Posts Tagged ‘Bluefish’

Fishing with the troops

img_0006 I had the pleasure this past weekend of fishing with one of our Airman in the US Air Force. Kyle, Braxton and myself  got an early start at first light looking for the Reds. The morning started with a little breeze out of the SW, but it soon laid out, and despite the forecast, we had an absolutely beautiful morning on the flats. We fished a flood, falling tide and we were the first boat on the fishing grounds.

The first bite of the morning came from a chopper bluefish that attacked my top water Zaraspook plug just a few inches off the stern of the Vantage as I was quickly retrieving it back to the boat. Unfortunately, the razor sharp teeth of the bluefish made quick work of the 15lb, fluorocarbon leader and the fish swam off with plug in his mouth.

Kyle was quick to show Braxton that he was out to put more fish in the boat. After trying several different lure combinations, Kyle struck gold with the D.O.A. silver mullet paddletail. The D.O.A proved once again to be the bait of choice as all fish caught this morning would be on the D.O.A in a variety of colors.

img_0007 Braxton wasn’t going to be outdone as he eventually put the big fish of the day in the boat, but he had to work for it. All in all,it was a good morning spent with some fine young men. The fishing is getting real good now as the water has warmed and there are all kinds of species of fish in the water now. On the beach, the Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and Flounder are biting well. A little farther offshore, there are plenty of King Mackerel, Mahi, Cobia and more. Of course, the backwaters are still doing well with the Red Drum, Flounder and Speckled Trout.

If you are planning to be vacationing in the area and want to get in on some of the finest fishing on the East Coast, give me a call and book your trip today.

CFR mixed bag

After battling a nasty bug all week, I picked up a last minute trip for Saturday morning. Hoby, Ken, Bob and John, all former river guides, wanted to do a little fishing and catch up on old times. The crew was a few too many for my flats boat, so we decided I would take the helm of Hobie’s bateau’ and hit the Cape Fear River.

We started out making a run towards the mouth of the river to fish for Redfish with the plan of working back up river with the tide to finish out on the Speckled Trout. It was a good plan that came together. We fished the backwaters around Bald Head Island first and got our Redfish. Then as the water got closer to flood, we made the run back up river to pursue the Specks.

The Speck bite started kind of slow, but the blue fish keep the rods bent in the interim. As the water started to fall, the Speck bite picked up, but not as good as in previous trips. My take on this was that the tide turned right in the middle of the day and Specks bite best either early or late in the day. None the less, we came back to the dock with a cooler of fish, lots of comradery and some great memories of a good day on the water!!

Fall fishing is in full swing. Call today to book your next trip.

Tight lines!!

Capt. B.

Late April fishing report

Spring is here and the fishing has been, well, challenging!! The air and water are both warming, but steady fronts coming through has made for challenging conditions. It seems as of late it has either been beautiful or the winds have been howling. The constant change in conditions have seemed to put the fish in a confused state.

In the past week I have had to cancel trips due to wind, fished in some less than perfect conditions and had some perfect days as well. Last weekend I had Ed and his son Conner on board for some flats fishing. With winds of 15-20kts, we tucked up in Hewletts creek off the ICW to get out of the wind. Having a front go through the previous night, the fish didn’t want to cooperate. However, Ed did entice one sub- slot fish to bite a Berkley Gulp bait however.

The Cape Fear River is full of bait. On a recent outing to try and locate some speckled trout, there were massive schools of small pogies in the river channel as well as up on the river flats. I didn’t have any success on the trout that afternoon, but seeing the all of the bait fish was a very welcomed sign.

Another recent trip took me up in the North Topsail area. I went looking for several schools of fish that I had been finding in recent weeks, only to find that they had vacated the flats they were holding on.  I was beginning to think that they had all left the state, but I finally found some small fish that were willing to eat a topwater plug. I don’t care how big they are, any time you can get one to eat topwater, it is always exciting!!

In other fishing news, the first Spanish Mackerel of the year has been reported being caught off of the Jolly Roger Pier on Topsail Island. Also the bluefish have been biting well on got-cha plugs. Atlantic Bonito as well as False Albacore are biting well near the inshore rocks and artificial reefs such as Divers Rock, Dallas Rock and the Liberty Ship. With the warm temperatures expected the next few days, I really expect the bluefish to  bite well and I expect a good showing of Spanish Mackerel in the near shore waters. Some large Spanish should be caught around Sheepshead Rock this weekend for those that run down there.

I am planning on doing a little Turkey Hunting followed by some striped bass fishing this weekend with my brother-in-law on the Roanoke River. Wish me luck and I hope to have a little better report next week.

Fishing heats up along with the weather

John N. with a lower slot Redfish

As May blows out and the heat of June builds in, so does the fishing. the weather in May has been far from desireable, but June is looking better.

Spanish and King Mackerel are biting well along the coast and the Redfish and Flounder bite is picking up as well. Traditionally, June marks the beginning of the Mahi run. Though i haven’t had a chance to get out and find any, I am sure they are out there. Speckled trout continue to be caught in the Cape Fear River, and Cobia are showing up along the beaches.

While coming in from a charter on Saturday, I got to watch a guy in a Kayak do battle with a huge bluefish, that was probably well over ten pounds. It was pretty awesome to watch that fish tail walk just a few feet from the Kayak.

Fishing is heating up, so give me a call to book your trip. I will be fishing in an inshore tournament this Saturday, but I have other good dates available.

Tight lines!!!

Capt. Brent

Spanish and Blues along the Carolina Coast

On Saturday, May 17, I had the pleasure of having Gregg Boots and his family aboard for a day of fishing. Dispite slow conditions due to a passing weather front, we managed to have a good day of fishing.

We started off the morning trolling along the beach for Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish, while waiting for the ocean to lay down so that we could venture a little further offshore to target some King Mackerel. It didn’t take long for us to find a school of fish and get the rods to bending. We put out a spread of clark spoons, maria jigs and the old faithful Spanish straws. Two lines were fished on the top of the water column and two were fished down with the help of a #1 planner. All lines produced fish, but the deeper lines seemed to be most productive.

Around 10:00, the ocean starting to calm down and we eased our way out to the Dallas Rock area. Once on scene, we pulled in the hardware and started to slow troll dead cigar minows. It didn’t take long for a strike and Greg’s son Alex was soon doing battle with 3-1/2′ Atlantic Sharpnose shark. This was Alex’s first time saltwater fishing and the expressions on his face were priceless when he realized that he was hooked up with a shark!! Seeing the look on his face reminded me of why i enjoy this job so much.

We ended up the day trolling back close to the beach catching more Spanish and Bluefish. A great time was had by all and I am looking forward to having the Boots family on board again in the future.

Capt. Brent

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