Reaction Charters Fishing Report

Reaction Charters inshore near shore fishing report

Published on March 15th, 2011 by Capt. Mark Armstrong | Click for more | Add Your Comment

With the fluctuations in the weather lately, the fishing has been just as unpredictable. We have had several days with outstanding numbers of redfish and have had some slow days also. With the warm weather creeping back the redfish bite will become more consistent. The flounder and trout will also be showing up in good numbers soon. Several flounder have already been caught and we had a 14” speckled trout last week! The redfish have been schooled up in large schools throughout the day but as the water heats up they will start to disperse during the higher tide stages and school again as the tide falls. This is a good time to fish Gulp baits or curly tail grubs with a lot of action. These fish still want an easy meal so keep it slow!! As the water temperatures heat up faster retrieves with spoons, spinnerbaits and topwater lures will become effective on the reds and trout.
Capt. Mark
REACTION CHARTERS
(910)612-3333

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

Published on February 8th, 2011 by Capt. Mark Armstrong | Click for more | Add Your Comment

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
REACTION CHARTERS
(910)612-3333

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