Holden Beach NC Fishing Report from Stand 'N Down Charters
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise
The old adage of calm seas never made a skillful sailor certainly applied to Captain Logan of Standing Down Charters, Holden Beach NC on Saturday’s trip out to the Gulf Stream. With an east wind blowing up 6 ft head seas stacked atop of each other, the Stand ‘N Down II was able to make about 26 kts toward the 100/400 for some Mahi action. Within 8 miles of the destination Capt Logan called for the Black Bart Lures to be put out, hoping that would start the day off right with a Wahoo. Within 10 minutes, the far back line went off with that ole familiar sound as crew members were certain they would have their first Hoo of the morning. Much to the crew’s surprise the fish on the business end of the Black Bart was a King Mackerel in the mid 20 pound range. After arriving at the 100/400 the bite was on! It was a steady bite for nearly 2 hours with gaffer size Mahi showing up in groves. Capt Bob’s Pirate Plugs of South Chatham Tackle earned first place for the Mahi bite. That wishful Wahoo bite finally arrived around noon after a Hoo in the 30 pound range attacked chartreuse Pirate Plug. The Mahi bite continued on until mid afternoon. The great surprise catch of the day did not come until Capt. Logan suggested to the crew they try their hand with some Blue Water Candy Roscoe Jigs. What a great call by Captain Logan for this lead to the catch of the day, a 22 pound beautiful African Pompano boated by Ronnie Ensminger. Now that’s just about as good as it can get. Needless to say it was a great day on the water despite the less than favorable sea conditions and a good time was had by all aboard the Stand ‘N Down II.