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Anglers Corner: Fishing Reports and Photos

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By: John Carty
Affordable Charters

In the surf fishing has been difficult due to the large amount of seaweed. There are reports of puppy drum, flounder, bluefish, & Virginia mullet. On the piers some spots are showing up. Also reports of flounder, Virginia mullet, bluefish, croaker, & still a few sheepshead. Offshore there are reports of king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, & mahi mahi. On the bottom they are catching black bass, grunts, grouper, snapper, & some amberjack. Inshore we are catching speckled trout, lots of red drum, flounder, croaker, large bluefish, sharks, Virginia mullet, black drum, lots of ladyfish & pompano. Fishing tip of the week: For those of you who have never been stung by a sting ray you are very fortunate. For those that have , you know that it is a very painful experience. I have been stung twice. The second time was in the finger. The poison works so fast that within 5 minutes not only my hand, but my arm & side felt like it was on fire. The best way to release a sting ray is to cut your leader. The longer you fool with it the better your chances of getting stung & The smaller sting rays are more agile and faster with their tail than larger sting rays. If you do get stung & the stinger is still attached to the sting ray hot water will relieve that pain. The pain will last about 2 hours. If the stinger breaks of in you g'dTThe doctor as soon as possible. Keep fishing & stay safe.

By: John Pagenstecher
Carolina Coastal Adventures

This past week the fishing was up and down. The high pressure from Gabrielle and th NE wind made it easy to fish but tough to catch....There are lots of great fish around, as the days get shorter and the temperatures cool down the fishing just gets better!!
The river is full of the usual suspects, Redfish, Flounder, Speckeled Trout and Croaker. Black Drum are showing up around structure and the oyster bars and some good sized Blue Fish are cruising around. These guys are all now pretty good sized and even the short drum are putting up a good fight.
The weather for this upcoming week looks great for fishing with some southwest wind and a morning falling tide. Look for fish around the loose grasses and creek mouths.
If you aren't getting strikes just try another spot...you'll find them!!!!

By: Bruce Feilds
Flat Dawg Charters

Big Flounder in Snow’s Cut, the waterway, and the inlet 3lbs - 8lbs.
The wrecks  on the beach are hit and miss right now. Speckled trout are improving in the river.
There are some nice fish from 3.5 to 6.5 lbs using topwater, or live bait on a flat rig.

 

(Pictured Left): Dr. Charles McCausland of Towson, MD with a beautiful 26.5 inch, 7lb Red Drum, his first ever. He caught it this past weekend with Capt John of Carolina Coastal Adventures.
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(Pictured Left): Brothers Brandon and Matthew Rood from Carolina Beach caught these nice Flounder Sunday while fishing with their dad. They were fishing in the Cape Fear river using live mullet minnows.
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(Pictured Left): Bill and Helen caught these nice flounder and red drum while fishing aboard Affordable Charters.
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(Pictured Left): This group from Va.,Michigan, and Winston Salem,NC caught this good catch of speckled trout on Sept 5th fishing with Jeff Wolfe of Seahawk Inshore Fishing Charters.
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(Pictured Left): Debbie & Cameron caught these red drum and speckled trout fishing aboard Affordable Charters.
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(Pictured Left): D.J. with a nice flounder and speckled trout caught while fishingaboard Affordable Charters.
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(Pictured Left): This group from NJ and Va. had a very succesful trip while fishing with Jeff Wolfe of Seahawk Inshore Fishing Charters.
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(Pictured Left): Peter Doran and his son, Marshall of Kure Beach had a great Labor Day morning catching this Speckeled Trout and a bunch of other fish with Capt John of Carolina Coastal Adventures.
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(Pictured Left): Angela Pagenstecher gives this little Red Fish a little "sugar" which keeps them comming back for more. She caught this cutie while fishing with her husband, Capt John of Carolina Coastal Adventures.
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(Pictured Left): Todd, Ken, and Capt Bruce, in South River with a 40 lbs Red Drum caught with Flat Dawg Charters.
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(Pictured Left): Seth and Bruce in South River with a 35 lbs Red Drum caught with Flat Dawg Charters.
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(Pictured Left): Capt Bruce with a 35 lbs Red Drum caught a his trip to South River this past weekend.
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