OUTER BANKS FISHING REPORTS - 2016

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  • 11/28/16

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Offshore with a family group from the Flint Michigan area. We had Jason Brower, Andy and Drew Putvin, with us for a try at some tuna's. We left the dock very early and had a comfortable/enjoyable steam offshore. Got the lines set out and it was almost immediate blackfin tuna action. We caught a yellowfin shortly thereafter and then the dreaded "they're getting a good yellowfin bite up North" call came over the radio! Should have just shut the radio off like I usually do and fish it out. But after a 45 minute lull in our bites, my nerves couldn't take it anymore. We turned North and started trolling that way. About at the half way point we hooked a nice yellowfin and lost it right at the stern.

    Now my final nerve was raw and we picked up and steamed the rest of the way up and wouldn't you know it (true to tuna fishing form) the bite shut off! Trolled around abit and headed back South to where I started the day, caught one yellowfin on the troll back down, but there was alot of "life" coming together now. Whales, two tone porpoise, birds, bonita, etc.... caught some albacore on the way back down. While we were making our way down, another yellowfin bite started exactly where we left from earlier in the day. Well that bite shut down when we finally arrived, should have come as no suprise. Dang tuna will make you pull your hair out some days. I violated Rule #1, never leave fish to find fish. Oh well, it was an absolutely beautiful day offshore, we caught some fish and saw lots of sea. Life is indeed good! Thank you guys for fishing with us today and hope to see you in the Spring for the Bull Mahi run.

    Was planning on this being our last trip of the season, but there is a pretty long, spread out line of yellowfin and bigeye tuna to our North that will end up here as the water cools. The ocean temperatures are changing quickly, just like they are supposed to. We got some folks that want to fish the second week of December, but a few more committed trips will make fishing through next month possible. Give us a shout if you are interested in some strong pulling against a rod.

  • 11/15/16

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    We headed offshore out of Oregon Inlet offshore with Tim White, Karl Fargo, Bill Conley and Vic Fasolino, mostly from the Beaufort NC area. Today was abit on the bumy side, but blackfin tuna, wahoo and some sharks kept our crew pretty occupied for the day. We lost one very nice wahoo fairly close to the boat, because he cut the leacer. Sure was a good pull for awhile though. Hope you guys enjoy your fish and thank you for fishing with us today.

  • 11/13/16

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Offshore with Mark Randall, Cody Watson, Richard Folk, Joe Watson, Ron Watson, all from the VA area and family of our mate Josh. Was meant to be a day to get out and spend some family time together. Blackfin tuna and king mackeral were the fish of the day. Had a nice ride out and back, with a beautiful day to fish. Thank you folks for fishing with us, hope to see you again.

  • 10/30/16

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Offshore with Christina Copeland, Shawn Ervi from he Elizabeth City area, long time friend Jim Zolzer, KC and Chris Hausmann from Salisbury NC and Loren Weber USN. Blackfin and yellowfin tuna was the catch today. Today's weather was nothing like yesterdays, it was a "hang-on Sunday". Our crew did great and got some fresh tuna loins for their efforts. Thank you folks or spending the day with us today. Half of today's crew were repeat customers, thank you for choosing us again! Take care and please come see us again.

  • 10/29/16

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    We headed offshore out of Oregon Inlet with Emily Slater, Diego Ruiz. Brantley Slater, Penny and Brian O'Brien from the Richmond Va area. These were some folks that fished with us earlier this year and wanted to try another day before winter set in. Excellent company they were, with a hand full of fresh tuna to take home. Thank you for spending the day with us, enjoyed having you back. A beautiful day it was!

  • 9/15/2016

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day morning inshore trip, ended up being a good time with some nice fish. We caught spanish mackeral, bluefish and albacore this morning. We were welcomed by a very red sky this , yep a Northeaster is on the way! We had Jim McMahon, Roger Tuttle, Don Tuttle, Sean McMahon and Gary Heim, from Ny/NC and Va. Thank you for spending the morning with us, hope to see ya'll again next year.

  • 9/14/2016

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Make-up offshore trip could not have been made on a calmer day. A beautiful ocean, willing fish and a boat load of friendly fishermen, what more could you ask for? We had Trent Rector from Mocksville NC, Lucas Renner and Greg Spencer from Washington PA, Dom Monica from Cal, Mark Waddell from Dodge City KS and Tim Skero with us this day. Thank you guys for coming out with us today, enjoyed the company for sure.

  • 9/13/2016

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Morning half day inshore, was an albacore kind of a day for us. Northeast wind was a little stronger than we expected, but Craig Foster and Judy Conn from Pittsburgh PA kept on fishin'. These albacore caught on light tackle provide for some very nice pulling! We caught one bluefish as we were fishing across the bar. Thank you folks for fishing with us this morning and we hope you enjoy the rest of your stay here on the OBX.

  • 9/12/2016

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    6hr inshore with an enjoyable family group from Richmond Va. We had Brian, Carla, Holly Louthan and Ian Hennman with us today. The fishing was a bit slower than we hoped for, but we did manage to have a good day fishing with some Spanish mackeral and albacore. We had some action with king mackeral too, one short, one lost at the stern and one that hit the planer itself cutting it off of the mainline. It was a very comfortable weather day and these folks were a pleasure to have aboard. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time here on the OBX, come see us again.

  • 9/11/2016

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Make-up trip 101........It's so simple a fisherman can do it! We generally have a "make-up" list during our fishing season. Not being able to afford the "whole boat", is a reality for many of us. We simply take the number of people that are available/able to fish during a particular day or week and try to get them together to share the expense. To figure out what fits into your budget, take the trip you desire and divide the cost by the number of folks onboard. The fish taken during these trips is divided equally, unless the charter decides differently. I took the liberty of taking the pictures of a couple recent "make-up" inshore/offshore trips and put them up on this post. Look, all smiles folk's!!!!!! It's really that easy and it makes for a good day fishin', instead of wishin'. We have the making of an awesome Fall, consider this your invitation!

  • 9/9/2016

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    We headed offshore out of Oregon Inlet with Chuck and Blake Eiwen from Fredricksburg/Richmond Va and John Goulart from San Jose Ca. This was our first day back after Tropical Storm Hermine and we found pretty good yellowfin tuna fishing. There was quite a mix of fish out there today, wahoo, bigeye tuna, skipjacks, scattered dolphin and plenty of sharks. One of our nicest yellowfins was eaten by a really big mako before we could get it to the boat. Did I mention a really big mako?????? It looks like we have a killer Fall season making up again. If you have great fishing on your "list of things to do", give us a call. Thank you folks for fishing with us, hope you enjoy those tuna loins on the grill!

  • 9/1/2016

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Offshore with Matt and Christine Sorace from Cleveland OH, Rick and Annelise Riege from New Kent Va. These two couples provided horsepower and some laughs for sure. We had a really enjoyable day on a flat calm ocean. Thank you folks for fishing with us today. Hope you have good "rest of your time" on the Outer Banks and we hope to see you again next time ya'll are in the area. You have some mighty good eating, because of your efforts.

