BEACH BUM FISHING
Fishing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina(Year Round), Hatteras/Ocracoke(Spring), Virginia Beach(Winter).
Specializing in: LIGHT TACKLE Live Bait & Casting Trips
Morning, Afternoon/Evening, and Full Day Fishing Trips Available 7 Days a Week
Warning:  This is not a glorified boat ride where catching fish comes secondary to making money off of tourists.
 
This is a year round/full time job. The goal is for you to catch fish and I will bust my tail to do that!

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Catch Fish, Have Fun, Aboard The Beach Bum!   (252)-449-0232
If you get the machine, please leave a message and I WILL return your call A.S.A.P!   You can also e-mail me at catchem@beachbumfishing.com.  Please note:  I am a lot better at DIRECTLY explaining details about fishing trips over the phone than I am at trying to explain details through e-mail.  If you e-mail a phone number I WILL get back to you A.S.A.P!

CURRENT FISHING REPORT/CONDITIONS-9/15/18(Last Updated)

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Oregon Inlet/Pamlico, Roanoke, Croatan, Albemarle, & Currituck Sounds, Atlantic Ocean Area(O.B.X. N.C.)
You can view my 2017/2018 SCHEDULE below the current fishing report for open days over the next year. 
I am currently OPEN over the rest of the month on
9/15, 9/16, 9/17, 9/18, 9/19, 9/20, 9/21, 9/22, 9/23, 9/24, 9/25, 9/26, 9/27, 9/28, 9/29, & 9/30.
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Sorry folks about the lack of updates all summer.  You guys have kept me too busy to do so.  The Hurricane that missed us is gone.  Time to go fishing again.  Cobia fishing has has been unreal over the past several weeks.  Usually it is just about over by now, but the water is still really warm and odds are that they are not in a big hurry to migrate south where the hurricane did hit.  So, maybe we will get another week or two with them.  The Atlantic Sharp Nosed Sharks have been around pretty thick as well.  Same deal with them.  They won't be around much longer, but the water is still warm.  A handful of big King Mackerel also spiced things up before the fake hurricane.  The big Red Drum up to 50 inches have been coming and going around the inlet the past couple of months.  Spanish Mackerel, Moonfish(Lookdowns), and False Albacore have helped us over the summer with slower than normal Puppy Drum & Speckled Trout sound fishing.  Odds are that Bluefish, Gray Trout, & Flounder will be available over the next month or so.  We will catch them on artificials and live mullet.  One inside/sound species that has not let us down would be the Rockfish(Striped Bass).  Catch-and-release fishing for them on both live baits and casting has been solid all summer.  We have even had some ocean keeper fish up to 38 inches like we used to in the good-ol-days.  90% of the fish that we have landed over the summer have been over 18 inches.  Lots of 22 to 24 inch fish(see below photos).  The countdown to Rocktober has begun.  On October 1, we can keep (2) per person over 18 inches.  Last year, October was a bloodbath.  We caught limits almost every trip.  The hurricane had us scared that it would do what Hurricane Matthew did(stunk things up).  The fact that it missed us to the south is very good news for Striper Season.  I was very busy last October.  Odds are that I will be even busier this October.  If you have a day that you wanted, let me know before it gets booked.  IT IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO FISH THE OLD OREGON INLET BONNER BRIDGE AS IT WILL BE GONE NEXT YEAR!  Going to cherish this last season on the bridge and plan on being there every day that the weather allows.  November was was equally awesome fishing last year for Rockfish(Stripers) in the Croatan Sound.  Same deal, I was really busy.  If you have a day that you wanted, let me know before it is gone.  Here we go with the photos:  9/6/18- (PHOTO)  9/5/18- (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO)  9/4/18- (PHOTO)  9/3/18- Got Henry in on the action today.  Here he is double-fisting(PHOTO)9/1/18- (PHOTO)  8/31/18-Who needs October(PHOTO)8/30/18-You don't have to wait until October when they are this big(PHOTO) (PHOTO)8/29/18- (PHOTO)  8/28/18- (PHOTO)   8/22/18- (PHOTO) (PHOTO)  8/21/18- (PHOTO)  8/17/18- (PHOTO) (PHOTO)  8/16/18- Nice double(PHOTO)8/8/18- These come home for dinner in October(PHOTO) (PHOTO)8/7/18- (PHOTO)  8/2/18- (PHOTO) (PHOTO)  8/1/18- (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO)  7/27/18-Oh my(PHOTO)7/26/18- (PHOTO)  7/20/18- (PHOTO)  7/18/18- This one comes home for dinner in October(PHOTO).  Go Warhawks!  7/13/18- (PHOTO) Lets go Mountaineers(PHOTO)!   6/15/18- 7 years old with a perfect 26&3/4 incher(PHOTO)  If you ever wanted a custom made Outer Banks Fishing Rod, local Nathan Pruitt of Hand Tide Stix can do it.  Goto to fishingobx.com to get up with him.  Nathan keeps the rods going on my boat.  He can make you a super-stud custom rod.  Check out www.obxdriftwood.com when you get a chance.  When I am not fishing, this is what I am doing.  Something looks familiar.
        
