****FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17TH***Awesome season on the trophy drum folks! Both on the Pamlico and especially here in Georgetown we caught record numbers and had multiple double digit days in a row. Thanks to all..... Both fishermen and fish made it an awesome season for me. Nothing I love more than being a part of the memories you make with your families and friends. A great big THANK YOU to all who made it possible. See you at the boat shows after Christmas. Also booking Costa Rica... still some dates available on the "Dragin Fly" out of Los Suenos for 2018 and beyond..
11/6/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Steve Trexler and his wife Deb drove down from Lexington, NC for a day of trophy Old Drum fishing last week. Pretty slow day in comparison to some of the other days we have had, but the ones that did bite had no chance. Steve fishes for catfish on High Rock Lake back in Lexington, so he and Deb are used to landing big fish. A 30 to 50 pound catfish fights very different than these drum, but they are about the closest thing you can get in fresh water. With a big cat at least you can get accustomed to a fish that might scream drag off your reel for thirty to forty five seconds before they turn their head the first time. Always enjoy seeing folks from home, and we had a blast fishing with Steve and Deb Trexler on a beautiful sunny day in Georgetown.

11/4/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Brent Wilson brought Chris, Brad, & Tom and picked a perfect day. Sunny and light NE sent me outside the south jetty and we smacked the fish on a falling tide. Double digit day times two... I never had more than a couple of minutes to get a sip of water and cut more mullet. Fun day with fun guys.

10/31/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

I normally wait till fishing is over to name my "Fishermen of the Year" Award but because of their multiple fishing trips, bringing awesome guests, and their great and constantly improving fishing ability....and this coolest t shirt ever with me and Boatie as "Red Drum Bums" it's an easy vote to name Lee Beam and Sue Hill Captain Ponytail Fishermen of the Year" winners for 2017. Thank you Lee and Sue for all you have done this year!

10/29/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Always happy to see Randy, who runs Mimi's Bait and Tackle on High Rock Lake, show up in In Georgetown to fish. Randy is my good luck charm...he has changed my luck several times. We boated a ten and a half pound flounder at the jetty a couple of years ago and have caught a bunch of big red drum together over the years. We caught a bunch this trip too. Randy always comes down with Mimi, who prefers to lay by the pool, so it's really hard to show off doubles and triples when we've only got one guy to hold them! We figured out a way...always good to see Randy and Mimi, and always fun to fish with a fisherman. Almost forgot...I brought "the Boy" along to mate for me. Boatie is learning the ropes and is turning into a pretty good deck hand. He's always happy to get in on a picture, especially on a fish he helped catch!

10/22/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

John and Chandler Woodruff came on a long overdue fishing trip yesterday. I first spoke to John's wife Shelia over a year ago. John was at that time in the Middle East serving in the National Guard. Shelia wanted her son to enjoy a day fishing even though his dad was away, so I told her she and Chandler were welcome to fish on my pier at High Rock Lake any time they liked, and when John got home from his deployment, the three of us would catch some big drum together in Georgetown. After waiting over a year, Chandler and his dad came down for their fishing day in Georgetown. Proud to have American heroes like John on the boat...and we had a blast as the fish cooperated....

10/21/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Last winter I spoke to the Piedmont Salt Water Fishing Club at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Really impressive club because they actually plan and fish lots of trips. Lots of other clubs I have been invited to speak to just talk about it but never do it. The guys in this club that own boats are nice enough to invite the guys who do not have a boat to come along, crew and fish on inshore and offshore trips. Last Saturday Lee Bryant, Tim Parks, Doug Daniels, and Greg Jarrett came to Georgetown to check out our red drum fishery on Winyah Bay. This fishery is gaining national attention as a world class drum fishery, and lots of TV shows and magazine articles are making Georgetown a destination for fishermen who have a trophy red drum on their bucket list. Our trip Saturday left these four good fishermen shaking their heads and the word "epic" even came up when the trip was over. We got big numbers AND big fish. Double digits again...by a lot... and a huge trophy as well. A 51" huge old drum that weighed 56 pounds, a trophy and unusually giant fish that put up an incredible fight, nearly spooling us on the first run. Great trip with very good fishermen who appreciate what Georgetown and Winyah Bay should be proud of... world class Old Drum fishing right here on the south end of the Grand Strand. Call us at 336 240-5649 and book your trophy drum trip today!

10/20/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Jim Lowe from Burlington, NC, who is one of my favorite buddies to have on the Avenger when it's time for the big drum, brought his friend Mike and Mike's son Trey down to Georgetown to catch some drag screaming red drum earlier this week. As you can see, the guys were not disappointed as we got all we needed with another double digit day. Always lots of fun fishing with Jim and hopefully all these fish will bring him back for one more try.

10/17/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Rob Sehnert brought three players from National Champion Coastal Carolina's baseball team. His son Tor, Shaddon Peaveyhouse, and Trevor Damoni to catch some big drum on Winyah Bay ... and we did just that. Stayed busy on the last of the falling tide and then went to the jetties and caught a few there, mixed with a few sharks. Throwing the guys fastballs with chunks of mullet was fun... great Trip!!!!!

