BEACH BUM FISHING
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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CURRENT FISHING REPORT/CONDITIONS-11/8/18(Last Updated)

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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
 
11/8, 11/9, 11/10, 11/11, 11/12,
11/13, 11/14, 11/15, 11/16, 11/17, 11/18, 11/19, 11/20, 11/21, 11/23, 11/24, 11/25, 11/26, 11/27
, 11/28, 11/29, & 11/30.

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For those of you that thought it would never happen...  And, I fought it forever.  Yes you can follow us on Instagram at beachbumfishingobx.  It really happened.  I might even break down and do Facebook before it is all over...  Enough of the nonsense and onto fishing.  The Sound Rockfish(Striped Bass) season is now open and they are biting(PHOTO)!  We can keep (2) fish per person over 18 inches until the end of April.  The live bait bite at Oregon Inlet is still going on.  Been fishing the bridge at Oregon Inlet and that has been good.  But, we tried it up the sound on Sunday(11/4) and wore them out.  Fish up to 28 inches(PHOTO)!  I repeat, 28 inches.  We left them biting two and three on at a time.  The Yellow Boat(PHOTO) is now docked at the public boat ramp where the Old Manns Harbor Motel used to be.  Less than 5 minutes to the fish.  Going to keep the Blue boat-BEACH BUM(PHOTO) at the fishing center through he end of the month for the days that it is too rough to fish up the sound.  On those days, we can still make a catch in spots out of the wind at the inlet.  The November Rockfish(Striper) bite in the Croatan Sound was was awesome last year.  We caught limits of fish up to 25 inches almost every trip.  That bite has gone on into the first or second week of December that past several years.  Need to giddy-up if you want to get some before it is over.  Not all of the Speckled Trout(PHOTO) have left the inlet.  Fishing has been good some days and slow on others with colder waters.  There are still enough of them around to enjoy it on the days that they are biting.  Casting and jigging action.  Hopefully they stay around another week or so.  There are still Puppy Drum(PHOTO) to be caught around the inlet.  Most of the Drum have been too big to keep.  Bluefish, Gray Trout, & Flounder are a possibility too until the water gets too cold.  That is coming.  We will catch them on artificials and bait.  Here we go with the photos:  11/8/18-After Sundays' catch, we voted to fish up the sound today.  Initially that worked out as we landed 5 fish, then the current petered out and we couldn't buy a bite.  So, we did the boat switch thing again.  This time we parked the Yellow Boat, moved to the inlet and jumped on the Blue Boat.  The moved paid off as we still had some tide there and found some eaters.  We had to work for it, but the crew from Fat Crabs in Corolla, ended up INTHEMEAT.COM (PHOTO).  M.V.P. honors go to West Virginia Tanner who carried the boat on his back.  He was the Michael Jordan of fishing today.  11/4/18-Got the dreaded "Lame-O" text cancellation for this morning's trip.  That came from a bar at 9:20 P.M. last night.  C'mon man...  At least have the nuggets to do so over a phone call.  So, I got to sleep in and take Henry fishing.  We tried the inlet first, but we missed the tide since we slept in.  So, we parked the Blue Boat and took the Yellow Boat on an overdue recon mission up the sound.  Yahtzee(PHOTO)!  We hammered them.  Big fish up to 28 inches(PHOTO)!  Two and three on at a time when we left them(PHOTO) biting.  This should/will go on for at least another month.  Get them while they're hot(PHOTO)!  Schedule is wide open.  SUNDAY'S(11/11) FORECAST LOOKS GREAT10/30-18-They are still biting!  Not sure why I still take this guy fishing as he always makes a mockery of the photo shoot(PHOTO).  We had a really nice one get off at the boat this afternoon.  Good to see that.  Here is a blast from the past victim from October 30, 2007(PHOTO)10/28/18-Great fishing again this afternoon.  9 year old Jack(PHOTO) was on fire!  He caught the biggest fish(PHOTO).  He caught the limit fish.  He caught the most fish.  Jack(PHOTO) was unstoppable.  10/27/18-Bada-Bing, Bada Boom(PHOTO)10/25/18-It was a bloodbath this morning.  We started with the Trout.  The Trout lost.  I gave up on netting.  They were coming over the side faster than I could keep up with.  Best day size wise(PHOTO) all week as we ended up with a dozen keepers.  We then moved onto the Rockfish.  Some days they bite like crazy.  Some days you can't get a bite.  And some days you have to work for it.  Today was a work for it day and we were unfortunately on a tight schedule to get things done.  