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Carolina Beach - Cape Fear River

Capt. Robert Schoonmaker
April 11, 2003
Carolina Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

The inshore fishing is heating up with the increasing air and water temperatures. False Albacore and Bluefish are showing up at Carolina Beach and Masonboro Inlets. Small spoons and Flys that imitate glass minnows are the baits of choice. Look for birds and the fish are usually in the area. The trick is to get just in casting range. If you get to close you drive the fish down and ruin it for everybody.

Fishing in the waterways has produced both red and black drum in the 15 to 20 inch range. These fish are being caught on cut mullet, squid, and shrimp. The fish are hanging out along the docks and oyster beds in the waterway. The cabbage grass seaweed is thick, but if you have patience and keep cleaning your rig, you will catch fish.

The king mackerel are 25 to 30 miles off the beach. The live bottom and ledges north of Frying Pan Shoals are holding these fish. Look for 68 - 70 degree water and structure holding bait fish. When you find both of these conditions, the kings should be in the area.

The Gulf Stream is picking up everyday. Yellowfin and bluefin tuna are showing up in good numbers along with a few nice wahoo. Ballyhoo rigged on mono, naked or with a blue and white skirt, are the baits of choice. A number 2 or 3 planer rigged with a long leader and a black/red or blue/white skirt work well on the wahoo. The fishing in the Gulfstream is just stating and will continue to improve the next two months.

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Carolina Explorer Fishing Charters and Guide Service
P.O. Box 1328
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Phone: 910-264-1807
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