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Wrightsville Beach Fishing Charters Report- ProFishNC Charters

ProFishNC Charters Fishing Report 3/3/2017 *We now have a GPS Electric Anchor*

Im starting this report with a side note:   Those that know me know that I love taking people that have never fished or haven’t in so long that they needed to know how to cast a reel, then teaching them and seeing the smile when they feel the excitement of fishing.   That was my charter group today and makes me reflect on my younger years as a kid feeling that same joy that makes me remember that my job is not fishing, its to bring people happiness through fishing.

Ians biggest fish EVER! Nice 22 inch inshore Black Drum

Fishing Trip Details:  I had the pleasure of taking an awesome family from Ohio out for an early march fishing adventure.  We decided early to bottom-fish first then fall back to inshore as the winds were predicted to increase throughout the day (which it did).   The greatest feature of charter fishing out of Wrightsville Beach is the ease and comfort of navigating into the open ocean via Masonboro Inlet.  Masonboro Inlet is not only deep (35-40 ft), but also is a great habitat for fish as the rock jetties are a sanctuary for fish to feed.

Today we decided to fish for Black Seabass and Tautog; therefore, we made a bearing for what I’ve found to be an active “live bottom” with small ledges and rocks.  After a short 15 – 20 minute ride we arrived at our first fishing spot (as we captains call “first drop”).   I use shrimp and shrimp heads exclusively when targeting fish this time of year as the chances of landing a Tautog are now in the cards.  *Note:  We have UPGRADED to the newest and most advanced electric anchoring system (Minnkota Terrova).  We had four rods in the water with nonstop action.  After having our fill of constant action landing around 70-100 black seabass (2 were big) and decided to head inshore to fish for drum.

Once in the inlet we made our bearing north and fished the waters in and around Figure Eight

Red Drum “17 1/2 inch Schooie” Tally’s First Ever Red Drum

Island.   I personally love running Figure Eight Island Fishing Charters because the waters are pristine clear with many schools of wintering black and red drum this time of year.   We located the schools after checking a dock or two and had some fun.  We landed  5 drum (3 reds & 2 blacks) with the reds being 17 1/2 inch “cookie cutter” schoolies.

*WE UPGRADED TO A GPS “Spotlock” ELECTRIC ANCHOR (When we find fish offshore in 65ft of water we STAY ON THE FISH).  In all honesty, the non stop rod bending on all four rods today for two hours straight was EPIC.

Fishing Charter Details:  6 hr 3/4 Day Fishing Trip | Air Temp: 39-55  |  Water Temp:  57-58 Degrees Offshore/ 61-63 Degrees Inshore

Tight-Lines and remember to Take A Kid Fishing!

-Captain Trevor Smith | ProFishNC Charters | FishingChartersNC.com

Winter Fishing Charters / Fishing Gift Certificates

ProFishNC Charters Fishing Update : Fishing Gift Certificates

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful fall and had a great Thanksgiving!  Hopefully you are getting out and wetting a line.christmas-gift-certificates

Fishing Charter Gift Certificate Time is here again and we have them fresh out of the print shop just in time for Christmas.

Our fishing charter options include 1/2 day (4h), 3/4 day (6h) or full day trip (8h).

Give me a call or email for further details.

Fishing Report:  Topsail Beach and Wrightsville Beach inshore waters still have good numbers of trout that are feeding on shrimp and glass minnows.  Find the fast moving tidal water and trow your favorite green or white grub.  The flounder are still inshore in catchable numbers (more toward the back of the creeks and estuaries).With our water temperature still at 60 there are plenty of both nearshore bottom fishing and inshore trout fishing through January.

Nearshore Bottom fishing has been excellent with huge numbers of large black seabass, grunts and porgies.  We are also targeting nearshore Grouper in the 7-12 mile range.

 

We charter fish year-around, so if you cabin fever this winter give us a call!

Capt Trevor Smith: ProFishNC Charters

ProFishNC Charters: Wilmington Fishing Charters Report

ProFishNC Charters: Wilmington Fishing Charters (and surrounding beaches) report through mid July:

The sun is HOT and the water temps are UP providing opportunities to “Buffalo Hunt” for big fish.  The current inshore water temps are between 83 at high tide and 87 at low tide.  For our offshore waters I am seeing temps steady around 84 degrees.

