Fishing in Eastern North Carolina

Fishing in Eastern North Carolina

Striped Bass, Bream, Bowfin, Largemouth and Crappie were landed today on the Roanoke.

by lydie jennings on 06/15/10

June 10    Roanoke River for some Striped Bass action, today was the second day of West blow and Rockfish must be full, they will not eat anything.  So plan B, Largemouth Bass and did well.

June 8    Huge Croakers, found some keeper Flounder and some slot Red Drum on some new Oyster Rocks on the Neuse!

June 4    Fished Ocracoke, Spanish and Blues in Blair and Wallace Ch.  Several boats were after the Cobia with catches also.

May 30    Roanoke River, Stripers are cutting minnows on top and a plenty of small Largemouth Bass.

May 29    Pungo River, plenty of Cownose Rays and a few Red Drum for a mid-day trip.

May 26    I've been rained on for 3 days now and the water is backing hard on the Pamlico.  There are a few Flounder and Red Drum, 0 Trout and some nice Croakers.  The other Captains that fish with me said the Pamlico Trout are gone, usually gone means you can still catch a few but these fish are gone.  Maybe I'll stumble on the hideout if there is one in the next few days.

May 23    Today was a fun day tried for a little of everthing and caught a little of everything.  Striped Bass, Bream, Bowfin, Largemouth and Crappie were landed today on the Roanoke.  Next week I shift to the Pamlico catching up on the Trout, Flounder and Red Drum, can't wait!

May 22    On the Roanoke, things still haven't settled out from the rain, 10 Striped Bass, several Largemouth and several Bowfin.

May 20    Few days of rain has the Roanoke mixed up, Fished today with about 20 Stripers landed.

May 15    Thought about a Cobia, found schooling Bluefish on the ride and had a ball catching!  

May 10    Not much on top today but triple hook ups all a.m. long!  Landed well over 100+ Striped Bass on the half day!  The fishing is on FIRE!

May 9    Crushed the Stripers!  Doubles, Triples!  All size classes!

May 8    Fished 2 hours, 40 Striped Bass

May 5    Awesome top water bite on the Stripers!

May 1    30 or so Striped Bass, most were bucks.  Also picking up a mixed bag on the Striped Bass trips, they incl. Gar, Largemouth Bass, Bowfin and the bream should fire up on this full moon!  On the salt side of the water there were some Trout caught and the Red Drum are out and about!

Landed over 100+ Striped Bass on the half day! The fishing is on FIRE!

by lydie jennings on 05/12/10

May 10    Not much on top today but triple hook ups all a.m. long!  Landed well over 100+ Striped Bass on the half day!  The fishing is on FIRE!

May 9    Crushed the Stripers!  Doubles, Triples!  All size classes!

May 8    Fished 2 hours, 40 Striped Bass

May 5    Awesome top water bite on the Stripers!

Big catch of Striped Bass! Plus Bowfin, Bream, Largemouth Bass & Gar!

by lydie jennings on 05/09/10

May 1    30 or so Striped Bass, most were bucks.  Also picking up a mixed bag on the Striped Bass trips, they incl. Gar, Largemouth Bass, Bowfin and the bream should fire up on this full moon!  On the salt side of the water there were some Trout caught and the Red Drum are out and about!

May 5    Awesome top water bite on the Stripers!

45 Striped Bass Today

by lydie jennings on 04/30/10

March 21, 2010    Roanoke River for Striped Bass, must of landed close to 45 Striped Bass!

Our Fishing Report Over the Past Two Years-42 Striped Bass on 4/23!

by lydie jennings on 04/30/10

April 25    Wind is howling, put the smack on some fish today, any cast that didn't pick up trash from the trees got a bite!  I even got to fish a little today and made an angler error on the largest fish I've had on this year.  I had him, turned him twice and then he ran straight toward a hazard and I put a little to much on him and pulled the hook!  O'well, that's how they get big.

April 23    42 Striped Bass on the half day!

April 19    Things fired back up!

April 18    Today the bite shut down, cool temps water was backing in, just one of those where the bite was tough.  The a.m. bite was shut down with only a handful of Striped Bass and the p.m. was a mirror image with only a handful of Striped Bass, couple of Gar hookups and a Catfish.

April 17    Fish moved a little with the big shift in water, had 2 anglers for the p.m. and they landed 24 Stripers out of the woods and a 49 inch Gar on 10 lb test!

April 16    West wind put the bite on!  74 Striped Bass casting for the day!

April 15    34 Striped Bass, few perch and some lunker Largemouth Bass.

April 11    Water hit 61, found some huge fish on top water this p.m. with a 50 fish day.

