Sunday, December 31, 2006

28th-30th.. Trout and redfish!

Well, hope everyone had a great holiday! My wife and I got back from the ATL on the 27th and i stepped back on the boat at 5 am on 28th hoping for some striper, trout, and drum. Well, we worked everything known to man for striper for several hours at daybreak to no avail.... although we did manage some pretty upper slot redfish. Later we moved on to catch some pretty speckled trout to top off the cooler with fish. Then on the the 29th with Folden Lee and co. onboard we started off on the trout and worked a slow bite. We boated about 20 trout with 12 from 16in to 23in. and a few smaller fish. Later, we moved on looking for the larger slot sized redfish and weren't able to land any....only a short flounder in the process.... but that's fish'n.... Sat. the 30th my team-mate, Mike Taylor, and I opted to sit out on the local striper tourny this season as we had scoured the coast looking for several days to no avail.... well, that proved to be a good move as no striper were weighed in.... instead, I slept in and jumped onboard the Triton at 7:15am to locate the trout bite here in swansboro. I lucked out and found a few trout just after first light... managed 6 trout before moving on to locate some redfish for upcoming trips here in swansboro.... The redfishing will be hot here in Swansboro in January through March as we have one of the best fisheries in the State... Capt. Jeff Cronk. FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS. SWANSBORO, NC 1-910-326-7512 or 336-558-5697.

Friday, December 22, 2006

12/21/06 Trout and Whitewater Redfish!

6hr trip this morning hoping for some speckled trout, Redfish, and Stripers.... Well, the trout bite was slow this morning but my crew managed to land about 20 speckled trout with 7 from 1.5 to 2.5lbs and lots of smaller fish. Along with the trout were some 15 to 17in puppydrum. Shortly after the trout bite picked up we opted to head on and look for some stripers.... Well, hundreds of gannets everywhere in the shoals and very fishy looking but no linesides... it was a little tough getting close to the whitewater but we found several safe pockets that allowed us to reach the shallows. We managed to find a school of redfish in the upper slot and landed 5 along with a flounder and a couple of bluefish. Water temps on the east side were 59degrees.... i'm sure there are some stripers in the area but the rough water wouldn't allow us to work it good... and we only had a shortwhile to look. Great work guys! Look forward to having you onboard again soon.
Capt. Jeff Cronk

Sunday, December 17, 2006

12/17/06 Citation Redfish!

Sun. 12/17 Well, headed out to the shoals for a short while this morning to look for some striper and had Dr. Bogus aboard. Absolutely no bait and no fish to be found on the shoals so, we eased down the beach toward some gannets and bait. We hovered over a good school of 12 to 16in shad and dropped the deep jigs down... First drop and I had something large hooked up... thought it was a striper but it turned out to be a very large redfish. The length was approx. 45-47in. and the girth was 32-34in. not sure exactly what it weighed but it was definately over 40lbs. Anyone have an idea on a weight for these measurements.... I don't trust the fish weight calculators for large fish like these... it said the fish weighed between between 58 and 67lbs....for those two sets of measurements. again, I don't beleive that.... just curious if anyone has weighed a red with these measurements.... She had a massive belly on her.... We called Capt. Rick Patterson over and his father hooked p with one about the same size also on light spinning tackle. On the way back to the dock we stopped along the beach and managed to land about 10 trout with the largest at 2.5lbs and two flounder. Great morning on the water! Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N 4LIFE Charters 910-326-7512..

Saturday, December 16, 2006

12/16/06 Great Day on the Trout!

Sat. 6hr Trip with Rich Digulio's group onboard. We got an early start and worked the trout with live baits today. It was slow early in the am. and then picked up quite a bit. We landed about 38 speckled trout today and a 2lb tautog along with a 1lb black drum. We kept our limit of 30 specks from 1lb to 2.75lbs. Great Job Guys! Look forward to having you on board again. Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE- 910-326-7512

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Tues. 12/12 5.8lb Speckled Trout!

Here's a quick shot of Jason Guthrie's son, Graham holding up his monster speckled trout from an early morning trip on Tuesday. You da man Graham! Congratulations on your Citation Trout! Seriously Graham, you should let your dad catch a big one every now and then.... sorry Jason, Couldn't resist! Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE- 910-326-7512 or 336-558-5697 or email jcronk@ec.rr.com

Sunday, December 10, 2006

12/9 6lb 13oz Citation Trout! Trout and Reds all Morning!

Sat. 12/9/06 Well, Can ya say cold! I had friends Rob and Wes onboard this morning with me as we left the dock about 6:00am with ice on the deck, skim ice in the creek, and 21degree air temps.... but we had a livewell full of speckled trout candy and were dressed for a day on the slopes. Within just a few minutes after daybreak and water temps along the beach at 53 degrees, the fish started slowly biting. We found some spiny dogfish, then some trout and reds. The bite was steady all morning as we landed 29 speckled trout and over 30 redfish. Most of the specks were between 1.5 and 1.75 lbs. We had about 8 trout over 2 lbs... Rob boated a 3.95lber, Wes put up a 3.85lber, and I lucked out to land a 6.85 lb Gator Trout! This fish measured 27.5in in length and 13.5in in girth and had already dropped her roe. She struck a 4in. Gulp Freshwater Smelt. Awsome Job on the net Rob! Everything has got to come together just right to find, entice, and land a big trout... we've been lucky aboard FISH'N4LIFE this November/December to bring several dozen citation trout to the scales thus far. Congratulations to all those anglers who managed to get that big fish to the net. There should be many more big trout as well as Striper with upcoming trips. Looking forward to fishing with those of you scheduled this month and January. Just a few open dates left for Trout/Striper/Reds in Dec. and Jan. Check the updated post below if you're interested in some serious Winter fishing and don't forget we offer GIFT CERTIFICATES which make perfect gifts for the fisherman in your family. Capt. Jeff Cronk - FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS- 910-326-7512 or 336-558-5697 or EMAIL jcronk@ec.rr.com

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Striper Tournament Decmeber 30th- MOREHEADCITY

EMAIL brandon@reelscreamin.com or jcronk@ec.rr.com for entry form and info...

11/30/06 40 Speckled Trout 4lb, 4.15lb and 5.2LB CITATION!

What a day on the water! Here it is the beginning of December and the temps were in the upper 50's at daybreak and reached 70+... The trout were biting along the surf and in the backwaters today! I had good friend, Jim Davis, onboard with me today and we layed it to the T-rout! We used both live bait and Berkley Gulp Jerkshad today and caught Speckled Trout, Redfish, and Blackdrum. We fished along the surf until about 11:00am and culled through a mess of trout, keeping our limit of 20 between 2 and 4.15lbs before we headed into the backwaters to try some new area. On the inside we managed 6 more specks and some pups with a 5.2lb trout that exploded on a Berkley Gulp Jerkshad... Man, this stuff never gets old! Great Job Jim... We had an excellent day of fishing and thought it couldn't be any better until a longtime friend and excellent fisherman, David Moore, came to the docks with 5 Citations 4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, and 8.1 lbs!!!! Yikes, way to make someone feel bad David! Congrats to Bruce Hill onboard Dave's boat in landing the GATOR Speckled Trout! Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS - 910-326-7512 or 336-558-5697 or email jcronk@ec.rr.com

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