Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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Water Front Update

Pic of our charter dock before Florence.  Bill Collector, Dancin Outlaw, Carolina Princes and Due South are still the only boats on the MHC docks.  We still occupy the only  four undamaged or minimal damaged slips that were left.  Great news today!  The MHC town folks were by yesterday and reconstruction will start just after first of the year.  Our charter docks are going receive a much needed redo.  They will be all new and ready for our Spring season.

December update:  We have run our last scheduled trips on the books for 2018, however we are available any day through December.  Catch the weather right and the Tuna and Wahoo are still out there!  There have been a few Blue Fin caught this month and hopefully will continue to get better on into January.  We are available through mid January for BFT.

2019:  Bill Collector will haul for seasonal maintenance around mid January and will be back ready for action by  late February.  We are now taking reservations for our 2019 season. 

Rates and Website:  After several seasons without  a rate adjustment, we have had to raise our rates $75/day.  Due to ever increasing operational and maintenance expenses we had to make the adjustment.  Please note that our website still reflects our 2018 rates.
Our website has become dated and we are in the process of constructing a new one.  Be looking for the new look this Spring.  Our online interactive calendar is still up and running with its link from our old website.

Spring 2019: Bill Collector will start fishing by late February, 1st of March, last year we saw a good run of big Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna early Spring.  Our Yellowfin fishing last season had definitely  rebounded from some of the pervious years.  Last early Spring also saw nice NC Citation class Wahoo.  Round up a crew and give us a call.

2019 Tournament availability:  Bill Collector is available for Boys and Girls Club Billfish Classic and Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament.  These are the only two not yet booked for this season.  If interested for info on either of these events, give us a call. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

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11/18  Great Fall weather and fishing on the Crystal Coast!  Nine Wahoo today that weighed 391 LB.  Three in upper 30s and three NC Citations (66,52 and 46 pounds) .  Couple of Blackfin also. 
Plenty of Wahoo bites, it was one of those days we were pulling them off, but the ones we held onto were good ones.  Good water conditions offshore and the Wahoo will keep on snapping into December.  252-247-5617

Saturday, November 17, 2018

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2019 Reservations!
We are now taking reservations for our 2019 season. Our online calendar is now viewable. Choose your date and book your trip now!

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2019 Rates
Thank you to our great clients for all these great years of fishing and we are looking forward to fishing with you this upcoming season. For the first time in many years, due to rising overhead and to keep our equipment in the top shape as you have come to expect, Bill Collector has had to make a slight adjustment to our rates. At Bill Collector Charters we strive to provide you with the best experience possible and greatly thank you for your business.

2019 Rates
Full Day Gulfstream
$1,925.00 per day cash or check
$1,975.00 per day credit card

3/4 Day Inshore
$1,400.00 per day cash or check
$1,450.00 per day credit card

1/2 Day Inshore
$650.00 cash or check
$700.00 credit card

Bill Collector website note: As you may have noticed our website has remained unchanged for sometime. We are currently having an issue with updating our 2019 rates. However, the online calendar and all other links, including the fishing report, are working fine. We are in the process of building a new site that will be available soon to better serve you.

November and December Fishing
The remainder of this month through December, Bill Collector is available for offshore trips.

Wahoo action and Tuna fishing remain good when the weather has allowed us to go. You can check out the latest fishing reports on our blog.

Giant Bluefin Tuna: This is the time of year these beasts start showing up and if they do, we'll be chasing them! This is a very political and highly regulated fishery so if you have interest in catching a Bluefin Tuna, please give us a call at (252) 247-5617 for fishery details and info.


Bill Collector's Winter Schedule
We will head to the boat yard for seasonal maintenance around mid-January and return to the Morehead City waterfront mid-to-late February. She will be available every day after that!

Get Social with Us!
Make sure to check out our blog for all of the fishing reports.  Photos and videos are posted on our Facebook page...give us a LIKE!

Thank You!

I know there are a lot of choices when choosing a charter, and we thank you for choosing the Bill Collector.  Thank you for your business and we hope to see you this season!

