Capt. Chad Casteen enjoys all the fishing avaialble around the mouth of the Cape Fear River, near his native Southport. Maybe its their excellent taste, or it could be that theyre the signal that another summer is arriving, but Spanish mackerel is one of his favorite fish, and their return to his home waters is one of the high points of his year.
Not as renowned as the Neuse or the Roanoke, the Pungo River is a prolific fishery loaded with pristine shorelines and waters that are rich in speckled trout. Early Native Americans identified it as matcha punga or the river of many fish.
Brad Staley of Pleasant Garden doesnt claim to be a professional tutor, but he has sufficient evidence to support his claim that little-known Lake Reese provides a favorable environment for learning about offshore structure fishing.
The rod jerked hard as something grabbed the live shrimp on the end of Capt. Mark Dicksons line. He reared back to set the hook, and the rod bent deeply as his small spinning reel began singing a happy song. A wake appeared as the hooked redfish surged down the bank in the shallow creek near the North Carolina/South Carolina state line.