  • 8/27/2016 PM

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Afternoon half day inshore was spent with a couple ladies from Toledo Ohio. We had Candy Broadman and Teri Herberger for this afternoon inshore trip. The spanish mackeral and bluefish were willing and our crew was too. I believe this was their first time out in salt water and there was rumor that they were gonna come back for bigger game! We hope to see ya'll again. Thank you for spending the afternoon with us. You did good!

  • 8/27/2016 AM

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Morning half day inshore started slow, but we ended up pulling it out! We had Dan, Rich and Connor Dougherty from Medford NY and Jim Clark from Albemarle NC with us this morning. Thank you fella's for fishing with us today, we hope you enjoy the rest of your stay here on the OBX. Come see us again next time you're in town.

  • 8/26/2016

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    We headed offshore out of Oregon Inlet with Joe Burkhardt Jr and Joe Burkhardt Sr, both from Fredrick MD today. We found a flat calm ocean and a few yellowfin tuna willing to bite, life is indeed good! Our crew was ready to get on with the program and we had a fairly steady day. We had several short fish, that put a pretty decent bend in the rod too! Thank you for spending the day with us, hope to see ya'll back soon!

  • 8/24/2016

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    6 hour inshore trip with a really fun "family/friend" group. Started out slow with some scattered bluefish and lizard fish, not everyone can say they caught a lizard fish! Started working our way deeper when we found some nice bait marks, but they were down on the bottom. Then this really nice albacore hit, this was alot of fun on light gear! We ended up steaming a few miles and started catching more albacore. This was an awesome crew and we enjoyed the day with them. We had Rob, Kyle and Jordan Hooten. Ben Poenisch, Marcus Collins and Tom Sullivan. All have Indianapolis roots. Thank you guys for fishing with us, hope to do it again sometime. We hope you enjoy the rest of your visit here on the Outer Banks.

  • 8/23/2016

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Offshore with Larry, Noah, Julia and Ben Gold from Katonah NY onboard. The day started out with us trying to catch a few amberjack, we found out that the sharks were looking for amberjacks too! OK, out goes the trolling spread, the bite was slow with short strikes from small blackfin tunas until we moved into shallower water. We had sailfish and white marlin bites and fish coming though the spread, all pretty cool stuff! We had a couple wahoo and a few dolphin bites, we ended up with three dolphin for the day. Not an epic bite, but an enjoyable day with a father, two sons and his daughter. Thank you for spending the day with us, hope to see you back next year. Enjoy the rest of your time here on the Outer Banks.

  • 8/19/2016

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    6 hour inshore morning trip, bluefidh, spanish mackeral and albacore. We had Brendan Powers from Walpole Ma, Chris Woodard from Jersey City, Mike Worden from Yorktown Heights NJ and Mike Leiner from Rivervale NJ with us today (this was Mike Leiner's second day back with us). Fishing started out slow, but picked up enough to make for a fairly busy morning trip. Nice spanish mackeral and bluefish for the most part, until we hit a little patch of albacore at the end. Good day all in all. Thank you guys for coming out with us today. Enjoy the rest of your time here on the Outer Banks. Hope to see ya again next time you are in the neighborhood.

  • 8/18/2016

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    6 hour morning trip with Brooks, Wes and Boyd Ballance from Richmond Va, Mike Leiner from Rivervale NJ, Greg Bartholdy and Matt Burns from NY, on board. Today was slower that the last couple, but we still had enough to go around and provide some fishing action. You couldn't have asked for a prettier day to be out fishing this morning. Thank you guys for spending the morning with us, hope to see you again soon.

  • 8/17/2016 PM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Afternoon inshore charter with Henry, Rona, Alex, Ariana and Aiden Anhalt from Englewood NJ. They did a good job on these spanish mackerel and bluefish. I can tell you that this was quite an enjoyable family for me. Time spent in the flybridge with good conversation is welcome anytime! Thank you folks so much for fishing with us today, look forward to seeing ya'll again. Mom and Dad, it appears that you did a mighty fine job with those kids. It was a pleasure.

  • 8/17/2016 AM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Morning inshore with Greg, Dan and Larry Gutmann, Noah Snyder and Alaina Hernon all from the Pittsburgh PA area. When it comes to beautiful sunrises, families and fish, we've got it all! We had a pretty long run to get into the fish, but it was worth it. This crew did a good job on the fast action, we had this morning. Thank you for fishing with us, hope to see ya'll again next yeat. We hope you enjoy the rest of your stay here on the Outer Banks.

  • 8/16/2016

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Morning inshore with a crew that was ready to catch some fish. We had Bob Honaker, James Martin, Bo Jones, Andrew Baker, Matt Langhirt from the Baltimore Md area and Mark Dean from Nags Head NC. First stop we found nothing, we picked up and ran a few miles to a nice patch of fish that was found by Capt Paulie on the Stolat (thank you Capt). It was good fishing and the weather was just as nice. Thank you guys for fishing with us today, hope to see ya again next year!

  • 8/11/2016

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day afternoon inshore. We had a very nice family group with us for some bluefish and spanish mackeral fishing today. They were Ray, Colene, Kyle and Madelyn Beckinger, Angela Groff and Nicole Adams, all from the Pittsburgh PA area. The fish were willing and so was our crew. Thank you for fishing with us today, hope to see ya'll again next year.

  • 8/10/2016

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    We headed offshore out of Oregon Inlet offshore with Mike and Loren Callahan from Orange Va, Domenic and Jack Luppino from Southington Conn. We started fishing in what appeared to be a lifeless ocean today. The same place's that held fish for the last few days was totally void of life today. We went off in search of "life", we found some porpoise, whales, birds etc......... that's when the port long rigger popped and the reel started screaming dumping line. We got Jack into the fighting chair, cleared our lines and whatever we had chafed through the leader. I never saw the fish, but it was heavy. We got lines back out and started on the troll, when this Blue Marlin paid us a visit. Ok, Miss Loren's turn in the chair, let's do this! She did a very good job on this fish. She definitely had a tiger by the tail, but she didn't quit till it was over. Pictures were taken and the fish swam away on the release, living to fight another day. The rest of the trip was spent trying to catch some meat fish and the blueline tilefish were willing. What a beautiful day we had to spend with these folks, fishing out in the blue. Thank you folks for coming back fishing with us again this year, hoping to see ya'll again soon. We'll be right here!

  • 8/9/2016

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Sounded Warrior Project Offshore Trip Day 2. Once again nice weather, with nothing less than a great bunch of guys to spend the day fishing with. Today we had Rusty Baggett from Fayetteville NC, Mike Baxter from Spring Lake NC, Damien Busick from Brown Summit NC and Jerry Davidson from Lillington NC. The fishing started out very well with the overcast skies we had, the sun popped out strong after some squalls came through and the hard bite slowed down abit. We had a pretty steady pick along, enough to keep the anticipation going. We had blackfins tuna, Mahi and a wahoo for our efforts today. We lost a really nice wahoo right at the stern, it bit through the leader within inches of having the gaff put in him. It was a pleasure to have you Men onboard with us for the day. We in the Wild Card family once again Thank You for the sacrifices you have and continue to make on our behalf. To our Facebook Fishing Family; Men and Women like these are why we can call ourselves "Free". Freedom has never been and never will be free. This idea of "Thanking a Veteran for his/her service" is pretty new to me and I am happy to see that these folks seem to be appreciated more now than in years past. I will add only one thing on this topic; when/if you say "Thank You" make sure you extend your hand and give a firm shake to a hand that has already paid it forward. These are the ones that Stand at the Gate in your defense, regardless of the cost. Thank You to our Veterans!

