Salt Water Will Rust Rubber

December 11th, 2006 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

Captain David Baxley
Headhunter Outdoors
Surf City, Topsail Island, NC
(910) 329-0818

Hi folks, Capt. David here with this weeks outdoors report. Well I won’t lie to you folks, things are really slowing down now that it’s gotten cold! Now I don’t know about you folks but it’s been too cold for my blood the last week and the fish ain’t liking it either. There still some Speckled trout around and the Red drum are still biting as well. Everything seems to be happening in the surf but thats not to say you can’t find a hungry fish back in the sound. If you can stand the weather and can find some water thats a couple of degrees warmer than the average water temps in the area, you might find a hungry fish or two. My personal advise to those of you who ain’t “hardcore” fisherman is to get ready for next spring.

Those rods and reels you used all summer without a problem will be a problem in the spring. Sitting in the garage all winter with the salt residue on them will lock them up tighter than a bank vault. Remember salt water will rust rubber! Clean and lube your tackle now or come spring you will be at the tackle shop replacing it. If you are not mechanicially inclined take it to the tackle shop and have them clean it for you for a small fee. While you’re at it go ahead and get some new line for it. I replace my line about 3 times a year due to the amount of time and abuse I put on my tackle. I don’t mind losing a fish due to a pulled hook but breaking the line makes me mad as heck.

While you’re at it don’t forget the boat. Wash and clean it, flush the motor, Put some fuel stabilizer in the gas tank and cover it up. This is also the time of the year to have any maintenance done as well. The guys at the boat shop hate it when they sit on their butts all winter and the first warm day of spring everybody has to have their boat fixed now! If you are one of those folks guess what? It ain’t happening like that! As a retired mechanic I will tell you a few bucks spent on maintenance will save you a lot of money in the long run too. By the way everyone knows what boat stands for don’t you? B.O.A.T. Break Out Another Thousand. With the price of boats and motors these days they are an investment worth taking care of. While it’s at the shop have them ck the wheel bearings and springs too. fix it now or be sitting on the side of the road come spring.

Well duck season is out till Saturday and Deer season is still in. Why have’nt any of you sent in a picture of a big buck this year, I know somebody out there has killed a wallhanger this year. A lot of folks have sent in pictures throughout the year but I’m getting tired of having to put the world famous Leon Phelps in the paper every week with his latest trophy. Boy is his taxidermist going to be busy this year. If anybody is looking for a good taxidermist I highly recommend that you contact Chris Lee at Bowed-up taxidermy to take care of your Deer or Duck mounting. His number is 910-270-9929 or 910-231-2464. This guy does amazing work at a reasonable price and is a true wildlife artist.

Well thats about it for this week so remember to take a kid with you and be safe while you’re at it! Capt. David

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Lea Island is a Hot Spot

December 4th, 2006 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

Captain David Baxley
Headhunter Outdoors
Surf City, Topsail Island, NC
(910) 329-0818

Hi folks Capt. David with this weeks outdoors report. Things are beginning to really slow down on the fishing with the cooler water temperatures. Now thats not saying you can’t catch a fish in the surf or sound now. Some decent Trout are still around and Reds are still being cooperative. Lea Island is a hot spot if you have a boat to get there. Fish the bar at the inlet and the sloughs just off the beach in front of the house. Be prepared for a big bull this time of the year as well. I’ve had some friends pull some 20-30 pounders out of the surf in the late fall and winter on Lea Island. If you’re not hardcore enough to brave the elements this time of the year you can start getting ready for next year. Remember Christmas is just around the corner and Santa might bring you something on your wish list. You do have a wish list laying around for the family to find, don’t you? Unless you want a tie or socks or underwear you better get it done and in an visible location.
I’ve got a good one for you, a few weeks ago I went hunting and my Brother-in-law called my wife and asked her what to get me for Christmas that was’nt hunting or fishing related. Being the wonderful wife she is her reply was. Well he’s either hunting and fishing or thinking about hunting and fishing! What can I say, she’s right!
Duck season went out Saturday and will come back in on the 16th until Jan. 27. Deer season is in until Jan.1 Quail,rabbit and squirrel is in now and a squirrel hunt is great fun with the kids. Check you regulations digest or go on-line at ncwildlife.org .
Saturday I went to Harkers Island to theCore Sound Decoy festival and had a marvelous time. Decoy carvers from all over were there and the Waterfowl museum is amazing. It’s a great day trip to take the family to Harkers Island, see the museum and the Cape Lookout National Park. Ferries are available to go to the lighthouse and explore, see the wild horse’s and enjoy nature.

ruddy-duck-011.jpgCapt. David(right) and Leon Phelps(left) with pair of Buffleheads
and a black duck taken on stump sound Dec 2nd

I also went duck hunting on Saturday morning and we got a drake and hen buffle head and a drake black duck. I ain’t saying where on the sound cause I’m getting run out of my honeyhole now that folks are discovering duck hunting around here. Maybe this cold weather will push plenty of birds down from up north for the last season. Keep praying for cold weather up north boys.
Well thats about it for this week folks. Remember to take a kid with you and be safe. Capt. David

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