Up to the minute fishing report:   (Water temps above observed 7/7/15)… Fishing out of the Wrightsville Beach Inlets the small glass minnows are there in the billions pressed up in so close there were “red clouds” of barely bigger than plankton flowing like a well orchestrated dance as the the spanish mackerel crashed through.   Out to three miles there were albies and spanish jumping in what seemed to be a constant feeding frenzy (in reality we saw a topwater “washing machine” about every quarter mile which provided fun topwater action.  Cobia are still around as Captain Shawn’s charter boat caught a 40 pounder today inshore!   Its “go big or go home” time right now as there are too many big creatures lurking not to put out a BIG LINE anywhere you fish, especially with all the bait and the water temps up in the 80’s.

**Shark Fishing is Awesome Right Now!

Capt Trev / ProFishNC Charters

Wilmington Fishing Charters Spring Fishing Report

Spring Wilmington Fishing Charters Report | ProFishNC Charters | Spring 2016 | Capt Trev

ProFishNC Charters

Wilmington Fishing Charters | Spring Bonito Blitz!

in short, its Time to Book your Fishing Charter.

Well folks we are in the North Carolina annual coastal baitfish migration, the Atlantic Bonito are here as is the Wilmington Fishing Charters Spring Fishing Season!

Currently, the nearshore waters are between 60 and 67 degrees from 1 mile out to 10 miles as the warm days are rapidly bringing the temps up.   The inshore waters are between 64 and 75 degrees depending on the tide (lower outgoing tide is the warmest water in the estuaries right now and is helping the fish become more active and thus more hungry.

Nearshore Fishing Charters this week:

The Atlantic Bonito have showed up and as most locals know, one of our best eating tuna and the only edible one most folks get a shot at each year (since the other edible tuna are at the Gulf Stream 55 miles offshore).  We are seeing a healthy class of Bonito so far in this seasons run with many having that desired “football” shape.  We are catching them both with deep divers and sight fishing with diamond jigs and casting jigs.  Note: Be sue to have your drags loose and have the net ready!Wilmington NC Fishing Charters

Bottom Fishing is a popular choice this time of year for many of our Wilmington Fishing Charters clients. Bottom Fishing is picking up swiftly with many keeper Black Seabass, Silver Snapper, Flounder, Grey Trout and Sharks this week.   We are using fresh cut bait, live baits and jigs this time of year that match the current baits in the area.  Right now we have a run of silverside anchovies that are between 2 and 3 inches; therefore, our jigs and strip baits are to the same specks.  .

Inshore Fishing

Our Inshore Fishing Charters are picking up as we are catching flounder, red drum, black drum and speckled trout.  The Flounder are coming from the very backs of the creeks and estuaries where they can lay in the warmer waters and sun-heated sands.  The Red Drum are coming from both the warm flats and the deepwater docks in the creeks as they are feeding on the bait that is flooding our estuaries currently.  Most of the bait inshore right now is the spring hatch from a month or two ago which means the smaller sides bait the better right now, whereas later in the season the opposite is true.  Black Drum are feeding on the edges of oyster bars and dock pilings on crustaceans and shrimp.   Trout are in the swifter moving waters feeding on baitfish rapidly moving through the water column.  Basically, our inshore fishery is about as good as it gets right now for our Spring fishing season.

Don’t forget to Fish with Your Family | Check out our Family Fishing Charters

Capt. Trevor Smith | ProFishNC Charters | 2016 | (910-547-0000

 

 

 

Flounder Fishing Guide - Wilmington NC Fishing Charters

A “How To” Flounder Fishing Guide

A “How To” guide on Flounder Fishing: ProFishNC Charters/ Captain Trevor Smith

-Part 1: Understanding the Flounder (habits, habitat, tendencies and evolutionary instincts and Traits)

To understand how to fish for flounder you first need to understand the flounder itself and its “evolutionary makeup”.

