FYI Bottom Charter

By: Pickle
7/13/2019 8:18 AM

I have received a few PM's from people who have gone out on a Wreck/Bottom charter and were either disappointed or possibly misinformed about this type of trip. As some of you might know this is my specialty. Most Questions/Comments were about difficult fishing techniques or poor catches. I thought I would take a few minutes to explain what to expect. I'm sure I'm not going to win friends and influence people with my comments. My comments will ONLY be directed to the Fleets using Oregon Inlet. First and foremost is that this is Specialty fishing, most Charter Boats do not do it frequently or do it right. A Bottom/Wreck trip is the MOST predictable trip on the Outer Banks. Fish is almost guaranteed (A bad word in fishing). Boats have to use sturdy bottom rods (NO ELECTRIC REELS) with 30 lb braid. Terminal tackle is bare minimum, two hooks with a 20 or 24 oz sinker for Tiles or over a wreck for Black Sea Bass a 10 or 12 oz. No Jewelry. Tiles are in 250 feet plus depths. The beat Sa Bass wrecks are 150 to 200 feet deep. Limits of Tilefish (3 per person) should be the norm. What I'm hearing is catches of 6, 8 Tiles using Penn International (Offshore) reels with Mono Line. Impossible! Tilefish (Blueline) are delicious eating and freeze very well. Sea Bass are even better tasting. Tiles and Sea Bass can occasionally be caught together but mostly you have to fish different areas. Tiles are Mud Bottom, Bass are Structure. Right now fishing the right spots Tiles should be in the 7 lb range and up definitely with some citation fish in your catch. Tile season closes August 31st, Sea Bass on December 31st. Come get em.

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By: Blue Fish
7/13/2019 9:29 AM

Thanks Pickle. Fish


By: J4yDubs
7/13/2019 5:07 PM

What a sec... A blue fish thanking a fisherman? Hmmm. Laughing smiley


By: Pickle
7/13/2019 6:18 PM

By: Alexy
7/13/2019 7:28 PM

Buttered tilefish is probably one of the best tasting fish meals you can make.