4/15/13 ProFishNC Charters: Fishing Charter “Scent” Secrets to Catching More Fish!

April 15th, 2013 by Capt. Trev | Comments Off

4/15/2013 ProFishNC Charters:  Charter Fishing Tips & Water Temp Report:

Lets get started with our current Inshore & Nearshore Water Temperature Update for SE NC Beaches.  In a continuation of the ongoing water temp trend for the 2013 Fishing Season we are still seeing “unseasonably” cooler water temps for all of our local beaches which are hanging at 58 degrees for Topsail, Wrightsville & Carolina Beach.  It appeared last week that we were in line for a rapid increase of water temps as we had several consecutive days in the upper 70′s…. then the COLD RAINS cooled our waters back down.   I am calling this a 3 week delay in traditional warming trends and are largely due to the steep Southern Drop in the Jet Stream along with cooling rains.  This combination has kept the water temps below the seasonal average,: thus, delaying the INFLUX of Spring Fish by about 3 weeks (using water temps as the “control”).  We are still having good catches of Red Drum, Black Drum, Bluefish, Trout and Flounder; however, they are not as “thick” when in comparison to my logs of years past.  The whiting (a/k/a Virginia Mullet) are feeding quite heavily in the surf and especially Fishing the Cape Fear River right now!  There are MANY coolers being filled currently as the Whiting are feeding heavily on the plentiful shrimp.   Regardless of the slow rise in water temp, we can still put you ON the FISH (See Below!).

I want to share a few “Fishing Charter Scent Secrets” that I use Charter Fishing in both unseasonably cool waters and throughout the summer Fishing Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Topsail Beach, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington & The Cape Fear River (The following Scents and Brines WORK both East Coat & West Coast (Including Alaska and Most Likely… World Wide!).

As we the water temps Slooooowly warm here on the Southeastern Coast of NC ; we as Fisherman are finishing up the task taking inventory of “Last Seasons” Fishing Tackle, culling old gear and Stocking UP on new gear.   I do have a few CRUCIAL tips that will assist in you Catching More Fish in 2013… HINT:  Scent, Scent and more Scent!!!

I want to Highlight a commonly overlooked and Necessary Tool to every Fisherman’s Arsenal…  Scenting Your Baits! I am not just talking about your standard Artificial Baits but your “Fresh Dead Baits” as well.

In todays Market… I Solidly Stand Behind Both Nate’s Bait and ProCure Scents used in the application of “Fresh Dead Baits” and Artificial Baits (respectively).  NOTE: I am not a paid sponsored by Nate’s Bait or ProCure; however, when I see a product in the Fishing Industry that I see Actually Work… I want to share it!

Lets Start with Nate’s Bait…..  What an unbelievable Bait Cure that not only Preserves & Brines your Shrimp, Ballyhoo & Mullet but also adds the COLOR of your choosing (Blue, Pink, Green) that complements the Could Cover, Water Color, Turbidity and Water Temperature.  For Clearer Waters with low Turbidity I choose to use the Pink Nate’s Bait Brine.   For High Turbidity and Darker Water Color I choose to use Blue Nate’s Bait Brine followed by the Green Nate’s Bait Brine.  Reasoning:  Use Dark Colors for Cloud Cover, Low Light & High Turbidity… Use BRIGHT Colors for High Light, Clear Visibility and Low Turbidity.  Simply follow the direction on the Nate’s Bait Herring Cure (Don’t let the “Herring Cure” title throw you off!   From Personal Experience Trolling Ballyhoo at the Stream, Fishing the Cape Fear River using Dark Blue cured Shrimp to Surf Fishing Pink Brined Mullet & Shrimp… The results speak for themselves as Nate’s Bait is Truly #1 for Brining and Coloring Natural Dead Baits!   Just follow the directions on the bottle and your are half way there… (the other half is finding the fish! :) .

Now on to ProCure!   What an awesome scent to add to any artificial!  ProCure really makes the fish “Hold On” as when fish feed, the aggressiveness of the strike and the willingness to “hold on” depends not only on the presentation but also the scent and taste the fish experience when they bite your PLASTIC BAIT (emphasis on Plastic).   Lets face it, you are NOT Fishing with a Natural Bait; however, an Unnatural Plastic Bait… You DO NEED all the help you can get making the fish HOLD ON.   ProCure is the answer… I use both the Shrimp Scent and the Mullet Scent; however, there are many scents produced by ProCure that will fit your needs.  Side Note:  My Halibut Fishing Captain in Seward Alaska Used the ProCure Scent “ButtJuice”  Holy cow… this stuff works for Halibut (Just check out my Alaska 2012 Pics in my photos!).

