I hope everyone had a joyful Christmas holiday and an excellent New Year! I’ve been enjoying some nice family time, but yesterday I had to get back out on the water and check on my pets. Over the last 2-3 weeks, we’ve been consistently catching 50-100 stripers on our lower Roanoke trips. Rarely we might dip below that mark when the wind is blowing hard from the East and slowing down the current, but when the current is flowing strong (and it is most days due to the current 34.5k cfs releases from the Roanoke Rapids dam), we are having no trouble finding what we’re looking for. I ventured out yesterday on a New Years Day scouting mission with Capt. Scott Wood and Capt. Bryan Branton, and I estimate we caught about 80 fish. We left them biting several times to go find other schools of fish. They were plentiful and although I left my fly rod at home, I’m sure I could have worn them out on the long pole.
I have a few scattered openings in Jan. Feb. is pretty much still wide open, and the fishing will remain good throughout the winter. My Jan. openings are: Jan. 22, 23, 30. Feb. is still pretty wide open during the week and that’s some of the best fishing of the winter. Let’s get out there for the best winter fishing North Carolina has to offer.