As the commercial Bluefin season winds down we are gearing up for Spring Turkey and then on to the Summer Fishing Season!!!!  Tons of excitement already this year starting with the close of an awesome waterfowl season (Thanks again to everybody! We miss you all already!!  😥 ), continued work on the farms to get ready for next year, great sound rockfish trips, the quickly approaching spring and all the fun that season brings, and then of course – summertime!  It’ll be here before we know it 🙂  A few pics from yesterday’s outing with Karl, Casey and Russell… pretty work fellas! 

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Time to fish!

Sunset over pirates cove marina… Weather is shaping up with reports of fish on the beach… summer is on the horizon…

June 20 Fullday

What a great day we had.Quenton my homeboy from gates county was on the boat today.Quenton always seems to getem when he comes with us..Thank you for all the support..We ended up with a great catch of gaffers baffers and bailers along with a 40 lb wahoo and our first billfish of the year.A cool surprise a HATCHET marlin which is easly mistaken for a white marlin..Glad for the beatiful weather and great fishing in our range..




Back to the Cove

Back in the water and ready for the season! Shiny and even a fresh coat of bottom paint 🙂


This year we have added a new trip to the repertoire – a “Deep Water Bottom Fishing/Trolling Trip“.  This Extended Full Day trip is designed to allow for the time and fuel required to venture a bit further from the beach than we are able to do during the conventional NearShore trips.  This will provide for the opportunity to specifically target different species such as dolphin (mahi mahi) and bottom dwellers.  It is not a classic deep water gulfstream trip – more of an “in-between” and provides the experience of fishing for a wider selection of species in a budget-minded package… We will have the “Trips and Rates” page updated shortly to provide more information… Let’s go fishing!

Spring Haul Out

The Fistful is up for a quick spring haul out… getting ready for this year’s season!!  New zincs, some clean up, and a little wax and she’ll be back in the water ready to go 🙂  The days are getting longer and the warm summer fishing season is fast approaching… We are saving days already – give us a shout if you know your desired dates and we’ll get you on the book!  Thanks to everyone for all the support!!  We are looking forward to another awesome season with everybody!!


SEPTEMBER 15TH full day nearshore

We had Kevin , Kim , Greg , Michael , Travis , and Charlie on the boat with us today.We set out just outside the 20 mile mark and worked down a sulfur line with some pretty places of grass in it..Never found a load of dolphins to bail but did have constant trolling bites all day.Several nice gaffers , baffers , and bailers made up our dolphin catch.We were struck by the albacores several times as well and they are a great fight on small 20 lb class outfits..Beautiful weather and great people allways make for an increadable day..Thank you guys so much for the day of fishing.

Hurricane Irene…bye bye :)

The Fistful boat is thankfully safe and sound… as are many of our fellow charter fleet friends.  We are all fortunate to have dodged a big bullet with this one… hurricanes are part of life on the water but never a welcomed part and always nerve racking!  The last several days have been filled with preparation for the storm, hauling out, getting ready, plus lots of nail biting followed by a huge sigh of relief and now putting all the pieces back together.  We are close to getting back in the water – tons of clean up and debris removal out of the canals and creeks that feed into the boat yards are part of the deal and a big thank you to everyone that has been and is working so hard to keep our livelihood afloat.  The marine industry is a very  important part of the Outer Banks and we are thankful to be a part of such a fantastic group of people… hard working and always with a positive attitude!  Our thoughts are with our neighbors that suffered alot more damage than we did and we are all fortunate that this thing didn’t do what it was forecasted to do.  The charter boats will be back in full swing in the next day or two… fishing is always awesome after these storms so don’t hesitate to get back out there!  We will be up and running as soon as the creek is clear to get out… give us a call and take a break from the crazy aftermath – let’s go fishing!

Thanks everybody for keeping her safe 🙂

The line up... ready to get back in the water 🙂

July 16th

The bluefish continue to dominate the nearshore waters surrounding the inlet for our half days..Multiple fish on at the time are common problems and lots of action for all of our anglers..What they lack in size they make up for in  rod bending action which is great for kids of all ages..A half day is about getting out on the water, enjoying the beauty of the ocean and the outer banks..Its not about catching blue marlins , tunas , and mahi.Its about good times with friends and family..Thats what we like to see..

Offshore pics…

Our friend Greg sent some pictures he took on an offshore trip we did a few weeks ago… Thank you Greg!  The near-shore action has been great this week… I’ll get some more reports up as soon as I have those pics… Thank you so much to all the great folks that have been fishing with us!




Fog Fog Fog… (July 10)

We finally had a day off and yes….we went fishing!!  After navigating a major traffic jam this morning due to fog, we headed out and had a fantastic day on the water… The weather cooperated and it was a beautiful day offshore… I have tons of fog pics but not many offshore.. (I’ll try to do better next time)  We did have an up close view of one of the whales… I’m still trying to figure out what species – not one of the normal critters we usually get to see…