  • Flounder are a Demersal Fish:  A species of fish that feeds on or near the bottom of their aquatic ecosystem.  Many species of fish that fall in the demersal category live in not only the deep ocean but also the backwater esteruaries and inland bays as the flounder does.   On the flip side, the pelagic fish feed in the mid to upper water column.  Note: I have caught flounder in the mid to upper water column areas on rare occasions notating that their feeding habits are not 100 percent exclusive to the demersal zone.
  • Flounder are a Benthic Fish:  A species that requires no effort to lay on the ocean floor due to the dense nature of its body and unique genetic makeup.   Additionally and greatly assisting the flounder to fall in the benthic category is its lack of an air bladder (which adds bouyancy) and its abnormal vertical laying ability.   The absence of the flounders air bladder makes it a very unique fish that does not need to be “vented” when releasing back in deep water due to the lack of the need for decompression!
  • Flounder Vision/ Eye Migration: Most anglers know that the flounder (including all in the “flatfish species”) have both eyes on one side of its head.  Many anglers do not know the flounder started its young life looking like a normal fish.  During the larval stage of the developing young flounder, both eyes are on either side of its head; however, a metamorphic transformation occurs during this larval stage in which a migration occurs and one of its eyes moves over the fishes head to to join the opposite eye.  This evolutionary trait enhances the flounders ability to be a top demersal ambush preditor and enables the fish to have excellent vision from the sea floor.
  • Flounder are Ambush Feeders: Flounder are a very stealthy, quick and instinctive feeders that use the method of surprise to fill their stomachs.  They do this utilizing a few ingenious and advantageous evolutionary traits:  Flounder have the unique ability to change their body color depending on the color of the ocean bottom they are laying on.  For example, I have caught flounder that are almost white in pigment when fishing clear water with white sands; conversely, I have caught founder that are dark brown and some even black when fishing water tinged dark with tannins coupled with a dark muddy bottom.   Flounder have the ability to cover their bodies with sand and essentially bury themselves on the seafloor to hide and then “ambush” their pray.  Flounder do not actively chase schools of bait in the water column; instead, they lie in wait for the the instinctive moment to strike.
  • Where and How Flounder Lay on the Sea Floor:  Flounder are unique in terms of what bodies of water they lay in and what waters they can adjust to.  I have caught flounder 55 miles out in the ocean grouper fishing, in the heat of the summer in 97 degree water of the creeks and in brackish water rivers and fresh water lakes (near saltwater)!  The genetic code of a flounder is to survive in ever-changing environments of varying salinity levels, temperatures, depths and currents.  Here are the “typical” patterns of where and how flounder lay (in no specific order):
  • Offshore Flounder: If there is current, they will bury themselves with their head facing into the oncoming current.  Offshore, flounder typically lay on sandy bottoms immediately surrounding structures (artificial reefs, rocks, ledges, sunken anything) as this is where the smaller prey will be lurking.  If they are holding on a ledge in the ocean, you will typically find the flounder on the bottom deeper side of the ledge).  
  • Inshore Flounder: I find most of the feeding flounder to be in the moving water current directly in the mouth of inlets with their head facing into the direction of the water flow.  Along deep marsh banks closest to the marsh drop off (i.e. where the marsh grass meets the water in channels along the intracoastal waterway.  Laying under docks and bridges specifically when the sun is at its highest in the sky.  In the backwaters we find many flounder within the first 3 feet of a submerged oyster bar and in deep holes surrounded by shallows.  On the outskirts of any structure inshore where they have a sandy or muddy bottom to hide in with moving water flowing.   Flounder like moving water as they do most of their feeding waiting prey to find them (find moving water with any of the above mentioned elements and you will find the flounder).
  • What Flounder Eat:  I have cleaned thousand of flounder and have come to the conclusion they eat anything they can get their mouth around!  That being said, flounder are a carnivorous fish and their typical diet here on the North Carolina coast consists of all species of fish that are between 1 inch and 8 inches (depending on the size of the flounder).  They also frequently eat crabs, sea worms, shrimp, squid, and any artificial soft bait that is fished correctly in front of them.  In short, a flounders diet will change seasonally as the fish and bait migrations change (being an ambush predator that is not picky, it literally eats whatever swims or drifts by).

 

Topsail Beach and Wilmington Fishing Charters Report

Topsail Beach Fishing Charters Report: (Including Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Surf City and Figure Eight Island Fishing Charters)

Speckled Trout Fishing Charters

Speckled Trout Fishing Charters

-ProFishNC Charters/ Capt. Trevor Smith

Well folks our winter fishing season is in full swing even though the water temperatures are that which we see in spring and late fall.

Lets start with our local beaches and what we are seeing on our inshore fishing charters.   Inshore we are still catching good numbers of speckled trout; though, most are the smaller “hammer handle” variety with a few big ones mixed in the catch with many of the lager ones over 4 lbs. The speckled trout are eating Z-Man grubs and swimbaits scented with ProCure scent and artificial shrimp on popping corks along the reeds and deep banks.   The Black Drum are feeding heavy right now in the docks and pilings, we are catching most on cut shrimp; however, we are getting many of our larger ones on half of a fresh blue crab on a circle hook and Carolina rig.

Bottom-fishing Charters Topsail Beach

Bottom-fishing Charters Topsail Beach

Offshore Bottom Fishing is on Fire! This time of year we have the migration of big Black Seabass that moves in toward our shoreline within 3-5 miles of the beach. We are focusing our fishing efforts on the nearshore ledges and artificial reefs that are currently holding the bigger fish. Most of the big Black Seabass are coming on artificial jigs and cut mullet.   There are also a winter/ cold-water fish called a Tautog that moves in as well (they have migrated from the northern waters off of New York and New Jersey to winter in the Carolina waters).

