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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Oregon Inlet/Pamlico, Roanoke, Croatan, Albemarle, & Currituck Sounds, Atlantic Ocean Area(O.B.X. N.C.)
You can view my 2011/2012 SCHEDULE below the current fishing report for open days over the next year. 
I am currently OPEN over the next month on
 
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The phone is starting to ring and the e-mails are starting to come in for this years bookings.  If you have a day that you wanted, do not wait until the last minute.  Gotta make hay while the sun shines around here.  First come, first serve.  Odds are we will be after Red Drum and Rockfish(Striped Bass) over the next couple of months.  Hopefully we will get one more season on the great Red Drum fishing that we had last spring before they all leave us to venture out into the ocean.  And, we are optimistic that we might not have to take the show on the road this year for the Rockfish(Striped Bass).  If we do, we will, but hopefully the fish we caught around the local bridges in the fall will be back in March and April.  The Yellow boat-YELLER FELLER(PHOTO) will be on the trailer and mobile for fishing where the Rockfish(Striped Bass) are.  The Blue boat-BEACH BUM(PHOTO) will be docked at Oregon Inlet for chasing the Red Drum.  Thank you to all of the following people for coming out fishing and putting up with me! 

2/18/15-And you wonder why there has always been a rift between North Carolina fishermen and Noth Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries(NCDMF)....  This is a copy of the letter(PHOTO) that some of us fishermen received that NCDMF mailed out on February 5th.  First paragraph is why it was standing room only at today's fisheries meeting.  The two of us in my truck didn't leave for a 10 hour round trip drive thinking that we were on our way to figure out how to implement a for hire log book.  Those of us from the northern end of the state and all the guys from the southern end thought that we were going to a meeting to convince 5 out of 9 marine fisheries commissioners to vote a mandatory log book down.  A mandatory log book that if not complied with, would subject us fishermen to a class 2 or 3 misdemeanor and revocation of our North Carolina For Hire Charter License.  A mandatory log book that us fishermen are supposed to spend 15 minutes every evening during our personal family time without being compensated for.  Filled out during the precious little bit of time that we have to spend with our spouses and children(7PM to 9PM).  Without pay during periods of time when we are working as much as 80+hours(summer) a week.  A log book for NCDMF that gives away our most private business information(GPS coordinate grids of where and how we catch out fish).  A log book that if approved allows the North Carolina taxpayer funded NCDMF to come into $225,000.00 in federal fisheries money.  Is there another occupation in America where a business owner is required to give his/her most proprietary information away on a daily basis without being compensated???

A funny thing happened three quarters of the way into our drive to the meeting.  We spoke with two commissioners that indicated that the For Hire Log Book was already a law.  We immediately made a call to Raleigh and to our surprise found out that yes it was already a law.  F
our of the marine fisheries commissioners that we had already spoken to during our drive did not know this.  One being the chairman of the marine fisheries commission.  This brings up a peculiar coincidence.  Three of the four(one undecided) commissioners that did not know the For Hire Log Book was already a law(
as late as this afternoon) had indicated that they were going to vote to kill the For Hire Log book that nearly 100% of the licensed captains in the state are against it.  In the days leading up to the meeting we spoke with a lot of licensed North Carolina Charter Captains and were unable to find one that was in favor of the Log Book.  We finally found one the day of the meeting.  Licensed For Hire Captain/Commissioner, Anna Beckwith, indicated to us during our phone conversation on the way to the meeting, that she was not going to vote with us.  Commissioners Anna Beckwith, Chuck Laughridge knew ahead of time that it was already a law, while at least four of the division of Marine Fisheries Commissioners unbelievably did not, including Marine Fisheries Commission Chairman Sammy Corbett.  Did Louis Daniel, director of fisheries know ahead of time that it was already a law?