10/16/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

J. J. Lamb, my buddy from Walterboro, brought Chuck Mooneyhan, Jay Tilton, and Derick Swails to Winyah Bay to catch some big red drum, and catch big drum...and catch 'em we did. Left the ramp at 7am and caught the last couple of hours of the falling tide. We stayed busy with several doubles and two triples, along with a steady bite on singles that lasted till the tide changed. Another double digit day, all caught in a couple of hours. We threw the corks for them on the ledge at South Island, are some lunch, and came back for a few more before the front arrived and rained us out. J.J. Is a wahoo tournament guy and brought me some real fishermen...heard a couple of "biggest fish of my life" comments, which always is music to a fishing Guide's ears..... and we all had a great day.

10/13/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Nephew Toby and his friend Cameron Beam are our guests today. Thirty minutes in and we have had a double and five fish in the boat. They brought me a ham biscuit but if this bite continues I will have to eat it tonight for dinner. Best fishing of the entire year RIGHT NOW. Call me for a day to remember.

10/12/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

In a word....epic. That is the only way to describe today's fishing. Dr. Steve and Forrest Luking.from Reidsville came to visit and catch some trophy red drum. Forrest is a halibut and salmon Guide in Alaska. He and Steve fished with me when Forrest was twelve years old. After a fine day on the Roanoke Forrest stepped off the boat and said "This is what I want to do for a living."He obviously followed through with his dream. Now he and Steve come to see me and fish a day together. Very proud of Forrest and all he has accomplished. . We caught twenty drum in two hours this morning. Barely enough time for a sip of water between bites and fish....for two hours totally nonstop action. Really happy it happened with Steve and Forrest. Some of my absolute best fishing buddies. I really love to get them on a bite as awesome as today's was....epic.

10/10/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

No sympathy for my job from friends....I love being on the water. It is still a job at the end of the day, and once in a while you need a break. So my break is going for fun. Yesterday me, Kyle Lamb, and my new friend Thomas, who works at The Boat Shed, our Pioneer BullsBay dealer here in Georgetown, took off for a couple of hours to try "corking" these big reds. Half my big drum trips on the Pamlico are run with no bait in the boat, and I am finally figuring out what it is gonna take to make that happen here in Winyah Bay. One thing you need are good fishermen who are persistent and committed to make it happen. Kyle and Thomas were my ginuea pigs on a beautiful late afternoon of "chunk and pop" here in Georgetown. Stay tuned for more.....

10/8/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Kip and Joy Thompson along with "the boys" Pigpen, Commodore, Ned, Commander, Keep that Rod Up, That one's Too Big for You, SchmeelerFan, and Roscoe waited patiently in a Georgetown motel Friday night, all day Saturday and Saturday night to catch the big reds on Sunday morning. All night long I listened to rain pelt the top of the tin box In the swamp (my camper). I drove to the ramp in a humid sprinkle. We pulled out and under the Hey 17 bridge and lo and behold THE SUN. Clouds parted like the Red Sea and we were blessed with beautiful sunshine and light winds the entire morning. The fish cooperated too. First day in ten I was able to get outside the North jetty and fish where the big boys live. Our catch of Old Drum was mixed with Black Tips and Bull Sharks, but we stayed busy all morning fighting fish and turning the boys into A+ fishermen. Kip is another member of the Chatlee Marine Staff. We've fished Chris, Robert, and now Kip and we have Matt next weekend. Kip's first ride all the way to the ocean on the Avenger AV-26 was a jaw dropping experience. Everybody in the boating and fishing industry who rides in or runs this boat has the same look on their face....super impressed. Proud every day to be running her.

10/7/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

My buddy Jeremy from Wesco trailers came down today with his dad and friend Marlin to fish....and do some much needed service work on the Wesco trailer that keeps the Avenger AV-26 rolling for me. Showed up with new bunk boards that he installed after our trip. Lots of rain and for sure a fine day...just not "epic" like yesterday. Everybody caught a couple and we got soaked!. All fishermen...including me....are greedy! Thanks Jeremy.

10/6/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Friends from Murrell's Inlet Dave and Zelda drove down this morning and caught a fine bite on big reds in Winyah Bay. Dave's birthday present to Zel was big fish and perfect timing. Really don't know if it was the approaching low pressure with another hurricane remnant coming in Sunday night, a new slug of fish arriving after the full moon, or just "meant to be".... we smacked their fanny. Twenty good bites with 75% or more in the boat. Lots of pics here folks...look close- the spots are all different. Dave and Zel will be doing seminars on catching these big drum at their weekly brunch at the Dead Dog Saloon. All you fishermen...and ladies... are welcome to stop by and ask questions about their fishing secrets. Both Dave and Zel were extremely tired and sore.... no permanent injuries to my knowledge.

