“INSHORE GRAND SLAM!” ProFishNC Charters Fishing Report for April 27, 2013
Water Conditions and Fishing Report for Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Beach & Carolina Beach:
There have been no significant jumps in water temp over the past week as the temps remain unchanged. Other than the schools of silverside anchovies and coinciding with the current water temps, the Spring & Summer Baitfish are still “on the horizon” as there are very small schools of Mullet and Menhaden currently in our Inshore waters (the Fry that has just recently hatched appears to be doing well… I suspect within the next two weeks we will see a substantial increase in Baitfish activity).
For many Fisherman (NOT ALL 😉 this week has been somewhat of a lull in an aggressive upward swing in Spring Fishing Action; however, we did manage to catch LOTS of fish! It’s all about knowing where to go for the conditions presented, the bait to use & the current “Hot Bite”. I always let my clients know the weather & water conditions which will dictate our Fishing options for the current week (as decided by the trends of the water temps, tides & Fish Runs).
The morning bite Saturday 4/27/13 was a little slow as we are still in the upper levels of the Lunar Tide cycle experiencing super high and super low tides. The morning tide was one of those “SUPER HIGH” tides that disperse the fish waaay back in the marshes and tidal creeks. That being said, the Inlets are the best bet for action on the Lunar High tides with good catches of Bluefish being had by all.
ON the other end of the Lunar Tide Cycle… we have the Lunar Low which was our afternoon tide. The Lunar Low tides are BY FAR my favorite time & tide to fish in our Coastal Inshore Waters of NC! All of the small Baitfish and Game Fish present are pulled into the narrow channels of the backwaters concentrating them to a confined area.
“INSHORE GRAND SLAM” (Notated by Catching at least 1 Red Drum, 1 Flounder & 1 Speckled Trout): The Afternoon Bite was on FIRE! We managed to push back into the backwaters of Wrightsville Beach & Topsail Beach as the tide was falling and really “got into” the fish! We found a HOT Speckled Trout Bite (most only around 12 inches as many of the larger trout have pushed out *they will be back:), Red Drum, Flounder, Bluefish, Sea Robin. Everything came on Artificial Baits as we found the “hot” combination to really get the aggressive response from gamefish.
The Red Drum were caught under backwater docks with a more aggressive sweeping motion using Bluewater Candy (BWC) pink Jig heads with a grey swimbait scented with ProCure (mullet gel).
The Flounder were tuned into the slow and steady bounce of the bait using white BWC Jighead with a white body swimbait using ProCure.
The Speckled Trout were caught in the swifter moving waters of the channels using a high and slow sweeping motion of the baits letting the Jig flutter down the water column (Pink BWC jighead with white swimbait body).
As usual, the Bluefish were hitting anything that hit the water as they are super aggressive right now! We managed to land a nice 4lb class bluefish while also using the Swimbait/ BWC Jighead Combo (going 0/1 on a suspected MONSTER Bluefish..details below).
We even had a surprise HUGE Sea Robin! This one was by far the largest Sea Robin I have seen in the Inshore waters of Wrightsville Beach with this one pushing 14 Inches (they rarely reach 12 inches. Sea Robin are a complex species of fish with leg-like anal fins with feelers that the fish actually “stand” on enabling them to crawl along the sea floor… ohh, they also boast a pair of wing-like ventral fins!
The one that got away… As we fish the Backwater with artificial baits, I always have a “Monster Line” in the water with a large whole mullet attached to a 3ot circle hook with wire. While catching the trout, flounder and drum we had a real screamer on the Monster Line! Unable to turn the beasts head, she peeled off line headed for the mouth of the creek! Just as quick as she hit and made the impressive run… she was off only to be caught another day! With circle hooks, if the bait is “sucked in” whole (many larger fish use the vacuum suction to feed) and finds its way into the stomach, it is designed not to grab and to come out. Conversely, when the circle hook grabs, it catches the fish in the corner of the mouth and RARELY is ever pulled loose. This is important for many reasons with the main reason being the mortality rate of the fish drops when not gut hooked (it’s a GOOD Thing!). None the less, we had an Awesome Afternoon of Fishing and Smiles All Around!
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