Louis Daniel dropped the bomb on everyone in the room that had driven from all over the state, to start the meeting.  Lots of jaws dropped as it was explained how this had become a law without any of us knowing.  It was not debated on beforehand with those that it was going to affect.  There was no public comment session before a Marine Fisheries Commission vote to make the Log Book a law.  It was not voted on as an individual law as it should have been.  It was snuck in with the budget as part of an omnibus bill.  And guess who knew about this before the meeting?      

How could the above letter be sent out on the 5th of February?  A letter informing us to come to a meeting to that is supposed to be a discussion about whether or not to vote yes or no on creating a log book.  How could this happen when a few of the above mentioned folks knew the log book was already a law.  Either Louis Daniel knew when the letter went out that it was bogus and knowingly deceived us.  Or, NCDMF under Louis Daniel's leadership was totally incompetent in sending the letter out.  Either way, it has driven a huge wedge between us fishermen and NCDMF.  There has always been some lack of trust between fisherman and NCDMF.  Now there is a total lack of trust that is going to be extremely difficult for NCDMF to get back from us, as we feel like we were hoodwinked.  The fisherman that made the drive with me had not been to a meeting in years as he said it had always been a waste of time in the past.  “ NCDMF public comment is just a formality for something that is already going to happen,” was how he put it.  He was right…

Reason after reason was given by fisherman as to why we didn't want the log book during the public comment.  The total dysfunction of how this happened was commented on multiple times as well.  One-by-one every fisherman in the room expressed their frustration after learning how this had become a law.  Most everyone of us these days are about fed up with how things work in Washington, D.C.  We expect and deserve better here in North Carolina and do not want our politician acting like those in D.C.  And, finally, more public comment period was taken up by fishermen expressing their disgust in what had turned into a sham of a public comment session that was supposed to influence a vote on a proposed law. 

Finally, at the end of the meeting Louis Daniel had the last word.  He spent several minutes informing us that we could make this thing work.  That we could work together, compromise and end up with a log book that would benefit all of us.  Somehow, Louis Daniel did not get it.  None of what had just been a disastrous meeting for NCDMF had sunk in.  The standing room only crowd that had taken time from their families and work, and driven to Wilmington from all over the state had made their position very clear.  We did not come all that way to Wilmington work on how to implement the logbook.  We came to Wilmington to oppose the log book and make sure it never happens.

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries does not own the resource.  The taxpaying folks of North Carolina own the resource.  The North Carolina Divisions of Marine Fisheries is supposed to be working in the interest of the folks that live in North Carolina and not for the folks in Washington D.C.
(NOAA/NMFS/ASMFC/CCA) that doll out the federal funds.  Decisions made by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries that detrimentally effect the livelihood of its fishermen should not be influenced by federal funds that are going to sweeten things up for the department that pushes the federal agenda.  Should folks that work for The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries be allowed the conflict of interest of holding paid positions within the Division and at the Federal level(NOAA)?

Thankfully, the multiple eleventh hour phone calls, texts, and e-mails to state legislators from fisherman made a difference as the Raleigh influence was enough to get the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries to vote to delay things.  It is hard enough making a living in the charter fishing business these days with the bad economy, fuel prices, and current regulations.  At what point is enough, enough?  If you like fishing on a North Carolina Charter Boat and want to continue doing so, please help us by making phone calls, sending a texts, or sending e-mails to the folks in Raleigh in support of killing the For Hire Log Book.  And, finally, if you know a charter captain that fishes in the Wilmington area and is part of the Cape Fear Captains Association, thank him or her as they are the folks that motivated everyone to get involved with this issue.


