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.
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
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