April 10    Conditions formed for a 30 fish 1/2 day on the Striped Bass with lots of nice perch mixed.

April 8    Roanoke River spawning run has started after a little lull for me!  Shad have decided to play a little and the Striped Bass numbers are back into the double digit half days.  There's been a few days that the bottom anglers have put smoke on them and casting has also been prducing some nice fish.  Water temps are in the mid 60's and Thursday produced an hour of top water action at dusk, so good things should be here with more to come.

March 23    Roanoke River to find a good Striper bite, found the fish but the wind wouldn't let us stay.  Rain, blowing 25 plus, cold, just tough conditions tried to find some areas that would allow us to catch fish without being blown off the boat but the wind found us eveywhere.  Caught 6, broke one off and a Gar.  When the customers opened their lunch box it revealed 5 bright yellow Bananas, and I almost fell out, you know the rule about Bananas onboard.

March 21    Roanoke for Striped Bass, must of landed close to 45 Striped Bass!

March 19    Went to the Neuse for Shad and it was shut down also, I seam to be good at shutting down the Shad bite these days, don't know whats up there.

March 18    Roanoke for Striped Bass to get myself back together, 40 fish day!

March 17    Tried the Roanoke for Shad and got a big Skunk.

March 12    Fished New Bern today in the blowing rain, landed one Striped Bass and had a few strikes, just tough conditions.

March 10    Plenty of muddy water, catching about a dozen Stripers a half day.

March 8    Past week the fishing has been fishing, putting together a handful of Striped Bass but having to work to get them.  The Commercial net season is open with a 10 fish limit so they can make quick work on the fish in the hot spots, so...... I'm having to search and fish a lot of areas to produce.  Looking back into my books you can see a huge drop in catch numbers when the net season opens.  I go from catching an average 30 fish on a half day to catching 7 or 8 fish on a half day.  Some say ole, March is a transition month, it's tough to catch fish when they start to suspend.  My experience is it's tough to catch fish that disappeared last night.

Shad, no good reports still, but things should start to fire off soon.

Feb.27    Yesterday the wind blew 30 all day, today I'm looing at 39.9 degree water on the rise, and all mud with a 12 mph wind!  Managed to search up 8 Striped Bass and a Gar or two for a half day.  Just couldn't get the fish to turn on, we were getting bites on every third cast of so but the fish were just shut down.  Forecast is calling for another snow day on Tuesday, maybe just maybe this will be the last.  We should be looking at water temps in the mid to high 40s and when they do get there, look out, I'm going to have a party!

Feb. 25    Snow is coming down.

Feb. 22-23    Pamlico River Striped Bass have been on a two day bite but it looks like the weather is going to make short work of fun under the sun.

Feb. 21    This was the  third day of the warming trend and the fishing produced.

Feb.19    Just coming out of another week of cold temps, hit the water around 9:30 looking at 39 degree water in search of some active Striped Bass.  Today was going to be just a little different, I had two experienced fly anglers looking to for the first Striped Bass of the year.  Within a half hour the first fish took a clouser  out of 19 foot of water and was in hand shortly after.  Fish number 2 set the pattern for the day and created a mixed bag of Striped Bass and Gar.  

Feb.14    Going Fishing, over 3 inches of snow on the dock, broke ice to get out, couldn't find fish in the river so broke ice through a creek and found some fish.  Ended up landing 2 Striped Bass and missed maybe 14 more.  Water temp 35

Feb. 9    Rain all day, Feb. 10 winds blowing 20+ all day, Feb 12. three inches of snow.

Feb. 7     cold blow

Feb. 6    Little Snow coming down on the Roanoke, winds blowing and the water is just looks crazy, not the forecast I want to pass on.

Feb. 5    Cold rain all day and night, what was left of the snow is now gone off the back deck.

Feb. 2    Rain, again and cold, weekly forecast also has 3 more days of rain it looks like.  Need a little break in these systems, the guides are getting the true meaning of "Cold, Hard Cash".

Jan. 30, 31    3" of snow, no, no, no!

Jan 28    Got to air a show for eastern NC and the days forecast was calling for the temps to hit mid 50 range, low winds.  Launched the boat at 8 a.m. with 35 degree temps and the water was thick!  All the runoff had hit from the prior rain, mixing things up to the max!  Found some fish caught one on the first cast and then nothing, the fish just couldn't see the lures.  Picked up and ran, muddy water, picked up and ran, muddy water, picked up and ran, muddy water, picked up and found the last of the clear and the fishing was epic.  The camera rolled through 2 batteries and two disk of catching and then the camera man got some catching with us!  All in all a great time on the water, be sure to check out for part one of Roanoke Rockfish.  Don't mind the missed hook sets by yours truely the fish were chomping and I was poking all that would bump the lure.  Also I think I said Jan. maybe 20 times but that was my first rodeo and I'm sure "when" will not be a missing clue.  Couple of hours the total was 30+.