Tight Lines, 
Capt. Stephen Draughon

Bill Collector Charters
For more information, or to book a trip, 
please call (252) 247-5617

Friday, November 9, 2018

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11/7 and 10/30:  Mother Nature has not been kind in 2018, she has kept us to the dock for several days with front after front. Days that we have been able to get offshore the Wahoo fishing has been good.  on 10/30 we had Fred and his crew out for several nice Wahoo, Dolphin, Blackfin and a Sail.  We canceled several days since then and were able to get back out on 11/7 with Tom and crew.  Choppy and slow in the AM, but the Wahoos went to chewing in the afternoon!  Our day ended with six nice Wahoo, couple late season Gaffers, King and Blackfin.    Wahoo action has been good and the wind cant blow forever.  We will be running offshore trips into December, so round up a crew and lets go fishing.  Also our 2019 calendar is now viewable online.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

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10/26 and past few days:  Friday we had Mr. Hester and his 7 yr old grandson out.  We were supposed to be chasing Wahoo offshore, but the weather did not allow it.  We changed up to a 1/2 day inshore and this young angler had a blast catching Spanish, Blues and some fat Alberts!  Thursday saw great Wahoo action with our limit of 12 for our small group and 2 nice Kings by 11 AM.  497 LB total weight.  Two NC citations, 69 and 47 LB.  Plenty of bites!  Wednesday we had to stay up inshore again due to hard NW winds.  We found our group some nice Kingfish action. On the 23rd, good Wahoo fishing with a couple more big Citation Wahoo.  22nd was a inshore day for Mr. Cooper and all his longtime college buddies, who all celebrated turning 6o years.  We had a good day of king fishing and good memories.  We had a couple more weather days last weekend, last Friday saw some good Dolphin action . Wahoo and a mix of darn good Trigger fishing couple days also.

The Wahoo bite the last two trips offshore has been outstanding with several NC Citations for the small fleet that has been fishing.  Blackfin and Sails are making a good showing .  Bill Collector has prime dates available in November and the Wahoo and Tuna action will stay good.  Round up a crew and give us a call!

Monday, October 15, 2018

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10/14 and past few days:  Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna. Triggers, Sails and some Dolphin have all been in the mix.  Tropical Storm Michael cost us another four days last week, but we were right back to fishing on Saturday!  Great Fall weather has returned to the Crystal Coast and we have two open dates this month, Oct 30 and 31.  Round up a crew and give us a call!  Also prime Nov dates available.  252-247-5617

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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10/1 through Florence:  Sorry for the delay in post.  Florenece has come and gone and we have been back fishing.  Fishing since Florence has been good, lots of nice Wahoo and Blackfin Tuna.  We have written several NC Citations this past week for Wahoo over 40 LBs.. Fall action is heating up, round up a crew and lets go fishing!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

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9/3 and previous days action.   Slick calm and outstanding Trigger fishing , with Wahoo and Sails.
Bill Collector just became available Sept 23rd Sunday.  It is our only open date for this month.  Round up a crew and lets go fishing!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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8/28 and past couple of days:  Calm seas and beautiful weather on the Crystal Coast!  We have had to deal with a push of hot blue water and full moon the past few days.  The Wahoo bite slowed the past couple days, but we are scraping a few nice ones.  The bottom dwellers are liking the heat, moon and no current, they have been chewing.  Plenty of Triggers!   We have another big cool water eddy pushing up and the Wahoo and Tuna will be snapping.  Weather has been great, best of the season.  Bill Collector open next Tuesday through Thursday,  these are the only open dates in Sept, round up a crew and lets go fishing!  Forecast next week looks great.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

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8/22 and past few days:  Sorry for the delay in reports,  we have been rolling and got behind.
Over the past ten days we have seen Wahoo, Sails and Dolphin offshore. A double half day last week with plenty of Spanish!  Couple of big NC Citation Wahoo last week!  We made a quick trip to OI for a few days of Marlin fishing, weather got us on two of our four days there.  We did manage 2 for 3 on Whites Tuesday.  Trip back down sound Wednesday and Bill Collector back at home on the MC Waterfront.  She is back offshore Friday.  Prime Wahoo season arriving and we have dates available.
Bill collector open next Monday and Wednesday, also Labor Day Monday Sept 3rd, only four dates left open in Sept 3rd through 6th!   Round up a crew and go fishing!