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Jan 18

Fishing Guides on the New River Host Visitors Year-Round

Posted on January 18, 2019 at 10:59 AM by Susan Dosier

Young boy holding up a fish
(Click the image above to see the full video!)

Winter fishing? Indeed! “Bad weather” days can be great days to fish as changes in barometric
pressure find fish more active. Here in Jacksonville, North Carolina, fishing guides on the New
River specialize in providing tall tales and reeling in the fun.

A pastime for all ages, our guides are ready when you are—weekdays, weekends or for special
gatherings. Guides help beginners with the basics, and they enhance the experience for
seasoned fishermen.

In the video above, Captain David Fountain from Just Got Reel Inshore Charters takes us along to see the fish and scenery. He shares his knowledge of the New River, too. He says his job “is to make it as easy as possible for visitors to experience what the fishing scene here has to offer.”

The New River is about 54 to 64 miles in length (depending on who measures it), emptying into
the Atlantic Ocean. It rises in northwestern Onslow County and flows east-southeast
past Jacksonville, where it becomes a tidal estuary approximately two miles (3.2 km) wide. The
river is relatively small with no big cities on its shores. Shallow boats like Captain Fountain’s
navigate the river easily—even after storms such as Florence.

New River yields both freshwater and saltwater fishing experiences on the same outing. With
Captain Fountain as a guide, catfish, bass, and bluegill can be found just two miles from
speckled trout, red drum, and mackerel. Here, anglers are lured by the river’s hidden nooks and
pathways. Blissfully secluded spots with pristine water and landscapes are easily found here.
It’s a scenic place--without the crowds.

Captain David isn’t the only expert offering guided expeditions. Others include:
  • Captain Junior Sinclair of Fishbones Charters – He’s fished the coast for more than three decades.
  • Captain Ricky Kellum is known as the “Speckled Specialist.” He teaches tricks of the trade to guests and visitors, guaranteeing a great catch.
What tall tale will you bring home from Jacksonville NC? The next batch of fishing stories is
waiting to be told (and then exaggerated). Whether you’re on the hunt for a new spot or just
getting started, the New River invites you.

Don’t forget your fishing license— or better yet, ask your guide to handle to that for you. See you on the New River!
Learn more about Jacksonville fishing.