Fishing in the Neuse River out of Oriental, NC this past week. The hunt was on and we did not find fish on every stop. But, when we found bait, we found plenty of fish and most of them were very nice fish. You can see from the pictures that patience and hard work and plenty of boat fuel put fish in the boat.
One thing that I did find this week is that we had to use different baits everyday. One day was soft plastics jigged. Another was Gulp Shrimp for the best bite and yet another was a different soft plastic that we found worked well and steadily both jigged and swimming. So, you have to think while you fish and find what they want as early as possible.
When the wind changes direction, you may find you must change how and what your bait is and how you fish it.

Next month I will be spending some time looking for Tarpon in the Pamlico Sound and then in August and September I will begin fishing for Old Drum. For some reason my books are wide open with only a few spots filled. A half day trip for Tarpon or Old Drum is $500 for up to 3 anglers. If you are interested in getting in on this, please contact me as soon as possible to nail down your date.

Tarpon speak for themselves. They can go over 100 pounds. The Old Drum range from 40 to 55 inches and are some of the hardest fighting fish in our estuary. In the past 3 years I have boated, with clients, 235 Old Drum. It is a great fishery and catch and release is what we are doing with these as the slot to keep these fish is 18-27 inches. A 40 inch Drum is a fish that will earn you a Citation from Marine Fisheries if you put in the paperwork. You will get a framable 8×10 card stock certificate and I will take pictures of you with your fish so you could frame that with your certificate and have a lifelong memory. Call 252-864-6683 to reserve your day or days with me on the water targeting these giants.

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