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  • #21
    Today we were on another botto

    Today we were on another bottom fishing mission!!! We had with us Skeeter Midgette, James Midgette Jr., and Margie Midgette from Winnabow,NC and Ricky Midgette from Wilmington,NC.

    The day was filled with eventful events. James caught his first King Mackeral, and a nice one at that!!! Skeeter and Ricky caught a little bit of everything, but, the real prize winner was Margie. This lady caught two Kings at one time. She had one on the hook and the other one had wrapped its tail up in the line in front of the one on the hook. I've been fishing a long time, I have never seen anything like that before. To top it off, she wanted a grouper, so she catches one. But not just any grouper would do, she catches a real nice Black Grouper. First one of those I've seen in a long time!!!

    We ended the day with limits of Grey Snappers, Pinky's, Black Bass, Triggerfish, Almaco Jacks, King Mackeral, Grouper, and Sharks. The day was another beautiful day in God's glorious domaine. We are so fortunate we have the opportunity to share it with fishermen and fisherwomen and make so many lasting memories!! Check out other reports and pictures at Till next time, FISH ON!!! Capt Butch, 1st Mate Landon, and "Admiral Bodie" the fish dog says HI!!!.


    • #22
      The Wrightsville Beach Fishing

      The Wrightsville Beach Fishing and Carolina Beach Fishing action has been steady over the past two weeks. That is the main reason why these reports are getting further and further apart. When the fishing is good, the harder it is to stay on top of these reports! We have LOTS of pic’s and 2 new VIDEOS we just produced and we hope you enjoy watching them as much as we did making them! Now for the fishing report…..
      The flounder bite is picking up! They are biting in shallow water, deep water, ledges….everywhere. The preferred bait has been either live bait or Berkley Gulp! The redfish are stacked up and are working the docks and structure on the ICW, and the Wrightsville Beach docks seem to be producing the best. The flats are producing well when the wind allows and we had 2 of the best sight casting days that I can remember with lots of redfish caught and released. The flats are very non wind dependent and if the conditions are windy we simply fish the creeks or other nearby structure that is out of the wind. We produced a nice inshore slam under these conditions a few days back. The Bluefish are still around and have been snapping off a few carolina rigs every now and again.
      The Spanish are near the beach and are scattered one minute and schooled tight the next. Look for bait suspended in the water column (be sure to pull a planer through it!) or for fish breaking the surface. Always keep a light casting rod ready with 10lb test to sight cast to the Spanish. The tide lines near the inlets have been producing nice Spanish and are a good place to begin your search. The King Mackerel have finally taken up residence in the usual spots that are 5-10 miles off of the beach. We picked up a nice 12lb King Mackerel just off of the Blockade Runner 3 days ago. If the wrecks and AR’s are full of boats venture off to a near by ledge for best results. Live bait has been doing well but the dead cigars have been catching the majority of the fish. The Cobia bite is going strong and the Amberjacks are stacked up on the offshore AR’s. Try live menhaden for best results.

      Be sure to check out our new King Mackerel on a Fly Rod by clicking here:

      Also check out our new Hammerhead on a Flounder Rod Video by clicking here:

      There is NO DOWNLOADING….just double click the play button and it plays!
      Be sure to turn up your audio!

      For this week’s pictures click here: REEL ADVENTURE WEEKLY FISH PICS!

      Good fishing!
      Capt. Matt Wirt
      -Reel Adventure Charters
      -Next Level Custom Rods
      910-540-0570 Wilmington, NC


      • #23
        Southport,nc Fishing Report

        With a tropical storm brewing on the offshore grounds our offshore trip was cancelled for today.

        I was already planning what I was going to do with the day off Saturday when Bob Mace called to do a 1/2 day Spanish Mackeral trip.

        Bob and I have tried to get out before to the Gulfstream but was blown out by bad weather every time.

        This time with the winds coming from the NNE, a 1/2 day would work for us because the beach would be calm.

        I met up with Bob and Lisa Mace who own MACE ELECTRICAL SERVICE and with them were Joe Zlato, John Smith, and Garry Stamey all from Charlotte,NC.

        The Spanish Mackeral started off slow and progressed as the day went on.

        I located them about 15 feet of water just west of Yaupon Pier and they were biting best on the gold 00 Clark Spoons on #1 planers.

        An occasional fish would come on the 11/2 ounce trolling weight.

        We were having a lot of double hook up's on the planers, with some triples thrown in as well.

        After 1st Mate Barbara landed a few and the guys seen how it was done, they took over and were putting the Spanish Mackeral in the boat.

        We caught a lot of fish, and as in Spanish fishing some of the time they were too short and had to be thrown back for another day, but they were still fun to catch!!

        Around 11:00AM the sun was high and the winds shifted to the East, and as the East winds does down here, it shut the bite off!!