  • 8/8/2016

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Wounded Warrior Project Offshore Trip, Day 1. We had an awesome day with these awesome men offshore today. Day 1 found Rusty Baggett from Fayetteville NC, Jason Pratcher from Hope Mills NC, Earl Whitman from Maysville NC and Joe Stiltner from Loris SC, on board with us for a day Offshore. We were welcomed by a slick calm ocean and it stayed that way all day! We caught some pretty fish today, for some very deserving folks in my estimation. Very happy to have you guys with us today, stay tuned for Day 2 on tomorrow's fishing report. Please feel welcome to come back anytime. A sincere"Thank You" from our Wild Card family, for your Service to this Nation.

  • 8/7/2016 AM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    6 hour inshore morning charter trip with a family group from Lancaster SC. We had Tom and Tom Jr Holland, Sydney Ferrell and Ron Pettit with us. The morning started out grest, we landed on a nice class of bluefish with some Spanish Mackeral scattered through the quick/fast bite. We moved a few miles once that bite slowed down, that move paid off with a steady pick of nice sized Spanish mackeral. Once that bite slowed down a couple schools of red drum came cruising through and we caught a couple of them before it was "lines in". I would seriously take a day just like today for the rest of the year. Nice folks and a pretty decent catch of fish. Thank you folks for spending your vacation fishing trip with us todsy, hope to see ya'll back again.

  • 8/5/2016 PM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day afternoon charter trip, with amother make-up group spending some time on the Wild Card. We had Sara and Paul Krum from he Milwaukee area; Joey, Henry and Grady Shelton from the Raleigh NC and Chatham Mass with us this afternoon. What a difference an hour makes out here, totally different ocean! The water cleared up, we still had a little swell, but the fish went from little bluefish to,respectable sized spanish mackeral, albacore and bluefish. This was an enjoyable group that was talking about getting "seasick" as we were leaving the dock. Very happy to report not one nauseous moment was seen! Very enjoyable folks, that I hope will be back to see us again. Thank you for spending some time with us and we wish you an enjoyable time he on the Outer Banks.

  • 8/5/2016 AM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day inshore morning trip, found us with a residual swell left over from our recent NE wind and small bluefish. You never know day to day, hour to hour what the ocean is willing to give you. We had a six person make-up trip this morning; Keith Adams from Carlisle PA; Spencer, Chase and Grayson Trichell from Powhatan VA; Troy Weatherford from Halifax VA and Lois Puckett from Halifax VA. While we wish we had a larger class of fish, we worked on what was available too us. We had a good group of folks, that quickly learned how to work together. Thank you all for fishing with us this morning. We hope to see you again and enjoy the rest of your time here at the Outer Banks.

  • 8/2/2016

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day afternoon inshore, found us in the middle of a bunch of wicked thunderstorms. Pretty humbling stuff when it's cracking lighting right overhead. The fish were willing and so was our crew. We had Brandon Cornell, Jason Keeling and James Moore, all from the Columbus Ohio area with us this afternoon. Looks like they caught plenty of fresh fish for the big wedding group they were down on the Outer Banks with. Thank you for fishing with us, maybe next time the storms will hold off abit. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time here on the Beach.

  • 7/29/2016

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    We headed offshore out of Oregon Inlet for one of those very memorable days with Jesse Marro and Lexi Collins from Long Island NY. Miss Lexi is an experienced King Mackeral fisherlady but today we were catching what eats king mackeral, she and Jesse had their hands full. Yellowfin tuna, gaffer dolphin and two citation size wahoo kept them busy and cranking. We had a pretty good breeze this morning as predicted, that made for "sporty" conditions. This crew knew what to do and it showed with some nice fish making it to our deck while fishing in the chop. We had an awesome day fishing, with some folks we hope to see again. Thank you for fishing with us, we had an enjoyable day without a doubt.

  • 7/28/2016

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    We headed offshore out of Oregon Inlet offshore trolling, deep water bottom fishing, then back inshore for some along the beach trolling. We had Justin and Crystal Baity, from the Winston-Salem NC area with us today. When they booked the trip with us, Crystal told me that her husband had some interest in the Charter fishing biz. This enjoyable couple did as many different kinds of fishing as the day would allow. Hope to see ya'll back, it was a pleasure.

  • 7/27/2016 PM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day afternoon inshore trip with a father/sons crew from Youngstown Ohio. We had Ron, Bryce, Cole and Bradie Bunofsky onboard with us for the afternoon. Started out slow, but when we finally got in the groove it was on! The guys did a good job keeping up with the rods and fish. Sorry it took this long to get your trip listed fellas. I somehow lost the original photo, but your Dad was able to send me one I could post. Thank you for fishing with us, hope to see you again next year.

  • 7/27/2016 AM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day inshore morning trip, with a very nice group from Asheville NC and Ithaca NY. We had Jonathan Guidici, Doug and Hillman Vaughn, Eric and Julian Thingvoll onboard with us. A pretty nice catch of spanish mackeral and bluefish for us, on a beautiful morning. Thank you guys for fishing with us this morning, hope to see ya'll next year. Enjoy the rest of your stay here on the Outer Banks.

  • 7/26/2016 PM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Six hour afternoon trip, started out with a quick bite and a nice spanish in the box right after setting our gear out. Then we had a really slow bite, even after marking fish on our color scope (they just weren't in the mood). We caught a few more before we picked up and steamed a few miles North, then it was on! The fish were abundant and willing to bite. We ended up with a pretty nice catch of fat spanish mackeral and bluefish. We had Todd and Tyler Fields, Travis Kiser and Joe Vanskiver, all from the Kannapolis NC area. Thank you for fishing with us. We hope you enjoy the rest of your visit here on the Outer Banks. Hope to see you aga

  • 7/26/2016 AM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day inshore morning trip, was down right enjoyable with our folks from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We had John, Lindsay and Brock Grow; Ron, Nalise and Henry Mullikin, with us this trip. The morning started out slow, but we finally got on even keel before it was over. We had a very nice class of spanish mackeral and bluefish, with an albacore tossed in for good measure. Thank you folks for fishing with us today, hope to see ya'll back next year.

  • 7/22/2016

    Over due praise for two Companies I have found to be very worthy of our support. (1) Salt Life Sport Optics. These are the Ziess made lense sunglasses. I have had the pleasure of working directly with Edward Feldsott (Bimini Bay Outfitters) over the last few years about this product in particular. I can absolutely promise that these are not only the clearest, most comfortable long term wear sunglasses I have ever had on my head, but Edward and his crew are absolute stand-up folks. I had two pair that I have worn daily inshore and offshore, for the last three years. The frames are still flawless, I myself have worn the lenses by daily cleaning of salt water. Salt water is Mother Nature's solvent and it will eventually have its way with man-made materials. Fishing in salt water is the harshest environment I know on "Quality" optics, you know the kind you don't just want to throw away after a few months. I also have to add that I have had double cataract surgery in the last two years, without absolute clear optics I would have severe headaches all day. With these I have very little to no eye fatigue after studying the water all day. A little something about the fit, I sincerely don't even know they are on. Nothing worse than tugging and pulling on a hot steamy day out there. I have a couple decent pair of a very popular brand I used to use on the boat to loan my Charter customers that have somehow forgotten thier shades on the beach, not my Ziess lenses. Everytime I hand my Ziess optics to another customer or Captain for comparison, the reply is 100% predicable. With out a doubt, in my opinion "the Best" out there, all the way around.

