CarolinaExplorer 5-13-2014 fishing report: We are catching Red drum, Black drum, Trout, Spanish mackerel, Blues, and Bonito. Great fishing Action is Here!!!

May 13th, 2014 by Capt. Robert Schoonmaker

Hello everyone,

We have had some great fishing over the past few weeks. Inshore we have been catching red drum on 1/4 jigs with gulp or strike king minnows. We have also seen a few fish take interest in top water plugs as well. The old stand by mud minnow/shrimp on a carolina rig or float rig has been producing fish as well. We have also landed some black drum and sheepshead inshore while fishing for the reds. There are a few trout hanging around, but we can not keep one until june 15. Great inshore action in the calm waters of the Cape Fear river, Give me a call and book your trip today 910-264-1807!!

Just off the coast we have had great catches of Spanish mackerel, blues, and bonito. We have been casting spoon into surface feeding fish and had a blast. When they are not on top we have had great catches trolling as well. The flounder and grey trout will be showing up over the next few weeks. Had a great experience with a school of giant black drum. We landed several fish in the 70lb range and plenty in the 25lb to 40lb range. I would not count on seeing this ever trip, but you just don’t know what will swim by while you are on the water.  Now is the time to plan you Summer fishing trips, Give me a call at 910-264-1807 and book your trip today!!

Kelly Harris, Me, and Cooter with a 76lb Black drum. Cooter sight casted to this beast with a peice of cut bluefish.

Me and Cooter agian with a 70lb black drum. Agian, if you know my brother, He caught the two biggest ones, lucky dog.

School of fish we casted too for over two hours of fun.

I got to catch several of the small ones, Ha Ha.

My dad, Capt. Charlie, and myself doubled up on black drum.

Wes, Shaun, and Mike with a table full of spanish, bonito, and a few blues.

Wes with his bonito.

Jimmy with a nice Cape Fear red drum.

Jimmy and Melinda with a nice red she landed.

Melinda with a red of her own.

Ken, Larry, and Dave with a catch of blues, Trout, Snapper, and Sea bass.

Tyrone and Justin with a great catch of spanish mackerel and various bottom fish.

Coast Guard vessel out of Portsmith, Virgina.  They stopped by and boarded us while out fishing with Tyrone and Justin. I have been boarded twice in the past week. Passed with flying colors both time. Rest assured that when you and your family are fishing with me, that my vessel and myself are in compliance with all USCG safety requirements and documentation.

Thank you for reading the report. If you have any questions or want to book a fishing charter, Give me a call at 910-264-1807.

Capt. Robert Schoonmaker


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