        We had plenty of fish to eat, had great conversation, and we all had fun catching the Spanish Mackeral, (the added bonus to a "fishing trip")

        We wound up with 37 nice keepers, that's 74 fillets for future fish dinners.

        The best part of the trip for me today again was the fine people I met today!!

        There are still some mighty fine folks left in this world and I do believe that most of them like to fish!!

        I do know that the people that fish with us are all some of the Greatest people in the world!!!

        See pic's at

        Till next time, FISH ON, Bob!! (he knows what I mean) Capt Butch, 1st Mate Barbara, and "Admiral Bodie" the fish dog says, Yeah, I dazzled everyone today with my charm and fish scaling ability!!


        • #24
          SOUTHPORT,NC Fishing Report


          We were headed offshore today with Tim Greene, Kevin Stanley, Eldon Hinegardner, Jerry Fredell, Olin Huffman, from Marganton,NC and Mike Greene from Lenoir,NC.

          We found the fish in the 350's area to be biting pretty good. The highlite of the morning was a big Hog Nose Snapper and a big Almaco Jack that gave a great fight all the way to the boat!!

          On the lite line the first King Mackeral we had was big enough that she bit through the #6 wire. We almost got her into gaff range before the wire parted and estimated her in the 30's.

          The next king was just above "snake" barely but then after that the current started backing up into the wind and that made running a lite line impossible for us as we anchor to bottom fish.

          We tried drifting so we could run the lite line but then everyone was staying tangled so we scraped that idea.

          We ended the day with the cart 3/4 full of fish for the crew, that's around 250 to 300 lbs. of fish. That should make a nice fish fry for everyone!!

          We all had a beautiful day even though the winds and seas picked up in the evening making the ride home a little "sporty" in the 3 to 5 foot seas, but the "old Mako" made short work of them as she challenged each and every one at a crusing speed of 30 knots and a dry ride!!!

          We didn't go out today, the weather was unstable and it looked like trouble was in the mix. As I have said so many times in the past, if you are not sure go with your first instincts!!

          As it would happen, strong storms developed on the coast. Reports of at least two boats capsizing and one drowing so far. Guy's, it's a grim reminder that a fish is not worth the chance.

          Just think what would have happened if these storms had taken an offshore path instead of going up the beach.

          Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims and their familys!!

          As for fishing tomorrow, I haven't decided yet. But you can bet that if there is the slightest chance of bad weather, we won't have a report on the fishing because I won't have my fishermen out there unless I know it's safe!!!

          Till next time, stay safe, fish smart, and God Bless!!!

          Fish On!!!!
          Capt. Butch


          • #25
            Winter Fishing?????

            I can truly say that we started the charter season off today in grand style!!

            We were on a bottom fishing trip today with Danny Gillis, Joshua Waller, Alice Davis, Will Davis from Salisbury,NC and with them was Donnie Mabe from China Grove,NC.

            Our first stop proved to be the right place to be today!! We got the "Yeah Right II" anchored up on the down current side of a rock ledge and the Black Bass were there just waiting for our baits.

            The action was so hot that I had to come down from the fly bridge and give Capt. Chris a hand. He can usually keep up with a six man crew but today the fish were biting so good that both of us had trouble keeping up...

            If you are a Black Bass fisherman, this is your time of year. Even though the commercial segment of the Black Bass fishery is closed to commercial fishing, the recreational/charter headboat segment is still open, and there are some Big Bass biting now!!!

            Oh yeah, the Spiney Dog Sharks are here as well!! These are one of the best eating sharks that swim. It's the same fish that made "Fish N' Chips" famous!!!

            It may be cold and you have to pick your days, but when you get a good day, the fish are there!!

            The water was dirty all the way to the Horse Shoe area, and there was very few Gannetts in the area. Bluefin signs didn't look good in the area.

            As far as the temperature of the water, I can't say, my unit went haywire in the temp dept, either that, or the water temp was 90.3*

            Thanks guys for helping us start the season off in grand style. It was another one of those days that memories are made from!!!

            Till next time, God Bless!!!!
            Fish On!!!!
            Capt's Butch & Chris Foster


            • #26
              VIDEO Gulfstream Fishing Tuna, Dolphin, Grouper, Trigge

              We fished the Gulf Stream last Thursday, 72 miles off Topsail Island, NC. Caught 6 Mahi, 1 Blackfin Tuna, 2 BIG Grouper, 3 Triggerfish, a limit of silver snapper (pinkies), and our first Triple Tail. On the way out tot the stream we crossed some awesome bottom that we had to fish and Captain Chris Medlin pulled in a big Red Grouper within minutes. When we got to trolling, we had the long line hit with in seconds of deploying all the lines. All in All, a Fantastic Day.

              Captain Scott Erickson