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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

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

Fall Fishing Charters are in Full Swing

Well folks, we are in the middle of our Fall Fishing Charter season and have a Fishing update for you.

Our Topsail Beach Fishing Charters have been excellent with limits of Trout and many very large flounder on almost every trip.

Our Wilmington Fishing Charters and Wrightsville Beach Fishing Charters are producing nearly the same results as our Topsail Island Fishing Charters with the exception of adding Limits of King Mackerel to our creel limits.   Last week on a few of our Carolina Beach Fishing Charters we caught over 20 King Mackerel on a 4hour 1/2 day Fishing Charter!  They are within 5 miles of the beach right now and they are feeding on anything and everything.   We caught most of our King Mackerel on a “Hank Brown Rig” tipped with a dead cigar minnow trolling at about 2 knots.

We are one of the only Full Time, Year Around Fishing Charter Companies.  Give us a call to get your Wintertime Fishing ‘Fix”.

Now is time to Book a Fishing Charter so call us today as we are already booking for our Spring Charter Fishing Season.

We are offering Fishing Charter Gift Certificates for Christmas again this year.  Feel free to call or e-mail me with the details.  (all Christmas Gift Fishing Charter Gift Certificates are at a 20% off of our normal fishing charter rates.

Tight Lines and Happy Thanksgiving!

Capt Trevor Smith/ ProFishNC Charters/ (910) 547.0000

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

ProFishNC Charters Summer Fishing Report

ProFishNC Charters Summer Fishing Report

Quick Fishing Report:Topsal Beach King Mackerel Charters

Well folks our summer fishing season has been HOT both temperature and fishing!

On our Offshore Fishing Charters we are catching Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel and Cobia trolling and Black Seabass, Flounder, Silver Snapper and a wide variety of other bottom fish when we anchor up on the ledges and reefs.

Our Inshore Fishing Charters are great as well with some days better than others during these hot summer days. We are catching most of our bigger flounder in the Topsal Beach Flounder Fishing Chartersdeeper water holes near deep docks and inlet mouths. Our Red Drum Fishing is heating up in the backwaters as well which is an “inshore fan favorite”!

 

Our Fall Fishing Charters are booking up especially quick this year so be sure to call us to book your fall fishing charter sooner than later.

Tight Lines!

Capt. Trevor Smith

(910) 547-0000Wrightsville Beach King Mackerel Fishing Charters

Captaintsmith@yahoo.com

http://www.fishingchartersnc.com

Late Spring Cobia and King Mackerel Blitz! ProFishNC Charters

ProFishNC Charters June 2nd 2015Cobia Charter Fishing

Late Spring and Early Summer Fishing Charters reports for Topsail Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Wilmington and Figure Eight Island, NC

An EPIC Cobia and King Mackerel Bite is on right now!

Lets get to it:  Our Topsail Beach Fishing Charters and Wrightsville Beach Fishing Charters have been on fire the past three weeks (of course some days have been slower than others; however, overall we have really been catching some Huge Trophy Class Fish!).

This time of year we are focusing on King Mackerel and Big Cobia on our nearshore and offshore fishing charters.  For the

Topsail Beach Mahi Mahi Fishing Charters

King Mackerel we have been focusing our fishing efforts in the 3-10 mile range and are falling for a cigar minnow trolled at a slow speed.  These “Reel Screamers” are always fun and a Fishing Charter Favorite for many of my clients.   We always use Spinning reels spooled with Power Pro Braid along with a 40lb fluorocarbon leader tied to a Hank Brown Rig.

Our Cobia Fishing has been on fire with many caught this season, most of which we are catching sight-fishing.  Cobia can be found on fixed structures and floating structures and bait-balls.   I have a few rods with 8000 class spinning reels and 80lb braid ready to fly with an eight inch curly tail grub on a jig head ready to fly at all times.  Most of our larger cobia this year were caught sight-fishing using this tactic.Wrightsville Beach Big Cobia

Inshore Fishing Charters:  Our inshore fishing charters are heating up with the red drum and flounder showing up in better numbers each day.  We have been using both artificial and live baits to tempt the Redfish and Flounder.   We fish away from the crowds in the calm secluded backwaters; which is not only better fishing, but better scenery as well.

For our Dads and Moms, we offer Kid Friendly Fishing Charters that appeal to the entire family, give me a call for the details or visit us at http://www.FishingChartersNC.com

Wrightsville Beach King Mackerel Fishing King Mackerel Fishing Charters

Our Fishing Charters are booking up incredibly quick this season with only a few summer dates still available.  Give us a call and lets go fishing!