R.I.P. MARK ALVERSON(PHOTO) - Mark was the mate on the Headboat "Miss Oregon Inlet" that is docked next to me.  I was lucky enough to get to know him.  Mark was one of those rare people that always lifted the spirit of everyone around him.  One of the nicest guys that I have ever met.  The fish were not biting the bucktails too good the day he landed the one above.  When we saw it, I told him not to cast on it and wait for an eel as I was frantically try to get an one on the hook for him.  Mark tried to wait on me, but it was taking me forever.  Several times he said "are you sure?" and I said "wait on the eel I almost have it ready."  The fish turned and started swimming toward the boat and was getting closer and closer.  Mark couldn't take it as I was struggling to get the damn thing on the hook and the fish was almost to the boat.  He casted.  As Mark's bucktail hit the water and sunk next to the fish, I told him that it wasn't going to eat it and it was going to spook it from eating the eel that I finally had ready for him.  The fish ate the bucktail and the hazing of the captain began.  I do not know how many times since he and I shared a laugh about that moment.  I am laughing right now thinking about it.  I am so glad that Mark casted that bucktail that day and I am so lucky to have shared that moment with him.  We will all miss Mark.               

1/22/15-
The kids were out of school today and we had to get out of the house and do something.  Did with Henry what I used to do on almost a daily basis when I was his age.  Fish the Bass Pond!  First one of the day was the stud.  Henry wasn't lying when he said he had a big one on(PHOTO)!  My big fish
(PHOTO) didn't come close, but it was still a good one.  We need to do this more often.  1/6/15-We bombed out at the Alligator River today.  Fished so far up the river into the middle of nowhere that we should have seen a Sasquatch.  On the way home in the truck, my phone let me know that I had a message(once I got cell service).  The boats that fished the Albemarle Sound Bridge clobbered them all day.  The last day that we fished there, we only had a few bites and on the way home I got the call about the great bite in the Alligator River.  Oh boy....  Apologies go out to the McDaniel family that fished with me today.  We initially were planning to fish the Albemarle Sound Bridge, but Captain Numnutts changed his mind.....  1/2/15-Alligator River today.  It was not red hot, but we had 7 bites and landed 6 with 5 pretty keepers(PHOTO) this afternoon fishing slick calm conditions.  A friend of mine turned us onto the spot(Thanks Joey!).  Sounds like things were slow there today from the folks we spoke with and we had it as good as anyone.  There have been a lot of fish landed where we fished over the past few weeks we plan on going back and catching more next time.  12/3-12/30/14-We have had some tough days with both the Stripers and the Red Drum.  For those of you that want to catch Rockfish(Striped Bass), it is time to take the show on the road.  12/2/14-Do-over meat run trip.  Today everything went as planned(PHOTO).  We landed 11 fish and got our 9 keepers in about an hour.  What a difference a day makes.  12/1/14-Went on a meat run with a friend this morning.  The plan was to get them quick and go home.  Things do not always go as planned.  We worked our butts off for six bites.  We landed four and went home with two fish a lot later than we had planned.  Word is that they fed hard late afternoon.  11/29/14-We had to work for it this morning.  We landed 9 and had 5 pretty keepers(PHOTO)11/28/14-The fish were chewing this afternoon.  We clobbered them, landing close to 30.  Almost all the fish we landed were keeper size(PHOTO)11/26/14-The fish showed back up today!!!!   11/22/14-We were due.  We finally bombed out and did not get a bite today.  The fish had disappeared for a few days, but it was pretty today and we thought that were would get them.  We did not.  11/12/14-These guys(PHOTO) were InTheMeat.com today!  11/10/14-I got a call yesterday afternoon from a friend that had figured out where the fish went.  Thanks Mike!  We were back in the saddle again today.  Leslie & Gary stayed in the meat(PHOTO) all morning.  The birds were on them again this morning for a little while.  Hopefully the birds were a preview of what is going to happen when things get cold.  11/8/14-Snuck out with an old friend for an hour or so to catch his dinner this evening(PHOTO)11/7/14-Well, we were due a trip where we had to work for it.  At 4 o'clock this afternoon, we were sitting on one fish.  But, that's when the guys from Iowa went into the two minute drill.  We finished strong and landed 9 fish in the last hour.  We got to take one of the prettiest(PHOTO) rides home known to mankind.  And, five pretty keepers(PHOTO) were donated to the captain.  Thanks guys!  11/6/14-More of the same this morning with the sound Rockfish(Striped Bass).  We caught a nice limit of fish trolling in the first hour and spent the rest of the morning jigging them(PHOTO)The big one ate the small end and the small one ate the big end on this double(PHOTO) that was jigged up on a double rig.  There are a lot of them and they do not appear to be interested in leaving.  We even saw a brief bird show today which was hopefully a preview of what is coming with the colder weather.  My schedule is wide open at the moment.  11/5/14-Great Rockfish(Striped Bass) fishing in the sound this morning.  These two hit it big in Atlantic City with the slot machines on their way here, then hit it big this morning with the fish(PHOTO)!  11/4/14-Slow Drum fishing today.  These guys worked their butts off to get this one(PHOTO).  Cold water was my excuse....  11/1/14-Went on a scouting mission for a couple of hours in the Currituck Sound with Henry this morning.  We landed 3 Rockfish(Striped Bass) casting grubs that were all just short of being legal size before we had to get to the soccer field.  There have been some fish up the sound over the past couple of weeks.  Fishing up there cuts 30 minutes off the drive for those of you staying in the Corolla area.  A big Thank You to those of you that have paid above and beyond the call of duty!  It really helps to keep the boat from sinking.  Check out www.obxdriftwood.com when you get a chance.  When I am not fishing, this is what I am doing.  Something looks familiar.

