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From Sneeds Ferry to Bald Head Island, they keep getting bigger!

Rain and lots of it has definitely had an impact on the fishing, but I’ll take quality over quantity any day. Water temps are high and salinity levels are down with all of the recent rain, but quality fish abound when they decide to bite!! Here are some pics from trips this past week.

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July 24th Report

Where has the summer gone? It’s half over already. Though the spring was plagued with cool temps and lots of rain, the last few weeks have definitely been more summer like and the fishing has improved. I’m not saying that we are killing the fish every trip, but overall, the bite has been much better. Big specks continue to be caught in both the New and Cape Fear rivers and Redfish are holding in there usual summer holes. There is still a lot of good fishing to be had, so if you’re going to be in the area, give me a call and book a trip!

Here are a few pictures from the past few trips!

Let’s go Fishing!!

Capt. Brent


Topsail Beach, Bald Head Island July 4th Fishing Report

Happy Birthday America!! I hope that everyone has a great and safe 4th of July holiday. Now on to the fishing.

Sorry for the lack of reports this spring, but honestly, I have been very busy on the water and have not made the time to write. Capt. Jason and myself competed in the second tournament of the Redfish Action Series the other weekend and finished 10th. Not the finish we wanted, but we are still second in overall points for the series.

We have been having some fantastic fishing so far this summer. The Redfish bite has been exceptional some days, good others and down right non existent on other days, but all in all, it’s been great! Just yesterday we had a school of a couple hundred fish swimming around the boat on a super slick and calm morning. It just doesn’t get much better than that. Even though we had that many fish around us, we still had to try a couple of different lures till we found one that they really wanted.

During our Redfish trips, we have been having some good catches of Flounder as well. We have caught more keeper Flounder early this summer than I can remember in a long time. Most of the Flounder have been caught using the new Rockport Rattler jig head combined with a 3 or 4-inch Berkley Gulp shrimp. White or pearl has been working the best and our best catches of Flounder have been in the Bald Head Island area, though we have been catching them in the Topsail area as well. Okay, to be fair, the white has worked so good that we really haven’t tried any other colors. This jig head, lure  combination has been working so well that when we do catch a Flounder, I usually have to cut the leader and tie on another jig because the fish completely swallow this bait!

The lower Cape Fear River has also produced some speckled trout in the past couple of weeks. We haven’t had any keepers, but that’s a good sign for what’s to come this fall (and last fall we had an exceptional speckled trout bite).

That’s about it for now. Order you some Rockport Rattler jig heads and give them a try. You want be disappointed. Better yet, ask you local tackle store to stock them. Remember, when fishing the jigs, go as light as possible. I have been fishing a lot of 1/16 oz and 1/8 oz jig heads. You don’t want you lure to sink like a rock. It’s just not natural.

Till next time, tight lines!!

Capt. Brent

Great Speckled Trout Bite

The Speckled Trout bite has been great this fall. Since the Red-Trout tournament a couple of weeks ago, the trout bite has been good with good numbers of fish and some really nice fish being caught.

This morning I went out with my tournament partner, Capt. Jason Dail, and we had a great morning. We only fished about 3-1/2 hours, but caught and released over 30 trout and one Redfish. The first part of the morning we were blessed with some really nice sized trout as seen in the picture. I kept one fish that my wife and I enjoyed for dinner and the rest were released for another day. The mirrolure 18MR was the go to bait this morning. This is the sinking version of the 17MR, which is a suspending bait. The fish seemed to be holding close to the bottom, so the 18 was the right choice.

There is still a decent Redfish bite as well, though the great trout bite has taken most of the attention as of late.

Give me a call and let’s go catch some fish!!

Fall fishing, MADD 6 and Cape Fear Red Trout 2011

The yellow butterflies are buzzing around and that can only mean one thing….it’s time to go fishing!! Usually when I start to see the yellow butterflies, it means that the speckled trout are about to turn on and the flounder and redfish have already turned on.