    (2) Eye Catcher Lures has had a place in our spread for quite awhile now, even before it's current owner. Brian Richardson is a Carolina local, that hasn't let "being good" go to his head. Most of our conversations go pretty much "hey Brian, I've got an idea", or a custom color. Never had one of those baits come untied, regardless of the abuse. I called him last week with an order and one of my "ideas", sure enough three days later there it was in the mail. We hooked a freight train blue marlin yesterday, the first time my "idea" was set out. Coincidence maybe, its happened way too many times now for that in my mind. Thank you for your willingness, not to be like the vast majority Brian. Good product, good folks, pretty hard to beat that combination. Thank you to the above businesses, you will both be on my boat every day we are out there.

  • 7/22/2016

    Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Borrell Family "Tile Town Smackdown" on the Wild Card, was one beautiful day all the way around. We had John, Becky, Bill, Joe, John and Jack Borrell, from Nashville TN and Orland Pa. The day started out with a spectacular sunrise reminding me, Who makes all of this possible. We started out with some hard pulling Amberjacks, then it was to the Deepwater tilefish we came for. What a pretty class of "butterballs" we got too! For those that may not be familar with blueline tilefish, they are beyond delicious. After we finished with the deep water bottom fishing, we put out our traditional trolling spread. First hit was a freight train blue marlin (from my very best estimate), that never slowed down heading toward the East finally parting the mainline just above the leader before completely spooling one of our 50's. Jacks Dad, John was in the chair and can attest to this particular critter's speed and pure strength. We caught a nice bull dolphin and lost one more right at the gaff before heading back in. Folks you got a taste of just about all that could have possibly been offered today. We had a great time with ya'll and hope to see you back again. Thank you for fishing with us.

  • 7/21/2016 AM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day inshore morning "buddy boat" trip. We had a large group that wanted to fish together so we and Capt Ralph on the Hayden's Express took these folks out for a good morning of spanish mackeral and bluefishing. We had an eager crew with us and the fish didn't disappoint, we had many multiple hook-ups throughout the morning. We had Aaron Hilzendeger, Tom and Alex Fetkovich, Matt Ehrin, Steve and John Succop, all from the Pittsburgh PA area. A really good bunch of guys, that certainly appeared to enjoy catching some fish. I'm pretty sure between the two boats, ya'll will have plenty of fresh fish to eat for the rest of your stay here on the Outer Banks. Thank you for fishing with us this morning and we hope to see you again next year (if not sooner).

  • 7/20/2016 PM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day inshore afternoon trip. We had Chris and Andrea Beaver, Lisa Beaver, Ansley Boettcher and Chandler Burrell from Agusta Ga and Pittsburgh PA with us for some Spanish mackeral smack down. A beautiful afternoon, calm ocean, willing fish and a happy crew, what more could a Capt ask for? We had a really good time with you folks, hope to see you again next year. Thank you for spending the afternoon with us.

  • 7/18/2016 PM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day inshore afternoon trip with a family group we had; Mark, Tammy, Jackson and Henry Stember and Rebekah Kous, all from Arlington Va with us. Started out trolling for spanish mackeral, ended up catching a few of them, some moon fish and an albacore before heading back into the calm waters of the Sound. We got anchored up in a calm cove and started catching croakers, sea mullet, pin fish and puffer fish. Mate Carson was quick to show off his fish "inflating" skills. It's always fun to have good entertainment on the boat, thank you Carson! Thank you folks for fishing with us today, we hope you enjoy the rest of your stay.

  • 7/17/2016 PM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day afternoon trip with Carly Schall, Rich Holden, Roman Holden-Schall, Martha Newman and Nancy Schall. They are from Indiana, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Wow, what a difference an hour can make out here! The bite started immediately and it was plenty good, just about all spanish mackeral for this group's trip. We have an old saying in the commercial fishing biz, " if you don't go, you don't know". Simple words that ring very true out there. Thank you folks for fishing with us this afternoon, you did a good job keeping up with the fish. Hope to see you back again.

  • 7/17/2016 AM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day inshore morning trip was with some folks from Kentucky. We had Taylor and Clay Thistlethwaite, Rebecca Lindrew and Kelsie Schiavone. This morning started out slow, without a single bite until we picked up and steamed to the other side of the Inlet. We ended up with some nice spanish mackeral and a few bluefish for our efforts. I ended up having some company up on the flybridge for the ride back to the marina, conversation was good and free. Thank you folks for spending your morning with us, hope to see you back again.

  • 7/13/2016

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Split boat offshore trip, with the Sev1Tech crew (from Va & Md) on their "workcation". We had Joe, Angie, Joe Jr, Daniel and Michael Montoya, with them was Phil Gauthier. We started out the day trying some deep water bottom fishing, but the current was just too strong to hold bottom good enough. We switched over to a trolling spread and had a couple dolphin pretty quick, with a few more short bites. We decided to give a go with the Amberjacks, boy were they ever willing to bite! We caught our limit for the box and started just catch/release fishing for a couple hours, long enough for arm fatigue to set in pretty good. Got back to trolling again nearshore looking for a scattered dolphin or king mackeral, no luck what so ever. We still had a good day with alot of laughs and hard pulling Amberjacks. Thank you folks for spending the day with us, hope you enjoy the rest of your time here on the Outer Banks of NC.

  • 7/16/2016

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Offshore make-up trip with Craig Tymkow from South Jersey, Emily and Brantley Slater, and Diego Ruiz from Richmond Va. Some days are simply "meant to be", this no doubt was one of those days. We started out with a nice ride out, with a quick bite from our only dolphin of the day. From that point on it was stud yellowfin tuna's, that simply wore our crew for the day out! A really nice problem to have, when it works out that way. As we were closing up the morning and we're going to maybe look around for a mahi or two, I spotted a bird that was pointing to some more tuna on the starboard side. I made a wide swing in their direction and well yes in fact there was. A real nice fatty jumped us and was brought in, that pretty fella was gonna be our last one. We started taking up our lines to head in and wouldn't you know it, we hooked one more while taking in our last line out. OK Miss Emily, you have one more to crank in !!!!! That last one was tough, but so was she. There was no way to deny that this day was "special". Thank you Dear Lord for what you provide and allow us to be a part of. Thank you folks for being patient with us and we are happy your trip came together. We hope to see ya'll again soon.

  • 7/15/2016

    Nearshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Nearshore trip with Gregory Bentley, Ron Brooks, Laffyette Brown, Orlando Brown and Jason Williams, all from Greensboro/Creedmoore NC. The plan was to get some serious Amberjack fishing done early and head offshore trolling. We did catch some nice amberjacks, but the wind was picking pretty steady as forecasted, so we started trolling nearshore catching a king mackeral and an albacore, before heading to the beach for spanish and bluefish. We found a fairly steady bite for the rest of the day, making for a pretty good meat haul. Thank you for coming with us again, hope to see ya'll back soon.