All in all, use Scent on all of your Fresh Dead and Artificial Baits… You will increase your catch in 2013

As Always, Tight Lines!

-Capt. Trev (ProFishNC Charters)

(910) 547-0000

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ProFishNC Charters Fishing Report 3/8/2013 Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach & Topsail

April 8th, 2013 by Capt. Trev | Comments Off

ProFishNC Charters Fishing Conditions Update for Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Topsail Beach, Figure Eight Island and Wilmington, NC Fishing on 4/8/2013

Great News:  The Water Temp is finally warming up… and its doing so at a FAST Pace as it is now up to 58 Degrees off of both Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach & Topsail Beach!   The Bluefish have now shown up in decent numbers following the schools of Menhaden (a favorite baitfish of many Inshore Fish) and are now catchable in good numbers off of the Wrightsville Beach Jetty, Carolina Beach Boat Basin and the surf off of Topsail Beach.   The Bigger Bluefish (Locally termed “BigHead Blues” are working their way down the Intracoastal Waterway (yes, the “BigHeads” move down from the Northern Waters) and are beginning to feed heavily in our Backwater Creeks, Inlets and Channels.  They are feeding on the newly arriving menhaden and they are VERY Hungry.   IF you can net up some Menhaden, use them on a carolina rig with about 2 feet of 3o – 50 pound Mono Leader and wait for the bite… IF you have a “bite-through”, meaning the fish cut your Mono leader, switch to a low gauge wire (I like to use 20# wire) and tie directly to your swivel.   Though large and aggressive, the “Bigheads” will not bight through your wire leader.

Large Flounder are now staging off of our nearshore ledges, artificial reefs and wrecks this time of year and can be a lot of fun to catch.  We are catching the larger flounder 3 – 8 miles off of the beach (along with NUMEROUS Black Seabass & Dogfish Sharks) on 2oz Spro Jigheads tipped with a 4″ Soft Plastic (Scented with Shrimp ProCure).  This fishery is Great Fun this time of year.  The Flounder have also begun moving into our backwaters and creeks to feed on the early run of shrimp (shrimp will make two BIG pushes into our inland waters… once about Mid April and again in Mid October) which alway brings in the first GOOD showing of Flounder for the season.

Both Red and Black Drum are starting to Feed Hard as the waters warm.  The Red Drum Fishing in Wrightsville Beach is really starting to pick up as the drum are now moving more on the tides in search of the baitfish!   Live Bait is KEY; however, they are still feeding on shrimp (use “as fresh as you can find”) and have enticed many bites on on soft plastics (scented with ProCure) on a QUALITY jig-head.  I prefer and highly recommend Blue Water Candy (BWC) jig-heads (Pink Color this time of year) in the 1/4 – 3/4 oz range (depending on the depth and current you are fishing).   BWC has set the bar HIGH with the quality & sharpness of the hooks used in the design of their jig-heads (there is a direct correlation between the sharpness of you hook to your hook-up ratio).  The Sheephead are feeding as well and can be caught fairly consistently right now on the South Wrightsville Beach Jetty.  The Sheepshead are not as large as the “August Sheepshead” (which can be over 10 lbs); however, they are LOTS of fun on light tackle.

Topsail Beach, NC Fishing has been heating up steadily as well with the beginning of the baitfish push into our Inlets and Waterways!  The Speckled Trout have been feeding on the Ocean Side of the marshes as they are too feeding on the migratory menhaden and shrimp this time of year.  The Whiting (a/k/a SeaMullet) have been feeding in the surf on the outgoing tides (use fresh shrimp).

Fishing Tip for Mom & Dad Fishing with the Kids in the Surf or the Inlets right now:  The Puffer Fish are in full feeding mode right now off of all of our local beaches, waterways and backwaters as well!  Though fun to catch with the kids and can be enticed by using a tiny piece of shrimp or cut-bait on a #1 hook (double bottom rigs work just fine for these little guys).  Note:  Be sure to watch out for the SHARP and POWERFUL beak the Puffer Fish have as they do tend to bite with force.  :)

Tight Lines & Hope to See You on the Water!

Capt. Trev

http://www.FishingChartersNC.com

CaptainTrevor@ProFishNC.com

(910) 547-0000

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