Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summertime Redfish

The sightfishing around Wilmington NC has been nothing short of awesome this summer. Most people believe that fishing slows down in the summer due to the hot weather and water temperatures, but I find this not to be true for redfish. With the right tide and a quiet approach to the school of fish they will eat flies and other artificial lures even on the hottest days. Over the last few weeks we have been catching lots of red drum with some flounder mixed in all on artificial lures. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a large school of fish in shallow water chase down a topwater plug and eat it.  Many of these redfish have been tailing in water less than 8
inches deep on sand flats and provide great opportunities for the fly caster.  Along with the schools of redfish there are lots of sheepshead, flounder, and sharks around inshore. We have been seeing many of the sharks up on the flats and they make great targets on light tackle. We even had a small shark eat a topwater plug last week. Most of the sharks are on the small side but we have seen a few up to 5-6 feet lately in less than 3 feet of water.  This past full moon provided us with good tides for tailing redfish and sheepshead and provide the fly angler with great sightfishing opportunities. From Topsail Island to the Cape Fear River, summertime fishing is in full swing. Don't hesistate to book a trip just because of the hot weather because the fish are still there and are hungry. 

Capt. Allen Cain

A few pictures from the last 2 weeks