 

Tight-Lines,Cobia Fishing Charters Wilmington

Capt. Trev

ProFishNC Charters

(910) 547-0000

http://www.TopsailBeachFishing.com

ProFishNC Charters Spring Fishing is HERE!

ProFishNC Charters Spring Fishing Charters update and Fishing Report 3/28/15Topsail Beach Fishing Charters

Whats Happening Right Now:   Our water temperatures are climbing every day and and are currently at 59-60 degrees (perfect fishing temps for Black Seabass, Tautog, Porgies and a variety of Sharks!  The Red Drum are feeding as well and can be target in the surf zones right now.   The Black Drum are lurking inshore in the docks, inlets and backwaters looking for an easy meal.  This time of year I target/ Fish for Black Drum with clams and shrimp.   The bigger Seabass are moving back into the 3-5 mile range again (from the 10 mile range).  I am targeting the larger Black Seabass using glow jigs that imitate squid and bouncing them on the ledges and around our many nearshore shipwrecks and reefs.  Using good ‘ol cut bait/ squid or bait shrimp will catch any and all sized Seabass right now!  On our Topsail Beach, NC Fishing Charters we are catching the Big Porgies which were here in numbers last week in the 5 mile range (they are a very tasty and rarely fished for “treat” we catch this time of early spring).

The Spanish Mackerel will be here very soon; however, first comes the Atlantic Bonito (the Offshore Bottom Fishing Carolina Beachedible variety of Tuna!).   The Atlantic bonito will here in a week or so and will be fun top water and sight fishing action!

Note:  We fish all of our area beaches including Topsail Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Figure Eight Island and Wilmington, NC Fishing Charters.

Your Fishing Options:  Inshore the Flounder are moving in fast and the Giggers are racking them up.  The Black and Red Drum are feeding inshore, though they are still a little lethargic.    (honestly though, give it another two weeks for better action).  Around April 10 – 15 the Inshore Fishing Turns on light a LIGHT!   We will have the Big Bluefish (8-20 lbs) show up inshore along with hungry Drum and Flounder.

Nearshore/ Offshore:  Right now the best game in town is Bottom Fishing in 45-75 feet of water.  I am using glow squid jigs (tipped with squid) and cut bait and live bait (caught with sabiki rig) on 7/0 Circle hooks and just enough weight to get it down to the bottom.   On our upcoming Wrightsville Beach, NC Fishing Charters we will be fishing MANY sight fishing trips for Atlantic Bonito, Spanish Mackerel and King Mackerel coming up in the next few weeks and going through the end of May.  If you have never casted to a breaking/ feeding/ busting school of tuna or mackerel 3 miles off the beach on light tackle, you need to give it a try.

Dolphin Sight Seeing Trips!   We are blessed to have such a great migration of Dolphins in our Dolphin Trips Topsail Beachare that we at ProFishNC Charters are now offering Dolphin Sight Seeing Charters for our guests.   This week was exceptionally great as this Dolphin Pod was about 3 miles offshore containing at least 500 Dolphin and they let us PET THEM!

Note:  We are booking up exceptionally fast this season (especially for sight fishing Bonito/ April 15-May30) and recommend booking your fishing charter sooner than in previous years… I guess the cold winter has anglers needing some fishing therapy!

Feel Free to call me anytime to discuss your fishing options!

Tight-Lines and hope to fish with You soon!Dolphin Charters NC

Capt. Trev Smith

ProFishNC Charters

 

Wilmington NC Winter Fishing Charters

ProFishNC Charters December Fishing Charter Update and Fishing ForecastWinter Fishing Charters Black Seabass Wilmington NC

 

Our Cape Fear River Fishing Charters are Hot right now and will be going through April.  We are catching Big Red Drum, Striped Bass, Trout and even Catfish that will give any angler a great time and good eats.  Many of our Local and Repeat Fishing Charter Clients choose to fish the Cape Fear River this time of year as its hard to beat the action.
Saltwater Fishing:  Fall Fishing has been GREAT this year with hundreds of Speckled Trout, Drum and Flounder caught inshore:  Offshore/ Nearshore we have caught hundreds of Black Seabass, Flounder and Big Fall Grouper!

 

Fishing Forecast:  We have BIG Taugog and Black Seabass at the Wrightsville Beach Jetty right now and they will continue to be here through the end of February.    Winter Fishing Charters ProFishNC Charters

 

Back this year by “popular demand”: ProFishNC Charters Christmas Fishing Charter Gift Certificates (right now we only have 15 left!).  Just give me a call and I will get the Fishing Gift Certificates before Christmas if ordered by December 22nd.

