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The fishing has been amazing this past week and we experience some unforgettable moments, anglers that had the chance to be in North Carolina did not regret those beautiful days on the water.
We've been seeing a lot of fish and some big sizes, making me think how lucky we are to have a fishery like that right at our own door steps.
Our guests flew from Moscow this time.

Igor was our first clients from Russia to come and fish with us last year, after his first trip he joined us again and fished the Cape, Oman, Andamans and he made sure to have his booking saved for next year,
I've spend most of my time in the past 2 month in North Carolina and I did not have the chance to see my family the way I want, I have another overseas trip coming for 3 weeks and that made me take them along with me to North Carolina and spend some time together,
So we packed and we filled up the van and off to North Carolina,
Our first day was a disaster for us, we went 0 out of 8 and I lost 3 Moutoukenamru lures,
Some were due to line shaving and others to line breakage from other fish feeding in the area.
Igor struggled as well and we were so disappointed that we had our chances and we blew it away, happy to see 8 strikes, that is what I call a good day of fishing,
On our second day we went 2 out of 4 all on topwater as well,
Konishi-san from Carpenter had asked to test a rod for him and I wanted to put that rod through the test, I matched with the new 2013 Stella and I manage to land 2 nice fishes on that set up, the first fish measured at 83 inches, took 26 minutes with 44lb of drag to land while the other fish measured at 82 inch took 33lb of drag to land under 20 minutes,
All fishes are fought solo, free style using the 2013 new Stella STL18000SWBHG and the reel performed flawlessly, no issue to report whatsoever however I've been asked to return the reel after my last day fishing for evaluation, so the reel is heading back to Shimano on Monday.
I have to attest that the Carpenter prototype rod had performed beyond my expectation but I am not surprised,
I've been after Konishi-san for the past 2 years asking him to develop a rod that is suitable for our fishery and finally the job was done and I was happy to test it and see it and feel the power of that rod,
Igor hooked to a demon fish that literally put him down on the floor asking for mercy, it was a fun day and we were so happy to have a chance and bend a rod and fight those fishes,

On our third day we end up going 1 out of 1 on topwater, I had switched to the Race Point 300 as I believe this is the ultimate rod for North Carolina and we have developed this rod specifically for North Carolina targeting the 300lb + .
We struggled on that day and we couldn't get a bite , there was no sign of tuna anywhere when I just about to call the day off all of a sudden Captain Ned put the Sea Breeze in full power headed to a designated area,
He shouted form the bridge to cast, we casted in different directions to cover more water,
I switched to the Siren Bad Mon 290 and it took 6 to 8 twitched to see a shadow homing in, Boom!! fish on and the reel is singing, the fish dumped all my spool and left me with 20 yard of line before I can even have a chance to reach for the spool to tighten my drag,
I had my drag set around 27lb on strike and finished the fight at 37lb, fought the fish and brought it to gaff under 19 minutes, the fish measured 72 ½ inch, so happy to save the day and made the right decision not giving up.

Tackle used:
Rod: Carpenter Prototype, CB One prototype, Race Point 250 & Race Point 300
Reel: Shimano Stella 2013 STL18000SWBHG, Shimano Stella SW 18000
Lures: Carpenter Bluefish ( Saltywater Tackle special colors ), Moutoukenmaru, Siren, CB One Zorro
Line: Power Pro Hollow 130lb, Sunline PE Jigger 8HG PE8,
Leader: Saltywater Tackle System Leader
Hook: Shout Kudako 9/0

Tight lines
Sami


Putting the heat on the Carpenter Prototype rod Matched with the new Shimano Stella STL18000SWBHG


Igor and I with a double up

Measured 83 inch


Igor maxing out the Race Point 250




Measured 82 inch
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Siren Bad Mon 290 sealed the deal on that slow day.
http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/saltywatertackle/North%20Carolina%20March%202013%20STELLA/IMG_9217.jpg
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I opened the door to get water and was surprised to see how close is the other boat to us :)
http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/saltywatertackle/North%20Carolina%20March%202013%20STELLA/IMG_9251.jpg
Najib & Nikita on Board the Sea Breeze, so happy to get my kids on board the Sea Breeze, so much fun and good memories with Captain Ned and first mate George, i can't wait till they grow a bit older to have them side to side with me.
http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/saltywatertackle/North%20Carolina%20March%202013%20STELLA/IMG_9258.jpg
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Great pics Sami. Awesome job involving your kids,I bet its an experience they will never forget but one Im sure will be repeated many times over.
 

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Always a great report & pictures. Extra special having your family join you. I love when my two sons join me fishing.
 

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The fishing has been amazing this past week and we experience some unforgettable moments, anglers that had the chance to be in North Carolina did not regret those beautiful days on the water.
We've been seeing a lot of fish and some big sizes, making me think how lucky we are to have a fishery like that right at our own door steps.
Our guests flew from Moscow this time.