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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.  Remember, you can also check the LATEST RESULTS section of the web page to see how we have done every trip we make aboard THE BEACH BUM.

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MARCH(2015)-I am currently OPEN on 3/2 ,3/3, 3/4, 3/5, 3/6, 3/7, 3/8, 3/9, 3/10, 3/11, 3/12, 3/13, 3/16, 3/17, 3/18, 3/19, 3/20, 3/21, 3/22, 3/23, 3/24, 3/25, 3/26, 3/27, 3/29, 3/30, & 3/31.  I will be scheduling 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or All day trips in March.  ***North Carolina Sound-side Rockfish(Striped Bass)(PHOTO) bite in the Albemarle Sound should be really good all month.  Everything over there is on light tackle.  For those of you that want to get an early jump on them, the Yellow Boat(PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) is ready and rearing to go.  Season is open.  Three fish per person over 18 inches, seven days a week.  This is a short ride from the beach and a short ride from the Raleigh area!***  I am available to run 1/2, 3/4, or all day trips in the O.B.X.(Currituck, Croatan, Roanoke, & Albemarle Sound waters).  You can keep 3 fish per person, per day, over 18 inches in the O.B.X. Sound waters Species-Big Rockfish(Striped Bass)(early to mid-March in ocean), school sized Rockfish(Striped Bass)(all of March in the sound), Big Bluefish(in ocean), Redfish(Red Drum), Tautog.  (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 March 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
Cashie River, NC Boat Ramp:  Shipyard Landing /Windsor, North Carolina/27983
Edenton, NC Boat Ramp:
  140 Midway Drive/Edenton, North Carolina/27932
Teach's Lair Marina, NC:  58646 Highway 12/Hatteras, North Carolina/27943


APRIL(2015)-The Blue boat-BEACH BUM(PHOTO) will be docked at Oregon Inlet for multiple species and mobile for Big Red Drum fishing out of Teach's Lair Marina in Hatteras.  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).  ***North Carolina Sound-side Rockfish(Striped Bass) in the Season is open until the end of the month.  Three fish per person over 18 inches, seven days a week.  Lots of fish in the Albemarle Sound which is a short ride from the beach and a short ride from the Raleigh area!***  We catch them over there up to 6 lbs.  And, we fish the O.B.X Sound waters for Speckled & Redfish(Red Drum)Everything out of these locations is on light tackle.  I am currently OPEN on 41, 4/2, 4/3, 4/4, 4/5, 4/6, 4/7, 4/8, 4/9, 4/10, 4/11, 4/12, 4/13, 4/14, 4/15, 4/16, 4/17, 4/18, 4/19, 4/20, 4/21, 4/22, 4/23, 4/24, 4/25(AM), 4/26, 4/27, 4/28, 4/29, 4/30.  I will be scheduling 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or All day trips in April.  We will be fishing in the sound and around Oregon Inlet in April.  Species-Big Red Drum(Hatteras-all day trips starting April 1st), Rockfish(Striped Bass), Tautog, Bluefish(late April), Redfish(Red Drum), Speckled & Gray Trout(Weakfish)(possibly late April), Flounder(possibly late April)(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 April GPS Directions
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center NC:  12130 NC Highway 12 South/Nags Head, North Carolina/27959
Teach's Lair Marina NC:  58646 Highway 12/Hatteras, North Carolina/27943
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



