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Wilmington Fishing Charters Spring Fishing Report

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

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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.

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Capt. Trevor Smith | ProFishNC Charters | 2016 | (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

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

Feb 21st Scouting & Fishing Report: Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach & Topsail

Dropped the boat in today to check out the progress of the Wrightsville Beach Jetty Project and to get accurate water temp readings for Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach.   The Army Core currently has two barges loaded with big granite boulders and one with a crane adding a more stable structure to the South Jetty.   The project currently is focused on shoring up the lower south jetty protecting it from longshore drift from our Summer and Winter Storms.   This project is changing the underwater topography of the South Wrightsville Beach Jetty which will be GREAT for Fishing (More Structure = More Fish!).

On the Fishing Front:

Wrightsville Beach Fishing Report:  The water temp is holding at 52 degrees and is SUPER CLEAR with visibilty to the bottom in 20+ft!  There are numerous baitfish in the waterway and inlets right now (most are silverside anchovies and small menhaden).   The water temp is holding at 52 degrees at Wrightville Beach.   The Red Drum are holding in the waterways under deep water docks and can be caught using fresh cut shrimp this time of year (they are slow and lethargic right now so artifical baits are not producing the numbers of fish in comparison to the fresh shrimp).   The Red Drum can also be caught on bright sunny days in the flats and shallow waters as they move in to draw warmth from the darker colored mud and shell beds from solar heating….  If you are out at low tide this time of year chasing drum, don’t pass up fishing the flats with darker color bottom.

Carolina Beach: The water temp is holding at 51.5 degrees and is not quite as clear as Wrightsville Beach due to the influence of the Cape Fear River on Carolina Beach Inshore waters; however, still has visibility up to 10 ft.   I did not survey as many bait fish; however, did see a few large schools of bait on the sounder (thats a good sign this time of year!).  Red Drum can be caught in the Carolina Beach Boat Basin using fresh shrimp with some Large Black Drum mixed in.

Topsail Beach Fishing is showing some great catches this week as the Speckled Trout, Red Drum and Flounder are feeding in catchable numbers.  With the water in the Mid 50’s, fish as slow as you can…. When using soft baits, I prefer a 3/16 oz Blue Water Candy Jighead (pink) with a pearl color (3″ Curley Tale ) Berkeley Gulp with 15lb Pink Florocarbon Leader (The water is SUPER CLEAR right now).  Focus on the deep ICW Docks, Creeks with deep water pilings and Creek Mouths.  It can be a game of patience for the bite while constantly moving to find the fish.  When you think you are fishing too slow.. slow it down more.  You want your bait barley bumping off the bottom up 2 feet and back down…

Tight Lines,

Capt. Trev

 

 

Inshore Winter Black Drum caught on Fresh Shrimp

Inshore Winter Black Drum caught on Fresh Sir