In addition to fishing the saltwater, we are also fishing the Cape Fear River in Wilmington. We are currently catching lots of Striped Bass in the old Warf Docks and pilings by throwing swimbaits and grubs. The stripers are also

Cape Fear RIver Fishing Charters

Cape Fear RIver Fishing Charters

coming on the troll using divers and Rapala lures.   The big Catfish are also chewing right now further up river and are a lot of fun.. We are catching the big cats on cut shad and shrimp.

Feel free to give me a call anytime to talk fishing or to book your next fishing charter.

*Providing Complementary Dock Pickup for Fishing Charters in Figure Eight Island, Wrightsville Beach and Downtown Wilmington, NC

Tight-Lines and Good Fishing in 2016!

Capt. Trev

ProFishNC Charters/ (910) 547-0000

 

 

Gearing Up for Winter Fishing Charters

We are excited about this upcoming Winter Fishing Charters Season with three boats to serveProFishNC Charters Fishing you in 2016!

Winter fishing in NC is a great way to get your cold weather winter fishing fix.  We provide year around charters for Black Seabass, Porgies and Tautog on our offshore bottom fishing trips, Red Drum and Speckled Trout on our inshore fishing charters and Striped Bass on our Cape Fear River fishing trips.   With this unusually warm start to the winter, our fishing should be strong going through the spring fishing season.   Give Captain Trevor a call to see what your best fishing options are or to book a fishing charter.

Giving a Fishing Charter as a gift?  We provide Fishing Gift Certificates for any occasion that do not expire and can be used during any fishing season with no exclusions.  Bottom Fishing Black Seabass Wilmington NC

New for 2016 for ProFishNC Charters:  We now have a 25 footer for the 2016 fishing season that can accommodate up to 6 anglers comfortably!   We are very excited about our new larger fishing vessel options.  Also, we have expanded our corporate fishing charter options, give Captain Trevor a call for the details.

Tight-Lines,

Capt. Trev Smith/ (910) 547-0000/ CaptainTrevor@ProFishNC.com

 

Speckled Trout Fishing Charters available in Topsail Beach

ProFishNC Charters (NC Fishing Charter Update, We are now providing our Winter Fishing Charter Rates).  Kid Fishing Charters Winter Black Seabass

Just a quick update for our Topsail Beach Fishing Charters, we are catching lots of trout right now and do have availability this upcoming week.  We are still providing Christmas Fishing Charter Gift Certificates, call Captain Trevor for details. Feel Free to give us a call anytime at (910) 547-0000 or e-mail us at ProFishNCCharters@Gmail.com.

*Note: We are providing Year Around Wilmington Fishing Charters in the Cape Fear River for Striped Bass, Red Drum, Black Drum and Speckled Trout.

We also provide Year Around Wrightsville Beach offshore fishing charters for Black Seabass (throughout the colder months they move very close to the beach) and fish Wrightsville Beach inshore fishing charters for Red Drum (although the drum are lethargic in the winter, they school up in the hundreds under the deep water docks). Topsail Beach Fishing Charters Speckled Trout Fishing

*Providing complementary Dock Pickup on our Wrightsville Beach Fishing Trips and our Figure Eight Island Fishing Charters

Tight-Lines,

Captain Trevor Smith/ ProFishNC Charters

Winter Fishing Charters with ProFishNC Charters

Winter Fishing is here with great low rates and lots of options!Winter Fishing Charters

12/7/15 ProFishNC Charters: Capt Trev

At ProFishNC Charters we fish Year- Around due to our dynamic fishing opportunities (the Cape Fear River Confluence).

We are kicking off our Winter Fishing Charters this month with a Fishing Charter rate of $275 for a 1/2 day UP TO 4 People on Fishing Vessel No Banannaz (December 15th through March 1st)!   You may also use this rate in fishing charter gift cards that do not expire.

We fish three different areas in the winter time fishery and each is a unique fishing charter experience.

Winter Fishing Charter Options

Topsail Beach Fishing ChartersThe first option is offshore fishing Topsail Beach, offshore fishing Wrightsville Beach, offshore fishing Carolina Beach and offshore fishing Wilmington, NC.   On our 1/2 day Offshore winter fishing charters we go in the 3 – 5 mile range bottom fishing Black Seabass, Tautog, green-eye sharks and Porgies.  Its is a little cold on the water but with the right clothing this is a winter-time fishing charter favorite!