COBIA(up to & over 70 lbs.) usually show up early in May at Ocracoke and should be around Hatteras towards the end of May.  This is mostly sight casting.  We do catch them chumming on the days with no visibility.  Plenty of healthy Sharks on the chumming days.  The Big Red Drum and keeper sized Puppy Drum should be around throughout the month as well.  Lot's of Bluefish around to cast to with the lighter tackle also.  One hour drive from Oregon Inlet.  The BEACH BUM boat will be available for trips out of Teach's Liar Marina.  The fish should be around through the end of May out of Hatteras.  Once the fish are closer to Oregon Inlet, I will move the BEACH BUM boat there.  All day trips recommended(better odds).  I will try on a 3/4 or 1/2 day(real tall order).

MAY(2015)-We are targeting Speckled Trout, Red Drum, Bluefish, etc. out of the Oregon Inlet in the sound waters and Cobia & Sharks in the ocean waters.  I am currently OPEN on 5/1, 5/2, 5/3, 5/4, 5/5, 5/6, 5/7, 5/8, 5/9, 5/10, 5/11, 5/12, 5/13, 5/14, 5/15, 5/18, 5/19, 5/20, 5/21, 5/22, 5/23, 5/24, 5/25, 5/26, 5/27, 5/28, 5/29, 5/30, 5/31.  I will be scheduling 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or All day trips in MayYou would need to book an All Day trip if you wanted to target Cobia at the end of the month.  Open days will eventually fill upSpecies-Cobia(Early May/Hatteras, Late May/Oregon Inlet), Rockfish(Striped Bass)(bigger fish(live baiting) usually late May), Sharks(Hatteras), Bluefish, Redfish(Red Drum), Speckled & Gray Trout(Weakfish), Flounder, Black Drum, Tautog.  (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 May GPS Directions
Teach's Lair Marina:  58646 Highway 12/Hatteras, North Carolina/27943
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


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.

JUNE(2015)-I am currently OPEN on 6/1, 6/2, 6/3, 6/8(PM), 6/9, 6/10(PM), 6/11, 6/12, 6/13, 6/14, 6/15, 6/16, 6/17, 6/18, 6/19, 6/20, 6/21, 6/22, 6/23, 6/24, 6/25, 6/26, 6/27, 6/28, 6/29, 6/30.  I will be scheduling 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or All day trips in JuneYou would need to book an All Day trip if you wanted to target Cobia, Mahi, or Amberjack.  Cobia fishing can be very good during the whole month of June.  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 Mackerel.  (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 June GPS Directions
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


JULY(2015)-I am currently OPEN on 7/1, 7/2, 7/3, 7/4, 7/5, 7/6, 7/7, 7/8, 7/9, 7/10, 7/11, 7/12, 7/13, 7/14, 7/16, 7/17, 7/18, 7/19, 7/20, 7/21, 7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/25, 7/26, 7/27, 7/29, 7/30, 7/31I will be scheduling 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or All day trips in July.  You would need to book an All Day trip if you wanted to target Cobia, Mahi, or Amberjack.  Open days will eventually fill up. Species-Cobia, Redfish(Red Drum), Dolphin(Mahi), Amberjack, Sharks, Rockfish(Striped Bass), Triggerfish, Bluefish, Speckled & Gray Trout(Weakfish), Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel(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)

Address for July GPS Directions
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


