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Posted on April 23, 2021 at 7:26 PM by Kim Tilghman
Get Ready To Fish
Cast stress away as you fish on the scenic New River. Book one of our seasoned guides, and consider taking the kids, too. Retreat after your day on the water to a comfy hotel or short-term rental.
Whether you’re new to fishing or a pro angler, Jacksonville and the surrounding area offers rich opportunity for satisfying fishing--and sunsets. At the New River (above), speckled trout, bass and other species lure many anglers. These tips get you started.
Choose from saltwater and freshwater fishing
For saltwater fishing, expect to land speckled trout, flounder, red drum, bluefish, sea mullet (whiting), spot, croaker, and Spanish mackerel. Go out in a larger boat, and fish for cobia, mahi, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, grey trout, flounder, black sea bass and grouper. For saltwater or surf fishing, head to the Seaview Pier in North Topsail (about 30 minutes away). In-shore charters sail out of Swansboro and Sneads Ferry.
The scoop from a Jacksonville fishing guide...
Jacksonville and Onslow County sit on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The New River and its tributaries eventually transition from brackish (a mix of seawater and fresh water) to freshwater, says captain Junior Sinclair of Fishbones Inshore Fishing Charters. “We catch largemouth bass, blue gill, crappie, catfish and pike inshore,” he explains. “I love chasing the red drum from deep in the creeks and tributaries through the marsh grass and into the surf.”
Fishing is fun for all ages and levels of experience
Fishing is a family-friendly activity perfect for all ages. “We cater to everyone—from two to ninety-two,” says captain Ricky Kellum, aka The Speckled Specialist. “It’s a great family activity and alternative to video games. Kids can fish just as well as a seasoned pro.”
Fishing can also be an inclusive activity for individuals with physical limitations. Captains Kellum and Sinclair have successfully hosted fishing outings for clients with terminal cancer patients and paraplegics. Sinclair has hosted trips sponsored by the Foundation for Exceptional Warriors.
You can fish year-round
Peak fishing season along the Carolina coast is April through November, yet anglers cast a line throughout the year. “Winter fishing can be great. A bad weather day might be a great day to fish,” says Sinclair. Changes in barometric pressure often cause fish to become active, he explains.
Ready, Set, Fish
What to know before you go:
Other Helpful Links:
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Boating access areas
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