10/4/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

I have become good friends with the folks at Chatlee Marine in Sanford, and now we are even closer since they are now a BullsBay dealer. Robert Faulk has been a sales person at Chatlee most of his life, and today Robert, his son Cole, and his father in law Gordon came down to fish for trophy drum. Windy and rough....again. Over a week of it now and I guess even the fish are getting tired of it. Compared to last week, a slow bite but we still were able to grind out a handful or so. When the wind lays down, it will be on.

10/1/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Randy and Michael Hutchins brought buddies Chad Naylor and Stephen Brown down yesterday for some trophy drum fishing. Some pretty rough water and 20-25k winds made the fishing tough. A 20 degree drop in temp from a strong cold front is not the recipe for a good fishing day. Sat on our first spot for a good two hours. One bite that totally spoiled us was our only excitement. We moved inside and picked up a pretty steady bite that put us well into double digits for the day.

9/30/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Lee Beam and Sue Hill, the "Drum Bums" came to visit Saturday. Lee is a deer hunter, and I have really got him hooked on drum fishing or he would have been in the woods Saturday. His word for our day..."EPIC". We caught 'em till everybody's elbow hurt.

9/29/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Back for day two with Andy and the boys. Funny thing about being a fishing guide... you never know who is gonna draw that magic day when they "jump in the boat".... well, today was the day and I had some great guys to enjoy it with. First breakthrough was catching half a dozen old drum on jigs under popping corks, something I have been trying to make happen for five years. A breakthrough for sure. Then we jumped a big tarpon on light tackle. When the front that had been predicted hit the bite went OFF... doubles....triples.... baits eaten before they hit the bottom. Winyah Bay is a world class fishery for old trophy drum...simple as that. When we hit the dock SCDNR was there releasing half a million red drum fingerlings into the Sampit. Thanks to them for protecting what we have and making sure there are plenty for future generations. PERFECT DAY with good guys...

9/28/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Andy Outen, Gray Knight, and Junior Bobbitt had a slow trip on the Roanoke with me this spring but gave me a second chance in Georgetown today. Perfect weather and double digits times two. Awesome day fishing with good guys and really good fishermen.

9/24/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Polished on the Avenger AV-26 yesterday getting ready for Roy McSwain. Roy and his brother Mike own Carolina Composites, the company that manufactures Avenger, Pioneer, and Bulls Bay boats. Roy's son Connor just started school at the Citadel this fall, so Roy brought Connor and some buddies from school fishing today to give them a break from school. Roy and Mike along with Henry Sikes have helped me more with my fishing career than you can imagine, and I always pray for good days when they are aboard. All got answered today with a half dozen big reds in the boat and back at the dock at 10:30. Thanks to Roy, Mike, Henry, and everyone at the plant who put me in this awesome boat I practically live on from April to November. Feels great to give a little back to folks that have given me so much.

9/23/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Just cranking up the fall season on Winyah Bay for trophy Red Drum. From Pamlico Sound to here in Georgetown, my Avenger AV-26 has been right at home and rolling through some really rough water in the Pamlico and here. Both fisheries are world class destinations for the "Old Drum" we are targeting. Guaranteed soft, dry ride and we are catching good numbers of these beautiful fish every day. Give us a call at 336 240-5649 for available dates through Thanksgiving.

9/22/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Brent and Terry decided to top off their Litchfield vacation with some drum fishing. We found a couple.for each of them and had s fun day all around. Georgetown bite iis good and will only get better.

9/16/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

David Kocisco and his son Jonas were in town yesterday from Chapel Hill.... their mission: big trophy old drum. Despite several freak bites feet from the boat and numerous equipment failures, we managed to boat some fish on corks and finished out the day with a sunset fish on bait for Jonah. Great job I have...making family fishing memories for guys like this.

9/15/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Another corporate trip with Capt. George Beckwith and Down East Guide Service. Double digits on corks with good fishermen who stuck to the plan....and it paid off. Probably fifty or sixty miles of boat ride and some hard work. Chunk and pop paid off with a great day.

9/14/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Another double on a Down East trip for Capt. George Beckwith.

9/13/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Josh Siler, John Varner, and Dave Reed came down for a big drum Trip. We corked morning and afternoon and went 3 for 4. Great guys and good, persistent fishermen.

9/8/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Roy Byrd, Kent Lytle, and Randy Joyner have need listening to my seminars at boat shows for years. Finally sold them and they came down today and caught four nice old drum. Great to have this crowd on the boat. They made it really easy on me...baited rods and cut mullet...AND caught fish. At least one had the biggest fish of his life!

9/4/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

What an awesome way to catch these old drum. Fathom Inshore popping cork with a Z Man GrassKickerz in pearl white. Hang on tight 'cause they hit it like they are REALLY mad at it. Long screaming drag run...at least 30 seconds...before we finally turned his head and got him coming in the right direction. Just an awesome bite and fight.

9/3/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

John and Demetra Harsanyi came down to the Pamlico yesterday and we got weathered out. Beautiful Sunday morning and two in the boat so far at 9am.