Aboard THE BEACH BUM I prefer to have you casting and jigging bucktails, Swim Baits, FIN-S', spoons, plugs, or live baiting over trolling.  If we can catch them casting or on live bait that is how we will do it unless you prefer trolling.  Bear in mind, some days we  have to suck it up and troll.  We land our fish on the lightest tackle that we can get away with.  Aboard THE BEACH BUM there is no mate.  YOU GET TO SET THE HOOK ON YOUR FISH instead of a mate setting the hook and handing you the rod.

SCHEDULE

SUMMERTIME CRABBING TRIPS:  For those of you that went on one of  the early years crabbing trips(PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) and enjoyed them, you have that option again!  A good friend of mine, Chad Hemelright is now running the same type of trips.  The crab pots are already in the water with bait in them.  You get to go out on a real crab boat, pull the pots like a crabber, and bring the freshest crabs home for dinner.  Chad will do the dirty work(pulling & re-baiting the pots) if you want him to, or you can do it.  Kids love these trips!  Come to think of it, I can't ever remember a crabbing trip that I ran with kids where I ever had to pull or re-bait more than one pot.  Once the first crab pot came over the side and was re-baited, the kids couldn't wait to pull and re-bait the next one.  Chad's boat is docked in Kitty Hawk, which is a short drive for those of you staying on the northern beaches.  Chad can be reached at (252) 475-0090 or (252) 261-2551.


SEPTEMBER(2018)-The live bait(live mullet) fishing that we do in September is some of the best(& easiest) fishing of the year.  Lots of bites and lots of different species!  I am currently OPEN on 9/15, 9/16, 9/17, 9/18, 9/19, 9/20, 9/21, 9/22, 9/23, 9/24, 9/25, 9/26, 9/27, 9/28, 9/29, & 9/30.  I will be scheduling 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or All day trips in September.  Open days will eventually fill up. Species-Cobia, Redfish(Red Drum), Dolphin(Mahi), Amberjack, Sharks, Triggerfish, Rockfish(Striped Bass), Bluefish, Speckled & Gray Trout(Weakfish), Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackeral, Tautog (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)

Address for September GPS Directions
Wanchese, N.C. Boat Ramp:  4683 Mill Landing Road, Wanchese, North Carolina/27981
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center:
  12130 NC Highway 12 South/Nags Head, North Carolina/27959
Kill Devil Hills, NC Boat Ramp:  2025 Bay Drive/Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina/27948
Curituck, NC Boat Ramp:  8955 Caratoke Highway/Point Harbor, North Carolina/27964
Washington Baum Bridge/Manteo, NC Boat Ramp:  1205 Highway 64/264 /Manteo, North Carolina/27954
Bowsertown/Manteo, NC Boat Ramp:  1153 Bowsertown Road/Manteo, North Carolina/27954
Manns Harbor, NC Boat Ramp:  5227 Highway 64/264 /Manns Harbor, North Carolina/27953


