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Come fishing with us!

27 May Posted by in Blog, fishing | Comments Off on Come fishing with us!
Come fishing with us!
 

The water temperature has finally reached the magical number of 72 degrees, which can only mean one thing: it's time to go fishing! With the warm water from the Gulf Stream arriving off our Carolina coast, the fish have returned in full force and are waiting to be caught by you.

What type of fish do we normally catch? Well, here's a catalogue of some of the many species that have graced the hooks cast from the M/V Shamrock in the past.

ATLANTIC STINGRAY

atlantic stingray

Believe it or not, rays are closely related to sharks. Both types of fish lack bones, having instead a skeletal structure composed of cartilage, the same stuff that we humans have in our nose and our ears. If you've ever found a mermaid's purse on the beach at Masonboro or Wrightsville, you've seen the egg case from these remarkable little creatures. We have also seen Cownose stingrays and Eagle rays from our decks.

 

BLACK SEA BASS

blackseabass

If you come fishing with us, expect to catch at least one of these guys. They're actually a type of grouper, and the ones you can keep (over 13" in length) are a good eating fish. Interesting factoid: these fish are protogynous hermaphrodites, which means that most of them are born female and then some individuals turn into males later in life.

 

BLUEFISH

bluefish

Bluefish are predatory carnivores, which means they eat schooling fish like menhaden, finger mullet, and weakfish. They have incredibly sharp teeth and often hunt in packs.  Sport fishermen love them, not only because are they delicious, but they also put up a wild fight for their size.

 

CALICO BASS

calicobass

Calico Bass are some of the prettiest fish we catch on the Shamrock. With their distinctive shimmering blue and gold markings, they're easy to tell apart from the others.

 

COBIA

cobia

Cobia are a curious, shark-looking fish, closely related to the remora, that are prized for their meat and could be incredibly valuable in future aquaculture endeavors. The largest cobia caught on a rod and reel was off the coast of Australia, and it weighed 135 pounds.

 

OYSTER TOADFISH

oystertoad

These fish live in the rocks on the Masonboro Jetty and are some of the ugliest fish in the ocean. They've got a wide mouth and powerful jaws that you don't want to get your fingers anywhere near. They eat crabs, mollusks, and other small fish, relying on camouflage to suprise their prey.

 

PUFFERFISH

pufferfish

Sometimes referred to as Sugar Toads by local fishermen, the pufferfish is unique in it's ability to inflate when it gets into trouble.

 

WHITING

whiting

Whiting are also called Virginia Mullet or Kingfish. Most often caught in the surf (the above fish was taken on a 12' surf rod on Wrightsville Beach), we do occasionally see them on the boat. They're also a good eating fish.

 

 

We also catch flounder, pinfish, dogfish sharks, croakers, pigfish, lizardfish, sea robins… the list goes on. One time we even caught an octopus!

If you catch a fish that meets the size requirements imposed by the NC Fisheries, you get to keep it, take it home, and eat it if you so desire. We'll even filet it for you.

Our Carolina-style bottom fishing rigs are beginner friendly and are easy for kids to use, too. Anyone can be a fisherman on the Shamrock!

Our fishing trips leave our dock across the street from the Blockade Runner Hotel (275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach, NC) every weekday morning at 9:00 and return at noon after two hours of fishing. Cost is $35 per person, and includes everything you need to go fishing, including rod, reel, fishing license, bait, boat, and an experienced captain and mate.

Call Captain Joe at (910) 200-4002 today to reserve your spot!