Skip past away last week. I will always miss his fishing stories that I heard every time I saw him. Tight lines and far weather Skip.
After my last few fishing trips, I have lost a lot of my respect for the commercial trawl boat industry. Seeing two days in row of dead stripers floating in many areas just left me outraged, and to what these guys did to a fishery that has struggled the last few years here on the Outer Banks was just appalling. It seems anytime the NC Division of Marine Fisheries wants to close or reduced a fish catch in any fisheries, these are the first guys to complain. Now this year, the stripers show up in good numbers and they want to waste hundreds by culling small legal fish to keep a few bigger ones all in the name of a dollar. Sure itís legal, but is it morally right, NO. So, after many people took photos and videos of the fish kill, NCDMF changed the rules to help slow the waste, but itís not enough. Then NCDMF puts the blame only on one boat trawl boat and try to say the recreational fisherman kill just as many stripers. Yes I do cull fish, but mine swim away and if they donít, I keep them. Ok, enough of being on my soap box.
The fishing trips have from poor to excellent. The half day trips are not as productive as a full day, because I am limited on time to look for fish. Stripers are always moving and not always biting. Some days, itís an AM bite or a PM one and the next day it could be either, both or not at all, but thatís fishing. The weather has been a bit of a factor also. Sure I can fish on ruff days, but most clients wonít enjoy themselves, so I try to re-schedule them if possible for a great fishing experience. Thanks to everyone whoís been out and fished with me. I do have a few dates open, so call or email me for a day of fun.
The Striper fishing just doesn't get any better than it is right now. Twice this week, the state record has been broken. First its was 63, then 64lbs and who knows what will happen next week. The fish are feeding on big menhaden and geting bigger everyday. Last week, the bite was best in the morning, but this week it seems to be better in the afternoon. If you want to go catch fish, I would suggest at least a 3/4 day, but the best bet is a full day. Most fish are caught trolling, but a few have been boated jigging. Call or email me if you want to feel the burn in your arms.
Tight lines, Ray
After a long day of great fishing on the OBX, we get to witness a beautiful sunset. Striped Bass, AKA, Rockfish, are getting bigger and fatter ever day. Large schools of menhaden the size of your hand are helping some of the rockfish being caught to reach weights of 30,40, even 50lb class. Most of the fish have been caught trolling, but a few lucky anglers had caught them jigging and casting lures. With the mild weather we have had the past few weeks, fishing has been off the hook. Call or email me if your looking to catch some Stripers.
Headed out today with old clients John Barlow, Mark Knisely, & King Mackerel guru Jack Wood. It was a beautiful day on the water, except for too many boats. We caught fish all day long, keeping a nice limit and releasing all the rest. Most fish were 20-30lb class, but we did have a few small one. I do have open dates if your ready to go.