  • 7/14/2016 PM

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day inshore afternoon trip with a family from York, Pa. We had Robert, Debra, Kendra and Lexi Bierman with us for the afternoon fishing trip. I believe this was the first time out on the ocean for these young Lady's, a good time they had. Bluefish and spanish mackeral made up our catch and are destined to this family's diner table. Thank you for fishing with us today, we hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation here on the Outer Banks.

  • 7/14/2016 AM

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day morning inshore with a family crew from Georgia and Massachusetts, we had Mark, Gator, Matthew and Arnold Hicks, Shane and Lucien Stenehsem. The spanish bite was hot right after sun rise, then it was bluefish that provided the rest of the catch for us. Had a good time with ya'll, hope to see you back next year.

  • 7/12/2016

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Offshore with a vacationing group from Mucatine Iowa. We had Isaac VanNice, Johnathon VanEst, Jim and Bryson Stogdill today. We had a beautiful, calm ocean today, but the fishing was tough. We ended up with a dolphin, some jacks, a nice king mackeral and a whopper barracuda for the day. This was a first time ever seeing the ocean for at least one of the fella's. We saw porpoise, sea turtles, sea birds, etc....... so the scenery was a big hit. Thank you for fishing with us today, tell the folks back home that we said hey!

  • 7/11/2016 AM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day morning trip. Another beautiful day to be fishing here on the Outer Banks. We had a family group from Saratoga NY with us this morning; Bobby, Billy and Tommy McDonald, Keven Nappi and Chris Rodecker. Enjoyed your company while y'all did a good job on the fish. Hope to see you back again, enjoy the rest of your stay here.

  • 7/6/2016 PM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Afternoon half day trip ended up with a nice sack of bluefish, for our Pennsylvania and Virginia crew. Some really nice size bluefish showed up, that gave a pretty good bend to our pole. When we hit the school of fish just right, it's not uncommon to catch two fish on the some rod. These bluefish make very nice table fare, if cleaned quickly/properly and are cooked "fresh" (not frozen). I used to think that they weren't the best fish to eat too, we'll that was before I tried them! Fresh fried tailor blues make for some good chow! Today we had Jack Hixon, Alfy Argiro, Ronald Keefer, Jesse Little and Dustin Butler. Mr Jack was just as good of a bean bag chair weight, that I believe I have ever seen. I know the feeling Jack, a nice roll and a soft place to sit, what else could you ask for? Thank you folks for fishing with us this afternoon. The fish you left us went to some locals that said Thank You! We hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation here on the OBX.

  • 7/6/2016 AM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    6 hour inshore trip started out slow along the beach for us. So we picked up and headed offshore abit hoping to find some different water to catch possibly a king mackeral or dolphin. That surely didn't go as planned, although we did catch a dandy spanish mackeral. Back inshore we went and found some bluefish that were willing to go home with us. We ended up with a decent catch, with some nice sized fish too! That's a picture of Miss Pam with a "sea monster" of sorts! Today we had a family group from Ohio with us; Michele, Alex and Justice Courtney, Brice Roush, Nick and Pam McKitrick. We had an enjoyable morning with you folks, hope to see you back next year. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time here on the Outer Banks.

  • 7/5/2016

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    6 hour morning trip was spent with a very enjoyable family group down from Chicago IL and Paducah KY. It was a slow pick this morning, but the fish were nice sized Spanish mackeral (for the most part) with some bluefish to round out the catch. Today we had Chris, Geoff, Charlie, Andrew, Emma and Thomas Newton aboard for a morning away from anything else, except fishing! Thank you folks for spending some time with us today, hope to see you back next time you are on the OBX. Enjoy the rest of your vacation here at the Beach.

  • 7/3/2016

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Found us with a make up offshore trip. It was a little less than pleasant this morning with it being windy and rough, but the wind fell out like the weatherman predicted (thank you for being right this time Mr Weathrrman!). We put lines out a good ways short of where we planned to fish, so we could slow the "washing machine" down a little bit for our crew. Once we arrived at our planned spot we started catching fish steadily. We ended up with a decent catch of good eating dolphin. We had with us today; Jake and Max (who was on a mission to catch a big fish, he ended up the biggest one of the day) from Reston VA, Melanie McAdoo from Gaithersburg MD, Chris and Colt North, John Anderson from Yorktown VA. Thank you folks for sticking it out this morning, you certainly deserved the fish that you caught. Please come again!

  • 7/1/2016 AM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day morning was a beautiful morning, with a handful of nice spanish mackeral and bluefish. We had Doug, Clay, Steve and Rob Winemiller, Kal Patterson all from the Cleveland OH area. A really nice group of folks to spend the morning fishing with. Thank you for spending your morning with us, hope to see y'all back next year.

  • 6/30/2016

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day morning found the fish biting again, for us inshore. Today we had a vacationing family with us; Richard and Victor Glinski, Miles Thomson from St Louis MO, Thomas, Joe and Justin Villarina from Brooklyn NY. They were looking for fresh fish to feed their group here at the Beach, looks like they'll eat pretty good. Thank you folks for spending the morning with us.

  • 6/29/2016

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day morning. The morning inshore bite slowed down abit with the wind change. We had a nice family group with us today; Shawn, Luke and Davis Gibby, Steve, Andrew and Jacob Fain all from the Gastonia NC area. Thank you folks for spending your morning with us, hope to see you back next year.

  • 6/28/2016

    Offshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Offshore was a pretty day and we had some fair fishing. We had three tuna bites, with a really nice one coming off right at the stern. Next tuna bite we landed, the third was a screamer that never hooked up. We ended up with a pick of dolphins that rounded out our day. Today we had Jason Duchon from OH, Randy Chalfin from NJ, Tom Higgins from NJ and Brian Dockey from PA. Thank you guys for fishing a make up trip with us. We hope the rest of your stay is great here on the OBX.

  • 6/27/2016 PM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day afternoon was nothing short of non-stop fishing. I still amazes me after all these years out on the ocean , how much can change in an hour! We came back to the same area we left from at the end of our morning trip that produced very little to a hard steady bite an hour later. There really isn't much explanation needed except, "I've see it all before" so many times that I lost count many years ago. We had John, Tim, Chris and Landon Dixon all from Winston Salem NC with us on this half day trip. Looks like you folks will have plenty of fresh fish during your Outer Banks vacation this year. Thank you for spending your afternoon with us.

  • 6/27/2016 AM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Morning half day, was pretty slow for us. This morning just wouldn't get traction. Not just slow fishing, but the fog set in on us too (it's s the end of June and we have fog???????). Just felt way off kilter this trip, but our last fish was a really nice sized Spanish. We had Brian, Nolan, Kenzie, Jeremiah, Christian and Gregg Sablak all from the Dayton Oh area with us. We gave it an honest effort guys, we hope the rest of your time at the OBX is enjoyable.