OCTOBER(2018)-I am currently OPEN on  10/1, 10/2, 10/3, 10/4(PM), 10/5, 10/6(AM), 10/7, 10/8(PM), 10/9, 10/11, 10/12, 10/13, 10/14, 10/15, 10/16, 10/17, 10/18, 10/19, 10/20, 10/21, 10/22, 10/23, 10/24, 10/26, 10/25, 10/26, 10/27, 10/28, 10/29, 10/30, 10/31.  I will be scheduling 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or All day trips in October.  Open days will eventually fill up. Species-Redfish(Red Drum)Speckled & Gray Trout(Weakfish), Bluefish, Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Tautog, & Rockfish(Striped Bass)
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The Fall/Winter/Spring North Carolina Sound Rockfish(Striped Bass) Season openes October the 1st.  You can keep 3 fish per person over 18 inches, 7 days a week.  Last year the fishing has been unreal.  We will be fishing for Rockfish(Striped Bass) at the Oregon Inlet(Bonner)Manns Harbor(New & Old), the Currituck & the Manteo Bridges.  One boat is docked at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center and the other is on the trailer and available to launch out of the most convenient(closest to the fish) boat ramp.  If the fish leave the beach, there should be plenty of Rockfish(Striped Bass) in the Albemarle Sound near the Edenton Bridge.  I am available to run trips out of the public boat ramp in Columbia(30 miles west of Manteo/longer drive from Raleigh area) or out of the public ramp in Edenton(50 miles west of Manteo/shorter drive from Raleigh area).  Both ramps are right off of 64 West.  This is a short trip for those of you on the beach or those from the Raleigh area.***  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)

Addresses for  October GPS Directions
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center NC:  12130 NC Highway 12 South/Nags Head, North Carolina/27959
Kill Devil Hills NC Boat Ramp:  2025 Bay Drive/Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina/27948
Curituck, NC Boat Ramp:  8955 Caratoke Highway/Point Harbor, North Carolina/27964
Washington Baum Bridge/Manteo, NC Boat Ramp:  1205 Highway 64/264 /Manteo, North Carolina/27954
Bowsertown/Manteo, NC Boat Ramp:  1153 Bowsertown Road/Manteo, North Carolina/27954
Manns Harbor, NC Boat Ramp:  5227 Highway 64/264 /Manns Harbor, North Carolina/27953
Columbia, NC Boat Ramp:  175 Ramp Road/Columbia, North Carolina/27925
Edenton, NC Boat Ramp:  140 Midway Drive/Edenton, North Carolina/27932



November(2018)-I am currently OPEN on 11/1, 11/2, 11/3, 11/4, 11/5, 11/6, 11/7, 11/8, 11/9, 11/10, 11/11, 11/12, 11/13, 11/14, 11/15, 11/16, 11/17, 11/18, 11/19, 11/20, 11/21, 11/23, 11/24, 11/25, 11/2626, 11/27, 11/28, 11/29, & 11/30.  I will be scheduling 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or All day trips in November.  Multiple options in November.  The Blue boat-BEACH BUM(PHOTO) will be docked at Oregon Inlet for the following species:  Rockfish(Striped Bass), Redfish(Red Drum)Speckled & Gray Trout(Weakfish), Bluefish, Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead, & Tautog.  The Yellow boat-YELLER FELLER(PHOTO) will be on the trailer and mobile for fishing where the fish are.  This includes the OBX Bridges(Currituck/Manteo/Manns Harbor/Edenton) for Rockfish(Striped Bass).  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  (PHOTO)  

Addresses for  November GPS Directions
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center NC:  12130 NC Highway 12 South/Nags Head, North Carolina/27959
Kill Devil Hills NC Boat Ramp:  2025 Bay Drive/Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina/27948
Curituck, NC Boat Ramp:  8955 Caratoke Highway/Point Harbor, North Carolina/27964
Washington Baum Bridge/Manteo, NC Boat Ramp:  1205 Highway 64/264 /Manteo, North Carolina/27954
Bowsertown/Manteo, NC Boat Ramp:  1153 Bowsertown Road/Manteo, North Carolina/27954
Manns Harbor, NC Boat Ramp:  5227 Highway 64/264 /Manns Harbor, North Carolina/27953
Columbia, NC Boat Ramp:  175 Ramp Road/Columbia, North Carolina/27925