9/1/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Rick Edwards, Stephen Cheek, and Lynn Pruitt came down to the Pamlico a couple of days early before our charter to fish their kayaks for big reds. Two days of paddling and tough fishing and they were ready for the 26' Avenger and a 300 Yamaha....better than a paddle. Fishing was better too...everybody caught one!

8/30/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

We finally had a day calm enough to go back to casting the cork rigs. These two came about thirty seconds apart on Z Man paddle tails under corks.

8/29/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

This is my room mate in Oriental George Beckwith with a 50" drum he caught last night from our back yard.

8/28/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Had a 4 boat corporate trip today for Capt. George Beckwith. Three guys that really hung with me through some high winds, rough seas, and sideways rain. Four old drum, six slot drums, ten or twelve pups, and a keeper flounder....and two seagulls released. On days like today one guy reels fish in...another guy bails out the Avenger. Took quite a few waves over the bow on anchor.... came back to the town dock soaked and happy.

8/27/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Very special friend Chris Martin brought his son Jack, his friend Paul Flaherty and his son down to Oriental for a day on the Pamlico. We left the town dock at 6AM to try and beat the 20-25k wind that was predicted. We survived some strong wind and very rough water to get this double for the boys and a few more...and we were back at the dock at 9:30. Thanks to Chris and the guys for roughing out a less than perfect day. We came back soaked and happy.

8/26/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

The locals said the NE blow would turn on the bite, and they were right. My buddy Jake from Fayetteville and I boated nine old drum this morning while we fought waves coming over the bow on anchor. Very windy and snotty, hold on and reel fish was how the morning went. A steady bite kept us out there and it all paid off. When this wind stops, we are really gonna have some fun!

8/24/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

John Huffman and a couple of his best buddies came down to Oriental yesterday to fish the Pamlico for old drum. John landed this old drum near Dawson's Creek on a piece of cut mullet. Things are starting to heat up here...come down and catch yourself a trophy or two.

8/22/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Scouting the popping cork bite today on the Pamlico and caught this nice 47" old from not far from Oriental. Now is the time...give us a call at 336 240-5649.

7/24/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

Brent Wilson and his sons Brandon and Nick came down from N.C. for a family fishing day. Bad news....no tarpon...good news... the big drum are back. So now you have a legitimate chance at a big red drum as well as a tarpon. Round 'em up and bring 'em down! Let's go fishing!!!

7/19/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

When I do not have a charter, I spend most days looking for tarpon. Yesterday I found one! If this is on your bucket list, give me a call! (336) 240-5649

6/27/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

It was a "W" day today fishing with Captain Ponytail. This morning a family from West Virginia...this afternoon Shane Gunderson and his family from Wisconsin. They came south for a baseball tournament and wanted a shark. We delivered with a Black Tip between 7 and 8 feet long, a couple of trophy red drum, a sting ray as big as the front deck of the boat, summer trout, specks, croaker, and whiting. Lots of smiling faces after a long double trip day. Let's do it again tomorrow. Busy but plenty of openings available for this week as well as the week of the fourth. Come join us!

6/27/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

Brad Justice brought the family down from West Virginia for a vacation at Cherry Grove Beach. Giant Red Drum, Black Drum, Trout, Sharks, and a variety of small fish on a six hour trip.... good fun.

6/23/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

John Spear and his daughter Anna came back for seconds today with Captain Ponytail Guide Service. We had a great trip last summer and backed it up today with 5 trophy red drum over 40" each and six sharks, a trout and a sting ray. Kept Anna and John busy all morning. Come on down to South Myrtle and join us for a fun summer day of fishing.

6/22/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

When you see this happen a few times you revive your fish inside the boat with the wash down hose. The drum came almost out of the water when an 8' blacktip sliced him in half like a piece of bread. Still feel very safe in the Avenger AV-26.

6/20/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

Rodney Dickens and his son Nolan with six nice old drum this morning along with a couple of sharks...one a jumping spooler. Had a blast...left at 9am and were back at the dock at 11:30. Lots of fun in a couple of hours.

6/17/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

Parker and Blakely Hess with their dad and grandfather today. Grey trout, croakers, sharks, and skates. A fun day with three generations of good folks and good fishermen.

6/13/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

Jamie Olive guides on the Roanoke and wanted a big drum for his son. Caught the first of the incoming tide and boated four nice spot tails before the tide even started rolling. Great way for Jamie and his family to start their vacation at Myrtle Beach. #Avenger Boats #Myrtle Beach Fishing

6/10/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

Eric Griffith with a nice trout taken inshore in Jones Creek south of Myrtle Beach. Eric and his son Gunner are top water junkies. They live in East Tennessee and fish one of my favorites....Boone Lake. Eric caught this trout on a twitch bait on a perfect day. #inshore fishing Myrtle Beach

Let Capt. Ponytail take you on a fishing adventure of a lifetime. You'll fish the Roanoke River for Striped Bass or the backwaters of Winyah Bay and North Inlet for Red Drum, Trout, Floounder, Tarpon and Shark.
 
****FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17TH***Awesome season on the trophy drum folks! Both on the Pamlico and especially here in Georgetown we caught record numbers and had multiple double digit days in a row. Thanks to all..... Both fishermen and fish made it an awesome season for me. Nothing I love more than being a part of the memories you make with your families and friends. A great big THANK YOU to all who made it possible. See you at the boat shows after Christmas. Also booking Costa Rica... still some dates available on the "Dragin Fly" out of Los Suenos for 2018 and beyond..

THE LATEST BUZZ: Fishing Winyah Bay

11/6/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Steve Trexler and his wife Deb drove down from Lexington, NC for a day of trophy Old Drum fishing last week. Pretty slow day in comparison to some of the other days we have had, but the ones that did bite had no chance. Steve fishes for catfish on High Rock Lake back in Lexington, so he and Deb are used to landing big fish. A 30 to 50 pound catfish fights very different than these drum, but they are about the closest thing you can get in fresh water. With a big cat at least you can get accustomed to a fish that might scream drag off your reel for thirty to forty five seconds before they turn their head the first time. Always enjoy seeing folks from home, and we had a blast fishing with Steve and Deb Trexler on a beautiful sunny day in Georgetown.

11/4/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Brent Wilson brought Chris, Brad, & Tom and picked a perfect day. Sunny and light NE sent me outside the south jetty and we smacked the fish on a falling tide. Double digit day times two... I never had more than a couple of minutes to get a sip of water and cut more mullet. Fun day with fun guys.

10/31/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

I normally wait till fishing is over to name my "Fishermen of the Year" Award but because of their multiple fishing trips, bringing awesome guests, and their great and constantly improving fishing ability....and this coolest t shirt ever with me and Boatie as "Red Drum Bums" it's an easy vote to name Lee Beam and Sue Hill Captain Ponytail Fishermen of the Year" winners for 2017. Thank you Lee and Sue for all you have done this year!

10/29/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Always happy to see Randy, who runs Mimi's Bait and Tackle on High Rock Lake, show up in In Georgetown to fish. Randy is my good luck charm...he has changed my luck several times. We boated a ten and a half pound flounder at the jetty a couple of years ago and have caught a bunch of big red drum together over the years. We caught a bunch this trip too. Randy always comes down with Mimi, who prefers to lay by the pool, so it's really hard to show off doubles and triples when we've only got one guy to hold them! We figured out a way...always good to see Randy and Mimi, and always fun to fish with a fisherman. Almost forgot...I brought "the Boy" along to mate for me. Boatie is learning the ropes and is turning into a pretty good deck hand. He's always happy to get in on a picture, especially on a fish he helped catch!

10/22/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

John and Chandler Woodruff came on a long overdue fishing trip yesterday. I first spoke to John's wife Shelia over a year ago. John was at that time in the Middle East serving in the National Guard. Shelia wanted her son to enjoy a day fishing even though his dad was away, so I told her she and Chandler were welcome to fish on my pier at High Rock Lake any time they liked, and when John got home from his deployment, the three of us would catch some big drum together in Georgetown. After waiting over a year, Chandler and his dad came down for their fishing day in Georgetown. Proud to have American heroes like John on the boat...and we had a blast as the fish cooperated....

10/21/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Last winter I spoke to the Piedmont Salt Water Fishing Club at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Really impressive club because they actually plan and fish lots of trips. Lots of other clubs I have been invited to speak to just talk about it but never do it. The guys in this club that own boats are nice enough to invite the guys who do not have a boat to come along, crew and fish on inshore and offshore trips. Last Saturday Lee Bryant, Tim Parks, Doug Daniels, and Greg Jarrett came to Georgetown to check out our red drum fishery on Winyah Bay. This fishery is gaining national attention as a world class drum fishery, and lots of TV shows and magazine articles are making Georgetown a destination for fishermen who have a trophy red drum on their bucket list. Our trip Saturday left these four good fishermen shaking their heads and the word "epic" even came up when the trip was over. We got big numbers AND big fish. Double digits again...by a lot... and a huge trophy as well. A 51" huge old drum that weighed 56 pounds, a trophy and unusually giant fish that put up an incredible fight, nearly spooling us on the first run. Great trip with very good fishermen who appreciate what Georgetown and Winyah Bay should be proud of... world class Old Drum fishing right here on the south end of the Grand Strand. Call us at 336 240-5649 and book your trophy drum trip today!

10/20/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Jim Lowe from Burlington, NC, who is one of my favorite buddies to have on the Avenger when it's time for the big drum, brought his friend Mike and Mike's son Trey down to Georgetown to catch some drag screaming red drum earlier this week. As you can see, the guys were not disappointed as we got all we needed with another double digit day. Always lots of fun fishing with Jim and hopefully all these fish will bring him back for one more try.

