*** Wednesday November 25th***Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!! Great day with Jerry and Barbara Hollady....two of my best friends from North Carolina. Doubled up on the big drum and Barb caught a giant shark. Really good to spend a day with them! Sunday we did a three boat trip with Capt. Mike and Mike Holmes from Pioneer Boats. We brought 8 guys that build these boats every day at Carolina Composites to show them how great they feel and fish on the water. THIRTY fish or so on the three boats and back to the dock at 11:30!!! We have our own world class fishery right here...for the fall spawning run of Big Red Drum. These monsters come into Winyah Bay to spawn, and this is as close to a guaranteed trip and fish for your bucket list if that list includes catching a Giant Red Drum. All species are inshore and fall feeding frenzy is finally here. Cooler weather and falling water temps are the formula for awesome fishing. Call for available dates. Also booking Costa Rica... still some dates available on the "Dragin Fly" out of Los Suenos for 2015 and beyond.
"THIS WILL HAVE TO GO ON THE BUCKET LIST
SUCH THAT I CAN CROSS IT OFF!"
Here's a couple of emails I received on November 3rd from a great bunch of guys about their "epic" adventure with me on November 1st.
Dennis Norris, PE
What a fabulous weekend. Although Saturday was a little slow, we made up for it in an epic half day fish on Sunday November the 1st. The four of us were catching large redfish one after the other, and on several occasions we had 4 hookups at one time. We lost count as the fishing was fast and furious over a 3 hour period but our best estimate was that we caught over 40 redfish that morning. We were some tired puppies. Really enjoyed fishing the light tackle for part of the time as I caught quite a few with the light rod and several times had a double hookup with that rod and the rod I was “guarding” in the rod holder. I honestly can’t imagine anyone catching more fish than we did in those few hours. This will have to go on the bucket list such that I can cross it off.
Thanks for a great adventure.
Dennis Norris, PE
Executive Vice President, General Manager
Starr Electric Company, Inc.
To anyone wanting a great fishing adventure,
Rod is a great guy to fish with - and I would say that even if we hadn't caught 40+ redfish on 11/1. He had a personality that makes you feel like you've known him all of your life and he tells great, interesting stories that make the day go by faster when the fish aren't biting.
That being said, our fishing trip with Captain Ponytail was average on our Saturday leg - in part because of windy conditions which led to rough water conditions. But our half day trip on Sunday - WOW!!!! - what a great day fishing. Once we anchored we started catching fish almost immediately and did so for four hours straight! With barely enough time between bites to catch our breath. I dare say it was the redfishing trip of a lifetime!!! I might could have as good of a day fishing at some point again in my lifetime but I'll never have any better day!
That's how truly good it was.
Legrand District Manager
NC/SC, TN, MD/DC
Here's my reply:
Dennis and Tom
Truly appreciate the comments in the e mail I received yesterday. I will send to my web guy and post it immediately. I was really disappointed in Saturday and spent a lot of time agonizing about moving to a different spot. As you know, we were limited in where we could go because of the stiff NE breeze. When we finally did make a move, that resulted in a foot of water in the boat just making things worse. Bad Saturday with four fish and wet folks. Some days you just pull up to the magic spot. I had the spot we picked Sunday morning saved as a waypoint on the GPS and had previously had some really good days there, but what happened to us was truly exceptional... you used the perfect word..."EPIC". I talked to half a dozen guides Saturday night and it was only magic for us.... partner Capt. Mike had four reds directly across the rocks from us and Capt Dan with the little boy we enjoyed watching had eight nice reds and "A good day" in his words. That's what makes fishing so fun for us all.... we keep going back because of our memories of that magic day when they literally "jumped in the boat". Happy and proud to share the memory of one of those days with you, Mark, and your buddies. The memory of our day together will be a big help in getting through the winter waiting for the Roanoke to kick off. Thanks for the e mail and the memories. I fish a bunch of days every year and our day together was truly exceptional.
We're situated right in the middle of twenty miles of unspoiled barrier islands where there is no development or people. A great getaway from the crowds of downtown Myrtle Beach.
We offer half day and full day trips and can comfortably carry up to four fishermen.
CAPTAIN PONYTAIL.... READY FOR THE ROANOKE
Looking forward to a great season on the Roanoke River and can't wait to see all our old friends and wear out our thumbs on all those stripers we're gonna catch on the river this year.
Whether you're fishing with us or bringing your own boat, we've got you covered with fishing reports updated daily, current water temp and flow rate, projected flow rates for the next three days, pictures, and everything else you'll need to plan your fishing trip to the Roanoke this spring. Make this website CaptainPonytail.com your "go to" website for everything you need to know to make your fishing trip the best one possible. Planning is everything, and we will make every effort to share information EVERY DAY on the website and the facebook page.
We will also be selling bait again this year. Our good friend Greg Patterson will be throwing that net on Buggs Island every night all night so us lucky folks... both other guides as well as fun fishermen... will have the very best and freshest bait.
Stop and see us at the Ponderosa Campground and I believe that you'll be catching them while other people watch. We'll be glad to help with treated water, fishing info, N.C. Wildlife regulation books, and anything else you might need to have the best day possible on the water.
We'll crank it up early in April and stay until late May and we'd love for you to stop by and say hello. Scream and wave if you see us on the water as well. Looking forward to a great season on the river... see you there!!!
Mid August till mid September you'll find us at Paradise Cove near Oriental, N.C. It's a lot of work to move north to the Pamlico for a month, but the awesome fishing there demands we go.
Giant Red Drum (Channel Bass) come inshore to spawn in the Pamlico, and we can guarantee the trip of a lifetime catching old drum that usually range from 35 to 50+ lbs. We're catching these big fish in a unique and super fun way as well. Instead of the traditional cut bait on the bottom while anchored method, we'll be chasing these giants and throwing popping corks and jigs at bait balls on the surface. The topwater bites are truly awesome... I had anglers last year tell me flat out they would trade ten big drum taken off the bottom anchored with cut bait for one bite on these topwater jigs. And the norm is NOT one bite, but many, as these fish seem to get crazy and readily bite from the chugging plunk plunk sound of a popping cork we have all used for speckled trout for years.
We'll be pulling both live and cut baits as well with our I Pilot remote Minn Kota trolling motor so we'll never lose touch with the school as we quietly "follow and catch" without ever being noticed. We'll catch 'em EVERY day.... and some days the numbers of fish are amazing.... honestly too many to admit to in print... so give us a call for what I honestly believe will be the fishing trip of a lifetime.
Great accommodations and the quaint seaside town of Oriental nearby make this a treat for the entire family.
This will be our most outstanding month of fishing the entire year.... DON'T MISS IT!!!
In short.... we hit the best spots in North and South Carolina at THE BEST TIMES for excellent fishing. This gives you, your family, and friends the best chance at trophy fish and a great day of fishing. All on board one of the finest fishing boats available, a Pioneer Bay Sport 220 with the best electronics, equipment and tackle. The perfect combination for a perfect day of fishing.
Try us out in .... you will have a fishing adventure to always remember!