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Tuna Tuna Mahi Mahi and the Bills!!

Thank goodness the wind finally settled a bit… after several weather days waiting out the noreaster we were able to get back at today with our ace tuna crew – pretty work guys!!! The crowds before the blow chased dolphin, billfish, tuna, tiles and more plus our young offshore angler  (7 years going on 30) proved yet again that he may be small but he be mighty… Awesome job kiddo!! (As always!!)  Summer is here and so are the fish!  Give us a call – it’s time to get out there!!!

  

It’s Waterfowl Time!!!

It’s that time of year again!!  Another Thank You to all of our anglers for a fantastic fishing season!!!  We wrapped up October with a few final Tuna trips, an awesome short duck season (quickie 4 days in October), a last minute trip out west to get our minds right for feathers, and final (never ending lol) prep for the DUCKS!!!  The November season has started and will wrap up after Thanksgiving… then the big season is here!! A huge Thank You to our groups so far – always a blast and always so much fun to kick off waterfowl season with you guys!  We will be back to fishing in the Spring… Remember inland fishing for ROCKFISH cranks up in the Spring and we will start chasing COBIA in May!!  Happy November to all!!!

Wishes for Health, Strength, and Getting Back to fishing soon!

What an unexpected situation we have all been thrown into since our last post.  A HUGE Thank you to all of our First Responders, Medical Personnel, essential business employees, grocery staff, Military and all the rest out there working to keep things rolling.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in this different reality we are all working with and we look so forward to the light at the end of the tunnel – it is getting closer and closer every day!!

 

What about April fishing??  It has been phenomenal!!  TUNA has been the main fare with some mahi mahi mixed in and even a blue marlin already!!  Charters and Commercial Fishing have been limited on the Outer Banks but both should be picking up the pace rapidly as our visitors are able to come back to see us – the COBIA are getting close so we are all ready to get back to the water!!  Some sightings are starting towards Hatteras which means they are on tract to get to us early to mid-May… just in time to Spring haul the Fistful, Wrap up Turkey season, and finish up farm projects!!  Anyone looking to get on the books for the summer please give us a call – our calendar is continuing to fill up and we will certainly accommodate anyone needing to change or cancel a trip if need be.  Don’t hesitate to call or email if anyone has any questions or needs any information.

 

Meanwhile… it’s Spring Turkey season and project time!!!  Enjoy this time with your family – it’ll be back to business as usual before we know it.  We can’t wait to see everyone and don’t forget to support your neighbors and local small businesses as best you can…  See everyone soon!

 

      

Summer Fishing is here!!

The season is in full swing! Variety is the name of the game for this year’s start… Cobia, Mahi, Drum, Spanish, Kings, Tiles, Blues, even a Puffer and already seeing some billfish (jumped off a sail yesterday)!  The weather has been awesome and the fishing equally enjoyable… Thank you so much to everyone for getting this year rolling with so much fun!!  Give us a call if you want to get out there… it’s time to go fishing!

     

Winter Catch Up!

We have had one of the busiest and most fun winters!  Exhausting but crazy rewarding, super fun, non-stop and never a dull moment 🙂  A huge thank you to all our hunters… you guys are family to us and we cannot tell you enough how much we appreciate and love you!! We miss everyone already 🙁  We kicked off the season out west and then got down to business back home with waterfowl, upland game hunts, winter boat maintenance and continuing construction on the new lodge (completely restored 1850 farmhouse…almost 3 years of work and finally getting to the end!).  Our lodge is scheduled to be up and running for turkey season and we are really excited to stop building and start enjoying it!  Upland Game Preserve Season continues until the end of March and we have had a blast starting up this new adventure!  We had a soft opening last season and with private hunts this year we are well on our way – we still have some availability this year of anyone is interested in getting some shooting in before it’s back to the water… Fishing will start rolling next month with inland Rockfish and we start chasing Turkeys in April… then… COBIA season!!  We are starting to fill days in May and June for the Fistful so please give us a call if you have days you want to save… it won’t be long before the winter is gone and sunny warm fishing days return!! Give us a shout!!

         

August Fishing!

As we roll on through August we have had a variety of fun this past week – Our kick off was the Alice Kelly tournament – always a blast and what a great cause!  The marina was buzzing all week with the Pirate’s Cove Big Game Tournament – Congratulations to all the teams!!  We had Nearshore trips for Spanish and Blues – Tons of fun for the kids!  And our Offshore trips were spent chasing down the Dolphin and Tiles… YUM!  Thank you so much to everyone!!  We have a few spots open in the next few weeks before we change gears and start chasing ducks… Give us a call to get in on all the fun!!

 

Posted by Karl Helmkamp on Friday, August 10, 2018

Nearshore trips this week!

The past week has been filled with Nearshore trips – perfect for families and kids and super fun!!  The Spanish have shown up, the Drum are around, the Kings are starting to bite… even the Cobia are still making an appearance!  Give us a call… we have some scattered 4 and 6 hour trips still available the next few weeks – Get in on the fun!  Also – keep in mind August and September are hot months Offshore – days are disappearing quickly so get on the book if you are thinking about getting out there!

A special thank you to our adopted “Granny” and family for the pic from their annual Offshore trip earlier this summer – it proves that the love of fishing and the outdoors has no boundaries… you are an inspiration and wow are you tough!

Summer fishing rolls on!!

A huge Thank You to all our anglers the last couple of weeks!  Pretty work everybody!!!   OFFSHORE FULL DAY trips are finding Dolphin (mahi mahi), Tiles, Sea Bass, Triggers, and more plus our Billfish are starting to show up!!  Our 4 and 6 hours groups are after Drum, Mackerel, Cobia, Ribbons, Shark and even a Rattlesnake!?!? You never know!  The weather has been awesome all summer until several days ago – Mother Nature kept us at the dock for a few days but she is straightening back out now and it’s time to go!!!  Thanks again everybody…. always a blast to fish with all our anglers!!  A few days opened up for us this coming week – give us a call and join in on all the fun!

     

Lucky to have this 1 , he was not hooked very good..Fish was really green and Casey ripped him over the side as the bucktail popped out of his mouth.Fish made our morning .We will take it..

Posted by Karl Helmkamp on Friday, July 13, 2018

June summary – amazing fishing!

We are rolling into July with unbelievable weather and equally fantastic fishing!!  The past week has been full of dolphin and tuna plus tiles and more on our Fullday Offshore trips and Spanish and Blues with a few Cobia still mixed in for our 4 and 6 hour trips… and as always –  incredible groups to spend the day with!!  Our 2 big fish of the week were a 124 pound Yellowfin Tuna and a 195 pound Bigeye Tuna plus the first Wahoo of the season –  Pretty work everybody!  Slick calm conditions and crazy active marine life makes you catch your breath and say thank you… every day.  Congratulations and thank you to all our anglers – you make what we do so special!

    

COBIA COBIA COBIA!!!

The COBIA are here!! We have had an incredible week with these awesome fish!!  Thank you so much to all our groups… so much fun!!

 

The cobia fishing has been phenomenal so far with several days catching and releasing dozens after we get our limit… we are part of the North Carolina tagging program which provides information as to what our Cobia population is doing – this gives us a great opportunity to see multiple fish up close while contributing to their continued well being.  We still have a few days left open the last 2 weeks of June but they are filling fast…. Give us a call if you have any interest before these fish move north!