It’s July 2016 and for no good reason I hadn’t updated this blog in sometime.
Yes, I am still running trips.
However, I ruptured a disc in my neck this past April, which required surgery and it managed some short term nerve damage. The nerve damage has caused severe weakness in the left side of my upper body.
For safety reasons for myself and my clients I will only run trips that involve 3 indvidual kayaks or two tandem kayaks (Four person family trips). If you have your own boats or some of your own boats I may up that number…it depends on your needs.
I am sorry for any inconvienence and I hope to be up to par by spring of 2017.
Another year has come and gone and I am very happy.
2014 was the year of the puppy drum. It was an absolutely spectacular year chasing these fish and they provided a lot of entertainment and meat for my clients.
Once again, I am very pleased with the way the business has grown this past year and while I got out a great number of people — the weather seemed to get me a fair amount this year. If it wasn’t the wind, then it was the rain/thunderstorms. But–That is all part of operating on a barrier island.
I am very thankful for my clients and my sponsors.
I never did make a report for the fall months, but when the weather cooperated there were plenty of puppy drum and we even managed some citation size red drum.
I look forward to 2015 with a whole new fleet of boats to accommodate.
Outer Banks Kayak Fishing still remains the only kayak fishing guide on the OBX that operates from Corolla to Hatteras, Sound, Ocean and Offshore Adventures. Wherever the fish are…that’s where we are going.
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Check out the 2014 recap video and have a safe and happy holidays.
The month of July had its ups and downs in the catching department.
I’d love to say that I wore them out every trip, but that just doesn’t happen. I can say that I am happy that I had only a couple of trips that did yield seriously disappointing results.
For the most part we managed fish every trip. Some days only a few and some days quite a few.
The single greatest hamper was the weather. From hurricanes and hard summer winds to massive amounts of thunderstorms — the weather kept me ashore a whole lot more then it let me run.
But hey… that’s the Outer Banks and that’s why they call it fishing.
Here is a pic of a citation sheepshead that weighed in at 8lbs 11ozs.
A nice 19 inch flounder
A nice 21 inch speckled troutNow for a fraction of the puppy that we caught.
I also made it into Kayak Angler Magazine twice in the Summer edition. Once for helping the Wilderness Systems crew test the newest addition to their fleet, The Thresher. We took that bad boy into Diamond Shoals for a true test of an ocean fishing yak.
Yes. I liked it and have my new Thresher coming the 1st of September
Second– They gave me a plug for the offshore mothershipping.
Here is my video look at the new Thresher.
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We are officially into summer and this means the fishing will be up and down based on the temps.
Hotter days will generally be slower then the cooler ones.
There are still lots of puppy drum around and the speckled trout and flounder have started to get caught more regularly. the specks and flounders have been small on average, but I am starting to see some more keepers show up.
I’ve had a few family trips out and we have had a great time fishing and exploring. Most haven’t been to interested in clamming as they have been exploring–but for those interested the clams have been showing up.
I did manage to get offshore again and that was fun.
We had a hard time finding a good weed line for mahi, so we went after some amberjacks.
We refer to these fish as ” Reef Donkeys” around here because of their impressive power.
On this trip they managed to snap 2 rods.
We also had a shark bite a fish in half while the angler was pulling it over the side of the boat.
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I’ve been running around a lot lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been fishing. I ‘ve done my fair share of that. I’ve made 4 trips into the shoals in recent past, along with fishing in the sound. Some trips have been better then others, but overall myself, friends and clients have been happy. I am really going to try and hit the ocean more this year. Whether the fishing is really hot or slow–it seems everyone loves these trips, because we always see or do something cool. But weather does play highly into this and I hope that it allows for more ocean side trips. I was contacted by the Discovery Channel to see if they could acquire some of my red drum footage from pier and surf. Apparently they have been filming along the NC coast for one of their Destination America episodes. They want to incorporate some footage of the state fish. I am currently in negotiations with them for the licensing of this. But–even upon finalizing an agreement there is no insurance they will use it. Although– they seem anxious to get it and like what I’ve sent them so far…so more likely then not they will use it. I was asked to write another article for Outdoor Outer Banks again this year and it was chosen for the main article. I was stoked to find this out and to have made the cover. I also just had the opportunity to work directly with Wilderness Systems in testing out one of their new prototype boats. They are currently working on 2 new boats to be released in the coming months. The particular boat I tested was the, Thresher. This boat is being geared and marketed as a sea touring/open water fishing boat. They will be offered in 14ft and 15 and 1/2ft. I had the pleasure of testing these boats out in Diamond Shoals with Wildy’s boat designer and their marketing manger, along with Ric Burnley, who is covering it for Kayak Angler Magazine. The conditions were off the chain. The wind blew up and I was hesitant to even make the run, but we battled it out in some serious swell and current for 5 hours and the test was perfect. I was stoked to hear the boat designer say that he was so impressed with Cape Point and the dynamics that he plans on testing some other boats here in the future. The other boat Wildy is working on–well–that’s something I am not allowed to discuss right now Overall I am running hard from all angles and my season is looking good..Now if the weather cooperates all will be well. I wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend… And– I am very appreciative of those who have gave so much for me to do what it is I love. Thank you !