Reaction Charters Southeast NC Fishing Report

May 2nd, 2010 by Capt. Mark Armstrong

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

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