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What a week/month we have had. I don't ever remember the winds being this unsettled this time of year. We have had to stay mostly close in to the beach where the bite has been anywhere from real tough to not at all. The first few weeks we were plaged with "grass" everywhere fouling your lines when you tried to fish. But it's now all washed up on the beach!! The only exceptations have been a few times that we have been able to take advantage of the Islands blocking the SW winds where we could run up to Carolina Beach, but, here also, the bite has been real slow with mainly Shark fishing providing some action. The shark fishing has also been sproatic!! The reefs around 10 miles out at Carolina Beach have produced a few King Mackeral, Spanish Mackeral, and a stray Mahi- Mahi or two! The usual fish holding spots off our beach has produced some fish over the past few weeks, the trouble has been finding calm enough seas to get out there. The inshore fishing for King Mackeral and Spanish Mackeral has been about as slow as I have ever seen it. When we were able to get offshore before all this wind moved in we were doing real good with the Grouper and Bottom fish in the areas around the Tower and to the East and South West. The King Mackeral and Spanish Mackeral bite in these areas were fairly good as well. Hopefully when we do get back out there the fish will still be there, but, from what I've seen so far this year, I wouldn't be suprised at anything!! If you are not trying to make a living in the charter boat business, count your blessings this year. We have cancelled more trips than we have run, and the trips we have run has been real hard to produce fish on. This is the best I can come up with at this time, it's hard to provide a fishing report when you are sitting on "the hill" waiting for the winds and seas to calm down so you can get back out!! Yeah, I know, this is not the kind of report you want to be reading here in July, but I am known for telling it like it really is and sometimes the "truth hurts"!! Let's all just hope that by the time you are reading this that things have turned around for the better and once again the word from the back of the boat will be"FISH ON"!!! Capt Butch, www,yeahrightcharters.com
 

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Capt. Butch, I appreciate the honesty. I've been having my worst year ever but I feel like it will all washout about the same in the long run. I'm just glad I don't have your bills to pay. It would be all together different. I sure hope them fish are out there growing and reproducing well. I feel sure there is a silver lining some where in that cloud.
 

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I agree with Capt. Butch - I fish the creeks from Oriental to the offshore area off Cape Lookout. This year has been the worst in the last 5 years that I have fished in NC. I am hoping for a late start and a strong finish - and would be nice if it started tomorrow.
 

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agreed, weather has been a huge factor in the past couple years really... After this weekend, I now know why I dont jump up and go fishin in bad weather like I used too..

Fingers X'd and hopefully get out there when the gettin's good...

Thanx for the report Capt Butch
 
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