Inshore Fishing



Spring is beginning to show itself here in the Cape Fear area, and with that comes warmer waters and good fishing! With the mild winter we had this past year our spring is already becoming one to remember. The inshore fishing has stayed consistent as water temperatures are beginning to rise. The Red Drum and Black Drum fishing has been the target for most of our inshore anglers as of lately and with great success. Fishing around waterway docks and deep creek holes has been producing good numbers of both species. Most of these drum are still in their wintertime schools but with the warmer water they’re getting more active. This means that a Carolina Rig with live bait or cut bait is still a good option, but an artificial bait is beginning to be just as productive as these fish get more aggressive. For the live baits we’re still catching drum on live mud minnows, live or dead shrimp, and cut mullet. All of which we have here at the shop so stop on by and we’ll get you filled up on fresh live bait. As for the artificial baits we’ve been throwing a ¼ ounce Bluewater candy jig head unpainted, with a couple of different soft plastics on the back of it. Berkley Gulp shrimp are always a good bet this time of year with the extra scent they give off, this makes it easier to get a bite out of those fish who just aren’t quite as active yet. We’re fishing a 4inch new penny or pearl white in most circumstances. Z man is also a go to in the spring, throwing a 4inch scented paddler in the sexy mullet color or creole croaker has been productive for us. The scented paddlers are one of our favorites as you get the action and water displacement of the paddle tail, plus the Procure scent that comes on the bait once again adds that extra element to a fish that may not normally bite.

Changing pace a little bit we can’t overlook what’s going on in the Cape Fear river right now with our striped bass fishery. This spring has been very productive for targeting these hard fighting river fish. Most anglers are fishing around structure in the river and as the water temperatures continue to rise the fishing will only get better. The structure we’ve been targeting can be something as prominent as bridges that cross the river to deep river bends where the stripers can position to ambush bait. Either way this fishery provides an alternative to our typical saltwater query. When chasing stripers, we’re typically throwing a couple of different things, one being a “rat tail” soft plastic otherwise known as a fluke body bait and generally in a chartreuse color. Saltwater Assassin makes the one we fish the most and we stay fully stocked on all colors and sizes in those fluke style baits for stripers. When rigging this particular bait, we try to stay with a weedless hook as the river is full of snags, so an Owner or VMC weedless weighted hook in a 5/0 or 7/0 depending on the size of bait is a good option to keep you from losing tackle. Secondly, we like to fish a Storm swim shad, this bait is ready to go out of the package and can be a great search bait as you cover a lot of water quickly with it. We tend to use the Storm shad in a 4inch size and either chartreuse or pearl white in color. So next time you’re planning a Saturday fishing trip don’t forget about the Stripers in the river, it’s a great change of scenery and a fun fish to target!

With the warmer months to come Intracoastal Angler is fully stocked with all your springtime fishing apparel! Having the right gear to be out on the water all day is essential, especially this time of year where the mornings can be chilly but by noon it’s up to 80 degrees. We’ve just received all our springtime apparel from Free Fly, Sims, Pelagic, Aftco, and many others so be sure to stop by and check out our new lineup. We are also heavily stocked in Xtra-Tuff boots in all sizes and colors, just in case that springtime shower catches you out on the water. Whether your needs are tackle, apparel, or both Intracoastal Angler is sure to have you covered!

Tight lines to everybody and we’ll see you on the water!