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: Harkers Island NC Report

11-04-2002, 08:03 AM
Returned Saturday night after a 14 hour drive trailering Double Happiness and a lifetimes worth of fishing lessons and experiences crammed into one week.

Weather was less than optimal for Monday - Thursday still the team of Bob Pink's Double Happiness and Capt. Terry Nugent of Riptide Charters managed to match or outperform most of the guides on a regular basis.

Bob Pink's first albie on Monday set the bar for the biggest fish pool (taken on a 10" long tuna fly) and was never beat. Although, Buddah on Riptide hooked into an albie that took 250 yards of line without stopping before Capt. Nugent could land the fish he was into and chase down that bad boy.

I landed my first fly rod albie as well as many others - special thanks to Capt. Gill Burke (sp?) for the Tutti Frutti fly recomendation - it was THE fly to use. I believe it was created by Capt. Sarah Gardner of Flat Out/ Fly Girl charters, it's a clouser tied as follows: white bucktail belly, silver/ holographic flash, neon pink bucktail wing, neon chartreuse top wing.

Lot's of other interesting fish caught as well.

Quote of the week #1 - over the radio from Riptide while we were heavily into fish, "Bob - get down here! Put the coal to it! It looks like a freakin' jacuzzi!"

Quote of the week #2 , overheard in a pack of albie crazed boats during a triple hook-up "Riptide Charters RULES!!"

Plenty of fish to be caught away from the crowds, Friday was the kind of day you dream of as we were into pods of fish alone or with Riptide with no other boats crashing the party.

1. No problems hooking albies using 25# fluoro on my fly rods and 40# fluoro on the spin
2. Intermediate & 325 QD lines seemed to outfish my floating line as the fish were cruising sub-surface when you were casting to a busting pod.
3. "Fire it up!" mean start the boat and chase down the pod - not make the cast you were dying to make!!

By the way - Jim W - the Ocean 20 is THE boat to have great choice!

Best of luck,


11-04-2002, 11:34 AM
Great report Jeff, sounds like you guys had a blast!

Bob Pink
11-04-2002, 12:09 PM
Great week of fishing in less than optimal conditions, got to the point where we just reached for the raingear before getting to the door in the am....

Lessons learned;
Roop can shut up ( even when there are fish busting along the boat ) :rolleyes:

After the tenth or twelveth 10# albie of the morning Jeff was getting them boatside, swinging that head out of the water and making the tail snatch in record time.

Alyways pays to think 'out of the box'. Doesn't always mean you'll find fish but when you do, it's soooo sweet.

Trailering 960 miles at speeds up to 75mph does stress you out.

Great people and atmophere down at Harkers ( even the grocery store had a tackle department! )

If you know there are fish in the area, don't go chasing around to breaking fish. We did mich better when we were patient and kept flies in the water, some massive strikes on dead-drifted or very slow retrieves.

Those hovering terns ARE looking at fish!



Dble Haul
11-04-2002, 12:56 PM
Nice report and pictures. I'm glad that the trip down south was well worth it.


11-04-2002, 01:41 PM
Great report and nice fish!!! Man, one of these days .....

11-04-2002, 02:24 PM
great report and Pics... me to.."one of these days"....another year or two, then a boat... and start making some trips.

11-04-2002, 06:37 PM
Ok John, If we start planning now, next year, you, Juro and I will take my boat down there and give those guys a run for it, Yes?
And without much of a push I'm sure JimW will join us with his new rig, right Jim?

11-04-2002, 11:52 PM
Case.... That would be PERFECT!!!!!!

11-05-2002, 07:05 AM
Awesome report Roopster...been wondering where you both were!!


11-05-2002, 09:49 AM
...Who was Felix?
...and who was Oscar?:chuckle:

11-05-2002, 05:13 PM
Awesome report guys. Couldn't have come at a better time with our SW season coming to a close. Must have been unreal gettting into that many big fish. Sounds like a possibility for next year.

11-05-2002, 05:54 PM
'Going to be chasing t-tails outa' Morehead City next week and need someone to watch the kids while I'm away!

I am now accepting applications...


11-06-2002, 08:09 AM
See if a Moa (the true flightless bird) responds to the post. Moa males did the parenting, seems inappropriate for a Penquin male.:chuckle:

11-06-2002, 08:14 AM
good work guys!!! glad you had a successful trip, if not great weather. BOB, I can relate on the stress factor from my trip this spring... but my trip was only one way! YIKES!!! Tom D

11-06-2002, 08:49 AM
Pete..great pic and love the Avatar!

11-06-2002, 10:53 AM
Congrats Roopster, and Bob it sounds like an adventure that fills a weighty volume in a lifetime of adventures.

Case, John - count me in!!! Sounds like a blast; I've been dying to do it for years.

11-06-2002, 07:48 PM
I'd love to see the full sized picture of BP's avatar.

11-06-2002, 08:45 PM
Awesome report. It would be great to get down there one year. I do have a question. The albies in the picture appear to have less color than the ones I have caught in Rhody. Specifically less blue. Is that just the photography, due to environment etc...? Just curious if anyone knows.


11-07-2002, 11:00 AM
Those fish were beautiful - more green than blue. Can't address why it doesn't show.

Here's the requested tuna shot - this guy doesn't mess around.


11-07-2002, 04:04 PM
Thanks Roop.

11-07-2002, 04:50 PM
We keep talking about it, so we gotta do it. Put it on the list to talk to the wife about. I'm sure we can find the right moment to bring it up between now and the time to go.:D
John, start planning!

11-08-2002, 10:28 AM

If you're gonna do it - you better make your reservations now.

Before we left we booked 3 rooms & slips for 2 weeks later in the season next year.

When Terry called for this trip past, we got the last 3 rooms. Of course, this is for staying on the water.

There are chain hotel/ motels in Beaufort as well as a few other marina's like HIFC.

Best fishes,


PS Of course the day after we returned the BIG albies moved in.

11-09-2002, 07:34 AM
I'm gonna bet you were looking around(officially or not) while you were in that area... isn't that where Parker's are made? Tom D

Bob Pink
11-11-2002, 09:17 AM
Tom, there was so much nice boat hardware down there that it was hard to stop looking ( and I wasn't even shopping ). I'd put it high on a list of places to go to look for a good used rig.

Albies that we saw were nicely colored, had a very pronouced triangular set of streaks flareing upwards from the pectorals...