CAROLINA EXPLORER Report 3-19; Inshore fishing is heating up. The whiting, redfish, and a few flounder and trout are biting!! Get in on this Early spring action!!

March 19th, 2012 by Capt. Robert Schoonmaker | Comments Off

Inshore the fishing has improved with the rising water temps.  The whiting are biting great on fresh shrimp or cut bait.  I have not seen a run of whiting this good in several years.  Come on down and get in on this great action and cooler filling fun!!  We are also catching a few red fish in the flats and creeks.  The baits are gulp shrimp, strike-king minnows on a 1/4 or 3/8 ounce jig-head.  Remember to fish slow to keep it in the strike zone as long as possible.  We have been picking up a few flounder and trout while fishing for the reds.  Some of the flounder have been nice keepers, it is early for these fish, just a sign of the above normal temps. we have been having. When the reds have been stubborn, we have thrown some minnows, shrimp, or crab to entice  a few bites.  We have picked up a few small black drum on the baits as well.  It is a great time to come on down to the coast and fish with the family and friends.  The weather is great and the fishing is going to kick off a month early.  The water temps. are already in the 60′s.  That means the trout, flounder, blues, bonito, and spanish will be showing up early this year.  GIVE ME A CALL IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR WANT TO BOOK A GREAT FISHING ADVENTURE 910-264-1807.

Most guides would never show a pic of a pinfish.  I on the other hand had to post this pic, it is the first pinfish of the year.  That means winter is on the way out and spring is here.  Rick holding a TROPHY pinfish. The bait stealer’s are back!!!!

Rick with a nice catch of whiting.

David and Cody with a nice creek redfish. He hit a piece of crab. This was Cody’s birthday fishing trip.  We had a blast caught a few reds and black drum.  These guys have fished with me for years, always a great day on the water with friends.  See you this summer.

Melanie with a nice March flounder.  She landed this on a mud minnow.  Her husband David had a nice flounder almost to the boat, but he shook the hook.  We landed a few reds as well.

Arron with a keeper flounder caught on a gulp alive shrimp. 

Christian with a double on whiting.

Caroline with a Puffer.  She slayed the fish, a true fisher-woman. 

The Ortiz family with a great catch of whiting and puffers. We also landed a few sharks and a stingray.  Great family fun!!!

Nathan, RJ, Wildman, and Mason with a awesome catch of whiting and a few sharks!!! These boys could fish….

RJ with a nice puff-daddy!!!

Jack and Rick with a nice catch of whiting. These Harvard students had a blast catching these hard fighting great tasting fish.

Marion, Luke, Larry and Vernon with catch of whiting.

Larry, Luke, and Vernon all holding fish caught at the same time.  Call today too get in on this great family fishing action.

Spring has sprung and now is the time to go fishing.  Get your family and friends together for a great fishing trip. CALL AND BOOK YOUR TRIP TODAY 910-264-1807.


Capt. Robert Schoonmaker                          910-264-1807                

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Carolina Explorer Report 3-1: Still Catching fish and having fun!!! Spring is just around the corner.

March 1st, 2012 by Capt. Robert Schoonmaker | Comments Off

The fishing have been great, the catching has been a little slow.  The redfish are schooled up on the flats and cruising the creeks.  It just takes patience and a variety of baits to get them to hit.  Being in the right place at the right tide is key to landing these hard fishing fish.  We have also picked up a few trout and small founder in the mix.  Casting lures (DOA, Strike King Minnows, or Gulp) or soaking baits (mullet, mud minnow, shrimp or crab)  it just depends on how hard you want to work on your fishing trip.  We always have a great time and enjoy your day on the water.  The whiting/Virginia mullet (same fish) will be here soon.  A few have been caught already. These fish are fun to catch and make great table fare.  If your interested in booking a trip or have any question give me a call at 910-264-1807. I will be glad to talk with you about a great fishing adventure. Call and book your trip today 910-264-1807.

Dave with a nice birthday redfish. Caught on a white strike king minnow with plenty of scent.

Kai with a nice trout and redfish. They hit gulp shrimp in the molting color.

Jeremy and Jeff  with a nice redfish caught on a mud minnow.  Jeremy was on leave from Afghanistan, spending quality time with his dad.  See you this summer and thanks for the flag.

Charlie traveled all the way from California to catch his first redfish.  We had a blast catching fish and cruising the creeks.

Todd with a nice redfish caught on a strike king minnow.  One of several..

Doug with a nice red landed on a DOA minnow.  Great day on the water and lots of fun. See you soon

Every once in a while I get to catch a few. Nice over-slot red caught on a gulp.

John with a nice redfish landed on a mud minnow.  We worked for them on this day.

Super Dave with a red caught way up in the grass.  We sight casted to this one.

It was blowing 30mph and the Turner crew still wanted to give it a try.  We loaded up and caught a few nice reds.  Here is Scott holding his first redfish ever.

The weather has been great, we are still catching fish, and it will only get better with spring fast approaching.  Plan your trips early and get in on the great fishing action.  Call 910-264-1807 to book your trip today.

Thanks Capt. Robert Schoonmaker             910-264-1807        

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