Over the years we have learned that there are some little things that you can do to talk them into eating your bait when they are not real hungry.  These guys were very quick learners and got to where they were using "The Force" to lure them in.  Three full on Yoda's(PHOTO) by the end of the day that got it done when most would not.  Very impressive for guys that had never been on the boat before.  10/24/18-Red Drum were goal this morning.  Conditions were great, but they were not cooperating.  We fished a couple of different spots and did catch a Shark which usually doesn't happen where we were until next month.  And, we caught a throwback Flounder.  Other boats were catching the Trout so we decided to head to the Trout hole.  Upon our arrival, boats were catching them, but we were boxed out and couldn't get to the honey.  We did catch a couple, but the writing was on the wall that we were not going to do much more so we pulled the anchor and went back on the Drum hunt.  Finally, we got one(PHOTO)!  That was it.  We fished a half dozen different spots this morning.  Great effort by the crew.  Poor effort by the Red Drum10/23/18- Good Speckled Trout(PHOTO) fishing again this morning.  After we got our fill of them we gave the Rock a try.  They did not make it easy on us, but we kept at it and ended up catching a limit with some very healthy ones(PHOTO)10/22/18-We could not buy a Striper bite this morning at the inlet.  The water was really stirred up and looked like doo doo from the high winds over the weekend.  I finally gave up(should have sooner) and we went after Trout which was a good move.  The crew opened up a can on them(40 to 50 fish).  It was non-stop casting double-rigs.  Most were just short, but we ended up with (7) legal fish.  We left them biting and went to Striper hole in the sound and landed a half dozen of them with three keepers.  We moved one more time and finished up with a last minute 25 inch Red Drum that topped off what ended up being a great(PHOTO) morning of fishing that started off slow.  10/19/19-We got the tide this morning and the guys wore out the Rock(PHOTO) first thing.  Some bigger fish(PHOTO) today too!  We dropped our fish off and picked up a Dr. Pepper and went looking for Drum.  We missed that bite so we switched over to Trout.  We didn't miss the Trout bite as we ended up anchoring on a Trout-Nado!  Most were just short, but we had a few keepers(PHOTO).  It was non-stop casting double-rigs for more than an hour before going in.  10/18/18-Really tough fishing this morning as we did not get the tide that we needed for the Rockfish at Oregon Inlet.  We fished all over the place elsewhere looking for them and landed a few with one keeper.  We finally gave up on them and went Drum fishing right before going in.  We shoulda, coulda, woulda fished for them(PHOTO) all morning.  Thanks for the great effort guys.  10/17/18-Yesterday's bird blitz did happen this afternoon.  We were really scrapping it until the the end.  We were sitting on one keeper Red Drum, a small Bluefish, and a few throwback Speckled Trout, 45 minutes before dark.  That's when we were rewarded for waiting out the Rockfish bite.  10 fish later we made it to the dock by sundown(PHOTO)10/16/18-Back on track today!  Initially they had me squirming.  No bites at our first stop where we have been getting them.  Second spot a rod went down as soon as the bait his the bottom.  The guys from Indiana took over and had a limit by 9:30(PHOTO).  We went in, unloaded the Rockfish and went looking for Drum.  We did find a couple, but they destroyed us.  Too big for what we were using.  Usually we don't hook the big ones where we were.  Just about the time we were giving up on them and preparing to go look for Trout, a few birds started showing inside the inlet.  We decided to wait a bit and see if some fish would show with the wind(started blowing) and tide.  Good move.  Thirty minutes later there was blizzard of birds from one side of the inlet to the other.  Nice Bluefish(PHOTO) two at a time casting double-rigs with some Spanish mixed in.  The guys wore them out.  The guys and the fish wore me out as it was hard to keep up with the mayhem!  This was one of those classic Fall Outer Banks Fishing trips.  It doesn't happen every day, but it does, can, and will happen this time of the year.  10/12/18-Stirred up water from the storm and no tide this afternoon.  We said the hell with it and came in early.  Sorry guys!  10/10/18- Took my buddy Carey(PHOTO) out for dinner.  We fished about an hour landing around 10 keeper sized fish.  This should continue until its starts getting cold and the bait moves.  10/7/18- We caught some Bluefish casting under the birds inside the inlet on the way to the Trout hole.  Speckled Trout fishing was slower today than it has been, but we did catch a fair amount of short fish on the poppers.  