Tournament Trail Charters Fishing Report

Windy week and Inshore Slams

Published on July 24th, 2012 by Capt. Rennie Clark Jr. | Click for more | Add Your Comment

This past week has been a windy one.  I have had trips From Sneads Ferry to Oak Island and all areas in between.  With charters every day the past week but Sunday, which is my day off we landed redfish on every charter on artificials.  Some trips were slow with the windy conditions but my anglers hung in there and wacked a few fish on those 30 mph days.  We fished in the heat and dodged storms early a couple days and in the middle of the day on Saturday. Under the windiest of conditions we caught redfish  on topwater, spoons, and soft plastics.  Also, fished some schools of reds as well as tailers and cruising fish.

Today we had another windy one with a stiff southwest blow.  Had four anglers on the boat today for some inshore action.  It didn’t take long as Patrick struck with a nice slot red within 10 minutes at our first spot on a soft plastic.  On the same flat we had a double hookup on upper and over slot reds on soft plastics.  We also got a nice keeper flounder and several short flounder from the same area.  Decided to make a move and hit a flat that had been holding some nice reds.  The reds weren’t there but the trout were. My anglers made quick work on the specs and landed 7 on soft plastics.  We left those fish biting and with the high tide flooding the short grass went in search of some tailing reds.  Patrick’s fiance struck first at the next flat with a small red to complete her inshore slam to match Patrick.  It didn’t take long to find a red tailing on our first flat.  With the fish tailing hard about 50 feet from where we were set up Patrick made a perfect cast with a soft plastic and brought the bait in front of the red and he went on it like a pile of bricks.  Was a beautiful sight seeing that 26.5″ red take the presentation.   The tide did not make real high today so we were limited on out time chasing tailers.  We had three more shots on fish but couldn’t connect.  Hit another flat and boated another flounder and spec, then made a run to another flat.  As we started working this flat we were greeted by a 7 foot shark and then saw another about the same size on hundred feet down the same bank.  The sharks had these fish stirred up and this was the first flat that didn’t produce fish.  Made a move to our final flat we would work on this day.  We pulled one more flounder and pulled the hooks on another one on the way to the boat.  On the day we landed over a dozen flounder, 8 trout, and five reds.  Two anglers completed an inshore slam and my other two anglers had two out of three species.

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Weekend tournament action

Published on July 1st, 2012 by Capt. Rennie Clark Jr. | Click for more | Add Your Comment

30" Red on topwater

Spotted Red

Redfish Action Reds

Tournament Hardware

Inshore and nearshore fishing has been good.  Inshore I have been catching redfish from Oak Island to Swansboro and everywhere in between.  Last Saturday June 23 I fished the Redfish Action Series Tournament out of Sneads Ferry.  We caught over 30 reds early in the day and ended up finishing in second place and first overall in points for the series.  We caught several over slot reds on topwater lures and gold spoons.  When the sun got up good and the wind started howling we switched over and pitched soft plastics.  Now is the time if you want to get on some reds throwing topwater lures.  The flounder bite has been steady and we are picking them up as by catch fishing the flats for reds.  Some have been really nice sized.  The trout bite has been good early as well.

Nearshore the spanish mackeral bite has been  good early and the bluefish are biting all day.  There is plenty of bait around inside and out.  We had several 50 fish days in the past two weeks on these two species.  Bottom fishing has been outstanding as well with plenty of black sea bass to go around as well as grunts, porgy, and some grouper.  We have had several 100 fish days on short trips bottom fishing.

Call today to schedule a trip while the action is hot!  Dates are limited so call today to book your trip.

Click on the link below for topwater tips and techniques the Tournament Trail Charters way:

Topwater Redfishing Techniques

Tight lines,

Capt Rennie Clark

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