 

Our Spring Fishing Charters are booking up quicker than ever so be sure to book your 2015 Spring trip soon to ensure you get the dates you want.   We offer Fishing Charters in many of our coastal beaches including, Wrightsville Beach Fishing Charters, Topsail Beach Fishing Charters, Surf City Fishing Charters, Wilmington Fishing Charters, Figure Eight Island Fishing Charters and Carolina Beach Fishing Charters.

 

Have a Merry Christmas and don’t forget to take the Family Fishing in 2015!

 

-Capt Trev

ProFishNC Charters

(910) 547-0000

Summer Fishing: HOW to Catch Fish: ProFishNC Charters

ProFishNC Charters Fishing Report 9/7/14Wrightsville Beach Fishing Barracuda

Summer Fishing Report, Fishing Methods and Early Fall Fishing Forecast

Captain Trevor Smith

(Picture:  Chris with a Barracuda that fell for a live pogie on one of our Wrightsville Beach Fishing Trips.)

2014 Summer Fishing Synopsis

In short:  Summer fishing this year was great with many days catching limits of fish and steady action “catching”.

 

Lets start with the weather and how it influenced the summer fishing season, fish movements, patterns and feeding habits.

Summer 2014 was an above average year for rainfall; in turn, slowing the inshore fishing activity (for many anglers) due to big fluxes in salinity and turbidity levels.   Red Drum, Speckled Trout and Baitfish are more affected by these changes and push toward the mouth of the nearest inlet to up the salinity to comfortable levels.   On the other hand, Flounder are more tolerate of the turbidity and salinity changes, thus not as affected by the rain water “washouts”; however, Carolina Beach Fishing Spanish Mackerellike most fish they follow the food source (baitfish). If the washout is dramatic and the baitfish move out for more than 8 tide cycles (2 days), you will find most of the flounder near the mouths of the inlets as well.   There were many days this summer with washout conditions; however, we continued to stay on the fish by following the fish tendencies due to weather.  A few more patterns I have noticed fishing washout conditions is the inshore fish (Drum, Trout, Flounder) will take natural bait on more occasions than presenting artificial bait.   I honestly don’t know why this is but if it works stick with it!  Just like fresh water fishing, after a rain the bite is HOT!   After a good summer rain shower or storm has passed… go to your “go to” spots immediately.   On many days this tactic will produce fish on otherwise slower days do to the intrinsically programmed need to feed in the fishes DNA (weather it’s the change in pressure or just an instinct to feed due to an impending change in water chemistry… I dunno J).  Offshore the washout rain conditions muddy the water (sometimes for miles and miles out) thus pushing many fish toward the cleaner water.   Find the clean water and find the fish!  (Picture:  This a a very nice Spanish Mackerel that was caught on one of our Carolina Beach Fishing Trips that fell for a deep diver.)

 

Summer Fishing Tactics & Tips:

During our summer season we landed thousands of fish!  Below is an outline in short of a few of our successful methods this year.Wrightsville Beach Cobia Family Fishing

(Picture:  These two Cobia were caught on one of our Topsail Beach Fishing Trips in the 6 mile range that fell for live baits.)

-Always have a large live bait on a balloon rig and on the bottom at all times.   I use a king live bait rig on the top balloon rig and a double 6/0 circle hook rig on the bottom with 100+ lb mono or flouro.

 

-Drift the live bottom and nearshore ledges with live mullet on a Carolina rig.   You will catch everything!  This year we caught many Cobia, a 200 lb tiger shark, nurse shark, Grouper, Trigger Fish, Flounder, Trout, etc on a FINGER MULLET drifting the right bottom.  Side Note:  I can understand catching Cobia on a finger mullet; however, I still cant get over a 200 lb tiger shark foraging on a finger mullet… lol

 

-Always jig a diamond jig on the bottom of your Sabiki Rig.   You will not be let down.

 

-Bring the “high-speed” trolling and bring it NOW!   I prefer the 7” Yozuri Deep Divers going 8-11 MPH.   I go as fast as the plugs will pull “true”.   We TONS of K Macks in the boat this year high-speed trolling.   Tip:  be sure the break in your split-ring is in the nose of the lure and “not in the knot”.

 

-Fish BIG BAITS in the inlets and channels.  You will be surprised how many Cobia and Big Sharks us the waterways and inlets for navigation.  I usually have a live bluefish or menhaden either light-lined or on the bottom.

 

-If you have three anglers on the boat fish three different methods!  One angler on a live bait Carolina rig, one angler on a jig head with a Gulp and one on a Diamond Jig.   You will up your catch ratio as the feeding patterns change daily!Fishing Figure Eight Island Flounder

(Picture:  This nice Flounder was caught on one of our Wilmington Fishing Trips and fell for a live mullet while inshore fishing.)

