Fishing With Capt Rick (2018)
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By: Capt Rick Reynolds
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I had Ben and his 2 sons Nick and Alex. This is the 3rd trip with them and it was a shark catching trip today.This is a wonderful family that gets along really good and they have fun and thats what its all about.

We departed at 6:30 am and returned and was back right before 12pm. Water temp was 84 and clear.

We used dead squid for whiting bait while waiting on the sharks to show. We caught quite a few whiting and several sharks and Stingrays.

We also caught a geniuine juvenile hammerhead. We were after larger sandbar and atlantic sharpnose, which we did catch. Right before the hammerhead, we caught a small bonnethead shark, so look at the 2 pictures of the small sharks and you will see how much different a hammer head looks. I had alot fun fishing with these guys and it was pretty much non stop action. Caught 3 very large stingrays as well.

I had Billy and his 2 brothers and a friend today for a 5 hour trip departing at 6:30 am. Water temp was 80 and stained to muddy at most places. Wind was 5 - 10 out of the south west.

These guys were all excellent anglers and could pinpoint cast. Very polite and a pleasure to have on my boat. They didn't complain and enjoyed fishing through the 25 ladyfish, that were caught and released. They wanted to keep some fish for a meal and we were able to keep 4 nice speckled seatrout, one 18 inches and 2 very nice redfish, 17 and 21 inches and a good eating sized black drum. Also picked up a couple of whiting while we were after redfish. We moved alot and had action all day. We released a few blue fish as well. Again, these were some nice guys and hope to see them again between now and December.

I had Tom today, a repeat customer. Tom wanted to keep some fish to eat, so we departed at 6:30 am . Water temp was a cool 78 degrees and clear. We fished with the MXH Rods that I have been building since Jan. We fished a 7 ft medium power with fast action and a 7.6 inch medium power fast action and used a 2 1/2 inch oval thunderclacker popping cork and a 3 inch cone shaped popper that I also made.

These corks call up fish. We landed and released some Redfish today and kept a few nice size speckled seatrout, that were almost 17 inches. Then we went out in Wassaw Sound and caught 25 nice whiting for a meal . Not a bad day . We used live shrimp and mud minnows on the reds and trout and dead squid and shrimp for the whiting.

I had Graham and his brother Henderson today. This trip was a birthday gift to Graham from Katie. It was going to be a 4 hour trip but they opted for 6 hours and that was what we fished. Both guys were excellent anglers and a pleasure to fish with.

I had live shrimp today, but the shrimp and trout are still scarce due to the fish and shrmp kill we had this past winter. Winds were light out of the south west today. Water clarity was medium , but not dirty.

Started out every fish was a ladyfish, as they are here full force. We were fishing the incoming tide all day until it turned around 11:30 am. They did want fish to eat , so we went out in the sound and caught quite a few whiting, before heading back in for a shot at some redfish. We had some cutoffs, and caught a few small sharks as well as a couple big rays out in the sound. On the first redfish drop , Henderson caught a nice 17 inch redfish. His brother Graham, caught another whiting on the redfish drop. We fished our way back to the marina, and called it a day at 1pm. I got a few pictures, but unfortunatly the one of both guys did not come out.


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