Jan.26    Coming off the 3inch down poor of rain, don't know what it's going to do for clear winter water but it will increase flow and the catch numbers went to a 40 fish half day and the big fish were back.

Jan.24    Water is back up to 44 degrees, got a strong South wind that brought a day of 60+ degree weather and I put the smack on the Stripers.  Over 40.

Jan. 17    Looking for the big fish that we were on before the ice, 3 hours 8 Striped Bass, missed 8 more, East wind + ice cold water made it shut down.  Glad to see the air temps get above 60.

Jan. 16    Water starts at 35 degrees, creeks still holding ice, looking for a pattern to start the day.  Fish on!  Doubles!  1/2 day trip ended with 30 Striped Bass, a dozen or so missed, and a Gar that could give the state record a run.

Jan. 15    Creeks still covered in ice, river temps started at 33-34 degrees backing off the trailer, air temps started at 30 degrees, a million thoughts run through my head for a pattern.  Marked some fish but couldn't make them bite, tweaked a little on the pattern and moved, fish on!  1/2 day trip ended with 8 Striped Bass and missed a half dozen or so.

Jan. 8-10    Raleigh Fishing Expo, thanks to all for coming out!  Eastern NC has been hit by a week of cold temps turning the creeks to ice, this will be the coldest water temps I've tried to fish.


Dec.31    More rain last night into the a.m., water temp pushed down to 41 on the Roanoke but managed to find some new fish runs.  Landed 54 Stripers casting, most all were over 5lbs with some pushing up to 9 lbs.  Great fishing!

Dec. 28    Family outing, wanted to get my wife and son on some fish so I returned to the Roanoke so my 2 year old could break in his new rod.  Mom missed a fish on the third cast but got one on the 5th.  Kaden landed him a 2 pounder with a little help on the cast but he's got it down.  We were able to fish for an hour and landed 7 good fish.

Dec. 27    Just got some more rain, but headed back to the Roanoke to see if the Stripers were starting to run the winter pattern.  The water is the highest I've seen in 4 years and back to the good-ole-days of fishing in the mud.  Despite the 44 degree, muddy, high, ripping current I was able to go straight to the fish and had a customer land a fish within the first 20 cast.  Half day trip one customer landed 16 or so and missed a few more, most fish were in the 4 plus pound range.  It's on now!

Dec. 10    Now we are looking for a break from the rain pattern so we can get back on the Stripers.

Nov.    Catching Striped Bass on the Pamlico River, Neuse River and Roanoke River.

Oct. 16    Back on the Pamlico to tune in some fish and try some new ideas and things turned out great!  The Stripers were willing despite the wind and cold mist.  Ended up with around 18 top water catches and many more strikes.

Oct. 11  This was my first trip back to the Roanoke in several months, I wanted to see if the Striped Bass were in some of the old holes and within 20 cast, I found them.  Also found a new stump in some deep water and played with the Largemouth Bass for a while.  Half day trip ended with around 10 Stripers, close to 30 Largemouth, several Perch and a mix of Jack and Bowfin.  All in all the fishing was off the charts.

I haven't taken the time to post in some time but fishing has been great, Aug. was full of Tarpon, Sept was full of Huge Red Drum, Oct. went off the charts with both trophy Reds and slot class fish and with the temps cooling quickly, I've changed gears and started after the Striped Bass.

Aug. 8    The Trophy Red Drum are making a showing but the Tarpon bite has gone off the charts with some awesome, awesome catches!

July 11    The Flounder bite is on, Pamlico River call for some details!  

July 3    a.m. trip one person landed 40+ on top water.

July 1    Striped Bass should last until the water drops, you need to get in on it while it's a sure thing!.

June 24    Roanoke River Striped Bass are on Fire, I have a top water bite that is lasting up to 4 hours, then we're catching them deep.  All fish are being released alive the water temp is still in the 70's.

June 22    Puppy Drum, Flounder and Seatrout!  

June 3    This week I've been picking up lots of Flounder, some nice Puppy Drum, and some nice Seatrout with some mixed Striped Bass along the way.

May 25    I'm catching Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Bream, Flounder, Puppy Drum and more.

April 16    Stripers are still on bottom but thick, White Perch are going strong also, Largemouth Bass are chomping in the creeks.

