October is just about done and wow it was a busy one. The Fall bite for smallmouth bass was very good the past two weeks. High fish numbers brought to the net and some very healthy fat bellied specimens. Game Changers and Tequeelys did the best on exciting the smallmouth. One bass upchucked a 6 inch or more gizzard shad in my net. I was anxious to get back after the smallies this coming week with clients but another tropical storm passed through yesterday leaving the rivers high and mud. Hopefully once the flows recede and the water clears we can enjoy some more bass fishing before it gets to cold.
I haven’t been out a lot this month for musky but when I have it has produced. Actually I have only ran four musky trips and landed three muskies out of those four. Pretty good start to the Fall and Winter musky fishing!
Trout fishing has been consistent on the Virginia tailwaters. Nymph fishing is producing the numbers as usual. Haven’t seen any dry fly action at all this October and the waters have been low for any good streamer fishing. Leaves should be coming less of a problem now with most trees becoming bare. I have started to see some redds from brown trout, so they will start their spawn soon. Remember if you see browns on spawning beds, generally on shallow gravel, let them do their thing. We want more fish, so please don’t step on or catch browns of their redds.
Being that 2020 has been a crazy year with this covid thing, I haven’t had a vacation except a few days with my family camping. Luckily I left this week open to get out and enjoy some fishing for myself. In my opinion there is no better place to be other than the NC coast right now. Went down to the Harkers Island area to chase false albacore with my friends. What a awesome three days. First day didn’t produce any busting albies but we caught plenty blind casting behind the trawlers. The next day I hired https://www.harkersislandflyfishing.com/ to take me and my good client out. Got to fish a area I had never been to. Capt. Dan got us on the fish, we saw acres of busting albies for 5 hours and landed well over 3o albies on the fly. Best day I have ever experienced chasing those fish! Capt. Dan guides out of Harkers all year and also enjoys targeting maui maui in the summer months.
The third day we set out with Capt. Andy Bates https://www.captainbates.com/ out of Beaufort Inlet and headed west. The seas were slick and made for a beautiful morning to run out to some wrecks. One of the wrecks had a ton of Amberjacks hanging around and we were able to get 6 eats on poppers. I landed one out of three I hooked up. It was a awesome experience and my muscles are still recovering from the long fight. After that cooled down we ran into some albies busting bait behind a trawler and finished our day watching backing screaming off our reel. What a awesome trip and much needed. I highly recommend either of these guides if your heading to the NC coast!