After several days of Nor'easter weather to deal with Wild Card had an offshore charter with good friends Michael and Jack Smiley, Israel Roughton and Clark O’Neal. Capt. Frank reported that the Gulf Stream was still pretty dirty from the recent rough seas but they were able to make the best out of the few bites they were able to entice.
It pays to be patient and have some flexibility sometimes when the weather wants to play havoc with the fishing charters. Ken and his boys Sam, Kyle and Andrew, from Pennsylvania, were scheduled to run their 3/4 Day Intermediate Charter on Wednesday. Thanks to the wind it was pushed to Thursday, and Capt Frank found a window of opportunity to go on Friday. Everyone had a great time and agreed they were glad they waited on a good weather day. Frank and first mate Cody had a lot of fun fishing with you guys and look forward to doing it again the next time you visit the Outer Banks!
Carolina Style ran two near shore trips with spanish mackerel and false albacore biting well on both trips. The Captains are reporting great fishing right now with those hard fighting albies showing up to compliment the spanish. The fishing should get better and better.
Wild Card had an AM half day near shore charter with some young folks from PA and VA. Unfortunately the hot spots from the previous afternoon turned cold and murky so the spanish mackerel were gone but they had a few hard fighting false albacore to keep them busy.
Wild Card reported that those hard fighting false albacore have shown in force just off the beach with rods going off three at a time and lots of releases. The group also caught a few spanish mackerel for dinners.
Wild Card ran an offshore charter trip targeting blueline tilefish. It was the last day of the tilefish season and they got some nice fat ones. When they mover off and started trolling they immediately hooked a yellowfin tuna which was devoured by all those "endangered" sharks we are plagued with now. Before finishing they located an abandoned boat which they reported to the Coast Guard.
Wild Card was happy to get back out with an offshore charter trip with Robert Taylor from Greenville NC, Richard Riggs from Va Beach, Steve Titus from Atlanta Ga and Chris Butts from Charleston SC. They caught blueline tilefish and yellowfin tuna despite the sharks getting more than their share. Nice day of fishing and a safe happy trip back in with the new engines.
Wild Card is back in their slip and ready to fish after a month long engine repair! They sea-trialed this morning and afternoon. Capt. Frank wanted to thank everyone for all the words of encouragement he received as he was rebuilding his engines. Let's help Wild Card make up for lost time and finish out the rest of the season with lots of charter trips.
Also back up and running is Carolina Style. Today in the AM they started just southeast of the inlet with their group from the Richmond VA area. They found an excellent catch of ribbonfish before moving off the beach a bit and finding some hard battling false albacore. Carolina Style and Sharky's thank these folks for their service!
The PM afternoon trip with folks from Maryland continued with another great ribbonfish bite and a good showing of false albacore. The group also had a bonus moonfish.
Thanks to Capt Ryan on X-Spearmint this fantastic family from Virginia ended their OBX vacation with fun fishing memories! Shelly said they had A BLAST and will definitely be back next year! Carter, Bryan, Nick, Tracy, Shelly and Dana made up the crew on this charter. Thank you for trusting us with your fishing experience and we can’t wait to fish with you again!
We have the best surf fishing clinic guide on the OBX!! Maybe we are partial, but our guide, Mark Clippinger, is awesome. We hung out with him this past Thursday to watch him in action. He had some nice keeper Sea Mullet and released even more. His buddy Steve, next to him, had a great day too, even landing a Flounder and Sea Mullet at one time. Mark prefers to use sand fleas as bait. He said, “They are a natural food source for fish, and are free!” There’s definitely a technique to using them. He taught us how to rig them up, keep fresh bait on the rigs, and how to read the water. Whether you are a visitor or a local be sure and sign up for his two hour clinic!
Adam and his boys, from Northern Virginia, had an awesome time fishing with Capt Will on the Reel Thang. Adam said Capt Will was friendly and very helpful. They had a nice haul of tasty trout on their half day charter. We sure hope to fish with your family again next time you visit with us!
