Feature Fishing Articles

 Gary Hurley

Guide Time – Blood, Sweat, Tuna

Guide Time – Blood, Sweat, Tuna

“That might be him, Jason,” Capt. David Peck said from the bridge of the charterboat “Skiligal” as he nudged the boat into gear for a quick turn to keep the unseen fish off the transom. Jason Sadler, manning the cockpit of the 53’ BC sportfishermen, muttered an assent while clearing a flatline to make room […]

 Gary Hurley

Guide Time – Butterballs And ‘Bama Rigs

“See how these marks are short and fat?” Capt. Mitchell Blake asked as his 23’ C-Hawk center console glided up the Pamlico River past the Washington, NC, waterfront. “Those are striper marks—butterballs.” Sure enough, large clusters of the fat blobs were visible just above the bottom in 18’ of water. “That’s a gar,” he continued, […]

 Gary Hurley

Guide Time – Bottom Feeders Lookout

Crossing Beaufort Inlet as the sun melted beneath the hotels and houses of the beachfront, the 100’ “Continental Shelf” didn’t even raise her bow to greet the widely-spaced 1-2’ waves rippling the surface of the Atlantic. Soon only lights were visible as the big headboat chugged south, and presently they, too, faded, replaced by the […]

 Gary Hurley

Guide Time – Wahoo on Center Stage

The trolling outfit in my hands wailed as a fish that had just consumed a ballyhoo labored to separate itself from a pair of 225 horsepower Honda outboards powering in the opposite direction. “Alright, no more bites. I’m slowing down a little bit,” Capt. Rick Croson said from the helm of his 27’ Onslow Bay. […]

 Gary Hurley

Guide Time – Green Streaks, Blue Shadow

“You guys see that offshore edge?” Capt. Jay Kavanagh queried of another boat in the Hatteras fleet as he kept the nose of the “Bite Me” pointed southeast. “There’s some 78-79 degree water out there.” Kavanagh handed me his iPhone, and the satellite sea surface temperature image pulled up clearly showed a second temperature break […]