Reaction Charters Cape fear, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, inshore fishing report

February 8th, 2011 by Capt. Mark Armstrong

Well if the beginning of 2011 is any indication as to how the rest of the year is going to be we will be in for a good year!  Winter can be a great time to fish for red drum in the Cape Fear area.  All you need is a slight warm up and the redfish bite really gets hot.  We recently had a 60+ fish day and a few days with 20 to 30 fish caught.  Double digit days have been pretty common.  The Redfish can be caught by throwing soft plastic curly or paddle tail grubs fished SLOWLY.  These fish are cold and looking for an easy meal.  Soft plastic grubs with a curly or paddle tail will give the bait a lot of action without having to fish it fast, let it sit from time to time, let the current flick that tail and you should have good results.  Fishing around deep structure and in deeper holes will produce the most fish.  Unfortunately, like most of us, the other inshore species do not like cold weather and the fishing has been fairly slow.  However there has been a decent striper bite and I did get an early season 13” flounder.

I am really looking forward to the 2011 fishing season, fishing with old friends and making some new ones.  I have just decommissioned the 20’ McKee Craft and while I hate to see her go I have added a larger, brand new, 22’ Key West bay boat.  She is fully rigged out with a Yamaha 4 stroke, side imaging sonar, Power Pole, MotorGuide trolling motor and a Fusion stereo.  I have been very happy with this new rig and will post pictures soon.

Capt. Mark

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