During this whole Coronavirus crisis, I’ve still been fishing as much as possible, limiting my contact to family and clients on the boat. I don’t see that as irresponsible or illegal. We are just trying to keep working through all this mess. Despite what is going on, we have had some awesome fishing these past couple of weeks. Yesterday I caught about 75 stripers on the Albemarle Sound. The two days before that, I caught all the shad I wanted in Weldon.
I’ve been mostly shad fishing the past couple of weeks. My shad fishing business has grown the past few years, so I usually give the stripers a break about mid-March and turn my attention to shad for the last half of March and first week in April. The shad bite on the Roanoke has been as good as it can be and the Tar has been producing some American shad for us. The hickory shad in the Weldon will start to peter out this week and next , so there will be mostly white shad left in certain areas through early May. In addition to the shad, the striper bite in the Albemarle Sound continues to be strong. I expect the striper bite in the sound to dip a bit as many of those fish start their spawning run up the Roanoke. There are already catchable numbers of stripers in Weldon, and I expect it to be wide open by next week. My first Weldon trip is next Monday, April 13. I’ve had some cancellations, mostly by folks having to travel long distances or more elderly anglers; however, for the folks willing to go, I’ll be there to take them.
This whole situation has been a bit challenging for fishing guides. Before all this started, my spring calendar was completely full. Now I have more openings that I’d like, but all I can do is be careful and keep pushing 0n. These newly available dates could be a good opportunity for someone looking to get out of the house and enjoy some magnificent spring fishing. Also, if you want to come experience some really really good speckled trout fishing on the Pamlico (and maybe mix in some of the other species such as puppy drum, flounder, and stripers), then I encourage you to inquire.
I assure you that a day spent on the water will take your mind off whatever stress that’s been building up in your life from the changes brought on from the pandemic. This is also a great opportunity to get your kids outside as they are out of school. Here are some pictures from recent trips. Also, stay tuned for a separate report about a very special shad fishing trip I recently took.