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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.

October 27

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

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

Late August Speckled Trout

Cape Fear River Speckled TroutI made an early start this morning is hopes of finding a new trout hole and some trout for the dinner table. I succeeded at both.

My first stop of the morning produced one small puppy drum, a.k.a. rat red. The area I was in showed lots of promise with lots of bait in the water, but the bite just wasn’t to be. I decided to make a move and try some new spots, but to no avail.

I decided to make a run and while running down river, I saw something on the gps chart that caught my eye. I made a hard starboard turn and decided to check it out. I made a good choice.

The tide had started to rise and I found a point with good current on it. It didn’t take long to get hooked up with the fish. I tried many different baits and swithched often, but gulp shrimp, DOA shrimp and the mirrolure MR-17 produced. Most of the trout caught were in the 14-15 inch range, but I did catch one 3-4lb fish on the MR17.

All in all, it was a great day and I am looking forward to the fall when the trout bite typically picks up. I feel I will have a good trout hole for the fall.!!

Cape Fear River Trout

Bald Head fishing Mothers Day

Quick report!!

I spent most of Mother’s day with my wife and family. However, since I had the Vantage in tow, I managed to slip away late afternoon for a couple of hours of fishing (the boat ramp is only 1 block from my mother-in-laws house). The wind was still blowing, but not as bad as Saturday.

I saw tailing Redfish on the Cape Fear Flats around Fort Fisher and a found a school of fish that had a big school of mullet pinned against  the bank near Bald Head Island. I was able to get several takers on top water plugs just before dark.  I also hooked a short Flounder on a jig tipped with a Gulp jerk shad. Lot’s of bait in the water now and the fishing is definitely picking up.

Call and book today!!

Topsail-Bald Head fishing report

This past weekend saw a return of cooler temperatures to the Cape Fear area. Saturday I fished the middle to southern end of Topsail Island. I departed from the NC Wildlife ramp at Surf City and fished my way south.

Water temperatures in the ICWW were in the low 60’s while back up in the creeks and mud flats, they were in the mid to upper 60’s. I saw many fish up on the mud flats, but not so many in the ICWW. The fish that I did see didn’t seem very interested in eating, a pattern I typically see after a weather front roles through. In addition to Redfish, I did see a few small Flounder dart out from under my boat as I floated across the mud flats as well as a good number of mullet minnows.

I spoke with another angler while up one of my favorite creeks who informed me that he had been catching some speckled trout in some of the deeper holes.

Sunday, I took my neighbor Steve out and we hit the flats on the southern end of the county around Bald Head Island. Water temperatures in this area again were in the mid 60’s. We had similar activity on Sunday, seeing a lot of fish that didn’t seem to interested in eating. I did get a nice 25-inch Redfish to eat a gold Johnson silver minnow spoon tipped with a white curly tail grub. Tipping the spoon with a grub will give it an entirely different action that the Redfish just seem to love. Steve also landed a smaller Redfish on a D.O.A. paddle tail in a new penny color with gold flake. He was fishing it on an 1/8oz. weighted hook. I also saw a lot of baitfish in the water in this are including mullet and small shad. With all of the bait in the water, the fishing should only get better and better.

I have a couple of trips booked for the end of the week so stayed tuned for more updates. Also, don’t forget to call or shoot me an email to book your trip. I am starting to get a lot of calls for booking for the up coming summer, so don’t wait too long to call so as not to miss your opportunity.

Till next time,

Tight lines!!!!

I will once again be speaking at the 2010 Fish Fest!!!

I have just confirmed that I will be appearing at the 2010 Christian Sportsman “Fish Fest” fishing school on February 20, 2010. I will be giving seminars on near shore Dolphin (Mahi) fishing as well as inshore flats fishing for Redfish.

If you are in the area, don’t miss out on this event. It will be very informative with a lot of one on one class room instruction. There will be lots of other guides and captains other than myself there as well.

I will post more information as it becomes available. Mark you calendars now!!!!

BTW….there are large schools of Redfish off of the beach that are very hungry. Despite the extreme cold weather we have been having, the fish are on the beach and are easy to catch when the weather permits us to get out.

Tight lines!!

Capt. Brent

Specks slowed down-Reds picked up

After spending time with family and eating way too much food on Thanksgiving, I was able to get back on the water Saturday. Saw Midnight Wind and another long time friend at the ramp in the morning. My guest for the day arrived and we set out to try and find those Specks that bit so well earlier in the week.

The bite was not to be. Water temps had dropped 10 degrees and the bite just wasn’t there. I talked to both Midnight and others and Midnight was the only one I spoke to that had a fish. I just think they are drawn to Midnight.

Sunday was much better, but not until late in the afternoon. I tried several spots and had only managed one keeper Speck when I decided to pole into some shallow flats hoping to find some warmer water. The mid afternoon sun had the skinny water back up in the low 60’s. With the sun in my face, I couldn’t see the two or three schools of fish that I spooked until I was right on top of them, but when the water started to rise, the bite turned on. I saw tailing fish (yes in late November) and had a 28-1/2″ Red try and eat my popping cork. Luckily, he ate the DOA shrimp that was tied below it. A gold spoon tipped with a white curly tail grub seemed to have the most effect.

Ended up with 10 Reds for the afternoon. All slot fish with the exception of 1 rat and 1 overslot.

Tight lines!!!

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