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January 27, 2018

Smashing the Permit With Capt Jeff Malone at Hawks Cay S13:E3 — Saltwater Experience Fishing Blog

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Smashing the Permit With Capt Jeff Malone at Hawks Cay S13:E3 — Saltwater Experience Fishing Blog


In my last post I described our relationship with a hard working guide on the docks of Hawks Cay Resort named Capt Jeff Malone.  We filmed a great episode on Baby Tarpon with Jeff directly after Hurricane Irma passed over the Florida Keys and he is back in our 3rd episode of our 13th season.  To say that he is back for another show is not exactly correct.  I guess it would be more accurate to say that he never left.
We met Jeff with our film entourage at the marker outside of Safety Harbor.  From there, Jeff took us to a place to catch bait and baby tarpon.  Soon, we had caught both and were at the Long Key Bridge catching a few more Tarpon, Yellow Jacks and Giant Jack Crevalle. (See that episode by clicking here)
Sometimes (rarely), filming a show is just this easy.  The weather is nice, the bait plentiful and lots of the species that we are after are hungry and ready to play ball.  We had this show wrapped up before noon and still had alot of time to work on another.
First permit after Irma.  These fish also are survivors.  Healthy and happy as the water clears

Since we had already caught our tarpon, it seemed like a good idea to look for bonefish and permit and try to wrap up a slam. 
A quick run back to Hawks Cay and Jeff had us casting to Permit quickly.  It was not long before we had all caught one.  The tide was right for a bonefish spot nearby so we moved and got ready to try to chum a bonefish in to complete the slam right in front of the Hawks Cay Resort.
Jeff hooked something immediately and we expected it to be a bonefish.  We were all a little surprised when yet another permit came to the boat.  Soon, I also caught another after battling a Lemon Shark.  Now, 5 permit and a bunch of tarpon, 2 shows were complete.  The sun started getting a little lower and it was time to head back to the dock. 
The show turned out to be incredible and I truly enjoyed spending time with Jeff on the boat.  Catching a few fish was nice too.
Check out this episode by clicking here. 
I highly suggest fishing with Capt Jeff Malone, make contact with him through phone, email or social media:
Capt. Jeff Malone
or follow him on Instagram at Tarpon_Time
Permit release in front of Hawks Cay ResortThe permit is and always will be my favorite fish.  We just get along well
Hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks to Capt Jeff Malone and http://www.tarpontime.com/ Check out this website. It's a great site!
Till next time....
Tight lines!

January 23, 2018

Want to catch more fish more often in 2018?

Fisherman's Post Website Click Here

This year's Fisherman's Post "Hands On" Saltwater Fishing Schools are staffed by more than 40 local captains who will share their experience and insights on inshore, nearshore, surf, offshore, and blue water fishing. They'll cover a range of topics that includes techniques, equipment, strategy, locations, terminal tackle, electronics, bait, etc.

The captains selected for the Saltwater Fishing Schools are specialists in their field, and their backyard waters include Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Sneads Ferry, Topsail, Swansboro, Southport, Oak Island, Ocean Isle, Cape Lookout, Morehead City, Pamlico, Neuse, and The Outer Banks.

There will be main seminars and several rigging stations going on concurrently all day long, so you will always be able to find a session that most interests you.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 
Coastline Convention Center
7:30 am-5:00 pm

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Coastline Convention Center 
7:30 am-1:30 pm
Special pricing for Youth anglers

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Crystal Coast Civic Center 
7:30 am-5:00 pm

Please visit each school's webpage for a list of captains, topics, prices, and information on ordering tickets.

Check these schools out!

Till next time....
Tight lines,

January 21, 2018

Wildlife Commission Offers Free Fishing Programs in Fayetteville

Wildlife Commissiomn Free Fishing Programs in Fayetteville 
Here are a few program presentations that are scheduled. 
Fly-tying Forum- Jan. 2018
Introduction to Kayak Fishing (Kayak Safety & Rigging) Jan. 2018
Fly-fishing Clinic -February 3rd, 2018
Beginning Fly-tying Course- Feb. 2018

Till next time....
Tight lines!


Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Greenville NC Convention Center

Friday: 10am – 7pm
Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm
This premier event will include seminars from top saltwater and freshwater fishing guides from all parts of North Carolina as well as hunting guides from across the country. The event will feature over 100 outdoor sports vendors with the latest in hunting and fishing products.


Adults – Daily – $12.00 (Good the whole weekend)
Seniors 65+ – Military w/ID – $6.00 (Sunday Only)
Children 10 and under – FREE

Click Here for the Exhibitors 2018

Till next time....
Tight lines!

DMF issued the proclamation on Jan. 5 due to widespread cold stun events.

Read the official proclamation HERE.

Inland Waters Closed to Spotted Seatrout Harvest

  • 8 January 2018
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RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 8, 2018) – Recreational harvest of spotted seatrout in inland waters under the jurisdiction of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has closed by rule following a proclamation from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) that closed all coastal and joint waters to spotted seatrout harvest.

DMF issued the proclamation on Jan. 5 due to widespread cold stun events. The spotted seatrout season will remain closed in all waters until June 15, when it will reopen by proclamation from DMF. Under the N.C. Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan, if a significant cold stun event occurs, DMF will close all Spotted Seatrout harvest until the spring.

Recreational seasons, size limits and creel limits in inland waters for Flounder, Spotted Seatrout, Red Drum and Gray Trout are the same as those established in the rules of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission or proclamations issued by the DMF director in adjacent joint or coastal fishing waters. The rule referencing Marine Fisheries’ rules for these four saltwater fish species was implemented in 2011 to standardize recreational seasons and size and creel limits for inland, joint and coastal waters.

According to the DMF news release, the agency has confirmed significant Spotted Seatrout cold stun events in six water bodies from Surf City to Manteo. It continues to receive and verify more cold stun reports. Cold stuns are natural events that occur when there is a sudden drop in water temperature or prolonged periods of cold weather that make the fish sluggish or even kill them outright.

For more information on Proclamation FF-1-2018, visit the DMF’s website, or call 800-682-2632; 252-726-7021.

Anglers should continue to report any cold stun events they see in coastal waters. To report a cold stun event or for more information, contact DMF Spotted Seatrout Biologist Steve Poland at 252-808-8159 or Steve.Poland@ncdenr.gov.

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Jodie B. Owen