  • 6/25/2016 PM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Afternoon half day trip, was filled with alot of excitement coming from folks that obviously don't get much time on the ocean but love it. We had a family/friend group that was mixed with folks native to Honduras and NY. You never know who (or where they are from) is going to step onboard for the next trip wit u. I spent some time talking with the three adult men and they were originally coffee farmers from Honduras and two had moved to NY and one is still in the coffee business there. A huge thank you to those fine folks, cause I don't think I could function without them. I never met a cup of coffee that I didn't like! We had Orlando and Justin Lopez from NY, Moses Lopez from Honduras and Eddie Reyes from NY. We were the only boat in the area this afternoon and the NE breeze got abit of a swell and chop going. The fishing was slow until we found them and we made good on the bites we got. I enjoyed your company and conversation, this afternoon. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time here on the OBX. I wish safe travels back home too, Mr Moses said it was 10,000 miles to drive back home (with equipment)to Honduras from NY. Wow, that made my butt sore just thinking about it! Take care.

  • 6/25/2016 AM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day morning trip was split into a trolling for bluefish/spanish mackeral out side of the Inlet and bottom fishing in the Sound. We had a good time and caught quite a few fish for the trip. A couple of the young men caught over twenty fish apiece with a crab or two thrown in for good measure. We had a really enjoyable group of young men, with two Dad's along for crowd control! These sort of trips introduce the next generation to this outdoor activity we cherish so much and we are more than privileged to be apart of that endeavour. This morning we had; Scott & Jack Larose, Casey, Jake and Ben Adams, Travis Callahan all from the Annapolis Md area. Thank you guys for spending the morning with us, hope to see you again next year. Enjoy the rest of your stay on the Outer Banks.

  • 6/23/2016 PM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Afternoon inshore trip. If you like rain, wind, lightning and bluefish, this was a trip to be on! Started out slow, but just about the time we got on some fish the storms set in. Not a complaint one, it was all about getting some fresh fish in the box. We had a couple first timers, that had a ball (excited voices tell it all, dancing on the deck doesn't hurt either). We had a fun family group without a doubt. They were ; Steve & Sarah Ecenbarger-Carey, Abigail & Elliott Ecenbarger, Austin & Hailey Seymour. Thank you folks for spending a stormy afternoon with us. We hope to see you back for more fishing and just maybe some sunshine next time. Thanks

  • 6/22/2016 AM

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Morning inshore trip. Pretty slow bite this morning due to the hard SW wind we had. We still managed to pick out a catch of bluefish and spanish mackeral though. We had Mario and Kacper Rusieski, Tom, Nicholas and Anthony Kowalski and David Halla, all from Pa. Thank you guys for spending the morning with us, we hope you enjoy the rest of your time here on the Outer Banks.

  • 6/20/2016

    Inshore Outer Banks charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Inshore with this enjoyable family crew, catching bluefish and spanish mackeral. Today started out with a lazy residual swell left over from this weekends stormy winds. Enough of the rain and wind already, it's time to catch some fish! Our crew today was Bob & Barbara Vitolo from Pa, Curtis & Samantha Hendricks from Pa and Eric Lawton from Del. These folks fell right in the groove of catching these fish aboard the Wild Card. Of course we had to have the usual jabbing between Coast Guard and Navy Vet's, but it's all in good fun and out of respect to each others commitment to Service. Thank you folks for spending your morning with us. We hope you enjoy the rest of you visit to the Outer Banks.

  • 6/16/2016 PM

    Inshore Outer Bankscharter anglers showing off their catch.

    Half day afternoon trip wth Waleed Ahmed and family. This family group picture was taken right after Miss Michaela caught her first ever in the ocean. We couldn't have asked for a prettier afternoon to have spent with this family. The fish caught were spanish mackeral and bluefish. I am told that a couple of folks in this picture are accomplished cooks and have plans for a nice extended family meal. Thank you for fishing with us today. There's lots to do on the Outer Banks, hope you enjoy the rest of your time here.

  • 6/16/2016 AM

    Inshore Outer Bankscharter anglers showing off their catch.

    Morning half day trip with Josh Oswald and family. The spanish mackeral and bluefish were plentiful and willing to bite. A beautiful morning with a nice group and catch. Thank you for spending your morning with us, hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation here on the OBX.

  • 6/15/2016

    Offshore charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Offshore. Today started out with a fairly stiff, close chop. We set out abit inshore and got our first fish soon thereafter, a good start for sure. The overcast morning made it very hard for me to see any definition to the water, so we trolled out deeper. Picked up a few more fish, before heading back into the shallows to try and finish the day with some more meat. We found some scattered nice sized fish, so we settled down in the area. We even hooked and caught two fish in the very last few minutes before picking up and heading in. I believe I can rightly call this our "Hail Mary" crew! Our crew today was H. Griffith from Dale City Va, Morris Hassel from Capital Heights Md, J T Nugent from Ft Washington Md and Fred Boualware from Sterling Va. This was an enjoyable for us, with good company. Hope to see you fella's again. Thank you for spending the day with us.

  • 6/14/2016

    Inshore charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Afternoon half day fishing trip with David, Conner and Matthew Briggs from Wake Forest NC. Another father and sons trip, with some very nice young men again this day. It really does my heart good to have so many respectful young men and women fishing with us. After all, They are Our future. Again bluefish and spanish mackeral was our target fish.Thank you for spending part of your vacation at the Outer Banks with us.

  • 6/14/2016

    Inshore charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Morning half day fishing trip with Elliot Rodgers and his sons Eli, Moses and Solomon (that is Solomon in the fighting chair) all from Chicago IL. What very nice young men this Dad had with him today! Bluefish and Spanish were the catch during this trip. Thank you for fishing with us this morning.

  • 6/12/2016

    Inshore charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Inshore the 12th with Derek Heinrich and his folks. Good fishing, with good folks. What's not to love? Give us a shout, we'd love to put your pictures up too!

  • 6/11/2016

    Offshore charter anglers showing off their catch.

    They say "variety is the spice of life", I would have to agree. We fished offshore the 11th with Steve Cerny and his sons from NY. and inshore the 12th with Derek Heinrich and his folks. Good fishing, with good folks. What's not to love? Give us a shout, we'd love to put your pictures up too!

  • 6/10/2016

    Inshore charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Inshore. The old mariner saying, "Red in the morning, Sailor take warning", was right again. We had Tom, Brett and Molly McKeon from Utah and Tracy Snethen from So Cal. It was a pretty snotty day on the beach, but our crew stuck it out for most of the morning catching spanish and bluefish. Once we got back inside the Inlet we anchored up be an island and started catching croakers, pinfish, pigfish, sea mullet and skates. We caught a couple blow toads and Miss Molly learned how to inflate them (something not seen in Utah, I bet). We had a really nice day with a really nice family. Thank you folks for fishing with us today. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time here on the Outer Banks.

  • 6/9/2016

    Inshore charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Inshore, was really slow for us this morning. The afternoon bite was scattered, but the fish were decent sized spanish and bluefish. We had Tim, Jake and Jaret Bouman and Bryce Borglum all from Cincinnati Oh. Thank you guys for fishing with us this afternoon. Enjoy the fresh fillets you caught.

  • 6/8/2016

    Charter anglers showing off their catch.

