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 | Comments Off

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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CarolinaExplorer 5-5-2014 Fishing Report:) The fishing is great, lots of spanish mackerel, bluefish, atlantic bonito, red drum, black drum, and trout. Spring fishing is here!!!

May 5th, 2014 by Capt. Robert Schoonmaker | Comments Off

Hello everyone,

We have had lots of great days on the water inshore fishing over the past month. The red drum are transitioning from the winter haunts to the summer feeding stations. We are catching them on live bait, mud minnows and shrimp, as well as lures. Gulp shrimp on 1/4 oz jig heads and spinner baits when the water is dirty. The fish are starting to look up for food so the top water bite will progressively get better.  A few stray flounder have been caught when chasing the reds. There are speckled trout hanging around, but since we cant keep one until June 15, I have not been targeting them. If you want to catch and release trout, give me a call, we will have a blast. We have also caught several reds on the fly as well. No matter how you want to catch them, give me a call 910-264-1807, I will put you on the fish!!

Just off the beach we have had a awesome bite of spanish mackerel, bluefish, and atlantic bonito. Lots of great sight casting action. I have not trolled all year. We have used jigs and spoons to catch these hard fighing and great tasting fish. The pics speack for themselves. Please approach the fish at a slow pace and keep a good  distance from breaking fish. This will keep them feeding and enable  everyone to catch plenty of fish. If you run over the fish and make too much noise, the fish will vacate the premisise. Slow, steady, and patience will fill everyones cooler with fish. Lots of fun and excitement = a great day on the water.  Give me a call at 910-264-1807 to book your trip.

Jonathan Lin with a 29 inch red, that landed  him in  the fisherman’s post paper. Nice work. See you later this year.

Art hooked up to a bonito.

Art  with a table full of spanish, bonito, and blues. Day 1.

Wes  with a nice  bonito. Drag burning fun. Lots of  action.

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

Josel and Crystal with a  nice catch of spanish, bonito, and blues.

Anthony from  Colorado with a nice red that fell to a hand tied shrimp fly.

Anthony with a red and close up of shrimp fly. Nice work.

Ken Whitfield with a nice red.

Dustin with a slot red that hit a mud minnow.

Mark with a double spot red.

Trey with a 25 inch red. He was putting on a clinic.

Wes, Louis, Shaun, and Racheal on day 2. Awesome fishing.

Art on day 2 with a killer catch of Bonito, spanish, and blues.

As you can see the action is On the HOOK!!. Book your trip today. If you are planning a vaction, now is the time to book your trip. Call me at 910-264-1807!!

Thanks for reading the report,

Capt. Robert Schoonmaker


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