****MONDAY NOVEMBER 12TH*****Big Drum are still around... Move around a couple or three times and you get on enough fish for a good trip.... very good numbers outside and still lots of big fish in the bay. Here through Thanksgiving weekend so give us a call for some great fishing. Please do not try to contact me through Facebook or Messenger. Call or text and I will immediately respond. The number is 336 240-5649. Also booking Costa Rica... still some dates available on the "Dragin Fly" out of Los Suenos for 2018 and beyond...
11/8/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

We had a special opportunity to fish a tournament for South Carolina charities out of Georgetown Landing Marina on Thursday. Some of South Carolina’s most noted politicians, lobbyists, and philanthropists came together to fish for charity. On the Avenger AV-26 I had Jim Green, Laurence Hutto, and Dewitt Zeno, and despite a windy, nasty day we managed to catch seven big red drum and came in first in the bull red division of the tournament. Pleasure to fish with these great guys and thanks to Captain Tommy Scarborough for the invitation to participate. Great time for a good cause and my guys all caught fish and had fun.

11/6/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Well it was another Sue and Lee adventure this week. At home Lee is known as “Captain Outdoors”. He is a very serious deer hunter....but these bull reds have changed his autumn priorities. They were here last week and had to come back one more time before these fish are gone. They have become great fishermen and greater friends. More cakes, more lemon drops, and lots more fun landing these big red drum. Thanks Sue and Lee...you’re the best.

11/5/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

I met Marvin Ferguson from Maiden, North Carolina at the boat ramp here in Georgetown. He had been fishing for big Red Drum that day and we talked for a while and I gave him my business card. Not very often that turns into a fishing trip, but Marvin called and came down to fish with me last week. We had an awesome day on the water and caught our share of the big drum. Made a good friend and not very often that I have one person fishing, but it allowed us to try some different things and really have a good time experimenting. Great trip and thanks to Marvin for taking a chance with us when his own boat is sitting in the driveway.

11/4/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Sunday morning was another beautiful calm day and I was able to get Telly Hess and his sons to the jetty where most of the fish have been caught lately. There are some fish inside in the bay but the big bite is both inside and outside those jetty rock walls. Telly and his sons had a perfect day and it was a pleasure fishing with them. Good to have hometown folks down to show off the great fishing we’ve got right now in Georgetown and Winyah Bay.

11/3/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Todd Hoover brought his boys down for a couple of trips last Saturday and Sunday. Todd and the boys had fished with me last year on the Pamlico on a really rough, windy day and I felt I owed them a good trip. Well, we got two. Saturday and Sunday were both awesome fishing days as we got all we needed and more. Todd has a couple of great young sons, and they’re good fisherman too. Really enjoyed the trip and happy we had a couple of flat days with huge catch numbers.

11/1/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

When Lee and Sue come fishing, it’s like Christmas for me. This trip I got three lemon cakes, some lemon drops, and assorted other goodies. Paid them back with an awesome trip with double digit red drum and a big time for everybody. Great fishing still happening right now.

10/27/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Bonnie and Goldie usually bring their own boat and do it themselves. They are the kind of fishermen that don’t need help. They just spent a week on Lake Wylie cat fishing, but decided to come down and do a big drum trip with us. Another great day as the fishing is as good as possible right now. Come get yours... expecting them to stay well into November.

10/23/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Skip Hevener brought wife Ginny, son Thomas and daughter Sarah for a big red drum trip on Monday afternoon. We’ve been speaking while fishing side-by-side on the Roanoke for several years, and Skip had been talking about coming to the coast for some big fish for quite a while. Well, it finally happened this week. Skip sure picked the right day because just like the morning trip with Jim Lowe, the only word for this fishing trip is “epic.” I am actually almost hesitant to say how many fish we caught because I don’t want other folks expecting trips like that. Let’s just say “we got all we needed and more”.

10/22/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Jim Lowe brought Mike Waddell and Yank Yarborough, all buddies of mine from Burlington, North Carolina for another big drum trip last Monday. Only way to describe this day...”Epic”...We caught fish until everybody got tired of catching fish. Jim is one of my best customers and buddies and once in a while you catch them with the folks you want to catch them with. That’s what this day was all about. For sure...one to remember.

10/20/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

This weekend was my birthday so I had family members Jim,Stacey, and Hannah to help me celebrate on the boat Saturday. We caught over a dozen big drum, left the dock at 8 AM and they were back at the wooden boat show before noon. Great to have family down and have such a great fishing day with them. Thanks for the memories.