April 4    Stripers are in high gear, catching plenty on bottom, some casting and a few on top in the prime time.  Shad today were a little slow but I didn't spend much time hunting them either. Largemouth Bass plenty!  It looks like I have April 9th and 10th open.

March 28    Shad are running strong, Stripers are hit or miss but the water should be gearing up for good things to happen, Largemouth are steady just running a little small.

March 23    Water temp has declined again with the added rain and began to rise with lots of stained water, the fishing has declined with the "not so perfect conditions" but as soon as the water holds a great pattern will develop.  Anyone wanting April dates needs to book now!

March 15    Water temp has hit the 50's, I'm catching Stripers, Shad, Largemouth Bass and Perch.

March 1    The last two weeks of Feb. where spent working on last years tax info and ramping up the 2009 advertisements, tournament locations and all the paperwork involved.  Over the weekend we had a huge rain and some cold temps but later in the week we should see some nice weather, as soon as things settle a little "spring" fishing should kick off.

Feb. 16    Pleased to post the first fishibx Striped Bass Tournament of 2009 is coming March 22nd,  for details visit the tornament page!  Hope to see you there.

Feb.11    Couple of days of warm weather has changed the surface water temp, plenty of water at 48 and should hit 50 by the weeks end, Stripers are still around and willing, Shad are making a show but not thick, if the weather maintains the anglers will have the cat out of bag, can't wait!  Anyone wanting to book for the "Striper keeper season" should drop me a line, don't wait until the end, the fish are here now!

Feb. 1    Water temp. 42, SW wind 15+, landed 21 Stripers and 1 Gar.

Jan. 16    Wow!  Super cold blast hit NC with the temp. not gettting over freezing the whole day, despite frozen line, reels and rods the total Striper count ended at 97 on a half day trip.  Water temp dropped to 39 at the ramp and 44 in the river, Air temp. started at 12 degrees and went to 27 for the high.  

Jan. 12    NEW 2009 RECORD!  Hit the Albemarle Sound around 8:30 with a customer and had the first fish on within the first 10 cast.  Days total 67 Stripers, temp 45, E wind @ 5mph, and water temp 46.

Jan. 9    Va. boys wanted to land some fish on the fly, total for the half day was 34 Stripers and 1 Largemouth.  Also checked out some of the creeks of the Roanoke River to see if the fish were showing up in the traditional areas and within 5 cast, fish on.  Great things to come from here!

Jan.3    Bridges were a litlle slick but made it to the ramp, landed 19 Stripers on a half day.

Jan.2    Broke out the Largemouth tactics and played with the elctronics a little, decided to pinpoint fish on the fish finder and bounce jigs, spoons and drop-shot.  Landed over 35 Stripers and a huge Gar.

Jan. 1    Huge push of Striped Bass have shot up the Roanoke River, unless they stage again Weldon should have some fish in three weeks or so.


Dec. 31    Cold wind, hot fishing!  1 customer, 33 Stripers on the Roanoke River.

Dec. 29    NEW WINTER RECORD,  landed 90 Stripers on a long half day despite the rain and cool temps.  Hats off to Hudson, Chris and "Bill".

Dec. 26    Water temp 47 with much cleaner water, landed over 35 fish on a half day.  E wind at 7mph

Dec. 22    N wind and below freezing temps, with a 30 degree drop in temp overnight we only landed 5 Stripers for the a.m.  Water dropped 2' overnight, temp. 46 and muddy.

Dec. 18    Back to the old school tricks, a.m. trip landed 38 Stripers &1 Largemouth.  Wather temp. 51 E, NE wind @ 7mph.

Dec. 16    Tried some new ideas which didn't pan, 1 striper on a SE wind.

Dec. 14    NW wind, water temp 46, landed 31 Stripers on a half day.

Dec. 12    a.m. trip with 22 Stripers

Dec. 7    16 Stripers in two hrs., water temp. 46, wind N-NW 15+

Dec. 6    20 Stripers on an a.m. trip on the Roanoke.

Dec. 5    Hit the water late, picked up some quality Stripers on the Roanoke.

Nov. 10    Stripers are on!

Nov. 1    Fall patterns are taking place, there was a drop in water temp. which moved some fish to deeper water and tightened up the bait.  As a result the fish keyed into schooling mode and took advantage of the concentrated bait.  Stripers, Trout and Largemouth will be the target for the weeks ahead.


Fishing for Shad

by lydie jennings on 04/30/10

March 19, 2010    Went to the Neuse River for Shad and it was shut down also, I seam to be good at shutting down the Shad bite these days, don't know whats up there.

Fishing Report...What's Biting and Where

by lydie jennings on 04/30/10

March 18, 2010 Roanoke River for Striped Bass to get myself back together, 40 fish day!