10/17/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Rob Sehnert brought three players from National Champion Coastal Carolina's baseball team. His son Tor, Shaddon Peaveyhouse, and Trevor Damoni to catch some big drum on Winyah Bay ... and we did just that. Stayed busy on the last of the falling tide and then went to the jetties and caught a few there, mixed with a few sharks. Throwing the guys fastballs with chunks of mullet was fun... great Trip!!!!!

10/16/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

J. J. Lamb, my buddy from Walterboro, brought Chuck Mooneyhan, Jay Tilton, and Derick Swails to Winyah Bay to catch some big red drum, and catch big drum...and catch 'em we did. Left the ramp at 7am and caught the last couple of hours of the falling tide. We stayed busy with several doubles and two triples, along with a steady bite on singles that lasted till the tide changed. Another double digit day, all caught in a couple of hours. We threw the corks for them on the ledge at South Island, are some lunch, and came back for a few more before the front arrived and rained us out. J.J. Is a wahoo tournament guy and brought me some real fishermen...heard a couple of "biggest fish of my life" comments, which always is music to a fishing Guide's ears..... and we all had a great day.

10/13/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Nephew Toby and his friend Cameron Beam are our guests today. Thirty minutes in and we have had a double and five fish in the boat. They brought me a ham biscuit but if this bite continues I will have to eat it tonight for dinner. Best fishing of the entire year RIGHT NOW. Call me for a day to remember.

10/12/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

In a word....epic. That is the only way to describe today's fishing. Dr. Steve and Forrest Luking.from Reidsville came to visit and catch some trophy red drum. Forrest is a halibut and salmon Guide in Alaska. He and Steve fished with me when Forrest was twelve years old. After a fine day on the Roanoke Forrest stepped off the boat and said "This is what I want to do for a living."He obviously followed through with his dream. Now he and Steve come to see me and fish a day together. Very proud of Forrest and all he has accomplished. . We caught twenty drum in two hours this morning. Barely enough time for a sip of water between bites and fish....for two hours totally nonstop action. Really happy it happened with Steve and Forrest. Some of my absolute best fishing buddies. I really love to get them on a bite as awesome as today's was....epic.

10/10/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

No sympathy for my job from friends....I love being on the water. It is still a job at the end of the day, and once in a while you need a break. So my break is going for fun. Yesterday me, Kyle Lamb, and my new friend Thomas, who works at The Boat Shed, our Pioneer BullsBay dealer here in Georgetown, took off for a couple of hours to try "corking" these big reds. Half my big drum trips on the Pamlico are run with no bait in the boat, and I am finally figuring out what it is gonna take to make that happen here in Winyah Bay. One thing you need are good fishermen who are persistent and committed to make it happen. Kyle and Thomas were my ginuea pigs on a beautiful late afternoon of "chunk and pop" here in Georgetown. Stay tuned for more.....

10/8/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Kip and Joy Thompson along with "the boys" Pigpen, Commodore, Ned, Commander, Keep that Rod Up, That one's Too Big for You, SchmeelerFan, and Roscoe waited patiently in a Georgetown motel Friday night, all day Saturday and Saturday night to catch the big reds on Sunday morning. All night long I listened to rain pelt the top of the tin box In the swamp (my camper). I drove to the ramp in a humid sprinkle. We pulled out and under the Hey 17 bridge and lo and behold THE SUN. Clouds parted like the Red Sea and we were blessed with beautiful sunshine and light winds the entire morning. The fish cooperated too. First day in ten I was able to get outside the North jetty and fish where the big boys live. Our catch of Old Drum was mixed with Black Tips and Bull Sharks, but we stayed busy all morning fighting fish and turning the boys into A+ fishermen. Kip is another member of the Chatlee Marine Staff. We've fished Chris, Robert, and now Kip and we have Matt next weekend. Kip's first ride all the way to the ocean on the Avenger AV-26 was a jaw dropping experience. Everybody in the boating and fishing industry who rides in or runs this boat has the same look on their face....super impressed. Proud every day to be running her.

10/7/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

My buddy Jeremy from Wesco trailers came down today with his dad and friend Marlin to fish....and do some much needed service work on the Wesco trailer that keeps the Avenger AV-26 rolling for me. Showed up with new bunk boards that he installed after our trip. Lots of rain and for sure a fine day...just not "epic" like yesterday. Everybody caught a couple and we got soaked!. All fishermen...including me....are greedy! Thanks Jeremy.

10/6/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Friends from Murrell's Inlet Dave and Zelda drove down this morning and caught a fine bite on big reds in Winyah Bay. Dave's birthday present to Zel was big fish and perfect timing. Really don't know if it was the approaching low pressure with another hurricane remnant coming in Sunday night, a new slug of fish arriving after the full moon, or just "meant to be".... we smacked their fanny. Twenty good bites with 75% or more in the boat. Lots of pics here folks...look close- the spots are all different. Dave and Zel will be doing seminars on catching these big drum at their weekly brunch at the Dead Dog Saloon. All you fishermen...and ladies... are welcome to stop by and ask questions about their fishing secrets. Both Dave and Zel were extremely tired and sore.... no permanent injuries to my knowledge.