10/16/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Eight or ten years ago, Peter Wong fished with me six or eight times a year. He was pretty much a weekly visitor at the Roanoke River for the spring striped bass spawning run. A very smart and caring guy, he left the corporate world to write a book on caring for loved ones who had terminal illness. So long story short we kinda lost touch...and our little reunion was Tuesday. He brought his friend and Sunday School teacher from forty years ago, and it was a reunion for them as well. A beautiful day on the water with light wind and an awesome bite made it the perfect reunion... and my tip of a chicken pot pie he made himself has been enjoyed every night since Tuesday. Thanks to Peter Wong for a great reunion and thanks to the fish for making it a special day all around.

10/14/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Co-owner of Carolina Composites, Roy McSwain, brought his son Connor along with buddies Brooks and Austin Rupple for a big drum fishing trip on Sunday. Roy and Mike, along with national sales manager Henry Sikes, have done more for my career as a fishing guide than anyone else and when the boss comes to town you really want to catch ‘em. For once it worked out...we left the dock at 8AM and drove 13 miles to the jetty.....caught over a dozen fish....rode 13 miles back in the Avenger and were still back at the dock by 1030AM. Folks, the bite is on. How many you catch just depends on how long you want to stay. Six, eight, ten an hour is not unusual so come see us while the action is hot. Thanks to Roy, Connor, and the Rupple’s for a great trip. And thanks to Roy, Mike, and Henry for providing me with the best ride on the water, the Avenger AV-26.

10/13/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Tina Krukenberg called a couple of months ago and asked about a birthday present for her husband Harry. They came all the way down from Ohio to spend the weekend with me and brought their friends Jim and Laurie Lauricia. We had a awesome trip with double digit red drum, watching dolphins,and just enjoying a beautiful day. Followed that up with a couple of drinks at the Big Tuna and the birthday was a complete success. New friends from Ohio hoping to convince them to go to Costa Rica soon for some sails and marlin!

10/10/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Chip Harris and Jeff Ingle from Greensboro, NC came down for a big drum day. Chip showed up with a pretty corking rod that was still warm from a trip to the Pamlico Sound last month. It was blowing and just not the best conditions for the cork. We WILL make that work here in Georgetown...just need a few more fish to show so they will get a little more territorial and aggressive. Appreciate these guys coming down and helping me drum up some nice fish.

10/7/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Got a second chance with Ronny Mizell and his hard fishing family on Sunday. Windy but we made it to the jetty and caught ‘em pretty good this time. The most polite, helpful, and hard fishing family you can imagine. Proud to have them on the boat.

10/6/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Lee Beam and Sue Hill came down for the first time all year. Last year they won the ponytail fishers of the year title but haven’t had time to make it down this year. As always we had a great trip, but it wasn’t rough enough for Lee who likes big waves and big fish. Always enjoy spending time with these folks who have become good friends as well. When you have a flat tire in Denton, they are the folks to call on...

10/1/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Jim Lyal from Burlington North Carolina brought his daughter and his brand new son-in-law for a fishing trip on Monday. Despite heavy tough northeast winds we hid behind some Jerry rocks in court all we needed. Great day with some really good friends from my hometown. Thanks Jim for all you do.

9/28/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

My good friend Jake LeGalle from Fayetteville brought friends Nibk and Mitch down for a fishing trip last Sunday. Jake has fished the Roanoke and the Pamlico several times, but this was his first time in Georgetown. Great bite on the big drum including a triple. Always good memories and good fishing with Jake.

9/22/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

It was the Mark and Mark show on Saturday. They were down in August with their fishing buddy Mike, but Mike got bit on BOTH feet by the same copperhead a few days ago. So Mark and Mark as well as me want to let Mike know while we were catching all these fish you’re looking at pictures of we were thinking of you Mike...and you should have been here because there were plenty enough bites that I think Mark and Mark would have been willing to share!!!... hope you’re feeling better soon.

9/21/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Look out Myrtle Beach...bachelor party in town! Michael Booker,Jake Smith, Chip Miller, and Kim Smith...the non golfers in the crowd were the fun crowd I fished with. Everybody got a big drum and we were VERY limited on fishing spots with a NE that had us taking water over the bow with 150 feet of scope on the anchor. I left them at 7pm last night and they were headed back to the beach very happy and ready to celebrate. Nothing in the Myrtle Beach paper this morning that mentioned any familiar names so I guess the fishing wore them out and they went to bed early.....RIGHT!!! Thanks to good friend Dede for sending me this portable party. Great crowd!!!

