Fishing Report

Friday, October 19, 2018

Yesterday Patrick and I had the pleasure of having Dick Hensel and a two of his 85 year old pals on the Sensation for a half day venture on the Sensation. Another of Dick's friends had to be hospitalized and couldn't make it. We were scheduled to fish a 3/4 day but a 30 knot Northeast wind kept us close to shore and although we didn't have an exceptional fishing day, Dick and his Good Friends had an exceptional day simply bantering back and forth and being together on God's beautiful ocean. You can see these three special Gents on the photo page along with their Bluefish, Spanish and Kingfish that hit the iron skillet with House Autry last night. Life's all about Good Friends so spend all the time that you can with yours doing what you Love. The wind has subsided and some of the fleet headed offshore today so stand by and I'll give you a later report.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Several boats scored on the Sailfish on Sunday including the Sensation with Kendall Egerton catching her first ever Sail and she had her Dad Tommy with her along with boyfriend Buddy on board. Check out the photo page. The Coverage caught 3 Sailfish as did the Bootlegger and the Pelagic caught 5 out of 7. Plenty of action too with the Wahoo and Blackfin Tuna bite. Sensation had some lunkers including a 50 pounder. Patrick and I will be running the Delta Dawn during the months of February and March in the Dominican Republic at Casa De Campo. There are several all inclusive packages available and the fishing is phenomenal. Please send me an email to if you would like to see the packages and availability. I?ll get right back to you. Would be really special to have you on board fishing with me :))

Sunday, October 14, 2018

28 boats stepped up to fish in the Brownbag Wahoo Challenge and at the end of the day Carteret County Domestic Violence gets a nice check to help out with the new Safe Harbor that?s being constructed and three teams are the proud owners of Brown Bags :)) Long time former Sensation Mate Capt Alan (Big Country) Scibal was on the bridge of his new boat, First Look, and led his team to a first place finish with a 48.9 pounder, followed by Capt Wade Fickling on the General and in Capt Ralph Griffin of the Fin Print finished 3rd. Scott Beane and crew aboard the Sensation missed 3rd place by one ounce:(( but a good day on the beautiful North Atlantic was had by all. Heading out shortly to watch another beautiful sunrise across Cape Lookout shoals. I?m hopeful that whatever you do today will put a smile on your face :))

Friday, October 12, 2018

In 2004 a few of us started a fun Wahoo only tournament in Oct with the goal to raise $ for research necessary to build a local Hospice home, and with that humble beginning the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House has now cared for hundreds of families. The Calcutta Wahoo Challenge, as it was known then, is now called the Brownbag Wahoo Challenge and it continues to help serve the needs of our community. For the past several years proceeds went to the Hope Mission and this year will go to the Domestic Violence Safe Harbor campaign. I'm looking out my window right now looking over toward Atlantic Beach, the storm has passed, the lights are reflecting off silky smooth water, and the forecast for the next several days is Sunny skies, light winds and nice seas. What we do know is that after being pinned to the dock for the past several days, boats will be sailing tomorrow and the BIG Wahoo are out there waiting for us. The Wahoo Challenge is ON for tomorrow. Hope to see you at Jack's tonight for registration and the 7:00 Captains Meeting.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

With Michael getting ready to roar thru NC late today into Friday morning our biggest concern is power outages and of course all of the tarps that have been put on roofs to contain leaks being blown off. The offshore forecast for Saturday is excellent right now with 5-15 knot winds and 3-4 foot seas and the Brownbag Wahoo Challenge is still on schedule ., unless we have power outages or more wind damage that affects housing for our participants as well as how the storm affects many of our participants who live upstate ., stay tuned until tomorrow morning and we'll see how we all fair. If we do not have the tournament this Saturday it will be rescheduled for October 20. Been mostly a good week so far and I sure hope that it continues. Fingers crossed

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Yep Jarrett Bay's Hull #1 Sensation, which has sailed for more than 30 years welcomes Fall of 2018 in style with some darn great catches. Yesterday Diana Thorne arranged an offshore trip for her hubby and three of his great friends aboard the Sensation and they were not disappointed, taking home plenty of Wahoo and Mahi. Although we caught fish all day long, many were Barracuda and Albacore but by the end of the day we had 9 really nice Wahoo in the fish box. The General, Dancin Outlaw, Bill Collector, Reel Country, Twin Fin, Energizer and Island Girl also enjoyed nice catches. Oh and I forgot to tell you that Captain Mark Chambers on the Reel Country fought and released a 300+ pound Blue Marlin, a real treat for an October day, and Reel Country also released 3 Sailfish yesterday. You need to make that "Hwy 70 Ride" and get on down here :))

Saturday, October 06, 2018

The old adage that Fishing is Fishing and not Catching was certainly true for Floyd and Terry Edwards along with their crew on the Sensation ?. we trolled and trolled and trolled in the same areas that the day before produced a nice catch of some really Big Wahoo with Steve Brinkley and his customers , unfortunately yesterday we just did a lot of Fishing , at the end of the day we did make the day better by stopping on a really good Trigger Fish bottom and loading up on a bunch of Dandies and we did manage to catch a few Mahi and a nice Sailfish. But sometimes I think that I'd do much better just Fishin in the Dark ., Yeehaw :)) check out the photo page and see the past couple of days results and get out there today and have you a good one !!

Thursday, October 04, 2018

After being on shore for several days now I'm ready to get back out there amongst them and Good Lord willing Patrick and I will get after them again starting today for a few days. Yesterday my Friend Captain Brian Harrington of the Extreme Measures sacked up 14 Wahoo and he told me that at least half of them were Citation size, over 40 pounds each. I'm sure hopeful that we're gonna find a few of those today. Next week will be here before we know it :))) ??, and a great week will cap off with the Brownbag Wahoo Challenge on Saturday so get on down here.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Our Fall Fishing here on the Crystal Coast is shaping up to be just as good as we had hoped for with the annual migration of the Wahoo ?., and they're getting bigger every day. Yesterday a couple of boats caught limits of the Striped Strangers along with Blackfin Tunas and Sailfish. We're happy to see all of this action just ahead of the Brown Bag Wahoo Challenge which is scheduled a week from Saturday on Oct 13. 10% of the proceeds from that one day Fun Wahoo only tournament will be going to the Carteret County Domestic Violence program, which is in the process of building a new Safe Harbor for scared and hurting women and children who are need protection. Get your crew together and join us for good fishing and good fellowship. Registration and Captain's meeting will be at Jack's Waterfront Bar between 5-8 on Fri Oct 12. I'm really looking forward to seeing you next week !!! :)))

Sunday, September 30, 2018

I'm quite confident that Senators Chuck Schumer and Cory Booker are pure as the driven snow and suffered from fluorescent burns from doing nothing but studying throughout high school and college. If Judge Kavanaugh cannot be confirmed then who would possibly want to put themselves up for nomination. My Grandfather was a Democrat but he would not tolerate being ruled by the Fruitcakes that are governing what once was a Great Political Party. But on a happier note the Wahoo fishing here on the Crystal Coast is GREAT !!!. Not many boats ventured offshore the past couple of days but those that did have been greeted by good Wahoo, Sailfish, Gaffer Dolphin and Blackfin Tuna fishing. Check out the photo page to see Wendell Sugg's crew from Friday and Steve Garity's Bachelor party trip yesterday. And the Brown Bag Wahoo Challenge is only 2 weeks away and it's gonna be FUN !!! Brown Bags of Cash to the Winners !!! Really looking forward to October getting here :))

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