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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hot Red Drum Bite

Date - October 21st 2016
Location -  North Carolina Coast
Rods/Reels -  Shimano 6500 BaitRunner on 7' Ugly Stik Tiger Rod
Bait- Frozen Mullet
Rig - Carolina Rig , 2oz weight 8 inch leader 9/0 Circle Hook and 9/0 J hooks Both Gamakatsu's

 I got word of a very Hot bite on Big  Red Drum just off the beach.  Since I had no yak I called one of my good yak friends Joey ( TurtleStew ) and told him if he supplied the yak I would drive or pay for gas and food.  He jumped at the chance as both he and I have been trying to catch a Big Red for several years with no luck.

I met Joey at his house at 4 am and off to the beach we went.  We arrived at out destination at aprox 7 am and got everything unloaded and ready to go.  Several other yakers show up and we waited at the surf for the fog to lift.   The fog lifted at aprox 8:30 and out beyond the breakers we went.  Joey in a Hobie Pro Angler and me in his 12' Redfish.

If you look closely you can see a rainbow in the fog

 The plan was to snag Menhaden with jerk rigs but no schools could be found. Luckily I had brought some frozen mullet.   I put a piece on the hook and cast it out.  Almost immediately I was hooked up!  Then it came loose. I reeled in some slack line and there was little curl at the end of my line. I had tied a bad knot!!!

Back out and it didn't take long again.  My first Big Red!!

Then  Joey Hooked up!!

We had both said we would be happy with 1 a piece and we ended up with 8  !!!!!! .   Joey caught 3 and I caught 5.  My biggest just being Citation size at 40 inches and Joeys biggest was a Toad at 42  inches.

Here are some more pictures...

My Biggest....

The Bait

The Rig,  I didn't have a 2 oz weight but 2 - 1 ounce weights worked. Not pretty but they worked.

I didn't have a rod holder on this yak so this is how I drifted down the beach, I had the Baitrunner on and when a fish hit I reeled and the spooled engaged and I was hooked up.

One Interesting thing on this trip is that reel is loaded with cheap line. I almost never buy cheap line but last fall at Jeanette's Pier I had my big Drum rod cast off the end of the pier and this outfit cast off the side.  Either a big shark or a Big Ray hit and I was almost spooled until I broke it off. I had no extra line so I went to  the Pier shop and the only line they sell is cheap 2.99 a spool Shur Strike line.  This line did really well and the only break-off I had looked to be my fault.

A great day on the Big water with a Good friend and big fish.  A big thanks to Joey for supplying the Yak. 

Thanks, Mack      

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

My First Red Drum Since the 80's

During the booming 80's I saltwater fished right much but since then it has only been a handful of trips a year with most of those trips dedicating to plugging for Blues or Spanish Mackerel off of a handful of Piers.  Last year I put a renewed interest into Saltwater and made 5 or 6 trips last fall.  So far this year I have made 3 with the last one being a trip to the Beaufort area for some inshore Red Drum fishing.

Big Bull Red Drum are being caught all up and down the North Carolina coast but these Bulls are in the Ocean and not inshore. Not saying a bull couldn't be caught inshore but most right now inshore are going to be smaller ones up to 15 lbs or so.

Anyway, my Buddy Rodney has been killin the Drum inshore this year and he invited me down. I couldn't turn down a chance to catch my first Red in a loooooooong time so the plan was made for me to meet him Saturday the 15th of October.

We put in and paddled across a channel and then drug our boats across an Island and into the Marshes.   Instantly you could see and hear Drum smashing bait.   I had a very hard time getting hits but I did manage 1 on a  grub under a Popping Cork and several hits on the bottom using cutbait but I missed those fish.

Not a monster Bull Red(maybe in 10 years) but my first in a long time.

The Rig I used.

I think if I had some Flukes with me I may have had better luck.
Here is a Mullet(Whiting) that was really hungry as he kept pecking at a big piece of cutbait on a 7/0 hook.
Here is Rodney with his best of the day.
And I can't leave his Girlfriend out. A nice one(the fish that is) with 4 spots.
The scenery here was pretty spectacular especially the wild horses .

Thanks for looking...............

Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 2nd Carp Trip

Oct 2, 2016
Public lake Wake Co. NC
6-8 pm

I Had another  chance to go after Carp on October 2nd so I went a place where I knew Carp should show up and hopefully be easy.
It only took about 5 minutes to get my first hit and she was a decent one,

Then another

I caught probably 6 or 7 1-3 lb channel cats to get to these fish but I am not complaining about the cats.  If you need to see my bait , rod choices see my blog post http://mackinncblog.blogspot.com/2016/08/carp-catchin-after-work.html

This spot also provides for some very nice sunsets. 

