Monday, February 26, 2007

2/25-2/26/07 Trout and Redfish!

2/25 Capt. Mike Taylor and Ryan went out in the blow on Sunday afternoon for a while up around NewBern and found some Stripers willing to bite. they caught a few striper with the largest at 24in. He pulled up on a trout hole hoping to get a hook-up only find a 31.5in speckled trout floating with some birds pecking at it's gills. He pulled it aboard and brought it back to the dock to weigh it. This trout weighed almost 10lbs. The birds had pecked its gill rakes out. This fish had no sign of gillnet marks and probably couldn't stand the cold snap in the shallow water just two days before when temps dropped down to 29degrees.

2/26 Capt. Mike Taylor and I slid back out this afternoon to see if the big one had any siblings... We found trout almost immediately and had about 25 strikes to land 11 trout up to 2.5lbs and 5 redfish from 17 to 23in. Awsome late afternoon bite! Sorry no pics today... we got back after dark!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

2/24/07 2Trips- Sightcasting to REDFISH

2/24 Morning Trip: Left the dock with a chill in the air and Scott C. and group aboard. We scoured the flats in search of the redfish for about an hour before finally finding some fish. We followed hundreds of redfish around hooking a few and having a few pull off. Every Redfish struck Berkely Gulp baits fished on light jigheads. Wound up sightcasting to fish between 25 and 30+in. in Gin clear water before heading back to the dock around noon. A little slower this morning but these guys managed to catch about 8 nice reds today. Great Job and way to hang in there in the cold! Capt. Jeff Cronk- 910-326-7512 or 336-558-5697

2/24 Afternoon Trip: I had Cole M. and Carrie aboard for a few hours this afternoon back after the Redfish. Within 5 minutes we found a school with several hundred 25 to 30+in Redfish balled up tight on a shoal. These fish were reluctant to bite but we switched techniques a little and we managed to land 4 up to 30in. before we moved on to several other schools of fish. Both of these anglers came wearing good polarized glasses which allowed them to see the schools of fish and thus hook-up a bunch. We wound up boating about 16 Redfish before heading back in around 4:30. Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS- 910-326-7512

Sunday, February 11, 2007

2/11/07 February Redfish on the Fly!

2/11/07 Capt. Mike Taylor and myself had the pleasure of taking out writer Mike Marsh for some absolutely incredible redfish'n! As I've said before to many of my clients, Winter around Swansboro presents some of the best redfishing opportunities of the entire year. With absolutely Crystal clear water (check out the photo from today below) and schools of 100's to 1000's of redfish, the action is often non-stop all day. Today we managed to land upwards of 100 redfish from 18 to 30in. in less than 5hrs of fishing...and Mike Marsh accompished a first time goal he's been attempting for years... redfish in the dead of winter on the fly rod. Infact he managed to coerce 5 redfish to bite the fly before he picked up a spinning rod and a Berkley Gulp and joined Taylor and myself on an all out redfish blitz. Capt. Jeff Cronk


Friday/Saturday sightfishing for redfish was absolutely incredible! We've been fishing 1 to 3ft of water able to see schools of 100's to a 1000 or more redfish. These fish are ranging from 22in to 35in. with the largest fish each day weighing about 15lbs. There have been just a couple speckled trout mixed in. Water conditions have been prime allowing us to see these fish sometimes as far away as 50yds. The action should contiue throughout the winter. Call for open dates. 910-326-7512 or 336-558-5697. Capt. Mike Taylor has openings as well at 252-725-2623. Capt. Jeff Cronk

Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Folks, I've had many fishermen inquiring about last minute openings for when the weather sets up good for catching big redfish around Swansboro. The weather is setting up beautifully for a great shot at 20 to 30in. redfish for this Friday 2/9, Sat. 2/10, and Sun. 2/11. Both Capt. Mike Taylor and myself, Capt. Jeff Cronk have last minute openings available. These trips are best suited for 2 to 3 anglers. Don't miss out on the redfish action! 4 hour trips and on the fish quick! Action like the photo above are common!

Monday, February 05, 2007

2/4/07 Redfish in the Shallow Backwaters!

2/4/07 I had Steve and Jason onboard again this weekend for another shot at what the backwaters have to offer in the Winter. We let it warm up a little before heading out around 9am. 1st stop we began fising about 3ft of water along some oyster rocks and hooked up with 2 reds (landed one that was just under 18in. and lost the other). We moved on to several locations before finding more fish. We spent the last hour and a half of the trip with steady hook-ups of redfish from 16 to 26in in 12 to 20in of water. Between the three of us we released about 30 reds and kept several 26in fish for them to put on the plate. Again, great job guys! Jason, sorry the photo didn't come out... it was all fogged up as the sun must have caused moisture to condense on the lens of that(cold camera). Capt. Jeff Cronk- 910-326-7512 or 336-558-5697 or email jcronk@ec.rr.com

Saturday, February 03, 2007

2/3/07 Stripers and Reds!

Sat. January 3rd
Did some scouting today with Capt. Mike Taylor and his nephew Ryan onboard. We did some river fishing near home looking for a mixed bag of trout,reds, and striper. We were working strictly Berkley gulp baits. The water temps turned out to be a little cold for the trout bite at 43 degrees. But, the striper and reds were still nibbling. We fished about 5hours during midday hours and landed 21 striper from 18 to 22in. and several puppydrum. The Striper were pounding the Berkely Gulp shad! Two of the striper were tagged fish. Any info I get back regarding the tags I will post asap. Capt.Jeff Cronk 910-326-7512 Capt. Mike Taylor 252-725-2623

Friday, February 02, 2007

2/2/07 An hour on the water... 5 Trout, 1 redfish.

2/2/07 Real Busy lately but got some time this afternoon to drop the boat in the water about 4:15pm and Capt. Mike Taylor and I checked out a few places here in the borough to see if the fish would cooperate with the cooold temps and rain we had recently. We fished till about 5:30 and managed to boat 3 nice speckled trout from 2.5 to 3lbs and released two about 1.75 to 2lbs as well as a puppydrum. Suprisingly, with 47 degree water in the sound the fish still bit.... Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS- 910-326-7512

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