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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 6:50 pm
by captainbutch
Had two half day trips today and we decided to stay on the Oak Island beaches. After hearing that the Spanish were not wanting to show their faces on the beach, Capt. Butch decided to venture to new waters a little bit further offshore and soon we discovered the Spanish (and some nice ones) were there! Pink and Gold #00 Clarkspoons behind #1 planers seemed to be the colors of choice today and the cloud cover and rain seemed to help the bite as well. This morning we were joined by Capt. Jim Noel and his two sons, Jeremy and Jason of Madison, Conn. along with Neil Condon and his son, Seamus from Centerville, VA and John Collins of Davidson, NC. We were soon in search of a nice Shark after we had secured about 15-20 Spanish Mackerel in about 30 minutes. Not long after setting the lines we had a double hookup with a Lemon Shark of about 50 lbs and a small 25lb Blacktip Shark. Then Capt. Jim, Neil, and John found themselves hooked into a BIG 100+pound Stingray!~! This was a great crew and we enjoyed having them aboard,

On the second half of the day Capt. Butch and I were joined by Gary Carpenter and his son Kyle of State Road, NC along with Brandon Seal from Dobson, NC in search again for some Spanish Mackerel and a big Shark. We headed back out to the Spanish grounds and shortly had about 2 dozen in the box --a few nearing 3 pounds or better. We then decided to go find a big Shark. I deployed the baits and soon after the crew was hooked up on a 50-60 lb. Lemon Shark and several other hits and landings of smaller sharks. We hooked another 100lb Stingray and landed it. About 20 minutes later the day ended with the hooking and leadering of one last 100lb Stingray! The crew had a great time and I know we really enjoyed having Gary, Kyle, and Brandon's company on board today.
Capt. Butch and I were blessed with 2 great crews and an ocean with fish that were willing to feed today! Everyday on the water is a great day! Come on let's go fishing!

Capt. Butch and Capt. Chris Foster
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