9/19/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Darren, Chad, and young Luke Snyder brought friend Tim Hodgin along for a “first after the blow’ fishing trip. The ocean is upside down so we spent a lot of time looking but finally pulled three big drum out of the fire after catching a bunch of bluefish slashing bait just outside the breakers on North Island. We worked hard, hung with it, and got paid off. Every day should improve...we needed the bait and boy did the storm bring it!

9/7/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Ronny Mizell brought his family down to Georgetown yesterday and his daughter caught this nice spot tail despite a pretty strong NE blow. Looking for the bite to blast off into that autumn spawning mode any day.

8/7/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Rex and Anna are a couple of lucky kids. Their dads brought them fishing with us today, and everybody who caught one had the biggest fish of their life at the end of our day. Then we topped it all off by jumping a huge tarpon. Great kids and fun families to spend the day with.

8/5/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Chris McCall and Brian Barber met me in the Hardee’s parking lot in Weldon, NC during striper season last spring. We booked a drum trip for August 6 during their family beach trip. Getting in some good Pamlico practice as we caught 15 big bull reds in just four hours. Two doubles and at least one fish over 50 pounds. Lots of action on a perfect day with excellent fishermen. Does not get any better...in the perfect boat...Avenger AV-26. Drum magnet.

8/4/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Blessed with some really good fishermen and ladies the past week, including the Eaves family from just outside Athens, Ga. A tarpon was on the top of the list for these folks and we did hook up a couple but could not get either to the boat. Found them busting through schools of menhaden right on the beach. Pitched a bait to them and hold on...to the rod and your heart. So that was fun...not successful. We did catch half a dozen drum over 40” and had a really fine two day weekend on the Avenger AV-26.

8/2/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Scott Willis and Chris Marshall from Forest City, NC called about a month ago and told me they were going to be in Myrtle Beach this week on vacation and wanted to catch a big bull Red drum. Experienced tournament bass fishermen, these guys made it easy for me. Fun day on the water with good guys!

7/28/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Chris Fishel booked a last minute drum trip for this morning and brought a crowd of real fishermen. Three or four sharks to warm up the elbows then six or seven drum, all well over 40”, before the rising tide went slack. All that in less than three hours so we spent the last two hours watching 100 pound tarpon roll all around our baits. No takers on the tarpon but they have arrived here in the bay in big numbers in the last two or three days. Tarpon bucket list folks should give us a call.

7/24/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Thanks to Tommy and Dan Scarborough for a trip with Chance from Pennsylvania yesterday. Chance brought a fine crowd of fishermen...Braedon, Bryce, and Wyatt all caught big reds and Chance showed them all how to do it with a huge 53 pound female. Picking up every day! Call us and catch your dream fish!

7/23/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Kevin and Dylan Frazier are doing a mid summer dream fishing trip. Started here with big Red drum then headed to Miami for peacock bass and the keys for tarpon. We got them off to a good start with a good handful of big drum including this double hook up. Good luck on the rest of your trip guys....hope we see you this fall!!!

7/22/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Learned a couple of things with Matt and his son Ben today on Winyah Bay. First, give Be a shot at a big red drum and he will land it. Second, it’s shark week and a big shark WILL eat a little shark if the opportunity presents itself. The “half a shark” picture pretty much proves that. Sharks here in Georgetown are watching Discovery Channel too! Really showing off lately!

7/20/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Started my off day searching for tarpon but storms and a 20k NE breeze made me change my plans. Lots of bait inshore in the bay so I tried an October spot a little early. Paid off with a really big female and a new spot to fish. Come see us!

7/18/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Darin Lester and his wife have been my good friends and fished with us a bunch. Got a chance to meet their son Jordan and fish with the whole family yesterday. They all love the water and are accomplished fishermen. We all got a reality check on just how violent the food chain can be out here when an eight foot bull shark ate a drum we had hooked up on the surface five feet from the boat. Left us all speechless.

7/16/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Mary Bigbee and her son Riston came fishing with us today from my buddy Henry Sikes at Avenger/Pioneer/BullsBay Boats. Mary is an old friend of Hen’s and wanted a big red drum for her son Riston. A little fishing luck and good equipment...that Avenger AV-26...and we produced for these very cool folks from Kansas City. Pleasure fishing with them and Riston did a great job fighting his first salt water fish. Check out Mary on the Sportsman’s Channel tomorrow night on “Whitetail Properties”. She’s quite a hunter as well, I hear.

