Fishing Reports

Old Drum & Popping Corks

Captain Chris Kimrey - Friday, August 24, 2018

It's old drum season! A lot of our charters lately have been in search of big ole drum in the Neuse River! This time of year, drum of all sizes can be caught depending on the time of day you're out fishing. Early morning and late evening fishing in the Neuse River and near the town of Oriental typically lead us to find the really large old drum. We've had some great luck in the mornings using popping corks! Fishing with popping corks means never a dull moment. Popping corks draw attention to the bait with a clicking sound that is similar to that of shrimp, crabs or baitfish. When the cork is jerked by the rod, the bait "jumps" from the bottom and reflects the movement of fleeing bait. This is a great method to use in the Neuse River where the waters can get a bit rough and cloudy.  Read More

Late Summer Fishing On The Crystal Coast

Captain Chris Kimrey - Friday, August 17, 2018

Happy Friday! Today kicks off the last three days of the six-day Limited Recreational and Commercial Red Snapper season in South Atlantic federal waters. We had some awesome luck last weekend catching some good sized snapper and we're ready to do the same this weekend! Aside from snapper fishing, we've been spending some time in the Neuse River fishing for drum and even some time out in the ocean with fairly calm waters.  Read More

Fishing For Kings & Grouper on The Crystal Coast

Captain Chris Kimrey - Friday, October 06, 2017

We've already had several charters in the month of October and we're excited for all of the fall fishing to come this season! Here on the Crystal Coast, two of our favorite fish to catch in the fall are king mackerel and grouper.  Read More

Drum Fishing In The Neuse

Captain Chris Kimrey - Monday, September 25, 2017

It's officially fall! We're excited for fall fishing and all of the fun catches that are to come this season. This past week has been full of fun trips to the Neuse River catching drum. From slots to old drum, we've been catching them all! Typically, the large, old drum bite is on when the sun goes down. Luckily, this year we've been able to find the old drum in the afternoon and into dusk. Not only is old drum fishing a ton of fun - if you've ever reeled in one of the big ones, you know! - but you also get to take in a beautiful sunset from one of the best spots in eastern North Carolina. There's nothing like watching the sun go down over the water on the Neuse River!  Read More

Friday Fishing Report

Captain Chris Kimrey - Friday, August 25, 2017

From the Eclipse on Monday to the storms and changes in weather, this week certainly has been an interesting one! Luckily, we were able to catch an abundance of fish and a great variety too! This week, we took several trips offshore for bottom fishing and vertical jigging. Read More

This Week's Catch: Grouper & Amberjack

Captain Chris Kimrey - Friday, August 04, 2017

Capt. Chris has had another busy week full of fishing the waters of the Crystal Coast. This week it was all about the grouper and amberjack!  Read More

Calm Ocean Fishing On The Crystal Coast

Captain Chris Kimrey - Friday, July 28, 2017

Although we've had quite a windy summer, the past week has been calm and allowed for some great fishing for Mount Maker Charters! We had the pleasure of heading out into the ocean for several trips over the past week and a our guests certainly caught a good time along with some awesome fish.  Read More

Fishing is hot on the Crystal Coast!

Captain Chris Kimrey - Friday, July 07, 2017

There's no denying that the bite has been going off in recent weeks here on the Crystal Coast! The beautiful weather, with just a few windy and raining days, have made for great fishing. At Mount Maker Charters, we have the pleasure of taking people out for a fishing trip they'll never forget! Our two boats - a 24' Pathfinder v-bottom and a 17.6' Jones Brothers skiff - allow us to fish anywhere from the Neuse River to Bogue Sound and out into the ocean.  Read More