Riptide

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    42 year old on Cape Cod.
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    Hunting, Fishing & Boating
  1. Crew #3 was looking at a terrible forecast, but when we woke up to check, the weather was excellent. Light NE winds had them chewing hard again. Not the savage never ending feeds of yesterday, but tons and tons of smaller feeds. Every one we got on gave up 1 fish and disappeared. We covered a good bit of ground and never saw another boat all morning. As the day progressed storms on radar forced us closer to home. On a whim I rolled up to a popular spot out of the wind. I bumped into a Nantucket boat who was getting tight despite several inconsiderate wannabes. We got a few more fish around the crowd ourselves and then flew home to the ramp. Final tally around 4 dozen fish for the morning. We found a wide mix of sizes. We knew we had the better size fish when they started spraying and puking Ballyhoo !!!!! Let's hope the weather man is wrong again tomorrow.
  2. I have not. Kings Spanish and reds yes.
  3. This morning was one for the books!!! We braved 47° weather and 25kt winds in the little Riptide Bay Boat. It was worth all the green water and spray we we drenched with. While most of the boats opted for the shelter of the beach, we went a little deeper. Our suffering was rewarded with dozens of MASSIVE feeds in every direction that never seemed to stop. Hogy Lures Epoxy jigs and flies were never lucky enough to get back to the boat uneaten. Singles, Doubles and Triples were the rule as we hooted and hollered while the fish raged. This is why we come here and the guys did a great job in some very difficult weather and sea conditions.
  4. Today was the best day so far for Riptide Charters 2018 North carolina adventure. The weather this morning looked unfishable. Heavy wind and rain had us sitting around thinking of a Plan B. Finally mid morning we decided to hunt sea trout up in the marshes out of the wind. A quick tackle shopping trip got us the needed rigs and soon we were picking small trout up at a decent pace. As the tide began to slack mid day so did the winds somewhat. The big change was the direction. It clocked due North and that would let us run the beaches. With the Riptide Bay boat being amazingly versatile, we went from fishing a foot of water to running a rough inlet and racing 20 miles down a windswept beach. When we got to yesterday's numbers we began to see fish. Then the volume went to 11 and it was full on slashing, bait spraying chaos. The Hogy Lures Epoxy jig in silver and silver side had the 10+ pound albies going crazy. After a couple dozen fish Capt Josh Farkes broke out the fly rod. It only took a few setups to get him tight and one more setup to get him a second fish on the fly. The run home was FAST and FLAT as I dragged a toe in the sand along the beach keeping us out of the building wind. Just an awesome day and exactly what we were hoping to find here.
  5. Second group taking over where the first left off.
  6. I had a nice relatively uneventful trip from Cape Cod to Atlantic Beach, NC trailering the Riptide Bay Boat. I'll be running trips down here for albies for the month of November. The first few days have been giving us terrible weather. Many guides are not even getting out. With my hardy crew we managed to get out and find shelter and some solid action for a couple half days. Hogy epoxy jigs match the big silver sides the albies have been eating. More updates as the month progresses.
  7. Nope, the Soft Poxy was a response to the guys shattering regular ones on rocks etc. They adjusted the epoxy to make it VERY durable and even a little flexible.
  8. I head to Cape Lookout NC in a few days with the Riptide Bay Boat, then it's down into the Keys for the bulk of the winter. Likely pass thru NC for a bit of fishing on the way North in the spring.
  9. Just an AWESOME day today with my regular angler Scott and his crew. The conditions initially bordered on impossible. We had 100 foot visibility and sloppy seas to try and hunt topwater tuna. Scott kept saying he knew I could find fish blind, then added "I just can't wait to see HOW you do it tho" So with everything against us I turned up the Raymarine radar and literally drove to every single bird it showed me. After an hour or so, I was blurry eyed. We meticulously combed through a cotton ball until I finally found a small pile of birds. One in particular was a bit jumpy. I told the guys to toss a Hogy Lures Protail at the bird, I had a hunch. As soon as the lure hit a tuna breached on it. As I yelled "Tuna!" My sport yelled "TIGHT!" After a brief battle on the "tweaked" small tuna gear, we had a nice 49"er in the boat. Truly the blind squirrel feasting on a nut !!! Suddenly the fog lifted a bit and the fish began to feed. Taking advantage of the brief visibility I ran to the nearest pile of birds and in no time we were tight again. With our 1 "Over" fish already in the boat, care had to be taken on this next fish. After just a few minutes we had the fish boat side and I carefully slid a lip gaff into its lower lip. The crew was waiting with a tape measure. The tale of the tape 46.5". The first "Under" fish we have landed this season despite seeing a few the last couple trips. Final tally 2 for 2 on FUN SIZE little bluefin. A great job by my sports, and a big thank you for having so much faith in me under such difficult conditions. I appreciate the vote of confidence.
  10. I have the big contender and a 22 bay boat right now.
  11. What a great day on the water today. Weather and Sea Conditions SUCKED!!! However it's rare that Capt Shaun gets weekday fishing time. We haven't fished together in a while and NEVER on the Riptide Bay. We went to our first spot and found essentially surf crossing conditions. It was on the ragged edge of the Bay's capabilities. We found some fish and did get some action but it wasnt worth the beating. Back on the trailer, 3 Advil and we were off to spot #2. Conditions were more to our liking but initially we found mostly rat blues With the ability to move around some we hunted and found a few small pods of angry hungry albies. With surgical precision we picked apart every feed. After several dozen fish to the boat we called it a day. We were wet and beat up, but we laughed the whole time. Our friendly competition brought out the best in us both and the albies paid the price. Hogy Lures 5/8 & 7/8 oz olive epoxy jigs won the day. It's always a blast when Ruge and I get to fish together.
  12. This is why we are ALWAYS in compliance!! The Massachusetts Environmental Police gave us a safety inspection and verified our tuna catch and permits. Lt. Bass was polite and professional. I am always happy to see the MEPO's protecting our fishery. After a clean bill of health we are back underway headed home after an amazing day !!
  13. Sort of, the northern sauery AKA "halfbeak" is a kissing cousin to the ballyhoo.
  14. Had an amazing day. Went 3 for 6 on tuna from 68-75". Released 2 took a 70" for my sports. Hogy Charter Grade Slider is unstoppable!!!