7/12/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Yadkinville’s best fisherman Max with a big Winyah Bay drum.

7/12/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Max’s dad also got in on the action, after prying the fishing rod from Max’s grip, and caught a big drum of his own. We lost one to a bull shark. It was a beautiful day outside on the jetty. Too nice for a bite as all our big fish came from inside.

7/7/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

I lost a couple of days last week to a kidney stone surgery so I decided to get back in some fish. Finally got to catch one myself! Difficult sometimes to watch other folks having all the fun. Still a good bite...come get your trophy! Just call 336 240-5649 and pick your day.

7/2/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Really nice picture of a bull Red my buddy Crawford caught. About ten seconds after this photo was taken this fish got eaten by a giant shark. Seen some big ones around the past few days...on the jetty and inside. Totally spooled a 6000 and an 8000 yesterday. Neither ever turned his head. Hands and feet in the boat please!

7/1/2018 - Costa Rica

Don’t forget we are still booking Costa Rica billfish with Dragin Fly out of Los Suenos on the Pacific coast. We have Mike and Red Holmes from Pioneer/Avenger/BullsBay Boats down there this week on a Fourth of July vacation. Go get ‘em Mike hanging onto a beautiful sail.

6/15/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Ben Huffines brought Jesse Troxler down from Burlington, NC to catch some fish. Really active day and lots of life in the bay and ocean. The highlight was this 42” Red drum. If you are in the Myrtle Beach area give us a call.

6/29/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Back from a short trip to Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay with Avenger to welcome Pasadena Boat Works to the Pioneer/Avenger family. Picked right up where we left off in Winyah Bay with big drum, big sharks, and big rays all hitting baits on the bottom. Come on down and let us make some vacation memories with some big fish.

6/22/2018 - Maryland

Henry Sikes about to bring one of around 25 to 30 we caught this afternoon aboard the Avenger AV-26. Caught them on suspending hard baits twitching and burning them back to the boat from a mid channel rock pile.

6/21/2018 - Maryland

My buddy Henry Sikes and I catching stripers on a blustery NE day in Maryland

6/15/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

John Spear and his daughter have caught big drum in Georgetown’s Winyah Bay before. They started their weekend with some more this morning, mixed in with sharks and big rays. They left about 1:30 headed for a lazy river afternoon at a condo in Litchfield. Thanks for the return trip folks. Hoping to see John again this fall when the fishing is ‘off the hook”. We’ve had some awesome trips already since starting here in early June. Maybe the best June ever for the big drum. In past years you had to fish the jetty to have a chance at old drum...this year we’re catching them in the calmer waters in the bay. Give me a call and pick your favorite day to make some summer vacation memories with Captain Ponytail Guide Service.

6/11/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Sat on our first spot this morning at 7:30. Caught this fish at 7:35 and got hit hard by a thunderstorm at 7:40. Still managed to boat Will McCauley’s biggest drum ever on a ten minute fishing trip. Back to the hill safe was the best part, as we were around some nasty lightning and heavy rain. Let’s try again tomorrow!

6/8/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Winyah Bay is famous for old drum fishing in the fall but we've had great luck this week. Walt Brashier John Groome and their sons Hayden and Lucas topped off the week yesterday with six or seven big drum over 45 inches. Thanks to Dan Scarborough from Georgetown Adventures for the two Boat Trip and great to meet such nice people and good fisherman. Openings next week and weekend so come get your own Big Fish memory with Captain Ponytail Guide Service.

6/2/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Brad Shelton fished last fall in Georgetown with Brent Wilson. Today he brought his son Jordan along with Joey and Pinky Mitchell for a return visit. Three or four nice old drum in the boat as well as sharks and rays that kept all elbows busy. Thanks for a fun day with good fishermen. Couple of days open next weekend....come on down!

5/26/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

First day in the salt water in Winyah Bay at the south end of Myrtle Beach and began the season with good luck on the big drum. Rick Maness and his wife Shannon were neighbors at the Ponderosa in Weldon. They followed me down and Rick quickly caught the two biggest fish of his life this morning. Come on down and get lucky with a big drum. We are here and they are biting! Give me a call or shoot me a text at 336 240-5749 for an immediate response.

