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Sunday, July 07, 2013

4TH July Report

Summer time weather patterns have set in and too much SW wind has keep river levels low and rough conditions at times.

There has been trout and drum with a mix of flounder being caught searching the river shores down river and working deeper waters with jigs and live baits. With the stiff winds, a Power Pole or Stick It Pole is key, so you can fish areas slower than 90mph drifting! DOA CAL shad and jerk baits have been doing well jigged on a DOA 1/8 jig head. The DOA Deadly Combo has also been performing well. For live baiters – mud and mullet minnows have been the choice fished on a Carolina rig. I recommend using circle hooks and keeping a tight live to prevent gut hooking fish.

There is also a lot of incredible rock and drum fishing up river in New Bern area when weather permits. You have to get out early for your top water bite. I throw Storm Chug Bugs and DOA Airheads fish weed less into the stumpy areas and HANG ON! Most are catch and release fishery, but it is a blast.

Big Drum are slowly being reported and definitely more to come real soon. Get your DOA Airheads and Deadly Combos ready for sight casting to cruising feeders this year on lighter tackle. I am using TFO 7’XH rod with a 4000 series reel spooled with 40 lb braid. Casts well and can get them in without too much stress. The TFO XH is rated up to 2oz and has great action.

I had a fun 2 boat trip this 4th weekend with Dad David Young taking his son Matt and friends Steve Lenzen and Tony Bialorucki on an Southern adventure…. '

They are living in Brooklyn New York and Boston Massachusetts, show I had to entertain with my Southern Hospitality! Shoreline fishing was slow that morning so I moved to deeper structure water and found some fun and really nice trout hungry for the catch. Dad David stayed busy netting for Tony as I handled Steve and Matts catches. Matt was on a roll with some of the nicer fish for a spell.

Ended up a good finish after a slow start – have to move around to find them.

Posted by Capt. Dave on 07/07/13

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