Reaction Charters Fishing Report, Redfish, Trout, Spanish and Flounder are all here!!

May 17th, 2010 by Capt. Mark Armstrong | Comments Off

The fishing has been really exciting over the past couple of weeks!  The lower Cape Fear and waterways have been filling up with baitfish and shrimp.  The predator fish are taking full advantage of the abundant prey.  Most of the summer time fish that we target are here now and that makes for some great mixed bag days.  The water temps are really good right now, the water is warm enough to get the fish’s metabolism kicked into high gear but still cool enough to hold enough oxygen to provide plenty of energy for some blistering runs and long exciting battles.  The spring winds will calm soon and the sight fishing will be getting really good.

Redfish are still consistent and the water temps have them really fired up.  We have had some good days around Topsail island, with some big schools of Redfish and a handful of Flounder.  The Reds have been very willing to do their part and attack a topwater bait however getting them to the boat is always challenging.  Some larger Flounder in the 6+ pound range are in the river now and they are feeding on the Menhaden that have moved in.  The Speckled Trout fishing is starting to get better and a trip yesterday produced 2 in the 3.5 to 4.5 pound range along with some topwater Bluefish and 14 Redfish.  Spanish are thick off of the beach and trolling or casting jigs has been very effective.  Flounder and Grey Trout are also being caught off of the beach on the near shore wrecks.

I am extremely excited about the coming up fishing season and so far things are starting out really well!  I hope to get the chance to fish with many of you and that you get the chance to enjoy all the great fishing and nature that the Cape Fear coast has to offer.

Capt. Mark
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Reaction Charters Southeast NC Fishing Report

May 2nd, 2010 by Capt. Mark Armstrong | Comments Off

Well, the weather and the fishing are starting to heat up in the lower Cape Fear bays and near shore waters! The Menhaden are starting to show up and I am seeing good numbers in the lower Cape Fear River.  The amount of mullet and other bait fish have also been increasing with the warmer weather.  Small shrimp are in the marshes and the redfish and trout have been feeding on them.

We have been able to consistently catch redfish all winter on the flats but now those 10 fish days are rapidly approaching 30+ fish days. We are catching the redfish on Gulp, live bait and a variety of other lures. We have been catching some early season flounder for about a month now and the big ones will be showing up shortly as more Menhaden show up.  Bluefish are being caught near shore but I have not caught any in the backwaters yet.  The Spanish mackerel are now being caught on the near shore wrecks and artificial reefs.  The Spanish and a few Bonito can be caught by trolling Clark spoons and Yo-Zuri Deep Divers.  These near shore reefs are also holding some Speckled and Grey trout along with some Whiting.  I have been catching some early season Speckled trout but no real numbers and I have not had any on top-water.  However, in the next few weeks, as the water heats up, these specks will be craving top-water plugs and popping corks.   Whiting are being caught all around the lower Cape Fear from Snow’s Cut south.  The Whiting are being caught on bottom rigs with Fish Bites or cut shrimp for bait.

May is an exciting time at the Cape Fear coast and signifies the end of the spring wake-up period and the beginning of another summer of fishing some of the most beautiful places nature has to offer.   I am looking forward to having a great season this year, catching trophy fish and meeting new people!

Capt. Mark
REACTION CHARTERS
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