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****MONDAY NOVEMBER 12TH*****Big Drum are still around... Move around a couple or three times and you get on enough fish for a good trip.... very good numbers outside and still lots of big fish in the bay. Here through Thanksgiving weekend so give us a call for some great fishing. Please do not try to contact me through Facebook or Messenger. Call or text and I will immediately respond. The number is 336 240-5649. 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

11/8/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

We had a special opportunity to fish a tournament for South Carolina charities out of Georgetown Landing Marina on Thursday. Some of South Carolina’s most noted politicians, lobbyists, and philanthropists came together to fish for charity. On the Avenger AV-26 I had Jim Green, Laurence Hutto, and Dewitt Zeno, and despite a windy, nasty day we managed to catch seven big red drum and came in first in the bull red division of the tournament. Pleasure to fish with these great guys and thanks to Captain Tommy Scarborough for the invitation to participate. Great time for a good cause and my guys all caught fish and had fun.

11/6/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Well it was another Sue and Lee adventure this week. At home Lee is known as “Captain Outdoors”. He is a very serious deer hunter....but these bull reds have changed his autumn priorities. They were here last week and had to come back one more time before these fish are gone. They have become great fishermen and greater friends. More cakes, more lemon drops, and lots more fun landing these big red drum. Thanks Sue and Lee...you’re the best.

11/5/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

I met Marvin Ferguson from Maiden, North Carolina at the boat ramp here in Georgetown. He had been fishing for big Red Drum that day and we talked for a while and I gave him my business card. Not very often that turns into a fishing trip, but Marvin called and came down to fish with me last week. We had an awesome day on the water and caught our share of the big drum. Made a good friend and not very often that I have one person fishing, but it allowed us to try some different things and really have a good time experimenting. Great trip and thanks to Marvin for taking a chance with us when his own boat is sitting in the driveway.

11/4/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Sunday morning was another beautiful calm day and I was able to get Telly Hess and his sons to the jetty where most of the fish have been caught lately. There are some fish inside in the bay but the big bite is both inside and outside those jetty rock walls. Telly and his sons had a perfect day and it was a pleasure fishing with them. Good to have hometown folks down to show off the great fishing we’ve got right now in Georgetown and Winyah Bay.

11/3/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Todd Hoover brought his boys down for a couple of trips last Saturday and Sunday. Todd and the boys had fished with me last year on the Pamlico on a really rough, windy day and I felt I owed them a good trip. Well, we got two. Saturday and Sunday were both awesome fishing days as we got all we needed and more. Todd has a couple of great young sons, and they’re good fisherman too. Really enjoyed the trip and happy we had a couple of flat days with huge catch numbers.

11/1/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

When Lee and Sue come fishing, it’s like Christmas for me. This trip I got three lemon cakes, some lemon drops, and assorted other goodies. Paid them back with an awesome trip with double digit red drum and a big time for everybody. Great fishing still happening right now.

10/27/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Bonnie and Goldie usually bring their own boat and do it themselves. They are the kind of fishermen that don’t need help. They just spent a week on Lake Wylie cat fishing, but decided to come down and do a big drum trip with us. Another great day as the fishing is as good as possible right now. Come get yours... expecting them to stay well into November.

10/23/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Skip Hevener brought wife Ginny, son Thomas and daughter Sarah for a big red drum trip on Monday afternoon. We’ve been speaking while fishing side-by-side on the Roanoke for several years, and Skip had been talking about coming to the coast for some big fish for quite a while. Well, it finally happened this week. Skip sure picked the right day because just like the morning trip with Jim Lowe, the only word for this fishing trip is “epic.” I am actually almost hesitant to say how many fish we caught because I don’t want other folks expecting trips like that. Let’s just say “we got all we needed and more”.

10/22/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Jim Lowe brought Mike Waddell and Yank Yarborough, all buddies of mine from Burlington, North Carolina for another big drum trip last Monday. Only way to describe this day...”Epic”...We caught fish until everybody got tired of catching fish. Jim is one of my best customers and buddies and once in a while you catch them with the folks you want to catch them with. That’s what this day was all about. For sure...one to remember.

10/20/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

This weekend was my birthday so I had family members Jim,Stacey, and Hannah to help me celebrate on the boat Saturday. We caught over a dozen big drum, left the dock at 8 AM and they were back at the wooden boat show before noon. Great to have family down and have such a great fishing day with them. Thanks for the memories.