Then the guys clobbered the Rockfish(PHOTO).  Best bite so far this week.  It was all I could do to keep up with them.  We left them biting and went looking for Drum.  Didn't find them, but caught more Trout.  Photo of the M.I.A fish that I found in the live-well(PHOTO)10/6/18-J.P. and Henry(PHOTO) got it done today.  They put a hurting on the Rock and landed a bunch of Trout on poppers.  10/5/18-Just when least expected it, this guy(PHOTO) surfaces at the dock this morning after being submerged for over 25 years.  Then, just when you thought things couldn't get any crazier, he catches this(PHOTO) on the 5th of October.  Might be the latest we have ever had a keeper Cobia on the boat.  I am going to have the research department unlock the server and check into that.  Then the Stiper bite continued.  We landed a dozen or so.  All of them were legal sized.  We kept six good ones(PHOTO) and let the rest swim off.  We finished up casting poppers to Speckled Trout.  Most of them were small, but they were biting and we got one good one.  Great morning with good company.  10/4/18-As Uncle Eddie in National Lampoon's Vacation once so eloquently put it...  "BINGO(PHOTO)!"  Going again tomorrow morning.  Hopefully we will end up making you jealous...  10-4, over-and-out.  10/3/18-One thing you can set your clock to is that this man(PHOTO) takes care of business the first week of October every year.  My friend Jay landed 10 legal Rockfish by 8 o'clock this morning.  We kept the ones that were over 20 inches and let the others swim away.  We then went after Speckled Trout and landed around 15 of those with a couple of keepers.  10/1/18-Been looking forward to today for a while as we can now keep Rockfish(Stripers) at 18 inches.  Unfortunately, it was rough as snot at the bridge this morning with the big ocean swell.  Had I not had Vikings on the boat we would not have messed with them and would have fished for something else.  But, these guys were Vikings so we did what we could.  We couldn't fish where we normally do so we tried some sort-of calmer(not really) bridge pilings.  We ended up landing around 15 of them with 4 keepers.  When the tide died we got on a sound Bluefish bite for a bit before I had to leave to pick up kids.  These guys(PHOTO) earned it!  Once the swell dies down, I would expect the bite to get back to where it was.  9/30/18-Took Henry and his buddy Stefan out this afternoon.  Stefan let us know that he wasn't playin when he landed this Speckled Trout(PHOTO) on his first cast.  We were hoping that they were going to be biting like yesterday, but there was a lot of wind today and they were not.  We landed around 15 with a couple of Bluefish before deciding to call it.  I did let them know that I wasn't completely over the hill with this one(PHOTO) on my last cast.  On the way back we ran into Captain Dave in the inlet.  He put us on the end of a great casting bite of Spanish and Bluefish.  Every cast on Stingsilvers for while there until the tide went slack.  Fish Tacos for dinner(PHOTO)!  9/29/18-Lots of Speckled Trout again today.  Probably landed around 40 of them on the poppers.  99% of them were just short.  Not this stud(PHOTO).  Landed some Red Drum as well.  Those came on the poppers too.  This one was too big(PHOTO).  Dinner(PHOTO)9/27/18-The man, the myth, the legend(PHOTO).  Mike strikes again.  He landed Red Drum up to 24 inches early.  Next, a throwback Cobia.  Then he got in on probably the best Speckled Trout bite on the boat all year.  All of our fish came on poppers today.  Trout bites on nearly every cast there for a while.  9/24/18- Yes, there are some keeper sized Red Drum around.  This guy(PHOTO) went for it instead of waiting for a fishing report that told him he would catch them.  You never know unless you go.  We also caught throwback Speckled Trout and a Bluefish.  All of our fish today came casting poppers.  9/23/18- Took my son out for a couple of hours this afternoon.  He is getting to be a pretty good angler.  He outlanded me by two fish.  We caught several throwback Speckled Trout, a couple of nice eating sized Bluefish and a just short Red Drum.  We landed all but one of our fish casting artificials.  9/6/18- (PHOTO)  9/5/18- (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO)  9/4/18- (PHOTO)  9/3/18- Got Henry in on the action today.  Here he is double-fisting(PHOTO)If you ever wanted a custom made Outer Banks Fishing Rod, local Nathan Pruitt of Hand Tide Stix can do it.  Goto to fishingobx.com to get up with him.  Nathan keeps the rods going on my boat.  He can make you a super-stud custom rod.  Check out www.obxdriftwood.com 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 and 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.