Noticeable Changes in Summer Fish Patters from 2013 – 2014:

-No Nearshore or Inshore Octopus this year (Last Summer we caught 100+)

 

-HUGE influx of Cobia this year:  We have caught over 30 juvenile Cobia and 5-10 adult cobia:  Last year we did not experience this amount of cobia moving through nor did we experience a full summer duration.

 

-Gray Trout are larger this year on the nearshore structure (1-3 miles offshore); however, the volume of fish is down from last year.

 

-Sharks, Sharks & more Sharks!  This year was a bumper year for the Atlantic Sharpnose.   Sharpnose are normally prevalent in our waters; however, the catch numbers are noticeably up by over 100%.   Not to mention the numbers of nearshore Tiger Sharks we caught/ encountered right off the beach.

 

-A Million Sea Bass this year… Ohh wait a minute, that’s not a change!!  Come on DMF, lets lower the size limit and up the creel limit as these buggers are destroying our reef fish populations.   I am officially renaming the sea bass to “Reef Glutton” as every one we catch both small and large are so fat they are about to POP!

 

-2014 Oddity of the season thus far:  I caught a full-grown adult Flying Fish in a backwater marsh!  Still trying to wrap my head around this one!

 

 

2014 Fall Fishing Forecast:

Be ready as 2014 will be EARLY Fall Fishing! The mullet run is early, I caught a True Atlantic Bonito ALREADY, the yellow butter files showed up a month early, and last but not least: the rings on Saturn are wavy this year (J/K about the rings on Saturn).

Our Fishing Charters include Fishing Charters in Wrightsville Beach, Fishing Charters in Topsail Beach, Fishing Charters in Carolina Beach and Fishing Charters in Wilmington, NC.

Fall is almost here and the fishing is HOT, HOT!

Give us a call, bring the Family and LETS GO FISHING!

-Capt. Trevor Smith

ProFishNC Charters

http://www.TopsailBeachFishing.com

ProFishNC Charters Spring Fishing Update and Report 3/27/2014

ProFishNC Charters Spring Fishing Update 3/27/2014

Well, it’s still COLD here in SE NC; however, that will change in the next week with a steady forecast of 70’s coming. Our water temperatures here in Wilmington, Topsail, Figure Eight, Carolina & Wrightsville Beach are still hovering in the low 50’s but that’s not stopping us from finding the fish.

Lets start with our Topsail Beach Fishing Charters Report: The water is still cold and the fish are still lethargic; however, there are Red Drum holding off the beach and in the docks. Not very active right now… but they are there. We are also seeing smaller speckled trout and black drum in the backwaters that are feeding. Trout on Berkley Gulp and Black Drum on cut shrimp in the pilings. Offshore Fishing Topsail Island black seabass, tautog and dogfish sharks are still plentiful in the 2-10 mile range off the beach.

Wilmington Fishing Charters and the Cape Fear River Fishery. This time of year we are still catching good numbers of Striped Bass in the NE Cape Fear River and Brunswick River. They are falling for finesse baits and Berkley Gulp on a weighted hook or jig head. Focusing on the drop-offs, old pilings and docks (remember, the slower the presentation the better!).

Our Carolina Beach Fishing Charters are providing multiple fishing options due to the accessibility of the Cape Fear River via Snows Cut. Depending on the rain water influence, many of our Carolina Beach Charters are being run in the Cape Fear River right now. We are running many of our fishing charters north up the Cape Fear River and catching Striped Bass, Speckled Trout and Black Drum. On those days that the river is “washed out” we are fishing the inlet and running north to Wrightsville Beach to fish the Jetties and near shore structures.

Wrightsville Beach NC Fishing Charters remain one of our best options this time of year due to the accessibility of the Masonboro Inlet Jetties. For the next two weeks I prefer fishing offshore Wrightsville Beach (at least until the water temps warm a little more) on the nearshore wrecks, ledges and hard-bottom. We are still catching good numbers of Black Seabass, Tautog and Sharks using mullet and scented artificial baits. Note: For all local beach fishing communities the inshore fishing should pick up by mid April with good numbers of trout, flounder and drum feeding on the newly arriving baitfish.

Our Figure Eight Island Fishing Charters are picking up as well with many clients utilizing our complementary dock pick-up. We are running most of our Figure Eight Charters south to Wrightsville Beach or North to Lea Island chasing the schools of Red Drum holding in the surf. It will be no time till the Inshore Fishing at Figure 8 Island will be ON FIRE!

We are booking up Quickly this year for our Summer Fishing Charters so be sure to reserve your fishing charter dates as soon as possible.
Check out our NC Fishing Charter options at http://www.FishingChartersNC.com and hope to see you on the water this year!

Tight-Lines,
Capt. Trevor Smith
ProFishNC Charters
(910) 547-0000