10/16/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Eight or ten years ago, Peter Wong fished with me six or eight times a year. He was pretty much a weekly visitor at the Roanoke River for the spring striped bass spawning run. A very smart and caring guy, he left the corporate world to write a book on caring for loved ones who had terminal illness. So long story short we kinda lost touch...and our little reunion was Tuesday. He brought his friend and Sunday School teacher from forty years ago, and it was a reunion for them as well. A beautiful day on the water with light wind and an awesome bite made it the perfect reunion... and my tip of a chicken pot pie he made himself has been enjoyed every night since Tuesday. Thanks to Peter Wong for a great reunion and thanks to the fish for making it a special day all around.

10/14/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Co-owner of Carolina Composites, Roy McSwain, brought his son Connor along with buddies Brooks and Austin Rupple for a big drum fishing trip on Sunday. Roy and Mike, along with national sales manager Henry Sikes, have done more for my career as a fishing guide than anyone else and when the boss comes to town you really want to catch ‘em. For once it worked out...we left the dock at 8AM and drove 13 miles to the jetty.....caught over a dozen fish....rode 13 miles back in the Avenger and were still back at the dock by 1030AM. Folks, the bite is on. How many you catch just depends on how long you want to stay. Six, eight, ten an hour is not unusual so come see us while the action is hot. Thanks to Roy, Connor, and the Rupple’s for a great trip. And thanks to Roy, Mike, and Henry for providing me with the best ride on the water, the Avenger AV-26.

10/13/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Tina Krukenberg called a couple of months ago and asked about a birthday present for her husband Harry. They came all the way down from Ohio to spend the weekend with me and brought their friends Jim and Laurie Lauricia. We had a awesome trip with double digit red drum, watching dolphins,and just enjoying a beautiful day. Followed that up with a couple of drinks at the Big Tuna and the birthday was a complete success. New friends from Ohio hoping to convince them to go to Costa Rica soon for some sails and marlin!

10/10/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Chip Harris and Jeff Ingle from Greensboro, NC came down for a big drum day. Chip showed up with a pretty corking rod that was still warm from a trip to the Pamlico Sound last month. It was blowing and just not the best conditions for the cork. We WILL make that work here in Georgetown...just need a few more fish to show so they will get a little more territorial and aggressive. Appreciate these guys coming down and helping me drum up some nice fish.

10/7/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Got a second chance with Ronny Mizell and his hard fishing family on Sunday. Windy but we made it to the jetty and caught ‘em pretty good this time. The most polite, helpful, and hard fishing family you can imagine. Proud to have them on the boat.

10/6/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Lee Beam and Sue Hill came down for the first time all year. Last year they won the ponytail fishers of the year title but haven’t had time to make it down this year. As always we had a great trip, but it wasn’t rough enough for Lee who likes big waves and big fish. Always enjoy spending time with these folks who have become good friends as well. When you have a flat tire in Denton, they are the folks to call on...

10/1/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Jim Lyal from Burlington North Carolina brought his daughter and his brand new son-in-law for a fishing trip on Monday. Despite heavy tough northeast winds we hid behind some Jerry rocks in court all we needed. Great day with some really good friends from my hometown. Thanks Jim for all you do.

9/28/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

My good friend Jake LeGalle from Fayetteville brought friends Nibk and Mitch down for a fishing trip last Sunday. Jake has fished the Roanoke and the Pamlico several times, but this was his first time in Georgetown. Great bite on the big drum including a triple. Always good memories and good fishing with Jake.

9/22/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

It was the Mark and Mark show on Saturday. They were down in August with their fishing buddy Mike, but Mike got bit on BOTH feet by the same copperhead a few days ago. So Mark and Mark as well as me want to let Mike know while we were catching all these fish you’re looking at pictures of we were thinking of you Mike...and you should have been here because there were plenty enough bites that I think Mark and Mark would have been willing to share!!!... hope you’re feeling better soon.

9/21/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Look out Myrtle Beach...bachelor party in town! Michael Booker,Jake Smith, Chip Miller, and Kim Smith...the non golfers in the crowd were the fun crowd I fished with. Everybody got a big drum and we were VERY limited on fishing spots with a NE that had us taking water over the bow with 150 feet of scope on the anchor. I left them at 7pm last night and they were headed back to the beach very happy and ready to celebrate. Nothing in the Myrtle Beach paper this morning that mentioned any familiar names so I guess the fishing wore them out and they went to bed early.....RIGHT!!! Thanks to good friend Dede for sending me this portable party. Great crowd!!!

