May 11th, 2013 by Capt. Trev | Comments Off

5/7/13 BIG FLOUNDER Fishing Report Topsail Beach & Wrightsville Beach *ProFishNC Charters

5/7/13 BIG Spring Flounder

Large Wrightsville Beach Spring Flounder (ProFishNC Charters)

BIG Spring Flounder

Fishing for: and more importantly; CATCHING BIG Flounder is by far one of my favorite types of angling due to what I term the “Recipe For Success”.

In successful Flounder Fishing, once you have obtained the knowledge (some call it “secrets” and speaking in terms of the What, Where, When, Why, How) combined with the on the water experience you can successfully target LARGE Flounder on a consistent basis.

When Flounder Fishing, portion of the “Recipe” is Variable & the other is Consistent.

Variable includes but not limited to:  Seasons, Water Temp, Bait Type & Current Diet, Weather, Water Clarity, Depth, Turbidity, Salinity, DO Levels (the percentage of dissolved oxygen in the water influences the fishes feeding patterns), cloud cover, Jighead &/or Sinker Weight and Much More…

Constant includes but not limited to:  Reaction Time to Initial Bite, Rod Angle & Hook Setting Angle < (VERY VERY IMPORTANT), Presentation of the Specific Bait you are using, Leader Material & Color (Hint: PINK Fluorocarbon as pink disappears in the water column about 2ft under the surface giving your bait a “naked presentation”), Jigheads (1st choice.. Blue Water Candy or 2nd choice.. Cotee) and Much More…

What (Gear):

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5/7 Spring Inshore Spring Flounder (ProFishNC Charters)

Big Backwater Flattie 5/7/13

a)        Pink & White 3/8 oz Jigheads:  Pink (Blue Water Candy), White (Cotee)

b)        “Berkley Gulp Swimming Mullet” GREY w/ Pepper Flake  (Secret: I scented the already scented GULP with ProCure Mullet)

c)         Pink Yo-Zuri 20 & 30lb Fluorocarbon

d)         15 & 20 lb PowerPro Braided Line

e)        7ft Graphite Rods

f)         2500 – 4000 Series Reels (I use Shimano, Penn & Okuma)

Where (Geographically):

Backwaters of Wrightsville Beach, Figure Eight Island & South Topsail Beach

Both in the Inland Creeks West of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Mid-Waterway Flats & Channels

When (Weather Forecast & Tide-Wise):

Decided on 8am due to Tides, Weather Forecast & Duration of Fishing Trip

Fished the Last 3 hours of Outgoing and First 3 hours of Incoming (6hrs of Fishing)

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5/7 Backwater Specks (ProFishNC Charters)

5/7/13 One of Many Nice Speckled Trout!

Weather Forecasted for PM Showers & Storms

(TIP:  For Optimal Success when Flounder Fishing Fish the Lower Tides in the Backwaters and the Higher Tides around the Creek Mouths and Inlets)

WHY (Water Temp, Bait Movement, Time of Year)

When the Spring Water Temp Rises to around 63 degrees, the Flounder move into the Backwaters & Flats to Feed after the Spawn and GORGE on the baitfish & shrimp both in Fry and Juvenile stages.

How:

Mimic the Size, Color and Action of the Baitfish & Shrimp the Flounder are feeding on for the time of year (Stay in the Flounder Strike-Zone… bottom to 24 inches up the water column).  This time of year I use the Smaller Artificial Presentation (3” baits now… whereas in the Heat of the Summer and into the Fall I bump up to 5 – 6” Baits) to produce that Reactionary Strike of the Big Flounder.

Choose the Correct Color for the Season!   In the Spring when using artificial baits, I use Grey and White Variations (Grey Pepper Flake, Pearl White, etc)… Reason, when the Water Temp are in the 60’s & 70’s the Baitfish have more of a lighter tent… as the water warm the baitfish and shrimp become brighter from Flashy Yellow, Silver to Copper.   KNOW your Bait Color and Presentation for the Time of Year!

Tight-Lines!

Capt. Trevor Smith

(910) 547-0000

http://www.FishingChartersNC.com

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ProFishNC Charters Fishing Report 5/3 (Another Inshore Grand Slam)

May 4th, 2013 by Capt. Trev | Comments Off

5/3/2013 Fishing Report Wrightsville BeachFigure Eight Island (ProFishNC Charters)

Had another Great Day Fishing Wrightsville Beach & Figure Eight Island adding another “Inshore Grand Slam” to the books!

Backwater Red Drum 5/3/13

Spring Fishing:  When fishing in the Spring you must consider one thing…  Inconsistent Weather!  The forecast for 5/3 was clear to partly cloudy skies with a NW wind 10 – 20kt.  Well, it was half right!  Wind was 10 – 20 kt; however, the blinding rain was the surprise today.

We decided to push North of Wrightsville Beach and Fish behind Figure Eight Island and Lea Island today… It was a good choice!  Figure Eight Island boasts some of the cleanest and pristine waters in coastal North Carolina providing Excellent Backwater Fishing and Wildlife Viewing Opportunities!  Keying in on the Marshes, Docks and Tidal flats, we managed to catch Flounder, Red Drum, Speckled Trout & some decent Bluefish.

Don’t let the Wind keep you from Fishing!!!:

The trick for days like today… Either Fish Protected Leeward areas or Fish the “45 Degree Angle Approach” that will allow you to present your baits to the fish in the most natural way possible and that will enable you to stay in that “strike zone” for the fish you are targeting.

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“45 Degree Angle Approach”:  When you are Flounder Fishing and NEED your baits to stay in relatively consistent and close contact with the bottom, it is difficult to achieve this when you are casting with the wind at your back and with the current flowing away from you (a 20kt wind blowing in the direction of the tide will suspend a 3/16 oz jig out of the preferred strike zone).

Solution: Position yourself so you are casting at a 45 degree angle to the wind and current direction (position the front your boat perpendicular to the wind and current… I use a combination of the Power Pole on the stern and Anchor off the bow to achieve the optimal angle).  Cast your bait “up wind & up current” and let the tide and wind move your bait down the desired strike zone “sweep” (fishing from left to right or right to left).  This angled approach to fishing the conditions take some time to get use to as you are fishing a ” “Sweep”.   What is fishing the “sweep”… A sweep is when you fish an area from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock as opposed to the normal 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock. When fishing the sweep, you only need to provide the bouncing action of the jighead and reel up the slack in the line as you will not be physically reeling in your bait: instead, allowing for the current and wind to dictate you presentation speed.  To adjust your “drift” presentation speed you can either bump your jighead weight up or down.DSCN0096

The choice baits presented today under the overcast and rainy conditions were Black DOA jigheads, Green Blue Water Candy Jigheads (varying weights depending on desired “drift speed” & Grey Pepper Flake Grubs (Scented with Pro-Cure Mullet & Shrimp Scent).  If its cloudy, rainy or low light conditions… always go DARKER.   All of our fish were caught in the deeper waters (4 – 12 feet) today as the front and dropping barometric pressure pushed them out of the shallow water areas.

Tight Lines!

Capt. Trevor SmithDSCN0092

CaptainTrevor@ProFishNC.com

(910) 547-0000

http://www.FishingChartersNC.com

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