Capt Frank and First Mate Cody recently did a make up charter for a 1/2 Day Near Shore Charter. If you are not familiar with make up charters it is when we combine small groups of people to “make up” a full boat charter. It’s a great way to get out fishing and save some money too when you don’t want to reserve the whole boat. This particular charter had three groups of two people each. Elizabeth and her son AJ, of West Virginia, were part of the crew. Elizabeth let us know they had a wonderful experience, and they cooked up their catch for dinner the next night. AJ told her it was the best fish he had ever eaten! We love hearing stories like that and being a part of OBX fishing memories of families like them! We truly look forward to fishing with you again on your next vacation here!
Any day on the ocean is better than a day in the office, but there are some days on the ocean that will create amazing memories for a lifetime! Thursday’s full day offshore charter with Capt Ralph and first mate IG on the Hayden’s Express was one of those days! Pictured are Shaun, Grant and Scott from Annapolis, MD, along with Bill, Connor and Bobby from Walkersville, MD. These guys caught a mess of Tilefish, Tuna, and a citation Blue Marlin! I would say that’s a pretty good haul for the first time on an offshore charter! Capt Ralph teased the crew, calling them ladies because everyone was getting so tired from reeling in fish! Both groups made vacation memories they will be talking about for years to come. We are honored to have been a part of your OBX fishing experience. I know we will see you guys again next summer! Thanks again!
Making fun fishing memories for our families is the best part of our job! Catrina and her son Paxton joined Capt Frank, along with first mate Cody, from the Sea Hag, on a fantastic 6 hour charter recently. Fishing is in Paxton’s blood with a grandfather who is a commercial fisherman and an uncle who is also a captain. Mom says he talks about fishing non-stop! Capt Frank and Cody could tell Paxton was sharp and knew what he was doing so they let him get involved in all aspects of the charter! Everyone had a blast on this charter and we are so thankful to have been a part of their OBX fishing experience. We look forward to fishing with this mom and son duo again!!
We were blessed to have this fun family from Vienna, Va. fish with Capt Troy on the Fowl Hooked. It was a beautiful day on the ocean for this 1/2 Day Nearshore Charter. They caught some really nice Spanish mackerel and king mackerel. Everyone had a great time, made some great memories, and brought home fish for dinner!! Pictured bottom row are Vipul, Kris, Aiden and Hannah. Upper row are Sonia and Brian. You guys were great to work with and fun to fish with. Come back and see us next year!!
Wild Card called their day offshore The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. They had regular yearly customers Ryan and Roy Lupton. Ryan started out with a white marlin that threw the hook after a few jumps. The next bite Ryan had "something" really big until 2/3 of our braid backing was gone, only to have the hook pull free from down in the deep. Roy had the next bite that ended up being was his first ever Sailfish which he released. Last bite of the day came about 5 minutes before "lines in" and it turned out to be a wahoo for Ryan. Then while having a beautiful ride in the port side engine gave up the ghost with a bang!!! So long story short Wild Card is broken down until they get this engine problem figured out. Fishing is a wonderful way to try to make a living but it can also be extremely frustrating.
Dan, Kendra and their beautiful kids had a fun charter with Capt Ralph on the Hayden Express. Fishing was a little bit slow, but as you can see this group still had a nice catch and made family memories to take back with them to Michigan! We thoroughly enjoyed working with your wonderful family and hope to see you again next year!
Wild Card had a full day offshore/variety trip with a group of family/friends from Baltimore MD. Included Rob Toporzycki, Jim and Dawn Riehl, Joe Piniecki, Mike Ziegler and Nancy Saunders on the bumpy ride out, but they ended up with a limit of beautiful blueline tilefish. After catching their deep drop fish they set out the trolling gear but nothing bit. Thank you folks for spending the day with Wild Card and learning how to "hold bottom."