SCHEDULE

November(2018)-I am currently OPEN on 11/8, 11/9, 11/10, 11/11, 11/12, 11/13, 11/14, 11/15, 11/16, 11/17, 11/18, 11/19, 11/20, 11/21, 11/23, 11/24, 11/25, 11/26, 11/27, 11/28, 11/29, & 11/30.  I will be scheduling 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or All day trips in November.  Multiple options in November.  The Blue boat-BEACH BUM(PHOTO) will be docked at Oregon Inlet for the following species:  Rockfish(Striped Bass), Redfish(Red Drum)Speckled & Gray Trout(Weakfish), Bluefish, Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead, & Tautog.  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/Edenton) for Rockfish(Striped Bass).  (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)  

Addresses for  November GPS Directions
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center NC:  12130 NC Highway 12 South/Nags Head, North Carolina/27959
Kill Devil Hills NC Boat Ramp:  2025 Bay Drive/Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina/27948
Curituck, NC Boat Ramp:  8955 Caratoke Highway/Point Harbor, North Carolina/27964
Washington Baum Bridge/Manteo, NC Boat Ramp:  1205 Highway 64/264 /Manteo, North Carolina/27954
Bowsertown/Manteo, NC Boat Ramp:  1153 Bowsertown Road/Manteo, North Carolina/27954
Manns Harbor, NC Boat Ramp:  5227 Highway 64/264 /Manns Harbor, North Carolina/27953
Columbia, NC Boat Ramp:  175 Ramp Road/Columbia, North Carolina/27925

Gum Neck/Upper Alligation River, NC Boat Ramp:  6885 Gum Neck Landing/Columbia, North Carolina/27925
Edenton, NC Boat Ramp:  140 Midway Drive/Edenton, North Carolina/27932
Virginia Beach Fishing Center VA:  200 Winston-Salem Avenue/Virginia Beach, Virginia/23451
Lynnhaven Inlet, VA Boat Ramp:  3576 Piedmont Circle/Virginia Beach, Virginia/23455
Rudee Inlet, VA Boat Ramp:  3576 General Booth Blvd./Virginia Beach, Virginia/23451


Winter Fishing Trips 2018/2019(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(2018)-I am currently OPEN on 12/1, 12/2, 12/3, 12/4, 12/5, 12/6, 12/7, 12/8, 12/9, 12/10, 12/11, 12/12, 12/13, 12/14, 12/15, 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.  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),