Seahawk Inshore Fishing Report 6/9/13 Summertime Inshore and Backwater Fishing is Here!!! Reds, Flounder, Speckled Trout, Sheephead, Black Drum, Tripletails and Bluefish

June 9th, 2013

The inshore and backwater fishing is heating up and should be getting better as we head into the beginning of the summer fishing season.  We have had some tough days mixed in with lots of good days recently. Hopefully the inshore fishing will become more consistent with the flounder and sheephead starting to show in the inshore and backwaters.  We have caught reds, speckled trout, and black drum into the spring and it will be nice to have a few more options.  June is typically one of the best months of the year and I am looking forward to the summer fishing season to get into full swing.

We are still catching decent numbers of redfish on topwater plugs, DOA soft plastics, Gulp baits.  We are also catching reds using the simple methods of fishing live minnows and shrimp on carolina rigs and float rigs.  Most of the reds have been lower to under-slot fish but we have got on to some larger reds in the upper to over-slot range.  There are some large schools of upper and over-slot reds on the flats and the sight fishing has been good when conditions are right.  When sightfishing for reds we have been throwing topwater plugs, DOA soft plastics, and Gulp baits and for finicky schooling reds, live mud minnows pinned to jigheads.  Redfish grow quick and we should have a good summer fishing for redfish.  We are also picking up a few flounder and speckled trout while fishing for reds.

The sheephead are starting to show and putting a few of these tasty fish in the cooler is always a possibility in the summer months.  We are catching sheephead holding close to pilings and rockpiles using fiddler crabs on carolina rigs.  We are also picking up a few black drum while fishing for sheephead.

The flounder have been slow to show and the flounder fishing should be getting better as we head into mid June.  The peanut pogies have shown up thick in the Cape Fear River and good numbers of flounder should not be far behind.  Fishing these baits on points, docks and around creek mouths will put some good sized flatfish in the cooler. Flounder also love Gulp Baits and we have good days on flounder in the summer by dropping the trolling motor, covering ground, and throwing Gulp Shrimp and Jerkbaits.

We have caught a few speckled trout on topwater plugs, mirrolures, and soft plastics.  We have also caught a few tripletails around crab pot bouys and catching one of these mysterious fish is always a possibility in the summer months. There are also lots of bluefish showing up on the inshore waters.

I recently added a new 2012 21′ Key West Skiff powered by a 2012 Yamaha 115 Four Stroke outboard to the Seahawk Inshore fleet.  This boat will be used for my Waterman Seafood trips and I will also occasionally use it on my fishing charters where more than three people are involved.  This boat has a ton of room and is equipped with a MinnKota Talon and trolling motor.  I am looking forward to getting this boat fully rigged and into action this week.

Thanks for reading the report and check out a few of the photos from my recent fishing trips.
Thanks,
Jeff Wolfe
Seahawk Inshore Fishing Charters
North Carolina Inshore Fishing Blog
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Seahawk Inshore Fishing Report 04/29/13 MAY FISHING IS ALMOST HERE!!! Catching redfish, a few speckled trout, black drum, flounder and whiting on the inshore and backwaters of the lower Cape Fear.

April 29th, 2013

The inshore and backwater fishing has slowed a little due to the inconsistent weather patterns we have experienced lately. The up and down temps have kept the water cooler and prevented some of our inshore species from moving in. This should change as soon as spring has fully sprung and the fish get more active in the warmer water temps. Flounder, sheephead, small and large bluefish will be showing along with the trout, redfish, and black drum we have caught all winter. This will provide us with a lot of action and a good variety of inshore fish to pursue in the weeks ahead.

The redfishing has been good on most days and should be getting better as the water warms. May is typically a excellent month for catching reds in the backwaters of the Cape Fear area. There will be large schools roaming the flats and the sightfishing should be good when conditions are right. We have caught some reds sightfishing on the flats recently but most of the redfishing has been done in the creeks. We are catching reds on Gulp baits, DOA soft plastics, live minnows and shrimp. The topwater bite will be picking up and I can’t wait to start catching reds on topwater. Reds will be spread out throughout the Cape Fear area and lots of days will provide us with good numbers of reds and speckled trout along with flounder to produce our Carolina inshore slams.

I am really looking forward to late spring as the inshore and backwater fishing takes off. Thanks for reading the report and check out the photos from my recent trips. I should have a good report for the next couple of weeks.

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