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-10/17/18(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 rest of the month on
 
10/18(PM), 10/22(AM), 10/23(PM), 10/24, 10/26, 10/26, 10/27, 10/28, 10/29, 10/30, 10/31.
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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.  Catch-and-release Rockfish(Striped Bass) fishing for them on both live baits and casting was solid all summer.  We even had some ocean keeper fish up to 38 inches like we used to in the good-ol-days.  90% of the fish that we have landed over the summer have been over 18 inches.  Lots of 22 to 24 inch fish(see below photos).  Last year, Rocktober was a bloodbath.  We caught limits almost every trip.  I was very busy last October.  If you have a day that you wanted, let me know before it gets booked.  IT IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO FISH THE OLD OREGON INLET BONNER BRIDGE AS IT WILL BE GONE NEXT YEAR!  Going to cherish this last season at the bridge and plan on being there as many days as the weather allows.  November was was equally awesome fishing last year for Rockfish(Stripers) in the Croatan Sound.  Same deal, I was really busy.  If you have a day that you wanted, let me know before it is gone.  On the soundside(inside the inlet) we finally have some keeper Puppy Drum(PHOTO) around.  There are a loads of Speckled Trout around too.  Most of them are just short, but we are also getting some keepers(PHOTO) Bluefish, have helped keep us busy while looking for Trout and Drum.  Gray Trout, & Flounder will be available over the next month or so.  We will catch them on artificials and live mullet.  In the ocean and inside the inlet, the big Red Drum up to 50 inches have been available.  Sharks, Spanish Mackerel, and False Albacore are available as well.  The problem has been getting into the ocean.  There have been very few days over the past two weeks boats have been able to get out due to rough seas.  Here we go with the photos:  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)9/1/18- (PHOTO)  8/31/18-Who needs October(PHOTO)8/30/18-You don't have to wait until October when they are this big(PHOTO) (PHOTO)8/29/18- (PHOTO)  8/28/18- (PHOTO)   8/22/18- (PHOTO) (PHOTO)  8/21/18- (PHOTO)  8/17/18- (PHOTO) (PHOTO)  8/16/18- Nice double(PHOTO)8/8/18- These come home for dinner in October(PHOTO) (PHOTO)8/7/18- (PHOTO)  8/2/18- (PHOTO) (PHOTO)  8/1/18- (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO)  7/27/18-Oh my(PHOTO)7/26/18- (PHOTO)  7/20/18- (PHOTO)  7/18/18- This one comes home for dinner in October(PHOTO).  Go Warhawks!  7/13/18- (PHOTO) Lets go Mountaineers(PHOTO)!   6/15/18- 7 years old with a perfect 26&3/4 incher(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

OCTOBER(2018)-I am currently OPEN on 10/18(PM), 10/22(AM), 10/23(PM), 10/24, 10/26, 10/26, 10/27, 10/28, 10/29, 10/30, 10/31.  I will be scheduling 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or All day trips in October.  Open days will eventually fill up. Species-Redfish(Red Drum)Speckled & Gray Trout(Weakfish), Bluefish, Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Tautog, & Rockfish(Striped Bass)
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The Fall/Winter/Spring North Carolina Sound Rockfish(Striped Bass) Season opened October the 1st.  You can keep 2 fish per person over 18 inches, 7 days a week.  Last year the fishing has been unreal.  We caught them into December.  We will be fishing for Rockfish(Striped Bass) at the Oregon Inlet(Bonner)Manns Harbor(New & Old), the Currituck & the Manteo Bridges.  One boat is docked at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center and the other is on the trailer and available to launch out of the most convenient(closest to the fish) boat ramp.  If the fish leave the beach, there should be plenty of Rockfish(Striped Bass) in the Albemarle Sound near the Edenton Bridge.  I am available to run trips out of the public boat ramp in Columbia(30 miles west of Manteo/longer drive from Raleigh area) or out of the public ramp in Edenton(50 miles west of Manteo/shorter drive from Raleigh area).  Both ramps are right off of 64 West.  This is a short trip for those of you on the beach or those from the Raleigh area.***  (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)  (PHOTO)

Addresses for  October 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
Edenton, NC Boat Ramp:  140 Midway Drive/Edenton, North Carolina/27932



November(2018)-I am currently OPEN on 11/1, 11/2, 11/3, 11/4, 11/5, 11/6, 11/7, 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, 11/2626, 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 121, 1//2, 12/3, 12/4, 12/5, 12/6, 12/7, 12/8, 12/9, 12/10, 12/11, 12/12