Seahawk Inshore Fishing Report 2/25/12 February Reds, a Few Trout and Flounder. Spring Fishing is Fast Approaching!!!

February 25th, 2012 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

February turned out to be a great month to get on the water to do some inshore fishing in the Cape Fear area. The inshore fishing was not that great but the mild temps have made up for the lack of fish. Spring is right around the corner and the fishing should get better has we head into March. The water will start to warm making the inshore species more active and trigger them to feed.

There are still lots of redfish around with lockjaw and also some around that are willing to bite. Knowing when, where, and what baits to use have been key lately to get the reds to bite. Most of the reds have been caught by dropping the trolling motor and quietly covering ground and casting to where schools of reds have been roaming the banks. Scented Gulp Shrimp and Swimming Mullet have worked along with DOA paddletails coated with Pro Cure Mullet Scent. Shrimp, crab chunks, and live mud minnows have also worked well, especially on the schools bunched up around the docks.

We are also picking up a stray speckled trout and flounder while throwing artificials for the reds. There are also some stripers being caught in the Cape Fear River around Wilmington. The whiting are just off the beach in the mouth of the Cape Fear River and will be soon making their move to into the river. Catching good numbers of these tasty fish is always a possibility as we get into March and April.

Looking forward to the spring fishing. It is always great getting out on the water with my repeat customers, and meeting and making some new friends. Thanks for reading the report and check out a few of the photos from some recent trips.

Thanks,
Jeff Wolfe
Seahawk Inshore Fishing Charters
Carolina Beach Inshore Fishing Blog
910-619-9580


2/15/12 Henry with a nice red that he caught casting a DOA paddletail jig.


2/15/12 A rare sight in N.C., a seal that was very curious of our presence and kept poking his head up and checking us out.


2/16/12 Josh and Herb had a good trip and doubled up out of a school that was roaming a creek bank. These fish were caught on DOA paddletails soaked in Pro Cure Mullet Scent


2/16/12 Josh with the leader of the pack. A stud of a redfish measuring 30 + inches.


2/17/12 Seth with a red he caught out of a school in the creeks. One of those tough days where we saw a lot of fish but could not get then to bite.



2/18/12 Becky and Mike had a good trip casting DOA paddletails, Gulp Alive Shrimp, and Gulp Swimming Mullet.


2/20/12 Joel with a flounder he caught casting a Gulp Shrimp


2/20/12 Joel with a over-slot red he caught fishing a chunk of blue crab on a carolina rig


2/20/12 Mike and Joel had a good father and son fishing trip in the backwaters of the lower Cape Fear


2/21/12 Joe with a nice spec that fell for a Gulp Swimming Mullet in the creeks of the lower Cape Fear


2/21/12 I got to make a few cast fishing with Joe and picked up this 26 3/4 inch red fishing some of Pure Fishings great products, Pflueger, Abu Garcia, and Berkley Gulp. This fish was caught on one of my new setups that is going to be great casting artificials. The Pflueger Patriach and the Abu Garcia Villian 7’1″ spinning outfit that together weigh around 10 ounces. We were fishing out of the new 19′ Carolina Skiff in the creeks of the lower Cape Fear.


2/23/12 Amy with a red that hit a chunk of blue crab on a carolina rig


2/23/12 Colby with a nice spec and flounder that hit a Gulp Shrimp. We had a inshore slam on this day with a few reds, a trout, and two keeper flounder.


The whiting will be showing up soon in the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Putting big numbers of these tasty fish is always a possibility in March

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Seahawk Inshore Fishing Report 2/7/2012 LOTS OF REDFISH AROUND AND A FEW SPECKLED TROUT. BEAUTIFUL WEATHER HERE IN SOUTHERN N.C.!!!

February 7th, 2012 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

We are still experiencing some awesome weather here in the Cape Fear area with lots of days in the upper 60′s and water temps in the mid 50′s. This has made for some comfortable days to be on the water fishing. There are lots of redfish around but getting them to bite has been difficult lately. We are still picking up a few fish and on most days we are catching double digit numbers. We are also picking up a few speckled trout, black drum, and an occasional flounder.

There are lots of schools of redfish on the flats, in the creeks, and around dock pilings. These schools range from 30 to 100 fish on the flats and smaller schools of 20 to 50 fish in the creeks and around the docks. The reds were biting good but have shut down this past week. Hopefully they will turn back on and start to feed again. We are still picking up a few fish even on the days when it is tough to get them to bite. The reds around the dock pilings and have been easier to catch using natural baits. Gulp shrimp, DOA paddle tails, are working well on the flats and in the creeks. Mud minnows, dead shrimp and crab chunks are working well around the docks.

We are picking up a few speckled trout in the creeks when casting Gulp Shrimp and DOA paddle tails and an occasional flounder. There are also a few black drum around the docks. Most of the black drum are small but we have picked up a couple of bigger ones in the 3to 4lb range. I have not been striped bass fishing but have heard some good reports from the upper Cape Fear River around Wilmington.

Thanks for reading the report and hopefully I’ll have a better report for the next couple of weeks. Check out a few of the photos from some recent trips.

Thanks,
Jeff Wolfe
Seahawk Inshore Fishing Charters
North Carolina Inshore Fishing Blog
910-619-9580


Two recent additions to the inshore, backwater, and flats fleet. The 2011 19′ Carolina Skiff and the 2012 17′ Ranger Banshee Extreme are rigged and ready for action.





1/15/12 Jack, Peter, Danielle, and Dave had a good trip with 16 reds and a flounder. Caught fishing DOA paddletails and Gulp Shrimp.


1/17/12 Ed with a nice red he caught casting Gulp Alive Shrimp


1/17/12 Allen with a spec he caught on a DOA paddletail jig. A good double digit day on the reds, one speckled trout and a four pound black drum.



1/19/12 Grant and Mandy had a good day on the reds fishing DOA paddltails and Gulp Shrimp


Alex with a nice flounder he picked up on 1/20/12


1/20/12 Kevin with a over-slot red he caught out of a nice school along the marsh edge


1/20/12 Kevin and Alex had a good father and son trip and capped it off with a double hook up of reds out of a school along a creek bank


1/21/12 My son Christian continues to put his friends on fish with Garret picking up this nice red on a DOA paddletail jig. Christian should have his captains license soon and will be able to take some of my overflow.


1/23/12 Stone with a nice spec he picked fishing with Christian on the newly rigged Carolina Skiff


1/23/12 Christian with another nice spec




1/24/12 Rich, Fernando, and Peter went on a tear catching three keeper flounder and three keeper trout in about thirty minutes. They also had a good day on the reds. Notice the short sleeves, a beautiful day in late January


1/29/12 A tough day on the reds for Pat, Cory, Travis, and Roy . We did manage a couple of reds and about twelve tasty black drum for the frying pan


2/4/12 John with a couple of the reds he caught fishing dead shrimp on a carolina rig. We also picked up a few black drum.




2/5/12 Steve, Allen, and James had a good trip with around ten specs (only three keepers) and a couple of reds. One of the tough days where we saw a lot of reds but could not get them to bite.


1/31/12 This was a slick calm day where we saw several big schools of reds on the flats but they would not eat. Paul did pick up this over-slot fish on his first cast into a school. He said it was still an amazing sight to see that many fish in less than a foot of water.


Christian with a red he pulled out of some dock pilings fishing dead shrimp.

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