This past weekend I hit the Cape Fear River to see if the trout were biting yet. Instead, I found flounder on a mud flat coming completely out of the water chasing bait. In two days, I caught 10 flounder with 6 keepers and my partner Capt. Jason caught 5 keepers, all on  artificial baits. Saturday, most of the fish came on a 4-inch z-mann paddle tail bait and a spinner bait. Sunday, they all wanted a 3-inch gulp swimming mullet on a jig head. You can get both of these baits at Intracoastal Angler on Oleander Drive. The fish were much nicer on Sunday with Capt. Jason catching several in the 3-5 lb range. Yes, he out fished my in quality, but not quantity. I would have rather have had his fish, but I’m not complaining.

MADD 6 will be held in Oak Island this Saturday and I am looking forward to taking a couple of our fine service men/women fishing for the day. Hurricane Katia has threatened to put a damper on this event, but now it looks as if she is going to go out to sea and we are going to have a great day. I expect that I will take my guest up river to try and catch some more of these Flounder as well as target some Redfish and Speckled Trout.

The Cape Fear Red Trout Celebrity Classic is approaching quickly. I look forward to this event every year. It’s two days of great fishing for a great cause. If this is something that you think you would be interested in participating in, give me a call or an email and I can send you all of the details.

As always, if you want to get into some of the great inshore fishing that the Cape Fear coast has to offer, give me a call and set up your trip. Thanks for taking the time to check out my website, read my reports and view my video’s. Also, be sure to check out my facebook page and like me!!

Till next time,

Tight lines!!

Capt. Brent

Hot weather fishing calls for change of tactics

If you have followed my reports at all, you know that I am a hard core artificial bait fisherman. However, part of being a successful angler is being able to adapt different techniques and recognizing the time to take advantage of those tactics. In the heat of the summer, this may very well mean putting up the “fake” baits, and breaking out the cast net and loading the well with some good ole live bait. Now, I will admit that when I am off fishing by myself, I may not always follow my own advice as I am addicted to trying to trick a fish into eating a non-natural bait, but when it comes to keeping customers happy, you have to adapt to put fish in the boat.

The past few weeks, we have had some extremely hot temperatures here in southeastern North Carolina and in turn the water temps in our area have skyrocketed to the mid and uppers 80’s with near triple digit air temps. When weather conditions reach these extremes, the fish still eat, but to get them to bite, you have to change your approach.

Some of the more obvious changes to make are to go fishing early or late. Fish are more likely to bite while the sun is low in the sky and the ambient temperature is still relatively cool. If you have to fish during the middle of the day, find some deeper holes to fish as the water temps will be cooler in the deeper water. Also, warm water will not contain as much dissolved oxygen as cooler water and in turn, the fish don’t want to spend much energy to chase a lure. This is, in my opinion, one of the main reasons live bait gets more bites during the heat of summer than do artificial bait. A live mullet minnow or small Menhaden fished on a Carolina rig or suspended from a popping cork is a pretty easy meal for a predator fish to catch.

One of the biggest pieces of advice I can offer to the aspiring angler is to have patience. Give the fish time to bite and don’t get frustated if they don’t. Fish areas that are known to hold fish and give them a chance. If you do, it will pay off for you. On one of my most recent charters, we tried one spot for 30-45 minutes with only a couple of stingray bites, but then moved to another location and hooked up with a Redfish on the first cast. After spending 30-45 minutes in this location and catching two fish, we moved down the bank only 200 to 300 yards and caught five more fish that were of much better quality. Not to mention the few fish that we lost.

So when the weather gets hot and the fishing gets tough, remember to get creative. Try something new. Be patient and have faith. The fish still have to eat, they just don’t want to work for it. Try to put some of these tips to use and see if you don’t put more fish in the boat!!

Till next time

Tight lines!!

Capt. Brent

Fishing with the troops

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.

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.

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