Marcus, hailing from New York, was part of a full day Gulf Stream make up charter this week, and said it was an awesome trip. This great group caught 38 mahi. Another member of the charter, Tony of NC, said he had a blast and met some nice people. Tony said Capt Preston and Jimbo, from the Provider, worked their butts putting them on the fish. Don’t forget we put small groups together to make up a full charter. Call and get on our make up list if you’re planning an Outer Banks vacation this summer.
Wild Card enjoyed a half day near shore charter with Michelle, Cameren and Chase Phifer from Montana and David and Lisa Saghy from Corolla NC. Today was about getting these two young men out onto the ocean for the first time and maybe catching a few fish. The weather was looking very testy, but these folks decided to give it a go anyway. Turned out to be a very pleasant afternoon trip. False albacore and a few spanish mackerel were hooked up and made for a good time. Their last bite was on a top water chain that had the fish and baits come completely out of the water on the hit, pretty cool stuff! Capt. Frank said he really enjoyed the company and it was his honor to meet these well behaved/respectful young men.
7/3 - 7/7 Wild Card has been running charters every day both half day near shore charters as well as offshore variety charter trips with deep drop jigging and trolling mixed. As you can see from the pictures they are having some pretty spectacular fishing and also some great scenery to view! Capt. Frank said, "There are simply some things in life that have no price tag, seeing these creatures the Good Lord Himself put here is very near and dear to us that try to make a living out here. Honestly it's what keeps us going. What a beautiful day ..... every day!"
Steve and Leslie from Blanc of Michigan along with his brother Mark and Deborah from Chesapeake VA spent a beautiful day offshore fishing with Capt Ralph on Hayden’s Express. Mark is holding the big 66 lb tuna and this crew of fisherman reeled in a total of 358 lbs! What a great day on the ocean. Capt. Ralph said that he really enjoyed fishing with this nice group and looks forward to doing it again the next time you come to the area for a visit!
Sea Hag had 6 hr charter trip with the Andersons from Chester VA catching spanish mackerel and king mackerel.
Are you looking for something different to do with the kids while you are on vacation? Florida brothers, Kolton and Jenson, had a blast on our three hour Shrimping Charter with Capt Barry on the Hallie M. This is a very active and hands on experience!
What amazing fishery we have here on the Outer Banks. Carolina Style started out this afternoon catching ribbonfish, then Hunter and his crew want to catch something different. So they ease off the beach a little bit and found false albacore busting the water. Fun to watch but they wouldn't bite. Then while trolling they spot a big sea turtle and was able to pull a cobia out from underneath it. They continued to troll a bit further and crossed a color change and lost a king mackerel at the back of the boat. They continued to fish the tide change and caught a small mahi and boston mackerel. In our opinion the center picture pretty much sums up what this charter trip was all about with no words needed!!!! It's a keeper and I'd frame it.
Wild Card ran an offshore charter offshore with brothers Jay and Jamie Arrowood from WV and MD today. The very first bite was a blue marlin right out of the gate but it parted the leader very quickly. The baits immediately went back out and they started hitting yellowfin tuna. The anglers also caught a wahoo and lost another much bigger wahoo at the stern. They ended up with some fresher than fresh fillets and loins!
Wild Card had a single angler, Al Jones from Smithfield VA so they headed out offshore for some deep drop jigging. They found some very nice blueline tilefish and even found a bonus yellowfin they trolled up on the way in. We're pretty sure this fella had a rabbits foot in his pocket!.
Wild Card had another offshore charter trip started out with a slick calm sea and drop dead gorgeous sunrise. Tuna were very willing for the first hour or so, then it became a serious grass shagging morning. Around noon they had a beautiful bite on the middle rigger that ended up being an amazing blue marlin. Congratulations on your first blue marlin Gavin! It is customary to get thrown off the dock with your first billfish. These pictures prove that we're all about tradition around here. Even our mate Chris was captured by our dock partners on the Grandpa and sent into the creek. It was good to see Chris go overboard today, he's worked hard for this moment.
