Fishing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina(Year Round), Hatteras/Ocracoke(Spring), Virginia Beach(Winter).
Specializing in: LIGHT TACKLE Live Bait & Casting Trips
Morning, Afternoon/Evening, and Full Day Fishing Trips Available 7 Days a Week
Warning:  This is not a glorified boat ride where catching fish comes secondary to making money off of tourists.
This is a year round/full time job. The goal is for you to catch fish and I will bust my tail to do that!
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Catch Fish, Have Fun, Aboard The Beach Bum!   (252)-449-0232
If you get the machine, please leave a message and I WILL return your call A.S.A.P!   You can also e-mail me at  Please note:  I am a lot better at DIRECTLY explaining details about fishing trips over the phone than I am at trying to explain details through e-mail.  If you e-mail a phone number I WILL get back to you A.S.A.P!


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Oregon Inlet/Pamlico, Roanoke, Croatan, Albemarle, & Currituck Sounds, Atlantic Ocean Area(O.B.X. N.C.)
You can view my 2017/2018 SCHEDULE below the current fishing report for open days over the next year. 
I am currently OPEN over the next month on
  12/6, 12/7(AM), 12/8(PM), 12/9, 12/10, 12/11, 12/12(AM), 12/13, 12/14, 12/15(AM),
12/16, 12/17, 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/21, 12/22, 12/23, 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29, 12/30, 12/31

12/5/17-Finally back at it this morning.  We picked at them at the bridge first thing.  Then we picked at a couple more around the corner at the honey hole.  All of them were just short with the exception of one keeper.  We then voted and made the decision to make the wide loop into the Albemarle Sound.  Thirty minutes later, the wide was loop was not going so well.  We voted again and going back to the bridge won.  We took a different path back and a beautiful thing happened.  Bob spotted them.  Da Birds!  Mary(PHOTO) took care of business from there.  We caught them good until it stated raining and they disappeared.  Wish we had taken the go home loop on the way.  Will do that next time.  Anyway, the fish are there.  You cannot catch them if you don't go.  I want to go!  11/25/17-Great fishing today.  Plenty of fish in the morning(PHOTO).  Plenty the the afternoon(PHOTO).  When we left, it was on.  They were chewing.  These fish are not going anywhere with the current weather pattern.  We haven't had it this good this late in years.  This weeks forecast is great.  I would love to do some fishing instead of selling driftwood all week.  Give me a holler!  The Yellow boat-YELLER FELLER(PHOTO) is docked at the foot of the bridge where the old Manns Harbor Marina Motel used to be.  No long boat ride as it is less than a minute to the fish. C'mon!  11/24/17-We had "Studs" in the morning(PHOTO).  The afternoon fishing was slower.  Had I not been so stubborn("They are going to start biting here. Bla, bla, bla..."), we would have caught a lot more fish.  We had gotten a call about a bite and the captain waited too long to make the move(sorry guys).  Once we got there the crew(PHOTO) took care of business.  11/22/17-The fish were a lot nicer(PHOTO) to us this morning than they were yesterday afternoon.  How about a couple of bigguns...  Bazam(PHOTO)!!!!    11/21/17-The fish made us wait until really late before they started biting this afternoon.  We finally scrapped out a catch(PHOTO) before it got too dark to see.  11/20/17-The crew(PHOTO) from Fat Crabs Rib Company in Corolla, would not be denied.  The fish made us work for every bite we got.  But, when it was all over with we ended up being INTHEMEAT.COM.   11/18/17-The Ingram boys(PHOTO) from Vienna/Richmond, Virginia opened up a can this morning on the fish.  We had 8 fat keeper Rockfish(Striped Bass) up to 25 inches on the boat by eight o'clock.  We left them biting at 10:30.  If you are in town(or could be in town), the weather forecast looks great Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and I am still open.  It would be a shame to miss out on this great fishing!  11/15/17-Everybody got a good one this afternoon(PHOTO)11/12/17-They're back!  Went on a late afternoon relocation recon mission with Henry and his buddy Payton.  Success(PHOTO)!  We found a sweet spot that we pounded until dark.  These fish(PHOTO) should hopefully camp out for at least the rest of the month.  C'mon!  11/8/17-The Rockfish(Striped Bass) have given us the pink slip the past couple of times we have been out.  Apologies go out to those that had to suffer though hunting for them on the recent days that we did not get them.  They will be back.  We should have targeted Speckled Trout and Red Drum on those days as the boats that fished for them had better luck.  We shifted gears and targeted Red Drum today.  They were there(PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) along with a bonus Shark(PHOTO) (PHOTO)11/1/2017-Yes, I am still in the fishing business and business has been good!  I do not know if it could be better.  We caught them until we ran out of bait on Saturday(PHOTO).  It was back on again Friday morning(PHOTO) (PHOTO)!  Thursday afternoon we finally crashed and burned.  We only landed two fish.  This was bound to happen as it had not in what seems like forever.  It started slow on Wednesday, but we ended up wearing them out (PHOTO).  We had to work for it on the 23rd, but we got them(PHOTO).  Saturday the 21st the fish lost(PHOTO).  Friday the 20th was a bloodbath(PHOTO) (PHOTO).  And everything before(PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO).  As good a run of fishing over the past few months as I have seen in the 20 years that I have been in the business.  Rockfish(Striped Bass) up to 28+ inches have shown up and the Speckled Trout and  Red Drum bite has been off the charts since August.  This months Striper bite reminds me of the good-old-days.  Been a long time since we have put the hammer on limits of up to 10 keeper fish every trip for a week and leave them biting to go catch Red DrumBeen a long time since we have put the hammer on 10 keepers and left them biting to go catch Drum.Those of you that have been wanting to do what we used to do in the good-old-days better get off your couch and get down here.  The season is OPEN and you can keep two fish per person over 18 inches.  As mentioned, plenty of Red Drum and Speckled Trout to catch too.  Sorry about the lack of updates over the summer, but I have been too busy to breath.  Thank you folks for that! Check out when you get a chance.  When I am not fishing, this is what I am doing.  Something looks familiar.
Aboard THE BEACH BUM I prefer to have you casting 0and jigging bucktails, Swim Baits, FIN-S', spoons, plugs, or live baiting over trolling.  If we can catch them casting or on live bait that is how we will do it unless you prefer trolling.  Bear in mind, some days we  have to suck it up and troll.  We land our fish on the lightest tackle that we can get away with.  Aboard THE BEACH BUM there is no mate.  YOU GET TO SET THE HOOK ON YOUR FISH instead of a mate setting the hook and handing you the rod.