    Great Loop" Trip, offshore, inshore and all points in between. Today's trip was to head offshore with the folks that won the "Firth Family Fund" trip auction. The day started out well enough, but about 4 miles short of our "lines in" destination some of our crew threw up the white flag. It was choppy enough to cause some motion sickness and it would have been a miserable day had we stayed. We made the run back to the dock and let some folks off. We turned back around to try and salvage the day with a few bluefish and Spanish Mackeral, which we did right outside of the Inlet. These things happen and you just gotta roll with it. We had Jim and Sandy Scalise from New Freedom Pa and Steve Scalise from Joppa Md with us today. Hopefully we can get them back onboard to see how good a day in the "Stream" really can be. Thank you folks for first of all bidding on this trip. Regardless of how today went, your kindness helped a Family during a critical time. For that kindness, we all Thank You. Looking forward to seeing you back to finish what we started, Miss Sandy has a date with a big bull dolphin!

  • 6/6/2016

    Charter anglers showing off their catch of spanish mackerel and boston mackerel.

    Morning half day.Well we squeaked in a really nice trip before this new round of Tropical weather sets in on us. What a spectacular Spanish mackeral bite we had today! We were pretty much hooked up continuously this morning. A big thank you to Capt Troy on the Marauder, for letting us know he was on the fish as we were heading out of the channel. That allowed us to run straight to the bite, allowing for full on fishing. It's not all high energy ego out there, most of us actually do help our fellow Captain's out. That's just one more thing I love about fishing, for the majority of us it's kinda like "family". Today's crew was a nice family group, we had Melissa Musec from Greenville NC, Matt & Jaci Musec from Peoria IL, James & Susie Musec from St Louis MO and Chad Dunham from Chicago. Some of today's crew were leadering fish to the boat, boxing and unhooking them. They jumped right in, making the day even more memorable. We all learned that you don't get between Melissa and the rod, when a fish is on it! We had a nice ride in, looking for porpoise and saw three or four jumping our wake. A really good day folks, we enjoyed your company! Please come see again and we hope you enjoy the rest of you stay on the Outer Banks.

  • 6/5/2016

    Charter anglers showing off their catch of mahi and tuna.

    Offshore, was nothing short of enjoyable. We started out with a good ride out, but thunderstorms quickly took the area over for an hour or two. After the sharp lightning, thunder and rain cleared off it was a beautiful day all the way around. The gaffer fishing was very good, with several multiple hook up's during the day. Got a chance to have a sailfish take one of our baits, make a few jumps with one of our guys on the rod before shaking the hook. We saw several sailfish jumping, pods of pilot whales and two tone porpoise and sea turtles around the area we were fishing today. We had Jeff and Greg Clark from Knoxville TN and Midland Tx, Scott Lavine from Bedford NH, Bruce Kennedy from Rochester NH and Carroll Howard from NH with us today. These folks were supposed to go with us last Fall, but we had a Tropical Storm come through that made us cancel that trip. Looks like "second time" was the charm! We really had a good day with ya'll and hope to see you next time you are here on the Outer Banks. Thank you for spending your day aboard the Wild Card.

  • 6/3/2016

    Dave Meredith from Omaha Nebraska showing off his catch of mahi and tuna.

    Offshore with Dave Meredith from Omaha Nebraska on board. Tropical storm Bonnie was giving us a fit this past week, but Mr. Meredith made it out with us before he had to head back to the "real world". He was the only angler we had aboard and we were able to keep him busy. His fish freezer was in need of restocking, so we worked on the available blackfin tuna's and some gaffer dolphin. We ended up with a beautiful day on the ocean and the fish were willing. Thank you for coming back to fish with us again this year Mr Meredith, we enjoyed your company. We hope to see you back about the same time next year.

  • 6/1/2016

    Anglers show off a nice catch of mahi and tuna on a full day offshore charter.

    Offshore, found us looking for some willing gaffer dolphin and maybe a tuna or two. Seems like this tropical depression has the fish depressed too! Alot of ground was covered today with a precious few bites, but our crew made good on nearly every bite we had. Today's crew consisted of Will Ferrall from Va, Win and Ross Slauch from Pa, Matt Woolston from PA and Paul Harrison from Va. It was an overcast dreary kind of day for most of the morning, but the afternoon turned out to be nothing short of beautiful. Thank you guys for coming and spending the day with us out on the Gulf Stream. Hope to see you again next year, or the next time ya'll are down this way.

  • 5/26/2016

    Nice catch of mahi on a full day offshore charter.

    Somethings just never get old. Beautiful weather, calm sea, willing fish and an enjoyable crew. We had all of that wrapped up in one today, with Rich and Karen Hamilton from Midgothian Texas. These folks tried to go out with us last year, but unexpectedly had to cancel their trip. This year everything worked without a hitch and a great day it was. The day started out with me over shooting a very faint rip, but once we got in the groove it was a fairly steady pick of nice gaffers. I was able to get a few pictures from the day that will pretty much tell the story better than I can. I am really very happy that this trip turned out the way it did for Mr & Mrs Hamilton. Lots of good memories and a pile of fresh Mahi fillets! Thank you for spending the day with us.

  • 5/25/2016

    Nice catch of bluefish on a half day charter.

    Inshore trip started out with a nice willing school of bluefish around the Inlet. After enough bluefish our Charter calls up to the flybridge, " what's chances we make this a full day trip"? Well Sir, I don't have a trip booked for this afternoon, so it's your call. Let's do it! So now the new quest was for some Spanish and possibly a cobia and down South to some warmer water we went. Found the Spanish but not a cobia in sight, for us anyway. Ended up with a nice catch of fish that this Father/Daughter team were after. Today we had Doug Parson from Tampa Fla and his daughter Jennifer Parson from Norfolk Va. This was Miss Jennifer's first time out in the ocean. We had a chance to spend some enjoyable time up in the flybridge talking about what else, but fishing. She got a chance to see some of the sight's you can only see from up above. From one father to another, Mr Parson you have good reason to be proud. We really hope you enjoy the rest of your time here on the Outer Banks. Thank you for spending your day with us, the pleasure was all our's.

  • 5/24/2016

    Our first half day trip catch of bluefish.

    How about this folks? In addition to the Dare Haven Motel in Manteo, we now have the Days Inn Ocean Front Wright Brothers, Days Inn & Suites Mariner and Wright Cottage Court willing to give our Charter customers a fisherman's discount when you book with us. It would take way too much time and space to tell you why Eastern NC/Outer Banks is so special to me, but the folks that call this place home are at the top of that list. We all know that money is getting tighter all the time. This is just another effort by all of us to make your family vacation or fishing get away more affordable. "White collar fishing on a blue collar budget", that is what we are all about.The fishing is good and the Outer Banks is great. Please consider these good folk's when you come to see us!

  • 5/20/2016

    Our first half day trip catch of bluefish.

    Our first half day inshore trip of the season is behind us. It's always good luck to hook and land the first bite of the season, so we're off to a good start! Today we had Joe Beal from KDH (it was his birthday), Ryker Clark from KDH, Keanna and Tyler Beal from Brewer Maine and Mike Beal from Augusta Maine. Not a boat load of fish, but a really good start of the season. What a great family.

  • 5/18/2016

    Charter anglers showing off a great catch.