Carolina Style had a near shore charter trip with the Tekampe Family onboard this afternoon. They got away from the ribbonfish and caught Spanish Mackerel and some false albacore. Captain said it was a great afternoon with a great crew!
Wild Card headed out offshore for some deep dropping for blueline tilefish, black sea bass and trolling for tuna. The bottom fishing was steady and the sharks were horrendous on the troll for tuna! These tuna pull plenty hard as it is, put a hungry shark behind them and you'd just better hold on to that rod!!!
Wild Card ran an offshore charter with some local folks from Plymouth NC. We had Jaquan and Darrell Basnight Sr, Kwonliyah Flynn, Elijah Hill, Robert Gibbs and Elfentre Johnson, on a beautiful day spent in the ocean. These folks wanted good meat for the table, so we started out deep dropping bottom fishing for blueline tilefish. They were doing well until the "endangered" sharks came from every direction. Although sharks chasing your catch adds to the excitement it can be pretty discouraging to lose a lot of good meat to sharks that are considered to be gone.
Carolina Style has been concentrating on half day near shore charters and the great ribbonfish bite. Ribbonfish are a recent phenomenon around the Outer Banks. They used to be saved mostly as king mackerel bait until people realized that they have tasty white strips of meat the are great on the table. Fun to catch, plentiful and great dinner fare. Who could ask for more?
Wild Card ventured offshore with a group of friends from Souderton Pa. They had Brian Gilbert, Fred Gerloff, Jeff Welch, Jamie Frank and Steve Rattigan with them. Well there was a really good bite, tunas, flying fish and carnage a plenty! These guy's got the day started off by biting the head off of flying fish that landed on deck running away from a wolfpack of yellowfins, then came the traditional taking a bite out of your first tuna's beating heart. Capt. Frank commented that these guys were either ruthless or they watch waaayyyyyy too much NATGEO! As an extra bonus Brian took the shot at gaffing his first tuna ever and did it with a 100% dead on hit! You guys did great and earned the day you had. Hope you all enjoy all that fresh tuna and we certainly hope you'll come back to fish on the Wild Card.
Carolina Style had another good day with a great catch of Ribbonfish and few Spanish Mackerel. The morning's group consisted of Chris, Jenny, Lexi, Abbi, and Kyler. The afternoon group included John and crew. The same area that produced well in the morning continued to be hot all afternoon with hungry Ribbonfish. These folks were tough on the reels and they had to be on this day!
Carolina Style had an incredible offshore charter with Jamie Miller, Jamison Miller and Kevin Blasing. As the lines went out it didn’t take long to get dialed in and start catching some nice tuna. What a beautiful day on the water catching 7 out of 18 bites, the other 11 went to the sharks! The best part of their trip was the thrill of Jamison catching his first tuna with his dad assisting on Father's Day.
Wild Card ran an offshore charter trip with Terri, Stu and Matt Crawford, Amber Adams, Johnathon and Donna Rice from Yorktown VA. Capt. Frank quipped, "Some days you're the windshield, some days you're the bug." He said that he felt like the bug this wet Saturday. It started out with a couple bites, with one solid yellowfin tuna that chafed through the leader right at the stern inches away from getting the gaff and coming aboard. After that disappointment they eventually scrapped out Miss Donna's first ever tuna, but it was a long day after that. Being humbled is part this World and it makes the days that come together even better. Even a slow wet day fishing is still better than sitting at a desk all day!
Mark Clippinger, our surf fishing guru, I mean guide, has had a great start to the 2020 surf fishing season! He reports catching huge mullet, puppy drum and stripers. He said he has caught more striper in a few months than he has caught in a few years. Mark does 2 hour clinics for up to 4 people. If you are a novice or just need a refresher course be sure and check him out!