The second option is inshore fishing Topsail Beach, Inshore Fishing Carolina Beach, Inshore Fishing Wrightsville Beach, inshore fishing Surf City and inshore fishing Wilmington, NC.  On our inshore fishing charters in the winter we use a slower approach and mainly cast dead and live shrimp, cut menhaden and cut mullet near oyster beds and under deep water docks.   We target big red drum, black drum, sheepshead and speckled trout.   We also sight-fish red drum on the flats at low tide as the red drum pull up on the mudflats to warm up and feed in the winter on the low water.

The third option is Cape Fear River Striped Bass and Red Drum Fishing in our beautiful Wilmington Striped Bass Fishing Charters downtown Wilmington stretch of the Cape Fear River.  Our Striped Bass Fishing Charters are by far the wintertime favorite as we have a unique Striped Bass Fishery with river run stripers that do not reach the ocean.   They are catch and release only; however, are a fishing experience everyone should enjoy at least once.

We also offer Year Around Corporate Fishing Charters that cater to workplace “team building” and just plain fun fishing.  We fish the corporate fishing charters in a “tournament style” where we have points for Largest Fish, First Fish, Ugliest Fish, Smallest Fish, Last Fish and Most Fish.  We are affiliated with many charter fishing companies and charter fishing captains that allow us to fish a very large number of clients at the same time.

Give us a Call Anytime to Book A Fishing Charter or just to discuss your fishing charter options.

We are still offering Christmas Fishing Charter Gift Certificates at our Winter Time Rates that we honor year around.   Call for Details!

Tight-Lines!

Captain Trevor Smith/ ProFishNC Charters/ (910) 547-0000

Http://www.FishingChartersNC.com

ProFishNC Charters August Fishing Charters Report

ProFishNC Charters August Fishing Report: Captain Trevor SmithTopsail Beach Barracuda Fishing

Fishing Report for: Topsail Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Wilmington and Figure Eight Island, NC

August 26, 2015: inshore water temp 84.5: nearshore water temp @ 10 miles 83.2

 

Fishing is HOT, HOT for Red Drum, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel and ALL BOTTOMFISH!

Brief Charter Fishing Overview:   For all of our Beaches we fish: Wrightsville Beach Fishing Charters including Carolina Beach, Topsail Beach, Wilmington and Surf City Fishing Charters have been BIG-BLACK-SEABASSprogressively improved over the past week the Fall Fish begin to show up, namely: big over-slot red drum, Big Black Seabass, Lots of Barracudas and Sharks, Big Offshore Flounder and the Cobia migrating back south into our waters from the Pamlico Sound.

Nearshore and Offshore for Fishing Charters:  This time of year we are focusing on many species including big offshore flounder, triggerfish, grey trout the massive schools of Spanish Mackerel that are following the bait into our nearshore waters.
Our Tactics for Offshore/ Nearshore Fishing are numerous and include:

-Carolina Rigs with 6/0 Circle hooks with Live mullet for most nearshore bottomfishOFFSHORE-FLOUNDER-NC

-Light Line rigs with 4x treble hooks for big King Mackerel, Sharks, Jacks and Barracudas

-Deep Diver YoZuri Lures for high-speed F. Albacore Trolling

-Plainer Rigs with Clark Spoons for “meat-fishing Spanish Mackerel”

-Jigging with Diamond Jigs, Butterfly Jigs and “Home Made” glow Jigs

-Hank Brown rigs for dead cigar minnow trolling: For King Mackerel

Shark-bite-flounder

Inshore Fishing Charters:This time of year the bigger flounder and drum move into feed on the massive schools of mullet and menhaden that have arrived. We are focusing on Big Flounder with large mullet drifting the inlets using Carolina rigs. Smaller flounder are being caught on jigheads with artificials (gulp shrimp) fished in the creeks and backwaters. Our Red Drum are keyed in on large Menhaden on Carolina Rigs and Diamond Jigs drifting the inlets.

 

Inshore Fishing Tactics:

-Carolina Rigs with 4/0 circle hooks and 30lb fluorocarbon leader

-Home-Made Jigheads I make in the winter using Glow Powder Paint and top quality Owner Hooks

-Mirror-lures

-Many other artificial baits that are scented with ProCure

For our Dads and Moms, we offer Kid Friendly Fishing Charters that can be catered to for the whole family to enjoy!

 

Remember: For ALL our Military Service Members (both active and former) we offer a $25 off Military Discount for any fishing charter!

Give us a call and lets go fishing!

 

Tight-Lines,

Capt. Trev

ProFishNC Charters

(910) 547-0000

http://www.TopsailBeachFishing.com