    Offshore with a bunch of fella's that like to have a good time. The Ocean was completely different from the day before, but it was a beautifully calm for most of the day. It started out slow with one fish in the boat rather quickly, but the next opportunity took some patience. We found just the slightest rip that had some life and a few fish. Today we had aboard Rusty Hall from Va Beach, Nathan McPeak from Columbia NC (he is the fella holding up the nice gaffer dolphin with my mate Carson), Billy Baughan from Nags Head, Sheddy Hudgins from York Co Va. It all made up for a decent day fishing. Thank you folks for fishing with us, we enjoyed your company.

  • 5/16/2016

    Charter anglers showing off a greta catch.

    Offshore. Turned out to be a beautiful day. Didn't start out beautiful, had an unexpected North East wind (unexpected to me anyway) that caused a pretty stiff chop first thing. Ended up with a pretty steady pick that paid off for our crew today. We had some folks that tuna fished with us last year and were ready for the task at hand. They really did a great job with the fish, rod handling and sloppy conditions. We had Ms. Lisa Tarbox and Tom Rudis from Currituck NC, Matt Kloss and Ms. Shelly Deitz both from PA. We had a really good time with these folks, tough nuts they are! Thank you for spending the day with us out there and we hope to see you back.

  • 5/8/2016

    We found a handful of dolphin, albacore, king mac and a sailfish release.

    Offshore Trip. Once again, the weatherman obviously was no where to be found. Our crew today certainly earned the fish caught, but were up for it. We had Susan and Colt North from Yorktown Va, Carl Griffith and Tom Holland from Swansboro NC. We found a handful of dolphin, albacore, king mac and a sailfish release. Thank you for fishing with us today, we are looking forward to seeing ya'll again. Hopefully on a less windy Gulf Stream!

  • 5/7/2016

    Tony and Becky Maze from Knoxville Tenn showing off gaffer mahi and albacore.

    Offshore trip on the Wild Card. We don't get many days any prettier than today was. We had Tony and Becky Maze from Knoxville Tenn, with us today for a husband/wife trip. We caught some gaffer dolphin and albacore. Tony fought a pretty big shark, that was released unharmed at the stern. Becky hooked a bonus white marlin, that ended up throwing the hook after a few minutes. She got to see it jump atleast three times while hanging on to the rod and cranking the reel like a pro. It was good to have you folks onboard with us today, looking forward to seeing ya'll again.

  • 5/4/2016

    Offshore anglers showing off a nice catch of tuna and mahi.

    Offshore. We had a hearty crew today and it paid off in spades. I made phone calls to our folks last night and gave them the forecast of thunderstorms and wind that was called for today. No hesitation from them, we wanna go fishing! I knew right then this was gonna be the awesome day it turned out to be. The weather man was obviously no where near us, atleast for the morning. had Keith and Amanda Mosiman from Boonville Indiana, Zac Stewart from Greenville NC and Todd Griffin from Wake Forest NC. The fishing was great to say the least and we had an awesome day with them onboard! Thank you folks for spending your day on the Wild Card. We look forward to having you back with us, anytime you get the chance. The gaffer run is here folks. If ou are looking for a fresh batch of great eating fish to stock the freezer, the time is now! Come see us.

  • 5/2/2016

    Anglers showing off a nice catch of tuna and mahi.

    Offshore Trip. This was the "First Annual Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant, Mid Atlantic OBX Fishing Expedition". We had six willing and able fellas onboard ready for whatever was tossed at them literally. Antonio Tillery and Brian Miller from Charlotte NC, Tyler Griffin and Bruce Hays from Durham NC, Jim Aman from Richmond Va, Matt Delano from Washington DC. The fish were willing and we made it an early trip, as requested. Some beautiful fish that are just as tasty as they are beautiful. We were happy to have you guys with us and we hope you have a great time here on the Outer Banks!

  • 4/26/2016

    Jeff and Angel Huber holding a yellowfin tuna.

    Offshore trip. Today we had Jeff and Angel Huber, from Eagle Colorado. Mike Hasselman and Leigh Parrish from Chesterfield VA with us. Yes it was breezy and abit on the rough side, but the fish were willing. Our folks did a great job today. We ended up with four yellow fin tuna (we lost a pretty one right at the gaff too) and three dolphin. We hope you enjoy those "fresher than fresh" tuna loins and mahi fillets. Thank you for spending a day with us out in the Deep Blue.

  • 4/25/2016

    Angler holding yellowfin tuna.

    It's looking like we have room for two this coming Saturday, April 30th. We'd love to have ya!

  • 4/11/2016

    George Fitzgerald and son showing off yellowfin tuna, mahi and wahoo.

    Offshore. Broke ice with this year's first yellow fins, dolphin and wahoo today. We had George Fitzgerald III and George Fitzgerald IV (our first Father/Son team for 2016 too), from Central Fla with us today. These fellas knew their way with a rod and reel and were rewarded with a "meat slam". Beautiful ride out, nice gentle roll all day and a beautiful ride back in. We had a few mako's today just for added enjoyment. While it wasn't in "dead full swing" today, it's a lot better than it was just a week or so back. Thank you folks for your first ride out with us at the Outer Banks, hope to see you again soon. Ya'll did good !

  • 3/27/2016

    Anglers holding up our sign because we went fishless.

    March 27th Bluefin "Skunk Trip". We had Vince Royalty, his son's Anthony and Nick. With family member Steven Schoenberg, all from Raleigh onboard. It was a overcast day, with some rain mixed in, but still a fairly calm day offshore. Several boats had good catches, but "Lady Luck" was obviously not on our side today. The ocean has a hard but fair way of keeping a Captain humble and for me it works. We did get to see more big Two Tone Porpoise than could be counted all around us for the entire day. With a big pod of whales right next to our starboard side, just before steaming in. We ended up having an enjoyable day with repeat customer Mr Royalty and his family. Thank you for spending part of your OBX visit, with us on the Wild Card.

  • 3/26/2016

    Moving the boat on straps.

    OL' Girl, your beauty shop appointment is over. Time to go make smoke and put some meat on deck. A cleaned up/pretty boat, beats Viagra any day. Let's do this!

  • 3/24/2016

    Working on the boat's exterior.

    It takes alot of work, to make it look easy. We will hopefully be done and back overboard tomorrow. It's a yearly routine for us, but it pays to keep ahead of things on a boat. If the weather works oit, we may well be heading offshore looking for a bluefin the beginning of next week. Looking forward to this coming season, hopefully it'll be wide open very soon. Tis' the season!

  • 3/16/2016

    First shark of the season.

    Took an offshore trip out Sunday on our Downeaster. One juicy mako for the grill, some close-up action with the whales and a break off from what I suspect was our only Bluefin tuna bite of the day. A beautiful ocean day for sure.

  • 1/27/2016

    One bite all day but it was a tuna.

    First day offshore this year! We had Mike and Leigh, from Chesterfield Va with us looking for some tuna. A slick/calm day in-between blows. Lots of pilot whales and big two tone porpoise all around us for the day. Water conditions were far from desirable for fishing. We had one bite for the day and Miss Leigh made it count, so we didn't get skunked on the first trip of the new year! The weather has not been our friend for the last couple months. Everyday is different out there, it can come together quick. Thank you folks for spending the day with us, hope to see y'all again soon.