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!
Capt. Trevor Smith