10/4/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

I have become good friends with the folks at Chatlee Marine in Sanford, and now we are even closer since they are now a BullsBay dealer. Robert Faulk has been a sales person at Chatlee most of his life, and today Robert, his son Cole, and his father in law Gordon came down to fish for trophy drum. Windy and rough....again. Over a week of it now and I guess even the fish are getting tired of it. Compared to last week, a slow bite but we still were able to grind out a handful or so. When the wind lays down, it will be on.

10/1/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Randy and Michael Hutchins brought buddies Chad Naylor and Stephen Brown down yesterday for some trophy drum fishing. Some pretty rough water and 20-25k winds made the fishing tough. A 20 degree drop in temp from a strong cold front is not the recipe for a good fishing day. Sat on our first spot for a good two hours. One bite that totally spoiled us was our only excitement. We moved inside and picked up a pretty steady bite that put us well into double digits for the day.

9/30/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Lee Beam and Sue Hill, the "Drum Bums" came to visit Saturday. Lee is a deer hunter, and I have really got him hooked on drum fishing or he would have been in the woods Saturday. His word for our day..."EPIC". We caught 'em till everybody's elbow hurt.

9/29/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Back for day two with Andy and the boys. Funny thing about being a fishing guide... you never know who is gonna draw that magic day when they "jump in the boat".... well, today was the day and I had some great guys to enjoy it with. First breakthrough was catching half a dozen old drum on jigs under popping corks, something I have been trying to make happen for five years. A breakthrough for sure. Then we jumped a big tarpon on light tackle. When the front that had been predicted hit the bite went OFF... doubles....triples.... baits eaten before they hit the bottom. Winyah Bay is a world class fishery for old trophy drum...simple as that. When we hit the dock SCDNR was there releasing half a million red drum fingerlings into the Sampit. Thanks to them for protecting what we have and making sure there are plenty for future generations. PERFECT DAY with good guys...

9/28/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Andy Outen, Gray Knight, and Junior Bobbitt had a slow trip on the Roanoke with me this spring but gave me a second chance in Georgetown today. Perfect weather and double digits times two. Awesome day fishing with good guys and really good fishermen.

9/24/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Polished on the Avenger AV-26 yesterday getting ready for Roy McSwain. Roy and his brother Mike own Carolina Composites, the company that manufactures Avenger, Pioneer, and Bulls Bay boats. Roy's son Connor just started school at the Citadel this fall, so Roy brought Connor and some buddies from school fishing today to give them a break from school. Roy and Mike along with Henry Sikes have helped me more with my fishing career than you can imagine, and I always pray for good days when they are aboard. All got answered today with a half dozen big reds in the boat and back at the dock at 10:30. Thanks to Roy, Mike, Henry, and everyone at the plant who put me in this awesome boat I practically live on from April to November. Feels great to give a little back to folks that have given me so much.

9/23/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Just cranking up the fall season on Winyah Bay for trophy Red Drum. From Pamlico Sound to here in Georgetown, my Avenger AV-26 has been right at home and rolling through some really rough water in the Pamlico and here. Both fisheries are world class destinations for the "Old Drum" we are targeting. Guaranteed soft, dry ride and we are catching good numbers of these beautiful fish every day. Give us a call at 336 240-5649 for available dates through Thanksgiving.

9/22/2017 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC

Brent and Terry decided to top off their Litchfield vacation with some drum fishing. We found a couple.for each of them and had s fun day all around. Georgetown bite iis good and will only get better.

9/16/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

David Kocisco and his son Jonas were in town yesterday from Chapel Hill.... their mission: big trophy old drum. Despite several freak bites feet from the boat and numerous equipment failures, we managed to boat some fish on corks and finished out the day with a sunset fish on bait for Jonah. Great job I have...making family fishing memories for guys like this.

9/15/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Another corporate trip with Capt. George Beckwith and Down East Guide Service. Double digits on corks with good fishermen who stuck to the plan....and it paid off. Probably fifty or sixty miles of boat ride and some hard work. Chunk and pop paid off with a great day.

9/14/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Another double on a Down East trip for Capt. George Beckwith.

9/13/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Josh Siler, John Varner, and Dave Reed came down for a big drum Trip. We corked morning and afternoon and went 3 for 4. Great guys and good, persistent fishermen.

9/8/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Roy Byrd, Kent Lytle, and Randy Joyner have need listening to my seminars at boat shows for years. Finally sold them and they came down today and caught four nice old drum. Great to have this crowd on the boat. They made it really easy on me...baited rods and cut mullet...AND caught fish. At least one had the biggest fish of his life!

9/4/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

What an awesome way to catch these old drum. Fathom Inshore popping cork with a Z Man GrassKickerz in pearl white. Hang on tight 'cause they hit it like they are REALLY mad at it. Long screaming drag run...at least 30 seconds...before we finally turned his head and got him coming in the right direction. Just an awesome bite and fight.

