Have you ever heard a Penn International 50 wide reel scream so hard it sounds like its switching gears. Well if you havent and you ever get a chance to go Gulf Stream Fishing for Wahoo off of the North Carolina Coast in the month of December be ready cause there are some monster HOOS out there this time of year. We had a total of 10 strikes and landed 2 Wahoo over 50lbs and 1 nice Blackfin Tuna. A few miles to the west of me a boat landed one over a 100lbs. It was a father and son team fishing by them selves. This time of year Wahoo fishing is at its finest and if you get chance, call me and lets put a trip together.
Capt. Kevin Sneed
Do you ever feel like everything is just perfect? Well on this particular morning that was the feeling I had. On board were three customers that were so excited about running 40+miles offshore to go King mackerel Fishing. This is the part that wasnt so perfect. On our way to the fishing grounds I had a bucket full of cigar minnows thawing out for the ride out. Well we arrived to our destination which was a spot called the Snapper Charlie and can be a very productive place to limit out on King mackerel this time of year. As I started to get the rods out and started baiting the hooks, there was no bucket or any baits in the boat.. My guess is they flew out on the ride out.. To this day I dont understand what happened to them..So as im looking around the boat for some sibiki rigs, I decide to call Wally Traya who runs charters out of Oak Island, and it wasnt long he found somebody on the radio who had an extra box of minnows. Man what a relief that was. I give a Special thanks to wally and to Jim who runs the STIX SLINGER out of Little River, SC. If it wasnt for those two it would have been a very weird day trying to fish with no bait.. Long story short we got the bait and had a 9 fish limit by 10:am and ended up releasing 15 more until we ran out of bait. The seas were calm and it made for a great ride home with a cooler slam full of fish. Good weather, Happy customers, and a safe trip home makes for a perfect day. One lesson to all fisherman who are offshore, treat them as if they are family and help out if possible..
Capt Kevin Sneed
Wahoo's a crossing
When it comes to Wahoo fishing i absolutley love it. We left the dock around 5 am Sunday morning and headed for the gulf stream!!! We had a 60+ mile run ahead of us and the weather was not cooperating. After an almost 3 hour ride we arrived at the steeples and deployed a spread of daisey chains, islanders and sea witches. The water temp. was 75 degrees, perfect for wahoo fishing. We had been trolling for around 2 hours with no luck and all of a sudden i see a very nice wahoo jump out of the water and crash on one of the baits in the spread and the reel began to scream. As i was handing the rod off the long line began to scream. We were hooked up with two Hoo’s. Talking about getting excited!!!!!!!! That was awesome. We finally got em close enough to the boat to were I was able to sink the gaff in them. The customers I had on the boat had never caught Wahoo before and they were absolutely shaking by the time the fish were laying on ice .. One gentlemen said that fish kicked my butt as he sat down to rest..We trolled a few more hours with no luck and the short rigger got slammed by a Mahi-Mahi and fight was on again. We didint catch a bunch of fish but the fish we did catch were very respectable in size. To book your Holden Beach Charter Fishing with Captain Kevin Sneed of Rigged and Ready Charters call me at 910-448-3474.
Man what a day!!! Perfect sea condtions and perfect weather equals a good day. The plan on this particular trip was to meet at 4:30am saturday morning. We had a plan of running offshore and fishing around the Blackjack Hole and the Steeples which is around 55 to 60 miles offshore. Once we cleared the inlet we pointed the bow offshore and away we went. After about 45 minutes of running the sun popped out over the horizon, and it was clear that everybody on the boat was anticipating on hooking some BIG FISH today. I love that feeling!!! We arrived to our destination which was on a temperature break just inshore of the Black Jack. Shortly after setting the lines I was kinda amazed that I had all the lines set and none of them had gone off yet. It wasnt long after that the port rigger popped out of the clip and the reel screamed ,however we didnt get a good solid hook up. Then another line on the starboard rigger popped out but still no hook up. I ran to the reel and picked it up and put it in free spool. Engaged the reel and the fish was there, It jumped out of the water and happend so quick nobody could tell what it was. We fought this fish for over an hour not knowing what we had on the line. Finally we started making progress. When the fish came to the surface it was clear the we were hooked up to a very nice sailfish. At that point evrybody was throwing high fives and hooping and hollering. That was the hi-light of the day. We ended up with 3 wahoo’s all over 30 pounds, the biggest topping out at 49.70lbs
and 1 nice king mackeral. Every fish we had was a trophy. I love it when a plan comes together.
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