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Old Drum fishing September 16, 2012

I had the opportunity to take a few days off this week-end and do some fishing and relaxing at my friend’s vacation home in Oriental, NC (Neuse River).  I had a great week-end, relaxed and caught some fish! 

On Friday my buddy, Randy, and I went out with Captain Dave Stewart of Knee Deep Charters in Minnesott Beach.  Dave also owns a tackleshop there - www.pamlicotackle.com.  We caught a nice size old drum a piece, mine was 45” long.  I also caught a large sting ray and an “almost” 15” flounder. I was amazed that flounder hit a 10/0 hook with a huge chunk of mullet on it.  Dave is a class act - I highly recommend him for charters or tackle!

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I have been thinking about getting a kayak and this week-end I had a chance to try out three different ones.  I really enjoyed fishing form one but it does take some adjustments for a guy like me that is use to some space in the boat.  I’m keeping me an eye out for a good deal now, so I guess I’m hooked smile

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Wahoo, Wahoo & Wahoo! September 02, 2012

Finally, a chance to go fishing.  Between my work schedule and the weather, I had not been fishing since April 15th.  I was invited to go out with my friend Taylor on his boat to chase some wahoo out near the Gulf Stream.  Steve & Doug went as well.

As we approached our spot (about 5 miles from our destination) we deployed some high speed lures made by Ballyhood - we call them cow bells.  We were trolling at about 18mph when we got our first fish.  Doug pulled in a nice upper twenties Wahoo on the purple/black lure!  Nice start.

Then a few minutes later the clicker sounder on the other rod and the fight was on.  It was my turn in the rotation and the line was going out fast, then I started gaining on him, then the line went limp.  I reeled as fast as I could for about 20 seconds and the line went tight again.  The wahoo had made a run straight for the boat.  I guess once he felt the hook in his mouth again it made him mad cause then he made a 100 yard yard dash AWAY from the boat this time.  Taylor gaffed him superbly.  He looked huge.  He weighed in at just over 51 pounds.  Very nice fish, indeed!

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Steve was up next and caught a bailer mahi, still on the cow bells - a first for us.  The last fish of the day came on a dead ballyhoo about 2 hours after the fun started.  Taylor landed a mid twenties Wahoo.

  Awesome day, beautiful day on the water and good fishing!

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