Roanoke River Stripers-Weldon NC

This past weekend I traveled up the interstate highways to Weldon NC to partake in a little Turkey hunting and Striped Bass fishing with my brother-in-law James and his buddy, James. The hunting was not as productive as the fishing, but that’s a story for another time.

After spending a few hours in the woods on Saturday morning and then heading back to camp for a hearty breakfast, James, James and I loaded up the “Vantage” and headed for the striper run on the Roanoke in Weldon. Being that it was the first day of the catch and release only season, the crowds had subsided (a little) though there were still many boats and people out fishing. The sun was high in the sky and let me tell you it felt like summer.

Fishing the Striped Bass run on the Roanoke is quite an experience and if you have never done it, I highly recommend it. There are lots of fish to be caught and it’s fun for the entire family. If you don’t have a boat or feel uncomfortable navigating unfamiliar waters, there are several good guides that fish the striper run in Weldon every year and I would recommend you hire one. There are some special regulations for fishing this part of the river, so check out the NC Widlife Resource Commission website for all the details.

This fishing is fairly easy. Most people just drift down the river suspending live bait just off the bottom on a single barbless hook, which is a requirement. The fish are on the spawning run and aren’t very picky. We fished for just a couple of hours and caught several fish and witness lots of other catches. We were told by some regulars that the bite was slow, so you can only imagine what it’s like when the bite is on. Not to mention that we were fishing in the middle of the day. Overall, it was a lot of fun and a great experience. If you don’t have time to make it to Weldon this year, by all means, make plans to go next year.

Tight lines!!

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