Dear Mr. Trump:  You are our only hope.  Please replace the folks at NOAA, ASMFC, and the South Atlantic Fisheries Commission that are hell bent on keeping the people from North Carolina and Virginia from ever catching and eating a Cobia again....  And at the state level, we lost out ability to fish for Cobia in the month of September earlier this year.  There was a vote on 5/18/2017 at the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission meeting to give us September back.  As is the case time and time again, our recreational sector/at large representatives(Chuck Laughridge, Mark Georges, & Rick Smith) that are supposed to be on the commission representing us, voted against our wishes.  We have already had our quota cut in half.  We have already lost the ability to fish in federal waters(over 3 miles).  And, now this for a species that is not on the endangered or threatened list.  It makes you scratch your head.  If you would like to contact our friends Chuck, Mark, and Rick to express your frustration, you can get their e-mail and phone numbers by double-clicking  Or better yet, contact Sheila Holman, Assist. Sec. for NC Environmental Quality - (919) 707-8619 and let her know that you are not being represented by Chuck, Mark, & Rick.


Winter Fishing Trips 2017/2018(December-Early March)-There are multiple options for the winter months(January/February).  The Yellow boat-YELLER FELLER(PHOTO) will be on the trailer and mobile for fishing where the fish are.  This includes the OBX Bridges(Albemarle(Edenton)/Currituck/Manteo/Manns Harbor) for Rockfish(Striped Bass).  The Blue boat-BEACH BUM(PHOTO) will be docked at Oregon Inlet for the following species:  Rockfish(Striped Bass), Redfish(Red Drum), Bluefish, & TautogRubber boots & rain gear are recommended for the winter-time trips.  If you get wet, you will get cold and I cannot promise you 100% that you will not get when when traveling in the boat to the fish.  Also, if you are coming to town to just fish, I do not want you to spend a day in the car/truck driving here and end up not being able to fish due to weather.  I like to make the decision to fish a scheduled winter-time trip the day before the trip.  The closer to the trip the better for making a decision as the weatherman is not always right.  If absolutely necessary, the decision can be made the night before the day before the trip.  Please do not call me three, four, five days, or a week before a scheduled trip and ask me to make an impossible decision.  I am not a weatherman, I am a fisherman.

DECEMBER(2017)-I am currently OPEN on 12/6, 12/7(AM), 12/8(PM), 12/9, 12/10, 12/11, 12/12(AM), 12/13, 12/14, 12/15(AM), 12/16, 12/17, 12/18, 12/20, 12/21, 12/22, 12/23, 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29, 12/30, 12/31.  I will be scheduling 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or All day trips.  Multiple options in December.  The Yellow boat-YELLER FELLER(PHOTO) will be on the trailer and mobile for fishing where the fish are.  This includes the OBX Bridges(Currituck/Manteo/Manns Harbor/Albemarle(Edenton) for Rockfish(Striped Bass)The Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel area/The Chesapeake Bay/Atlantic Ocean(Virginia Beach) for Rockfish(Striped Bass), Bluefish, & Blue-Fin Tuna.  The Blue boat-BEACH BUM(PHOTO) will be docked at Oregon Inlet for the following species:  Rockfish(Striped Bass), Redfish(Red Drum)Speckled Trout, & Tautog(PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO)