Hope everyone had a great Christmas.
Got back out with the Kangas crew on the 27th. We rode around in the fog heavy fog and the stripers decided to find us. We landed a a nice ten fish limit trolling a some jigging. Fish were in the 14-30lb range. Up the beach from Oregon -Inlet. Sorry Tim for the crappy photo that fog got us. And special thanks to you for being who you are and giving me the freedom to go fishing for a living!!! Send some more of those Army guys up here and we will get em in the meat!!!
28th I fished a morning half day trip around the inlet and never got a striper to the boat. Birds bait and plenty of tide around the bridge but no stripers. Plenty, plenty of sharks we landed but could not fish eels or fatback because the sharks we so thick. Sorry guys!
29th We opted out of the stripers today so we could try our luck in the ole gator trout hole since the ocean was looking rank. I like calm and Jt, Clinton, Ches, and myself gave it a shot. We only landed two fish in the first four hours of fishing then we found em and landed 16 nice speckled trout up to 28.5 inches in length!!! 15 of them were over 4.5lbs and even eclipsed the 8lb mark!!! We released all but four. We kept them for dinner only because the were hooked deeply and bleeding. I really encourge releasing these fish and am not interested in "filling any coolers" These fish are rare and 90% of the area fishermen know this and do not abuse the resource. Do not mean to sound too tree huggerish but these speckle trout are a nice thing to have around. Also talked to Tony Tillet today aboard the Carolinian and he was heading back to the dock today at Oregon Inlet with a limit at 9:30 so I guess the stripers are trying to creep a little further down!