I hope everybody had a good weekend. I enjoyed mine and chose not to visit a race track since it was our final weekend off until NASCAR’s season finale in Homestead, Fla., on November 21. Sherry and I traveled with our dog Lexi along with my best friend Adam (a.k.a. Dupree) and his girlfriend to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It’s a little over 350 miles away from Charlotte. It’s a beautiful place!
We spent our first day relaxing and lounging at the beach. Dupree called a buddy of his to give us some suggestions on all the hot spots and he hooked us up with a charter on our second day of vacation. Our captain was Aaron Kelly. He’s a native of Kitty Hawk and has fished and surfed the area all of his life. He took us out on the Rock Solid — a 27′ center console with a tower. Captain Kelly recommended us to chase some amberjacks because I have never caught one before. They are big fish and can weigh up to 40 lbs. As soon as my first bait hit the water, I had one on the line and man, did it put up a fight! It took over 10 minutes to reel it in. In total we caught three more before heading inshore to try our hand at cobia. Cobia is an even bigger fish than the large amberjacks we caught. Sometimes they are even mistaken for a small shark. Unfortunately we didn’t have any luck catching cobia so Captain Kelly put us on some redfish. I did well and caught a 25 incher! I’ve got a photo of that one for you too!
If you’re ever find yourself on the Outer Banks and want to go inshore fishing, give Capt. Aaron a call. Tell him Martin and Dupree sent you! He’s a great guide and he’ll have you laughing all day! Visit: www.rocksolidfishing.com
On our third day, Dupree and I went out on his boat. The fish weren’t biting so Dupree decided he wanted to go spearfishing for our dinner. We went out in about 30 feet of water. He saw a bunch of sheepsheads and even connected on one. He bagged about 10 total so we didn’t go hungry.
Now it’s back to reality. I’ve got my weekly radio segment on Sirius Speedway along with several radio call-ins to do to help promote the race for Atlanta Motor Speedway. The track has really been good to NAPA so hopefully, we can help sell tickets because they’ve got special ticket packages and plenty of events planned for fans so it will be a fun Labor Day race weekend. Come out and join us if you can. Plus, I’ll be signing autographs at the MWR souvenir rig on Sunday from 4:15 p.m. to 4:35 p.m. You’ll need to stop by the rig early because they’ll be handing out tickets for the session. The first 75 people who get tickets are guaranteed my autograph.
If you need race tickets, call the track (877-9-AMS-TIX) or go online at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com. Hope to see you there!