Thought I would share this email I just received from a client who I carried last week. Receiving this kind of feedback about their experience on the water is what makes my job truly special. It also proves that no matter how good of a fisherman or how experienced of an angler you are, you can still learn a few things and have a new and unique experience on a guided trip, and perhaps most importantly, up your game a little next time you are out fishing on your own.
After our great trip on Monday October 19th, I started reflecting back. Best I can recall, I started targeting speckled trout in the late 70’s, early 80’s. That’s over 40 years fishing for specs. A lot of that time was spent behind Waves, Salvo, and Rodanthe, in 12’, 14’ jon boats, with 9.9 and 25 hp motors. One of those best trips the limit was 10 fish each, and we covered the bottom of those jon boats with fish…nice fish.
I told you all about our fishing with jigs, grubs, live bait, and eventually popping corks over the grass beds back there, and the deep holes near Gull Island and the offshore reef in the sound. We never fished top water back then, but it wasn’t unusual to have trout hit our popping corks on occasion.
If I take into account a week long trip, fishing morning and evening, not to mention trips fishing off the pier and in the surf, in addition to the sound trips back there on weekends, plus other places like Wrightsville, Masonboro, Topsail, Ocracoke, Hatteras, Bogue Sound, Ocean Isle, etc. I guess my point is I’ve literally gone out on hundreds of fishing trips, just for specs.
As I started thinking about that and our trip with you, I have to rank our trip with you in the top three, if not number one overall, that I’ve been on in over 40 years of spec fishing. I’m telling you, it was that good!!! Not just for numbers, but also size. Then there was that topwater thing 😉
True confessions: I never caught a trout on top water until that day fishing with you. Caught them on live bait (floating, bottom rigs, etc.), cut bait, plastics (worms, curly tails, shrimp tails, Manns grubs), mirror lures, popping corks (reeled one in with his teeth stuck in the popping cork). There was a time where I had molds and was pouring my own shrimp tails; I was that serious about it. I just had not caught them on top water. Until we fished with you that day.
Had my boys with me. Caught probably my personal best spec; on top water. Watched my boys catch their best top water specs, and drum. I’ve never had that good of a fishing trip with my kids, ever. I wanted my kids to understand just how special that day was, and I think they got it.
I know you spend a lot of time on the water and have probably had better days. But I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t send you this to let you know just how much it meant to me, and how much I appreciate you putting us in the right places with the right equipment and techniques that day.
Best of luck the rest of the season, and with your efforts to protect our public resources from over fishing by the commercial fishermen. If there’s anything I can do to help you out, please let me know. Again, thank you Richard.