AUGUST(2015)-I am currently OPEN on 8/1, 8/2, 8/3, 8/4, 8/5, 8/6, 8/7, 8/8, 8/9, 8/12, 8/13, 8/14, 8/15, 8/16, 8/17, 8/18, 8/19, 8/20, 8/21, 8/22, 8/23, 8/24, 8/25, 8/26, 8/27, 8/28, 8/29, 8/30, 8/31.  I will be scheduling 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or All day trips in August.  Open , days will eventually fill up. Species-Cobia, Redfish(Red Drum), Dolphin(Mahi), Amberjack, Sharks, Rockfish(Striped Bass), Bluefish, Speckled & Gray Trout(Weakfish), Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel. (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)  (PHOTO)

Address for July GPS Directions
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


SEPTEMBER(2015)-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 9/1, 9/2, 9/3, 9/4, 9/5, 9/6, 9/7, 9/8, 9/9, 9/10, 9/11, 9/12, 9/13, 9/14, 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(2015)-I am currently OPEN on 10/1, 10/2, 10/3, 10/4, 10/5, 10/6, 10/7, 10/8, 10/9, 10/10, 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, 10/25, 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 opens October the 1st.  You can keep 3 fish per person over 18 inches, 7 days a week.  We will be fishing for Rockfish(Striped Bass) at the Manns Harbor(New & Old), the Currituck & the Manteo Bridges.  One boat will be on the trailer and available to launch out of the most convenient(closest to the fish) boat ramp.  There are plenty Rockfish(Striped Bass) in the Albemarle Sound near the Edenton Bridge this as well.  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(2015)-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, 1/12, 11/13, 11/14, 11/15, 11/16, 11/17, 11/18, 11/19, 11/20, 11/21, 11/22, 11/23, 11/24, 11/25, 11/26, 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


DECEMBER(2015)-I am currently OPEN on 12/1, 12/2, 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, 12/27, 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) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO)


Winter Fishing Trips 2015(December-Early March)-There are multiple options for the winter months(January/February).  Right now Striper fishing in the Croatan Sound is your best option.  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 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), 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.   

If you plan to fish out of Virginia Beach, rooms are available at:
The Days Inn - (800) 843-7096 - $29.95(Sunday-Thursday), $34.95(Friday & Saturday).  You MUST ask for the fisherman's special to get this rate. 
The Best Western 28th Street - (757)428-5370 or (800) 344-3342 - $45.00 seven days a week.  You MUST ask for the fisherman's special.


VIRGINIA BEACH WIND FORECAST

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
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


JANUARY(2016)-I am currently OPEN on 1/1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/11, 1/12, 1/13, 1/14, 1/15, 1/16, 1/17, 1/18, 1/19, 1/20, 1/21, 1/22, 1/23, 1/24, 1/25, 1/26, 1/27, 1/28, 1/29, 1/30, 1/31.  I will be scheduling 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or All day trips.  Multiple options in January.  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)***North Carolina Sound-side Rockfish(Striped Bass) in the Albemarle Sound ate the whole month of January in 2012 due to the mild winter.  We catch them over there up to 6 lbs.  Everything over there is on light tackle.  Season is open.  Three fish per person over 18 inches, seven days a week.  This is a short ride from the beach and a short ride from the Raleigh area!***  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), Bluefish, & Tautog.  (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 January GPS Directions
Edenton, NC Boat Ramp:  140 Midway Drive/Edenton, North Carolina/27932
Gum Neck/Upper Alligation River, NC Boat Ramp:  6885 Gum Neck Landing/Columbia, North Carolina/27925
Cashie River, NC Boat Ramp:
  Shipyard Landing /Windsor, North Carolina/27983

Columbia, NC Boat Ramp:  175 Ramp Road/Columbia, North Carolina/27925
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center NC:
  12130 NC Highway 12 South/Nags Head, North Carolina/27959
Virginia Beach Fishing Center VA:  200 Winston-Salem Avenue/Virginia Beach, Virginia/