Igor was our first clients from Russia to come and fish with us last year, after his first trip he joined us again and fished the Cape, Oman, Andamans and he made sure to have his booking saved for next year,
I've spend most of my time in the past 2 month in North Carolina and I did not have the chance to see my family the way I want, I have another overseas trip coming for 3 weeks and that made me take them along with me to North Carolina and spend some time together,
So we packed and we filled up the van and off to North Carolina,
Our first day was a disaster for us, we went 0 out of 8 and I lost 3 Moutoukenamru lures,
Some were due to line shaving and others to line breakage from other fish feeding in the area.
Igor struggled as well and we were so disappointed that we had our chances and we blew it away, happy to see 8 strikes, that is what I call a good day of fishing,
On our second day we went 2 out of 4 all on topwater as well,
Konishi-san from Carpenter had asked to test a rod for him and I wanted to put that rod through the test, I matched with the new 2013 Stella and I manage to land 2 nice fishes on that set up, the first fish measured at 83 inches, took 26 minutes with 44lb of drag to land while the other fish measured at 82 inch took 33lb of drag to land under 20 minutes,
All fishes are fought solo, free style using the 2013 new Stella STL18000SWBHG and the reel performed flawlessly, no issue to report whatsoever however I've been asked to return the reel after my last day fishing for evaluation, so the reel is heading back to Shimano on Monday.
I have to attest that the Carpenter prototype rod had performed beyond my expectation but I am not surprised,
I've been after Konishi-san for the past 2 years asking him to develop a rod that is suitable for our fishery and finally the job was done and I was happy to test it and see it and feel the power of that rod,
Igor hooked to a demon fish that literally put him down on the floor asking for mercy, it was a fun day and we were so happy to have a chance and bend a rod and fight those fishes,

On our third day we end up going 1 out of 1 on topwater, I had switched to the Race Point 300 as I believe this is the ultimate rod for North Carolina and we have developed this rod specifically for North Carolina targeting the 300lb + .
We struggled on that day and we couldn't get a bite , there was no sign of tuna anywhere when I just about to call the day off all of a sudden Captain Ned put the Sea Breeze in full power headed to a designated area,
He shouted form the bridge to cast, we casted in different directions to cover more water,
I switched to the Siren Bad Mon 290 and it took 6 to 8 twitched to see a shadow homing in, Boom!! fish on and the reel is singing, the fish dumped all my spool and left me with 20 yard of line before I can even have a chance to reach for the spool to tighten my drag,
I had my drag set around 27lb on strike and finished the fight at 37lb, fought the fish and brought it to gaff under 19 minutes, the fish measured 72 ½ inch, so happy to save the day and made the right decision not giving up.

Tackle used:
Rod: Carpenter Prototype, CB One prototype, Race Point 250 & Race Point 300
Reel: Shimano Stella 2013 STL18000SWBHG, Shimano Stella SW 18000
Lures: Carpenter Bluefish ( Saltywater Tackle special colors ), Moutoukenmaru, Siren, CB One Zorro
Line: Power Pro Hollow 130lb, Sunline PE Jigger 8HG PE8,
Leader: Saltywater Tackle System Leader
Hook: Shout Kudako 9/0

Tight lines
Sami


Putting the heat on the Carpenter Prototype rod Matched with the new Shimano Stella STL18000SWBHG


Igor and I with a double up

Measured 83 inch


Igor maxing out the Race Point 250




Measured 82 inch
http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/saltywatertackle/North%20Carolina%20March%202013%20STELLA/IMG_9147.jpg
http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/saltywatertackle/North%20Carolina%20March%202013%20STELLA/IMG_9155.jpg
http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/saltywatertackle/North%20Carolina%20March%202013%20STELLA/IMG_9168.jpg
http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/saltywatertackle/North%20Carolina%20March%202013%20STELLA/IMG_9170.jpg
http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/saltywatertackle/North%20Carolina%20March%202013%20STELLA/IMG_9181.jpg
http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/saltywatertackle/North%20Carolina%20March%202013%20STELLA/IMG_9190.jpg
Siren Bad Mon 290 sealed the deal on that slow day.
http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/saltywatertackle/North%20Carolina%20March%202013%20STELLA/IMG_9217.jpg
http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/saltywatertackle/North%20Carolina%20March%202013%20STELLA/IMG_9210.jpg
http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/saltywatertackle/North%20Carolina%20March%202013%20STELLA/IMG_9241.jpg
I opened the door to get water and was surprised to see how close is the other boat to us :)
http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/saltywatertackle/North%20Carolina%20March%202013%20STELLA/IMG_9251.jpg
Najib & Nikita on Board the Sea Breeze, so happy to get my kids on board the Sea Breeze, so much fun and good memories with Captain Ned and first mate George, i can't wait till they grow a bit older to have them side to side with me.
http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/saltywatertackle/North%20Carolina%20March%202013%20STELLA/IMG_9258.jpg
http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/saltywatertackle/North%20Carolina%20March%202013%20STELLA/IMG_9272.jpg

Sami, the pic with the boys is best ;
 

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Hi Guys,

Thank you for your kind words,
we sure pushed the Race Point 300 to it is ultimate task with 48lb of drag, this rod had seen all and I will be recommending the RP300 for this class of fish in North Carolina.
we just made it back from another outstanding day on the water, i will have the report ready by tomorrow night.
Thank you all!
 

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You know us regular Common Polk might have a hard time wrestling with 35-46 pounds of drag! Course Max Anchor. tends to enjoy it! Good thing rod/blanks dont twist today. :eek:
 

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Great report Sami
I especially liked you having your kids with you, can't wait to take my son
And I still trying to understand these:
Almost spooled
lost 3 Moutoukenamru lures

Keep it coming
 
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