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This Week’s Fishing Report.

Hey everyone and thanks for swinging by. This weeks freshwater fishing started off with a bang and slowly tapered off into a lethargic day yesterday. Below I will cover where fish where caught, what lures, and what presentation.

Where they were caught-

95% of the fish caught this week where in two feet of water or less with a drop off close by, once again most fish where under the overhangs or right up against structure such as stumps or fallen trees. Last weeks bridge fishing action wasn’t happening as the only fish I caught on the bridge pillars was a massive bluegill on a rattle trap. Another hot spot this week were canals leading up to private launches and boat houses.

What was i using for bait?

Almost all fish caught including the Largemouth and Bowfin were caught on a Watermelon red flake super fluke with a paddle tail. the presentation was almost always a weightless fluke on a 3/0 wide gap worm hook in red color. every now and then i put a 1/16 bullet weight to help get it down a little deeper in the water column. Other fish caught consisted of a chain pickerel while trolling a small crank bait for crappie, two catfish on worms targeting crappie, and a big water moccasin that wanted to be in my kayak but i paddled like the wind to get away from him. Always be weary of drifting near overhanging branches and tree limbs because that’s where the cottonmouths and copperheads like to sunbathe.

Thanks for stopping by alto outdoors and come back next sunday for pictures and videos from the White River in Arkansas.

Pictures and videos form this week’s fishing trips.

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How to catch fish in the outer banks.

Hey everyone thanks for stopping by Apto Outdoors, the water and air temperatures are finally starting to warm up which means puffer fish and sea mullet are soon to follow. Today’s blog is going to be a short and simple article on the easiest ways for local surf fisherman and tourists to catch fish along the beaches of the outer banks.

What bait do i use?

I have seen everything you can imagine used as natural bait for saltwater fish. The number one bait to use in my opinion is dead shrimp. It will catch just about everything. If you want to spice it up I add a piece of fish bites shrimp flavored pink artificial bait to the hook as well.

What rigs do i need to use?

A simple bottom rig with a 2-5 oz pyramid weight and no. 2 long shank hooks will catch everything from puffers to skate to red drum. The smaller the surf the less weight you need to use.


Where do i need to go to fish.

The easiest way for tourists is to go to a pier because your fishing license is included in your pier fee. But don’t be fooled, you can catch fish anywhere from the beach as long as your are putting your line in the water. My favorite spot is the Coquina beach access area. Colder water can catch tons of whiting and puffer fish, otherwise called “sugar toads” in NC/VA, and warmer waters in the summer and early fall yield spanish bluefish and good size pompano.

North Carolina Citation pompano on sand fleas.
North Carolina Citation pompano on sand fleas.

Can i eat a puffer fish in NC?

Yes i love to eat the NORTHERN PUFFERS, they are not lethally poisonous but there bile can still cause some serious food poisoning. Below are the pictures of a northern puffer vs a horned puffer. ONLY EAT THE NORTHERN PUFFERS.

One of my favorite ways to catch fish is to put a small piece of shrimp or a sand flea on a small hook, about 2 feet under a popping cork and i fish it just past the beach break. It produces fish consistently and is a lot of fun for younger fisherman and your kids.

Northern Puffer

Northern Puffer Fish = safe to fillet and eat. CAUTION The bile will cause food poisoning but does not contain tetrodotoxin
Northern Puffer Fish = safe to fillet and eat. CAUTION The bile will cause food poisoning but does not contain tetrodotoxin

Horned Puffer on left – Northern Puffer on right.


Fly fishing the Guadalupe River

The Guadalupe River is the southern most river in the United States that can sustain a trout population year round. The spring fed river runs through Texas and stays around 73 degrees Fahrenheit year round despite the Summer air temperatures exceeding 100 Degrees regularly.  I scouted around the river looking for good spots to enter the river to wade, Whitewater amphitheater in Gruene, Texas offers a very good access point with hundreds of yards of good wading located upstream. One thing one should always do is visit a local fly shop for advice and fly patterns, Gruene Outfitters in Gruene Texas was very helpful in showing me how to target the bass around the river. I even got a pair of Simms Wading Boots 25% off because one of the boots was a different shade of grey than the other.

My tackle for the day was a TFO 9′ 5wt rod with a 9 foot 5X trout leader, and 5X tippett with my strike indicator 1.5X the water depth of my spots. The fly setup was a 2 fly rig with #8 split shots 30 inches above the  san juan worm with 18 inches of 5X tippet going  to the prince nymph

Fishing proved to be slow, even the guides upstream of us were having a hard time getting good hook-ups on the trout. Trying to discern the bottom snags from trout bites was proving to be difficult but it was a beautiful river and it was the first time I had been able to fly fish with my dad. I had made a cast upstream and set it to drift past a rock and tree in the middle of a deeper section of the bend, my indicator went under and I set the hook yet once again nothing. A few seconds later on the same drift it did the same thing, I strip set the hook and raised my rod slightly and realized I had hooked my first rainbow trout. The first fish of my bucket list this year was in the books and I had caught my first rainbow trout with my father by my side in a beautiful river.


One thing that was very apparent to me this week was it’s not always about the fish you catch, I enjoyed this trip because I was with friends and family in a beautiful place, making memories with my father. In the end I will not cherish the fish I caught or the wild game I have taken, I will cherish the memories of enjoying nature with my family and all the little things that happen during trips other than the fish being caught.

I hope you all are enjoying your spring breaks and warming weather. Be safe have a great week and thank you for stopping by.

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The largest Black drum I have ever caught. Sabine Pass, Texas on Cut mullet.
The largest Black drum I have ever caught. Sabine Pass, Texas on Cut mullet.