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Fishing Reports

The fish are here and more are on the way. A trip nearshore this week resulted in massive size Spanish Mackerel and Blues. We caught Bonitas as well. Mahi are making their way in..some as close as 20 miles. Grouper are around the 30 mile mark. And for those who love inshore fishing, we are seeing more flounder, drum, and trout. Would love to take you out for a day of fun!

The weather is starting to get warmer – finally! And the phone is lighting up! Fishing fever is starting to take hold of everyone. While the fishing inshore is still a little slow, Gulf Stream fishing is doing pretty good. A deep jigging trip last week produced 65 plus amber jacks (lost count), African pompanos, and some black fin tuna. The guys were jigging machines and didn’t quit all day. Water temp was still cool for the stream. Jigging started in 325 ft water and worked up to 210 ft water. How exciting and heart pounding! Just a reminder, call and book your fishing trip early!

Speckled Trout
The Speckled Trout fishing has been steady and good in the Cape Fear River too. There have been a good number caught each week, with many fish going 3-4 lbs. These fish can be caught artificially or on live shrimp. This fishing wont last much longer since the cold weather will shut the bite down until the spring time when it will begin to come back in full force. Call for prices and availability. 910-622-3474 or 910-617-0777

Capt. Owen Sewell

There are some drum in very shallow water for sight casting. Large numbers of drum are off the surf and can be caught throwing storm baits & live finger mullets on Carolina rig. There are lots of fish to be caught. On calm days you can take your boat just outside of the breakers. On windy days you can walk across the beach and cast to the surf. Fun and exciting for any age. Capt Owen

When the other fish begin to shut down in the Cold months from November to February, the local Striper population begin to feed in Downtown Wilmington, NC. These fish range all the way from 3 to 30 lbs and are feisty fighters. Often the coldest, nastiest day you can choose is the day they want to bite, with some ten to fifteen fish days happening every year. There are often several other species that will surprise you during the trip. Speckled Trout and Redfish can be found in many of the same spots with the Stripers, a few catfish have even been caught in the brackish water. While the Stripers can not be kept, the Speckled Trout and Redfish can be for some excellent table fare, but catch and release is optional. We catch these fish using two methods, trolling deep diving plugs and casting jigs and swimbaits, which makes it easy for any range of experience to enjoy.

striper2Its that time of year again, the cold has set upon us and ice is abundant, but in the middle of this coldness there are a few types of fishing that can warm you up inside and is just down right fun. The speckled trout bite is going good and the fish are a nice size with most being over 16 in. Striped Bass can be caught right beside the trout, with the stripers running from 2 lbs. to 15 lbs. There is also a few Redfish around to surprise you as well.
The Gulfstream bite will be heating up real soon, with good catches of Wahoo and Tuna coming in January, February, and March. The Grouper fishing will be closed as of the new year but comes back in in March.

We are now pre-booking all 2010 trips gulf stream, offshore, and near-shore. so call and reserve your spot today.

striper1The Striper fishing season will continue through the next few months in the Cape Fear River, with the coldest nastiest days of the year coming up. This fish are still aggressive even in the chilled water and willing to bite in a variety of different ways for all ranges of experience. We can cast jigs and swimbaits for them, A little bit of vertical jigging, and trolling diving lures. The water levels and color have been challenging us lately, but the fish are still very catch-able and will only get better as the water clears up. Room is limited, only two persons per trip. Call 910-622-3474 or 910-617-0777 for prices and availabilities, or visit us online at www.fishcarolinabeach.com.
Capt. Owen Sewell

The beach fishing doesn’t get much hotter than right now in terms of shear numbers of fish. The Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish are here, and provide tons of action when the weather is nice enough to break the inlet. The Spanish have been big lately, with many of the fish being over 16 in and a few are mixed in over 5 lbs. Bluefish are found in and around the Spanish schools, and they are also really thick in the Inlet during the morning. They are also nice sized and will tug the line and give you great table fare at the house.

A few flounder have moved into the river, but are still few and far between. The trout are present in the river and some are nice sized, but will continue to increase in size and numbers as the month goes on. Black drum and Red Drum are around and can be caught if you set up in the right spot, but have been concentrated in just a few small spots lately. The fishing will continue to improve as we progress towards summer time and get closer to the fall pattern we all crave around here.

Everything starts to come together offshore at this time of year, and this is the month where the most radical change in fishing occurs. The King Mackerel have moved inshore, and can be found from 10 to 60 miles offshore. The cobia have started to make some appearances, but really show themselves at the middle to end of this month.

Dolphin have shown up in the Gulf stream well, and a nice mix of gaffers and bailers are there to be had. A few have already moved into the 30-35 miles range. Grouper are biting form 40-60 miles right now, but will keep moving in. Wahoo are providing a good bite right now, early in the morning or late in the afternoon though.

The billfish start to show up this month, but are primarily offshore until the Sailfish come in during June. Amberjacks are always there to provide a fight like no other, and can also give a great meal if you take the loins off of the top.

There is plenty of fish to be had off of the beach right now and it will stay like this for the rest of the summer and fall.

Grouper FishingThe grouper fishing off our coast is good as usual right now, with Gags and Reds biting biting from 15- 35 miles right now.  They will be willing to bite most live baits as well as cut bait and cigar minnows droppeed on any ledge. There are also many different assorted bottom fish willing to tug your line right now. The snapper and sea bass provide a great fight and a fantastic meal for anyone, and they are also easily caught by all ages. The fishing will continue to be heating up as the spring season comes upon us, and will bring in the many different migrating species of fish into the warming waters of the Atlantic.