Friday, June 1, 2012

Fishing on the Cape Fear Coast

Redfishing along the Cape Fear Coast continues to be great for fly and spin anglers when conditions allow. With two tropical storms over the recent weeks, we have had some very windy days.
Good news is that even with the rainfall and dirty water the fish are still feeding good. The redfish are scattered everywhere from Topsail Island to Oak Island and are very aggressive. The wind has made it tough on some days for fly anglers but with a little hard work we have managed to hook and land multiple fish in tough condtions. Anglers throwing topwater plugs on spin rod have had some great days no matter the conditions. There's just something about watching a 6 pound redfish explode on a surface plug in shallow water that keeps you coming back for more. Other lures such as redfish magic spinnerbaits, gold spoons, and DOA soft plactics have been working well. We have also managed to pick up a few speckled trout and flounder while blind casting for redfish. One flounder was just under 5 pounds. Fishing live mullet or menhaden around structure or area inlets has also been very productive for flounder. Most flounder are still just under or at the legal size limit but there are some larger fish mixed in. With the recent tailing tides the redfish have been on the hunt for fiddler crabs. We have had a few great days chasing tailers on the fly rod. If you want to catch a redfish on fly this is one of the most exciting ways to do it.

Here is a short flyfishing video a friend of mine filmed and put together a few weeks ago. We first chased low tide fish and then tailers. It was a really windy day but we managed to land two fish on film.

Capt. Allen Cain

Jon with his first redfish

speckled trout caught on spinnerbait

Tailer, 11 o'clock at 40 feet