Carolina Style had an exceptionally productive afternoon on the water with Paul McPherson, Mark Tully, Andrew Tully, and Liam Tully. As you can see the Ribbonfish were thick just to the southeast of Oregon Inlet. The near shore fishing is really heating up and seems like it's getting better every day.
Carolina Style also took advantage of the hot Spanish Mackerel near shore fishing just north of the inlet yesterday afternoon. Their anglers were Dawn, Alex, Gannon, Darrion, and Duck. Great crew and a really fun afternoon on the water.
Capt. Frank on Sea Hag took advantage of a nice day and an ocean full of hngry spanish mackerel with good catches all day!
Wild Card had a fun offshore charter experience with Glenn and Paolo Bailey from Ft Meyers FL. Catching their first yellowfin tuna was the focus of the day. This father/son team fish a lot but hadn't had the experience of a yellowfin tuna yet. It was a rainy, slow bite kind of a day. Capt. Frank reported they early on they lost a few fish, but now these gentlemen have gotten to experience the extreme pull of a yellowfin tuna!
Wild Card had an excellent offshore charter with a crew from Roanoke Va. They had Jason Markle, Matt Martin, Jared Craft, Caleb Craft and Carl Craft. There was enough action through the day to keep everyone on their toes. They lost a couple fish due to pulled hooks, but Hallelujah none to sharks today! A very nice class of yellowfin tuna. Hope you fellas enjoyed your day and those fresh tuna loins.
On a near shore charter with Sea Hag the Koblish and Ocallaghan group from PA had good fishing despite the weather dampening the scene. It was Julie’s first time catching a fish. Thank you folks we hope to see you again real soon and we'll see about ordering some better weather.
This little blond sweetheart, Aurie, from Pittsburgh put on a clinic on Carolina Style! She did an awesome job with a great catch of Spanish Mackerel on her families near shore charter along the beach.
Wild Card ran a walk-on makeup offshore trip with some old friends and hopefully some new ones. They had Sidney Tyler and Ricky Freeman from Prince George Va, Max Miller and Kieth Stoller from Ohio on a spectacular pretty day to be offshore.
Capt. Frank on Sea Hag reported a very busy "family friendly" fishing day with good spanish mackerel catches while staying near shore. We were successful despite the constant strong winds and everyone had a great experience. He ran three four hour charters. Thank you for an awesome day. We are already looking forward to next time!
Capt. Frank on Sea Hag reported a really good Spanish mackerel half day fishing charter with the Monaths from Raleigh NC and Tullys from Budd Lake NJ.
This 4 hour charter was a slam on the 1/2 Day Near Shore this morning with Carolina Style. The Cole family really put their reeling arms to work bringing in all of these Spanish mackerel! You guys are a great group and we hope to see you again next year!￼
The Bunker crew had a fantastic catch this morning on the 3/4 Day Intermediate Charter with Capt John on Carolina Style and first mate, Jack. It was a beautiful day on the ocean, and this was a fun group!￼
Sea Hag had a very productive near shore charter trip with great catches of Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish with the Whitehead’s from Indianapolis IN and the Dancer’s from Wake Forest NC.
Chuck got to try out his new custom rod on Sea Hag this afternoon. I think he like it.
Sea Hag had a half day PM near shore trip with Tucker from upstate NY, Vincent and Frey from S/E MO and special guest Earl the service dog. Good Spanish mackerel, bluefish plus a bonus cobia this afternoon
Sea Hag had a half day AM near shore trip with Lazeration, Stiteler, Henry, Ayers, Viggiano from Indiana PA. Thanks to this group for fishing with us again this year. We had really good Spanish mackerel and bluefish catching.
Sea Hag reported that despite the fog the Davis, Mauldin, Overcash, and Watford group from the Charlotte NC area had good Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish catches today with a nice sized class of fish.
Sharky's would like to thank our customers for making 2019 a record setting season! From the entire team at Sharky's ...... wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!
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