Gum Neck/Upper Alligation River, NC Boat Ramp:  6885 Gum Neck Landing/Columbia, North Carolina/27925
Edenton, NC Boat Ramp:  140 Midway Drive/Edenton, North Carolina/27932
Virginia Beach Fishing Center VA:  200 Winston-Salem Avenue/Virginia Beach, Virginia/23451
Lynnhaven Inlet, VA Boat Ramp:  3576 Piedmont Circle/Virginia Beach, Virginia/23455
Rudee Inlet, VA Boat Ramp:  3576 General Booth Blvd./Virginia Beach, Virginia/23451


Winter Fishing Trips 2018/2019(December-Early March)-There are multiple options for the winter months(January/February).  The Yellow boat-YELLER FELLER(PHOTO) will be on the trailer and mobile for fishing where the fish are.  This includes the OBX Bridges(Albemarle(Edenton)/Currituck/Manteo/Manns Harbor) for Rockfish(Striped Bass).  The Blue boat-BEACH BUM(PHOTO) will be docked at Oregon Inlet for the following species:  Rockfish(Striped Bass), Redfish(Red Drum), Bluefish, & TautogRubber boots & rain gear are recommended for the winter-time trips.  If you get wet, you will get cold and I cannot promise you 100% that you will not get when when traveling in the boat to the fish.  Also, if you are coming to town to just fish, I do not want you to spend a day in the car/truck driving here and end up not being able to fish due to weather.  I like to make the decision to fish a scheduled winter-time trip the day before the trip.  The closer to the trip the better for making a decision as the weatherman is not always right.  If absolutely necessary, the decision can be made the night before the day before the trip.  Please do not call me three, four, five days, or a week before a scheduled trip and ask me to make an impossible decision.  I am not a weatherman, I am a fisherman.


DECEMBER(2018)-I am currently OPEN on 121, 1//2, 12/3, 12/4, 12/5, 12/6, 12/7, 12/8, 12/9, 12/10, 12/11, 12/12, 12/13, 12/14, 12/15, 12/16, 12/17, 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/21, 12/22, 12/23, 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29, 12/30, 12/31.  I will be scheduling 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or All day trips.  Multiple options in December.  The Yellow boat-YELLER FELLER(PHOTO) will be on the trailer and mobile for fishing where the fish are.  This includes the OBX Bridges(Currituck/Manteo/Manns Harbor/Albemarle(Edenton) for Rockfish(Striped Bass)The Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel area/The Chesapeake Bay/Atlantic Ocean(Virginia Beach) for Rockfish(Striped Bass), Bluefish, & Blue-Fin Tuna.  The Blue boat-BEACH BUM(PHOTO) will be docked at Oregon Inlet for the following species:  Rockfish(Striped Bass), Redfish(Red Drum)Speckled Trout, & Tautog(PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO)

Addresses for  December GPS Directions
Manns Harbor, NC Boat Ramp:  5227 Highway 64/264 /Manns Harbor, North Carolina/27953
Bowsertown/Manteo, NC Boat Ramp:  1153 Bowsertown Road/Manteo, North Carolina/27954
Edenton, NC Boat Ramp:
  140 Midway Drive/Edenton, North Carolina/27932

Columbia, NC Boat Ramp:  175 Ramp Road/Columbia, North Carolina/27925
Gum Neck/Upper Alligation River, NC Boat Ramp:  6885 Gum Neck Landing/Columbia, North Carolina/27925
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center NC:
  12130 NC Highway 12 South/Nags Head, North Carolina/27959
Kill Devil Hills NC Boat Ramp:  2025 Bay Drive/Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina/27948
Curituck, NC Boat Ramp:  8955 Caratoke Highway/Point Harbor, North Carolina/27964
Washington Baum Bridge/Manteo, NC Boat Ramp:  1205 Highway 64/264 /Manteo, North Carolina/27954
Virginia Beach Fishing Center VA:  200 Winston-Salem Avenue/Virginia Beach, Virginia/23451