9/3/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

John and Demetra Harsanyi came down to the Pamlico yesterday and we got weathered out. Beautiful Sunday morning and two in the boat so far at 9am.

9/1/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Rick Edwards, Stephen Cheek, and Lynn Pruitt came down to the Pamlico a couple of days early before our charter to fish their kayaks for big reds. Two days of paddling and tough fishing and they were ready for the 26' Avenger and a 300 Yamaha....better than a paddle. Fishing was better too...everybody caught one!

8/30/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

We finally had a day calm enough to go back to casting the cork rigs. These two came about thirty seconds apart on Z Man paddle tails under corks.

8/29/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

This is my room mate in Oriental George Beckwith with a 50" drum he caught last night from our back yard.

8/28/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Had a 4 boat corporate trip today for Capt. George Beckwith. Three guys that really hung with me through some high winds, rough seas, and sideways rain. Four old drum, six slot drums, ten or twelve pups, and a keeper flounder....and two seagulls released. On days like today one guy reels fish in...another guy bails out the Avenger. Took quite a few waves over the bow on anchor.... came back to the town dock soaked and happy.

8/27/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Very special friend Chris Martin brought his son Jack, his friend Paul Flaherty and his son down to Oriental for a day on the Pamlico. We left the town dock at 6AM to try and beat the 20-25k wind that was predicted. We survived some strong wind and very rough water to get this double for the boys and a few more...and we were back at the dock at 9:30. Thanks to Chris and the guys for roughing out a less than perfect day. We came back soaked and happy.

8/26/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

The locals said the NE blow would turn on the bite, and they were right. My buddy Jake from Fayetteville and I boated nine old drum this morning while we fought waves coming over the bow on anchor. Very windy and snotty, hold on and reel fish was how the morning went. A steady bite kept us out there and it all paid off. When this wind stops, we are really gonna have some fun!

8/24/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

John Huffman and a couple of his best buddies came down to Oriental yesterday to fish the Pamlico for old drum. John landed this old drum near Dawson's Creek on a piece of cut mullet. Things are starting to heat up here...come down and catch yourself a trophy or two.

8/22/2017 - Pamlico Sound - Oriental, NC

Scouting the popping cork bite today on the Pamlico and caught this nice 47" old from not far from Oriental. Now is the time...give us a call at 336 240-5649.

7/24/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

Brent Wilson and his sons Brandon and Nick came down from N.C. for a family fishing day. Bad news....no tarpon...good news... the big drum are back. So now you have a legitimate chance at a big red drum as well as a tarpon. Round 'em up and bring 'em down! Let's go fishing!!!

7/19/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

When I do not have a charter, I spend most days looking for tarpon. Yesterday I found one! If this is on your bucket list, give me a call! (336) 240-5649

6/27/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

It was a "W" day today fishing with Captain Ponytail. This morning a family from West Virginia...this afternoon Shane Gunderson and his family from Wisconsin. They came south for a baseball tournament and wanted a shark. We delivered with a Black Tip between 7 and 8 feet long, a couple of trophy red drum, a sting ray as big as the front deck of the boat, summer trout, specks, croaker, and whiting. Lots of smiling faces after a long double trip day. Let's do it again tomorrow. Busy but plenty of openings available for this week as well as the week of the fourth. Come join us!

6/27/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

Brad Justice brought the family down from West Virginia for a vacation at Cherry Grove Beach. Giant Red Drum, Black Drum, Trout, Sharks, and a variety of small fish on a six hour trip.... good fun.

6/23/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

John Spear and his daughter Anna came back for seconds today with Captain Ponytail Guide Service. We had a great trip last summer and backed it up today with 5 trophy red drum over 40" each and six sharks, a trout and a sting ray. Kept Anna and John busy all morning. Come on down to South Myrtle and join us for a fun summer day of fishing.

6/22/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

When you see this happen a few times you revive your fish inside the boat with the wash down hose. The drum came almost out of the water when an 8' blacktip sliced him in half like a piece of bread. Still feel very safe in the Avenger AV-26.

6/20/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

Rodney Dickens and his son Nolan with six nice old drum this morning along with a couple of sharks...one a jumping spooler. Had a blast...left at 9am and were back at the dock at 11:30. Lots of fun in a couple of hours.

6/17/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

Parker and Blakely Hess with their dad and grandfather today. Grey trout, croakers, sharks, and skates. A fun day with three generations of good folks and good fishermen.

6/13/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

Jamie Olive guides on the Roanoke and wanted a big drum for his son. Caught the first of the incoming tide and boated four nice spot tails before the tide even started rolling. Great way for Jamie and his family to start their vacation at Myrtle Beach. #Avenger Boats #Myrtle Beach Fishing

6/10/2017 - Winyah Bay - Georgetown, NC

Eric Griffith with a nice trout taken inshore in Jones Creek south of Myrtle Beach. Eric and his son Gunner are top water junkies. They live in East Tennessee and fish one of my favorites....Boone Lake. Eric caught this trout on a twitch bait on a perfect day. #inshore fishing Myrtle Beach


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