Hook, Line and Sinker: Local Fishing Report and Photos for May 20th, 2015

By / Fishing / Wednesday, 20 May 2015 04:00

Capt John Theodorakis
Theofficial Fishing Charters

This was another week to put in the books as a good one. The weather cooperated all week long with warm days and without a lot of wind. Weeks like this past one are the kind that anglers dream of. There is still a good inshore bite going on with reports of almost all of our inshore lurkers biting. The flounder report this week was even better with some citation size fish being weighed in. All of the other inshore suspects were brought up in the conversation at the dock as well. There is still a steady offshore bite going on. There are plenty of boats taking the advantage of the descent weather and heading offshore to find plenty of fish willing to take a bait. There was a new fish to show up this week that we all look forward to catching nearshore. Every spring we have a run of cobia and boy are they a good time if you can intersect one as they travel down our beach.
They can be fooled with live as well as artificial baits and when you get one on be prepared because they will not come to the boat without a fight. I heard of a few being caught off our beach this week but nothing crazy so maybe this next week it will get even better. A Carolina Beach boat made the journey up the coast to Hatteras this week to participate in the Hatteras Village Offshore Open.
The Hammer Time captained by local Capt. Austin Eubank along with first mate Doug Southworth set off early in the week with high hopes of finding a blue marlin.
This tournament was a pick 3 out of 4 day showdown that started on wednesday and ended on saturday.
The Hammer Time decided to take the day off on wednesday and fish thursday through saturday. Around noon on the last day of the tournament a large blue made his way into their spread and a reel started to sing. Captain Eubank stated he got a look at the fish as he came by and knew he was a good one immediately. After an exhausting hour and a half they got the marlin to the back of the boat and decided he was big enough to take to the scales.
 Once they arrived at the scales the fish was big enough at 645.5 lbs. to take first in the largest Blue Marlin category and third place in the release category for the week. Congratulations team Hammer Time and good luck the rest of the season. All in all it was a good week for fishing and only shows signs of getting better. Whether you go to the pier at the north end of Caroline Beach, drive out one the beach at Freeman Park, take a charter, or take your own boat out; I can only suggest that you get out there and wet a line. This is some of the best fishing of the year and while it will get better at times throughout the year, it is hard to beat the weather. Good luck this week and remember, Be Safe!
Captain John Theodorakis
Theofficail Fishing Charters

"A healthy Cape Fear River southern flounder."

"Hammer Time fishing team brings the first place Blue Marlin trophy back with them from Hatteras Village. Owner Steve Mozeley, Captain Austin Eubank, first mate Doug Southworth, and angler Tyler Wilson deserve a huge Carolina Beach applaud."


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