9/19/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Darren, Chad, and young Luke Snyder brought friend Tim Hodgin along for a “first after the blow’ fishing trip. The ocean is upside down so we spent a lot of time looking but finally pulled three big drum out of the fire after catching a bunch of bluefish slashing bait just outside the breakers on North Island. We worked hard, hung with it, and got paid off. Every day should improve...we needed the bait and boy did the storm bring it!

9/7/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Ronny Mizell brought his family down to Georgetown yesterday and his daughter caught this nice spot tail despite a pretty strong NE blow. Looking for the bite to blast off into that autumn spawning mode any day.

8/7/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Rex and Anna are a couple of lucky kids. Their dads brought them fishing with us today, and everybody who caught one had the biggest fish of their life at the end of our day. Then we topped it all off by jumping a huge tarpon. Great kids and fun families to spend the day with.

8/5/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Chris McCall and Brian Barber met me in the Hardee’s parking lot in Weldon, NC during striper season last spring. We booked a drum trip for August 6 during their family beach trip. Getting in some good Pamlico practice as we caught 15 big bull reds in just four hours. Two doubles and at least one fish over 50 pounds. Lots of action on a perfect day with excellent fishermen. Does not get any better...in the perfect boat...Avenger AV-26. Drum magnet.

8/4/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Blessed with some really good fishermen and ladies the past week, including the Eaves family from just outside Athens, Ga. A tarpon was on the top of the list for these folks and we did hook up a couple but could not get either to the boat. Found them busting through schools of menhaden right on the beach. Pitched a bait to them and hold on...to the rod and your heart. So that was fun...not successful. We did catch half a dozen drum over 40” and had a really fine two day weekend on the Avenger AV-26.

8/2/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Scott Willis and Chris Marshall from Forest City, NC called about a month ago and told me they were going to be in Myrtle Beach this week on vacation and wanted to catch a big bull Red drum. Experienced tournament bass fishermen, these guys made it easy for me. Fun day on the water with good guys!

7/28/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Chris Fishel booked a last minute drum trip for this morning and brought a crowd of real fishermen. Three or four sharks to warm up the elbows then six or seven drum, all well over 40”, before the rising tide went slack. All that in less than three hours so we spent the last two hours watching 100 pound tarpon roll all around our baits. No takers on the tarpon but they have arrived here in the bay in big numbers in the last two or three days. Tarpon bucket list folks should give us a call.

7/24/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Thanks to Tommy and Dan Scarborough for a trip with Chance from Pennsylvania yesterday. Chance brought a fine crowd of fishermen...Braedon, Bryce, and Wyatt all caught big reds and Chance showed them all how to do it with a huge 53 pound female. Picking up every day! Call us and catch your dream fish!

7/23/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Kevin and Dylan Frazier are doing a mid summer dream fishing trip. Started here with big Red drum then headed to Miami for peacock bass and the keys for tarpon. We got them off to a good start with a good handful of big drum including this double hook up. Good luck on the rest of your trip guys....hope we see you this fall!!!

7/22/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Learned a couple of things with Matt and his son Ben today on Winyah Bay. First, give Be a shot at a big red drum and he will land it. Second, it’s shark week and a big shark WILL eat a little shark if the opportunity presents itself. The “half a shark” picture pretty much proves that. Sharks here in Georgetown are watching Discovery Channel too! Really showing off lately!

7/20/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Started my off day searching for tarpon but storms and a 20k NE breeze made me change my plans. Lots of bait inshore in the bay so I tried an October spot a little early. Paid off with a really big female and a new spot to fish. Come see us!

7/18/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Darin Lester and his wife have been my good friends and fished with us a bunch. Got a chance to meet their son Jordan and fish with the whole family yesterday. They all love the water and are accomplished fishermen. We all got a reality check on just how violent the food chain can be out here when an eight foot bull shark ate a drum we had hooked up on the surface five feet from the boat. Left us all speechless.

7/16/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Mary Bigbee and her son Riston came fishing with us today from my buddy Henry Sikes at Avenger/Pioneer/BullsBay Boats. Mary is an old friend of Hen’s and wanted a big red drum for her son Riston. A little fishing luck and good equipment...that Avenger AV-26...and we produced for these very cool folks from Kansas City. Pleasure fishing with them and Riston did a great job fighting his first salt water fish. Check out Mary on the Sportsman’s Channel tomorrow night on “Whitetail Properties”. She’s quite a hunter as well, I hear.