Thanks, Mack

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Hybid striped Bass Bite in September


Location  Cape Fear River   4pm - 7pm
Rod -7 ft med Shimano rod
Reel- Shimano Citica spooled with 12 lb mono

This is a Full Blooded Striper that hit a Chug bug

A White Bass that hit the Chug Bug as Well

A small spot,  caught 3 of these today and all were small but very very spunky, they also hit the Chug Bug. Something has gotten ahold of his back but he escaped.

Now here is a Hybrid,  caught 5~ Hybrids  and 5 ~ of the Stripers

all fish caught right in the foam up against the dam.

Pete Chillin. 

Here are the two lures that produced today. a Chug Bug and a Sebile Swimbait.

Thanks for lookin......

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The White Catfish were Biting

Tuesday September the 27th I decided to go for Crappie at a dam just 2 minutes from my work.   My bait would be Crappie minnows which are just small shiners . I fished these on a #4 wire hook with a 1/2 ounce weight 1 foot above it .  My rods today would be a 20' fiberglass crappie pole and a 12' Uncle Bucks crappie pole with a 1000 size shimano reel spooled with 8 lb Hi vis line.

The plan was to drop the shiners right in front of the dam where the water is 12 ' deep and fish several depths till I found the crappie.  I never did catch a crappie but I caught several small chunky bass and for a while I was catching White Catfish 1 after the other.

The spot and the rods set out.
The first White Catfish, I thought I had a slab crappie on at first!  See the White whiskers on the Chin? that is how you tell if you have a White Catfish.

Another White Catfish..... this was the best one out of maybe 10 or so.  See the white chin barbels and notice the tail isn't as deeply forked as a channel cat.

I also caught several nice chunky Largemouth that put up very hard fights especially on these crappie poles.  All the largemouth were caught below the dam and released above the dam. All of the cats were caught just above the dam.

I left right after dark.  Even though I didn't catch my target species(crappie) , it was a blast catching those White Catfish.

Tags -  "White Catfish"  "North Carolina"

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lake Raleigh

Lake Raleigh is a  75  acre lake located on Walnut Creek and located on NC States  Centennial Campus .

    Lake Raleigh's Dam was breached during hurricane Fran in September 1996 and the Dam was rebuilt and then  re-flooded in early 2000.  I have pictures of the bottom just before flooding and will try to post those in the near future.    The State did not allow fishing from 2000 - 2007 in an effort to help build up the fishery.   Lake Raleigh has what you would typically expect for a  small Central NC  impoundment.   Largemouth Bass, White and Black Crappie, Bluegill, ShellCrackers, Green Sunfish, Channel Cats, Bullheads, Carp  and the lake also has a nice population of Shad.

Fishing is restricted to daylight and you also must possess a valid NCSU parking pass between the hours of 7am and 5pm.  If You are not a student or an employee and don't have a pass you are restricted to either fishing before 7am or after 5 pm or buying a day pass which cost 10 dollars. Also, this pass cannot be purchased online and must be purchased at   2721 Sullivan ST.  The  phone number for this office is 919.515.7572  .  The website for Transportation is www.ncsu.edu/transportation

****also , note that the sign says you can purchase a pass at the info center which is a booth on Varsity Dr, and the internet says you can purchase them at another booth but that is old info. The passes have to be purchased at the Sullivan Rd address I listed above. ************

The parking lot only has 6 regular spots and 1 handicapped spot. If these are full you can park on       Main Campus Drive where there are aprox 15 spaces. 

Boats are restricted to cartop or in the bed of a pickup as no trailers are allowed as the spaces are not long enough for trailers and no motors which makes it ideal for canoes and kayaks.   Here is  A picture of the Parking lot and Ramp.

 Lake Raleigh also has 2 really nice fishing piers for the boat less angler. 1 is just upstream from the ramp and the other is below the ramp.

This is the one below the ramp-

And the one above the ramp.

Here are a few shots from around the Lake.  The first being a shot just upstream of the dam.

Looking down the spill way into Walnut Creek.
A view of the spillway below the dam.

Some shots of the upper end of the lake.

I also saw a big nest which is either an Osprey nest(most likely) or an Eagle nest as I observed both species while I was on the lake .  Since my visit was way after nesting season none were observed right on the nest though both species were close to it.  The nest is right in middle of this Loblolly Pine.
Here is an aerial view of the lake showing the approximate location of the nest and the locations of the Parking lot, Piers, ramp and Spillway.

I fished lake Raleigh For a few hours and while I struck out I know there are some nice bass in this Lake.  Lake Johnson upstream of this lake produces really big bass so I am sure this one does as well.

A gentleman on the pier had some nice  Crappie that he caught while I was canoeing.

Thanks for Looking, Mack