Seahawk Inshore Fishing Charters and Inshore Fishing Report 5/27/12 Lots of inshore action in the Cape Fear area!!!

Making inshore fishing for all inshore species fun and simple for children and inexperienced fisherman and fisherwomen. Similiar to fishing in freshwater lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers. For those that love dropping the trolling motor and throwing artificials, you will love catching redfish on topwater plugs, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics. Redfish are a largemouth on steroids and will absolutely crush a topwater plug. We also catch flounder and speckled trout and these same lures. Even on windy days we can find calm protected creeks to fish for all of the inshore species.

The inshore fishing is heating up with catches of redfish, flounder, speckled trout, sheephead, large and small bluefish. The fishing has really picked up over the past week and should be good for the month of June. Large schools of redfish on the flats, flounder are showing up in better numbers, a few speckled trout, and sheephead are all roaming the inshore and backwaters.

The redfish bite has been really good on the flats when the winds are light. There are large schools roaming these flats and are crushing topwater plugs throughout the day. We have experienced some awesome sightfishing recently. There are also a few reds in the creeks and along the marsh banks. Topwater plugs, DOA soft plastics, Bayou Buck Spinnerbaits, and Gulp Shrimp are my go to artificials for summertime reds. Live mullet, peanut pogies, mud minnows and shrimp are also bringing double digit numbers of redfish to the boat. Look for this action to continue throughout the summer months, especially on the days with light winds. On the windier days we are fishing the protected creeks of the lower Cape Fear behind the tree lines where the wind will not effect us as much.

The flounder bite has picked up throughout the Cape Fear area. The Cape Fear River, inlets, creeks, docks, and bays are all holding decent numbers of flounder. Live peanut pogies, mud minnows, and mullet on carolina rigs are producing most of the action. We are also picking up flounder while throwing Gulp baits along the marshes and deeper holes in the creeks.

We are picking up some nice sheephead in the 3 to 7 lb range fishing fiddler crabs on carolina rigs. The sheephead are holding close to structure like docks, rockpiles and bridge pilings. Catching sheephead is a blast and very challenging trying to get the big ones away from the structure and into the landing net. Catching a few of these fish along with reds, flounder, and trout will help put good numbers of great eating inshore fish in the cooler.

There are a few speckled trout around and most of the trout on my charters have been caught while throwing artificials for reds and flounder. There have been a few carolina inshore slams lately (redfish, speckled trout, and flounder), and this is always a possibility fishing Gulp baits and DOA soft plastics in the backwaters of the Cape Fear area. We have also picked up some large blues in the 8 to 10 pound range while throwing topwater plugs and soft plastics on the flats and in the creeks.

Thanks for reading the report and check out a few of the photos from my recent trips. These are just a few of the good catches we have had lately. Hopefully I’ll have a good report for the next couple of weeks.

Jeff Wolfe
Seahawk Inshore Fishing Charters
Carolina Beach Inshore Fishing Blog

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