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Catching report - August 15th August 16, 2009

andrew with fish imageHere’s my latest fishing report for the Topsail Island area: I had the opportunity to go out with my buddy Andrew yesterday on his 21’ Sea Hunt.  Andrew lives in Virginia but has a place in Topsail Beach and spends his vacations there.  He’s originally from Florida and is an avid angler!

The weather man was calling for decent seas so we decided to head offshore 25-30 miles looking for some mahi but also putting us in position for some nice bottom critters.  Andrew had a minor issue with his motor the night before so we headed to a spot near the first set of box cars as a first stop just to make sure all was okay before we headed out.

At my little rock, we trolled for a while catching 2 small kings and a medium small dolphin.  We were more set-up for dolphin and sailfish (spreader bars, ballyhoo rigs on daisy chains, etc) than for kings/dolphins so missed a few kings due to short strikes.  We did hook up one decent size king but he came unbuttoned near the boat. All the kings were release but the dolphin went in the box.

There was plenty of bait in the water but didn’t seem like any big fish were around and all was working well so we headed out to a spot in about 90-100 feet of water.  We trolled for a while with at least two sailfish knockdowns but couldn’t get a hook up.  So we switched over to bottom fishing and boated four nice sliver snapper, some grunts a really decent size triggers and a few other fish.  We saw a sand tiger shark that was at least 150 pounds follow one of our grunts up.  Andrew stuck a light line out but guess the shark was holding out for a grouper or something else tasty.

Then as we were finishing up a really huge, I mean HUGE shark came up to the boat.  My jaw dropped so low I almost drown smile, Andrew thinks it was tiger shark (not a sand tiger but an actual tiger shark) as it has lots of spots on its back.  I’m not sure but think he is probably right, all I know is that I’m glad he didn’t hand around too long!

It was a bit bumpy going out but the wind laid out and it was plan slick cam coming back home.  So we stopped for a quick troll at my rock on the way home, no luck though.

Was a great day on the water with a good friend, fair seas and some fresh fish in the box!


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Topsail King Mackerel Tournament August 06, 2009


This year’s tournament is geared toward local boats and levels the playing field for smaller boats.  Great prizes and lower entry fee, check it out at

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