I heard earlier this week that the king bite off Topsail Island had been heating up, so I have been looking forward to going today. Gery and I left around 6 am out of New Topsail Inlet . We had lines in the water by 6:30 and the first bite of the morning within minutes of putting out the spread. We were all smiles and sensed it was going to be a great morning. The first fish came unbuttoned and the second bite was a short strike. Speaking of strikes, we were 0 fer 2 so far….........
But then our luck changed and we had a good solid hook up and our first king of the day is in the boat. A few minutes later another lines goes off. Gery is fighting the fish and I’m clearing lines and driving. Then another reel goes to buzzing, we are doubled up! We managed to get both fish to the boat! Wow, we are really stoked now. It’s 7:30 and we have 3 kings in the boat! It is slow for a while, a shark gets on and then gets dispatched back into the deep blue. Things are quite for a half hour or so but just as we are thinking the bite has tapered off the long line starts singing, I take it out of the holder and hand to Gery to fight. As soon as I do that, the port medium long line goes to singing so I’m fighting that fish, now we are doubled up. Then the starboard long line goes to singing! We have a triple header going. We ended up getting two of the kings to the boat including our largest of the day, a nice 18 pounder Gery landed.
30 minutes before low tide, the bite just dies. It stayed dead for over an hour. just as we were about to move, we get a strike. This one turns out to be a 28” Spanish Mackerel, sweet! Once we get it in the box and get our spread out, another line goes off. Gery is fighting the fish and I’m positioning the boat when all of a sudden, the boat quits turning. The helm wheel turns but not the motor, feels like the cable is broke inside the steering box. We loose the king about then as well.
I called sea tow and with in 30 or 40 minutes Capt. Doug arrives and gives us a tow back home. He did a great job towing us through the inlet (which has a sand bar all the way across again), hats off to Capt. Doug! We are smiles though, we have 5 kings and a nice Spanish in the box and a very pleasant day morning of fishing and friendship!
It was a challenging day but also a rewarding one. We left the Surf City ramp at 3:30am headed for the Gulf Stream in a dense fog. The fog came in patches as we made our way south in the ICW. As we approached Topsail Creek and the inlet, the fog became VERY Dense. In fact we couldn’t see more than 25 yards and we were better off without the light as it was just reflected back at us. Of course the NTI buoys are NOT lit, so we had to “feel” our way through the inlet as we could not find the buoys, it took over an hour to get out.
On the way out we lost out sonar. We had planned to troll and bottom fish. We decided to continue on and just troll. Once we arrived at the gulf stream the seas were calm but with just enough breeze to put a ripple on the surface (perfect for trolling). Within 30 minutes we had our first fish on, turned out to be a nice fat 28 pound wahoo, we were stoked at this point! It was caught on a Bluewater Candy mini-jag in purple and black.
We had a couple of short strikes then boated a small dolphin. Then another. Next up was another Wahoo that hit one a large ballyhoo rigged with one of the new BWC Tweener skirts.
The ride back was fine for the first 35 miles but it was pretty wet and sloppy the last 30 miles or so. We were all smiles with a cooler full of fresh fillets and a few more stories to tell!