Fly rods in the same number of pieces the manufacturer recommended are over-rated. Knuckles - we can spare a couple, that's why we have three on each finger. 20 pound albies :eyecrazy:
Each year I talk about it, dream about it, and I am very close to pulling the trigger on such a trip. Anyone heading down to the Carolinas this year? Cheap flights right now!
10-25-2002, 10:00 PM
Juro - you must be reading my mind. I'm up for a NC clave. I was actually checking out some guides on the net. I'm going to hit some of the airlines to see how much flights are. I'm heading to Puerto Rico in February for Tarpon and Yellowfin, what's the best time to hit NC?
Are there areas you can hit them from shore? I was checking out Harker's Island area.
10-25-2002, 10:36 PM
Check out this castle (http://www.twiddy.com/search.asp?ID=710&frm=frmSearch&pos=2/) down in the Outer Banks.
Alas, I bet it's a bit too far north for your needs, but, it sleeps at least 12+ guys without anyone having to share a bed! The 26 seat movie theater with the 10' screen on the second floor is a nice touch as well..........
10-25-2002, 10:37 PM
10-26-2002, 06:37 PM
I was pondering the same thng except my thinking was to trailer the boat down and have a platform to fish from when I got down there. I here it is very reasonably priced to stay down there for a weekend and that the only big cost for the trip is usually gas money. I would be open to ideas from you or anyone else about a possible road trip to chase BIG,BIG, Albies! I now have a vehicle that can handle trailering the boat that distance so there is nothing really holding me up from doing it except maybe the wife who I am sure could be talked into letting me go for a weekend. Let me know if you would be interested in teaming up to go down there with the boat and we could split the costs and make it more affordable for both of us. If you are interested in something like this I can do the leg work on the sleeping arrangements/lodging and also where to launch etc. Could be do-able if all the cards fall into place.
10-29-2002, 10:11 AM
I just returned from my first Albie trip to NC. If you haven't done it before there are a few things you should know:
1. If you trailer a boat, you should plan for a trip of 18 hours each way;
2. If you drive without a trailer behind you, the trip will take approximately 12 hours each way, if you are willing to drive fast;
3. Basic accomodations are approximately $60 per night;
4. Wade fishing for Albies is virtually non-existent. You need your own boat or a guide;
5. Guides charge $450 per day;
6. Virtually all of the guides fished "The Hook" area and did not move from there. As a consequence, there were LOTS of boats chasing the same school of fish;
7. If you hire a guide, make sure s/he has a boat of sufficient size and hull design to enable you to look for the fish 12-15 miles away from "The Hook" area. We did. And, as a result, we had pods of large breaking fish to ourselves for several hours;
8. Dress appropriately. It is NOT summer down there, but it is a lot warmer than it is here. You should count on getting wet;
9. Bring fleece/capilene underwear (long johns), sea boots, and quality foul weather gear. You will be miserable if you don't. If you get wet, you will get cold. Water temps are in the high 60s and the air temps can get into the 70s;
10. Harkers Island is nice and quiet, but it is remote and lacking in shops, restaurants, etc. "The Fishing Center" has very spartan accomodations. One person likened them to third world accomodations. "Calico Jack's Marina" appears to be a much nicer location;
11. I would recommend that you consider staying in the Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, or Beaufort areas. They will give you many more options for things to do and they are significantly closer to the highway.
10-29-2002, 10:13 AM
Brendan...did you go with Nat and Derrick...pictures?... I will e-mail you but i need to know more about your trip.
10-29-2002, 10:31 AM
More NC suggestions:
1. Leave the 8-weight rod(s) at home. 9 & 10 weights are the norm;
2. DO NOT raise the rod tip in the air to fight the fish... unless you want to test your rod manufacturer's warranty policy. Keep the rod butt parallel with the water while you are fighting the fish;
3. Sink tip lines work just fine;
4. Do whatever you can to make sure that your line flows freely through the guides when you hook up. It was really interesting to find out how many hookups you can have while you are clearing a knot/tangle from your fly line. Clean and lubricate the fly line even if your guide provides the equipment;
5. Consider using a stripping basket in the boat. You will find yourself stepping on your line more than you think - especially with your sea boots;
6. Tippets of 16-20 pound test work fine. The fish will readily hit a fly attached to 20# florocarbon.
10-29-2002, 10:45 AM
Juro - I feel the same way and have been suffering from a severe case of albie mania since hooking up to my first this autumn.
I would entertain a trip down and would be interested in splitting transportation/guide fees etc. My schedule is fairly flexible and I am usually able to take time off of work on short notice.
Mike - you know I am in if you are seriously considering trailering the Triton down to Harkers. Going away from Nov 4-12 but need to burn some vaca time before the end of the year.
Let me know.
10-29-2002, 11:54 AM
Thanks for words of wisdom...
I'm going down to the OuterBanks in Nov...
First time since I was stationed at Pope AFB in the 70's.
I don't suppose it's changed too much since then...:hehe:
10-29-2002, 10:17 PM
I too would be open to splitting the costs of travel, lodging and a guide - what ever is necessary to get the "Albie Skunk" off me. That's some good heads-up that Brendan gave.