Capt Rick had a 5 hour trip with Hope and her husband and friends. This
trip was booked in advance for a bottom fishing trip and normally would
not have been an issue. However we had just been brushed by Tropical depression
Julia and the water was just plain muddy. Also the winds were blowing
out near the beachfront making it too hard to fish safely, so we tucked
inshore more than I would have liked.
We also had a HARVEST Full moon friday night that really impacted the
tides. Bottom line is we kept a few whiting, but caught alot more other
bottom feeders. Hope caught and released about 6 or 7 stingrays. The other
people caught them also as well as several small croakers and a large
eel and a bonnethead shark. They were a fun group and I wished the weather
was better. This was the first trip with my new motor as well. It is still
in the break in phase but they understood that before we left. Yamaha
just started producing the 4 stroke F250 25 inch VMAX SHO. It is a bit
bigger than the f250 3.3 liter engine that I had. The VMAX is a 4.2 Liter
Engine and this one has the 25 inch shaft that I needed.
Capt Rick and his wife Pam, went on a 3 hour scouting trip on Saturday
9.10.2016. We left the marina with less than a quart of shrimp about 9:30
am. Decided to hit an area that I haven't fished in 4 years. It was productive.
We didn't carry any ice, so all fish caught were released unharmed. We
hooked and landed 5 speckled seatrout , the smallest was 20 inches, the
largest 21 inches. We also caught a couple of bonnethead sharks and some
rays and black drum. We left them biting and returned with some live bait.
Water was clear as gin, and light winds made this a successful outing.
However the water temp was back up into the upper 80's. But we were fishing
in 1.3 feet of water, so that might have impacted the water temps.
Capt Rick had a last minute 4 person 5 hour trip today that departed at
7 am with Mark, Derrick, Chris and Rapheal. Some of these guys were seasoned
fisherman and some were new to it, or hadn't fished in a long time. They
were very fun to fish with and picked up the technique quickly. Again
water conditions were just like the day before, except the water was not
as clean. Since they hadn't done this in a while, they missed a few bites
and a Bumble Bee almost chased Mark out of the boat. Bees like Orange
and he had on a nice orange shirt and the bee almost stung him. These
Wassaw Island Bumble bees are fierce and persistant, but this one finally
left. Everyone caught something and I am looking forward to their next
trip in the fall. Chris was the man today with the largest trout, followed
by Mark with a nice slot sized redfish.
Capt Rick had a repeat trip with Mason, his Dad Hugh and his Mom Jenna.
This was Jenna's first trip and she was an excellent angler. Last trip,
Mason caught most of the fish but today it was all Jenna and Hugh. Today
was extremely rough to fish due to the passing of Hurricane Hermine, which
passed right by us on Sept 2. Water temps had dropped to the upper 70's
from the lower 90's the day before. Also the water was turbid and muddy
at most places. To compound the issue we were on a New moon which gives
us much higher tides and faster currents. Mason did not complain and fished
very well. He caught a few specks, but they were just too small to keep
this trip. They were an excellent family to fish with !
a couple of pictures and a video of Hurricane / Tropical storm Hermine
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