Small Craft Advisory


Mounting a camera near the kayak’s bow will allow for great grip-and-grin shots of a happy angler. Save your memories now
75 Views - Posted: 11 hours ago

In a world of Youtube, Vimeo, Instagram and Vine, along with social media networks built to carry videos and images readily, it only makes sense for people to want to video and photograph their exploits while on the water. Software used to create and edit the images and video is also plentiful and in many cases, inexpensive or even free.

Redfish are only one of a handful of species biting for Capt. Rennie Clark in the lower Cape Fear River. Runoff has mixed bag of freshwater, saltwater fish biting in lower Cape Fear River
757 Views - Posted: March 20 at 7:00 am

A deluge of runoff has made the Cape Fear River a smorgasbord for inshore fishermen, with Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach having a recent catch of red drum, stripers, a keeper flounder and a largemouth bass near Snow’s Cut.

A good, high-definition depth finder is crucial to being able to locate the outside edges of the Little River jetties where redfish lurk this month. Picture the bottom
81 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

From fishing in 8 inches of water for tailing redfish to deep-dropping for swordfish in 750 feet of water, knowing and understanding what is down below is crucial on a fishing trip.  Anglers need to invest in a high-definition sounder to produce clean images of the bottom to fully appreciate the possibilities and of course, catch more fish. 

Warm days in late winter and early spring can not only bring out comfortable clothing, but active feeding in redfish. Weather is a key factor in catching jetty redfish
76 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

A nice, sunny spring day on the water feels good to the fishermen, but even more important, a warming trend can actually improve fishing, especially at the jetties that line Little River Inlet. 

Knowing how the tide runs in a certain area can put you in position to fish productive shallow-water areas like this bay with oysters. Not knowing the tide can leave you stranded. Fishing the tide
105 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Rick Patterson said it is important to know and understand tides before fishing on the flats and bays around Swansboro. Tide stages vary in time at different locations according to their relationship and distance from inlets, and it’s of absolute importance to know how tidal movement affects fish and when to move on and off shallow flats and bays to keep from being stranded.

A swimbait or flutter-style hook can be rigged to make a soft-plastic bait like this Gulp shrimp weedless. Fishing weedless
77 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

It is usually important to keep your redfish baits and lures near the bottom, but guide Rick Patterson said in late winter and early spring there is a marine vegetation growing in almost all of the bays and creeks that will keep your hooks fouled. The growth usually begins sometime in February and gets worse as the sunlight increases and the water warms. 

Red drum are one of only two inshore fish species that haven't been shut down around Cape Lookout by the recent cold weather. Drum, red and black, are only Cape Lookout targets thanks to cold snap
894 Views - Posted: March 04 at 9:25 pm

Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said the recent weather has affected fishing around Cape Lookout, and not in a positive way. All he’s finding, Lynk said, are drum, and he’s not alone. The cold displaced plenty of fish, and drum are the only ones most fisherman are finding.

Jetties along Little River Inlet are great spots for late-winter, early spring redfish action. Jerk on a jetty red - As winter gets ready to leave and spring to arrive, redfish action cranks up around Little River jetties
130 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

After a long winter, fishermen can find a strong fishery cranking into high gear as the spring thaw approaches. For light-tackle anglers familiar with the rock jetties that straddle the North Carolina-South Carolina state line can expect a fantastic redfish bite along the rocky fringes of Little River Inlet. 

As the weather warms in March, more and more redfish move back into the ICW and the marshes around Swansboro. Stem the red tide - Learn the tides and you can figure out Swansboro’s late-winter red drum
113 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Rick Patterson quickly checked the tide level on the bulkhead as he eased his bay boat away from the dock. He decided it would be wise give the tide an hour or two to rise and bring more water to flats where he’d found redfish, leaving him fishing several nearby creeks and deeper channels.

A few cold-stun and kill events were reported over the past 10 days, but they weren't widespread, and NCDMF doesn't plan on closing the speckled trout fishery. Speckled trout escape effects of recent frigid weather
2732 Views - Posted: February 26 at 7:00 am

The second round of cold weather over the past two weeks included a few cold-stuns and kills for coastal fish, but they weren’t as severe as a 2014 fish kill, and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries said there is no reason to close the fishery.

The Bomber Saltwater Grade Mullet is a reintroduction of an old bait that will flat out catch fish. Bomber Saltwater Grade Mullet
485 Views - Posted: February 20 at 9:00 am

Give Theophile Bourgeois a new artificial lure with so much upside to it and he’s as happy as speckled trout and redfish chasing tasty mullet.

Fishermen have been catching plenty of speckled trout, and a mixture of smallish to large fish, in and around the Neuse River. Guide said 2014 trout closure has been a boon for Neuse River specks
1523 Views - Posted: February 20 at 7:52 am

Joe Ward of FlyDaddy Charters in New Bern is looking at the closure of speckled trout fishing last year as a godsend – a key factor in the excellent fishing that anglers have enjoyed along the Neuse River since the season re-opened last Sunday. And in the past couple of weeks, trout have been biting consistently, with a mixture of small and large fish.