7/12/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Yadkinville’s best fisherman Max with a big Winyah Bay drum.

7/12/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Max’s dad also got in on the action, after prying the fishing rod from Max’s grip, and caught a big drum of his own. We lost one to a bull shark. It was a beautiful day outside on the jetty. Too nice for a bite as all our big fish came from inside.

7/7/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

I lost a couple of days last week to a kidney stone surgery so I decided to get back in some fish. Finally got to catch one myself! Difficult sometimes to watch other folks having all the fun. Still a good bite...come get your trophy! Just call 336 240-5649 and pick your day.

7/2/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Really nice picture of a bull Red my buddy Crawford caught. About ten seconds after this photo was taken this fish got eaten by a giant shark. Seen some big ones around the past few days...on the jetty and inside. Totally spooled a 6000 and an 8000 yesterday. Neither ever turned his head. Hands and feet in the boat please!

7/1/2018 - Costa Rica

Don’t forget we are still booking Costa Rica billfish with Dragin Fly out of Los Suenos on the Pacific coast. We have Mike and Red Holmes from Pioneer/Avenger/BullsBay Boats down there this week on a Fourth of July vacation. Go get ‘em Mike hanging onto a beautiful sail.

6/15/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Ben Huffines brought Jesse Troxler down from Burlington, NC to catch some fish. Really active day and lots of life in the bay and ocean. The highlight was this 42” Red drum. If you are in the Myrtle Beach area give us a call.

6/29/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Back from a short trip to Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay with Avenger to welcome Pasadena Boat Works to the Pioneer/Avenger family. Picked right up where we left off in Winyah Bay with big drum, big sharks, and big rays all hitting baits on the bottom. Come on down and let us make some vacation memories with some big fish.

6/22/2018 - Maryland

Henry Sikes about to bring one of around 25 to 30 we caught this afternoon aboard the Avenger AV-26. Caught them on suspending hard baits twitching and burning them back to the boat from a mid channel rock pile.

6/21/2018 - Maryland

My buddy Henry Sikes and I catching stripers on a blustery NE day in Maryland

6/15/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

John Spear and his daughter have caught big drum in Georgetown’s Winyah Bay before. They started their weekend with some more this morning, mixed in with sharks and big rays. They left about 1:30 headed for a lazy river afternoon at a condo in Litchfield. Thanks for the return trip folks. Hoping to see John again this fall when the fishing is ‘off the hook”. We’ve had some awesome trips already since starting here in early June. Maybe the best June ever for the big drum. In past years you had to fish the jetty to have a chance at old drum...this year we’re catching them in the calmer waters in the bay. Give me a call and pick your favorite day to make some summer vacation memories with Captain Ponytail Guide Service.

6/11/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Sat on our first spot this morning at 7:30. Caught this fish at 7:35 and got hit hard by a thunderstorm at 7:40. Still managed to boat Will McCauley’s biggest drum ever on a ten minute fishing trip. Back to the hill safe was the best part, as we were around some nasty lightning and heavy rain. Let’s try again tomorrow!

6/8/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Winyah Bay is famous for old drum fishing in the fall but we've had great luck this week. Walt Brashier John Groome and their sons Hayden and Lucas topped off the week yesterday with six or seven big drum over 45 inches. Thanks to Dan Scarborough from Georgetown Adventures for the two Boat Trip and great to meet such nice people and good fisherman. Openings next week and weekend so come get your own Big Fish memory with Captain Ponytail Guide Service.

6/2/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

Brad Shelton fished last fall in Georgetown with Brent Wilson. Today he brought his son Jordan along with Joey and Pinky Mitchell for a return visit. Three or four nice old drum in the boat as well as sharks and rays that kept all elbows busy. Thanks for a fun day with good fishermen. Couple of days open next weekend....come on down!

5/26/2018 - Winyah Bay, Georgetown/Myrtle Beach, SC

First day in the salt water in Winyah Bay at the south end of Myrtle Beach and began the season with good luck on the big drum. Rick Maness and his wife Shannon were neighbors at the Ponderosa in Weldon. They followed me down and Rick quickly caught the two biggest fish of his life this morning. Come on down and get lucky with a big drum. We are here and they are biting! Give me a call or shoot me a text at 336 240-5749 for an immediate response.


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