Thursday, May 31, 2007

FISH'N4LIFE 2007 Visors!

Thanks to all of you who have supported FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS in the past and again in 2007. As I've had many requests for Visors I've just received my order of both navy blue and white sun visors. Those of you interested in purchasing a new visor please drop me an email at JCRONK@EC.RR.COM . The cost of the visors are $7.50 which includes shipping. This price is cheaper than my actual cost. Payment can be made by personal check, business check, or money order and sent to Capt. Jeff Cronk, 113 Ryan Glenn Drive, Swansboro, NC 28584. I only make one order each year so, get one while they last. Again, I appreciate everyone's support. Capt. Jeff Cronk- Fish'n4life Charters- 910-326-7512

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Memorial Weekend Report- Flounder, Kings, Redfish...

We fished this Sat. morning in the backwaters with Walt B. and crew aboard and managed to find some redfish and southern flounder. Then back out in the afternoon with Daniel and Melissa Willis aboard for some topwater redfish action. We found reds from 23 to 24in. and fished a couple of hours with 6 hook-ups. Great job Daniel Guys! Sunday morning Amy Smith of Jacksonville stepped aboard with her brother and boyfriend for about 4hrs. Mannn... why don't these young women ever bring their girlfriends and leave the boyfriends at home.... (just kidding Clinton!). We started out with a few knockdowns on the deep diving baits that resulted in a couple of small kings for the cooler. We moved on to work some live bottom hoping for some flounder... The bite was a little slow and we fished for about an hour and a half to land 8 flounder with the largest at about 3lbs. Lots of seabass to mix it up too. Back out in the afternoon with Wendell C. and his son for a few hours looking for some flounder and kings. We picked up one king and wound up landing about 9 flounder with 5 nice keepers and a few seabass. Great job and hope to have you aboard again soon! Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS- 910-326-7512 or 336-558-5697 or email jcronk@ec.rr.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Flounder, Kings, Hatteras Blues and more!

This past weekend through Monday the bite has been excellent in the ocean for flounder, Kings, and Hatteras Blues! All the action is nearshore and is there for the taking! Capt. Mike Taylor 252-725-2623 and myself still have openings for June. Call ASAP once your group knows the date/s you prefer. It just doesn't get any better than the flounder fishing off Swansboro! We are also targeting Redfish, Flounder, Sheepshead, Blackdrum and more on the internal waters. The Mahi should show up near the beaches inside of a few miles in a week or two. The Cobia have made their presence again since the warm weather has returned and we should have a good chance at these brutes throughout June.

Capt. Jeff Cronk

Fish'n4life Charters


email jcronk@ec.rr.com

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Well, for those of you who love Berkley's line of Gulp Baits.... they've been outdone! No, not by another bait company. When you thought you had the best artificial bait ever made, Berkley has intensified the product making it longer lasting, much softer and flexible, and absolutely irresistable to fish! I've said it before and I truly am amazed by Berkley's Gulp baits. Besides being more Potent, the new Gulp Alive also offers what us Fishermen have been asking for.... they put it in a small tub like conainer that is FILLED with Berkley's Gulp Alive juice! If you could see how big my grin was when I got my first order and realized I could (shhhhh!) drop my gulp baits back into the special sauce when I got done with them... or put my other soft baits into it. PS>..... I also bought a Syringe from the local pharmacy and filled it with gulp juice and injected it into other baits! PS>..... Try shooting some of this into your favorite offshore baits... The Gulp Alive Juice is good into temperatures of up to 100 degrees F. and won't spoil. When you get a chance, run by Dudley's or your local Berkley dealer and ask to check out the product! You'll definately want to add a tub to your boat!

Capt. Jeff Cronk

Sun. May 20th More Flatfish!

I left the dock around 10:00am with Walt B. and friends aboard for a 4hr trip. They were up for whatever quality fish would bite. The wind was up quite a bit and we started out playing with some sheepshead. We landed one and missed several others over a span of 20min. The bite was rather slow so we moved on with the incoming tide to find some other action. We worked some shallow water before heading toward the inlet and found a few puppydrum and a flounder along some shelly flats. The wind dropped out and we had an hour or so left so we shot out the inlet and pulled up on some good bottom near the beach and worked a few Summer Flounder with Jigs. We landed 6 up to 3lbs before heading back to the dock. There was just a 1 to 2hr window between wind shifts today in which the ocean was calm enough to enjoy it. We just lucked out and got that window. Great job Guys! Capt. Jeff Cronk


Sat. May 19th Great Nearshore and Backwater Bite!

Sat. May 19th. Today I had a good ole' Boy onboard. Marty Stevenson and I go way back and had some good times growing up here in Swansboro. I had one of those flashbacks about how fast time is passing by.... But, at almost 38 I can't say I'd like to go back and change anything... I love what I do.... FISH! Well, enough mushy stuff... Today the bite was on in the 5 to 10 mile range for the Kings. They were all keeper snakes from 4 to 10lbs. There were some Bonito and Hatteras Bluefish mixed in too. We caught a bunch of fish trolling deepdiving lures in the 3 to 5in. lengths with hot pink and the green holographic being the best. After messing around and keeping a few fish we shot back into the backwaters of Swansboro and worked some shallow water for about an hour and managed 4 hookups on redfish ranging from 20 to 25in. Our best luck on the redfish was using the New Berkley Gulp ALIVE soft baits tipped on spinner baits. Look for the new baits in Dudley's Marina soon.

Capt. Jeff Cronk


910-326-7512 OR 336-558-5697

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Sat 5/12 FLOUNDER!!! 10lb Grouper-Light Spinning Rod!

Sat. 5/12 With Folden and Josh on this morning we shot out the inlet to see if the flounder had relocated after this major storm system came through. Suprisingly the NE winds blew some really clear water toward Bogue Inlet. the water temps were between 71 and 74 throughout the day and we fished from 5 to 15 miles and back. It was slow to start but these guys didn't quit on me and we eventually found a knot of flat fish and worked them over! It was Folden's Birthday and he got what he's wanted for a while.... he smoked me on the flounder! We wound up landing 27 flounder and kept 17 purrrty ones with some over 3lbs. We had a mess of seabass with the largest around 2lbs and I had to do something since Folden was up a few flounder on me.... I reached in deep and jerked a 10lb Grouper out of the bottom on a Berkley Gulp 4"Pogie /Bucktail and got him to the top after a really good battle on a medium weight spinning rod! Hey Folden... remember... that leader was only 20lb Flourocarbon! And there's my Birthday present to ya! Hee Hee! We also had a Sunfish alongside the boat and then a 10ft Tiger Shark... I wish I had brought the tackle to battle the Tiger. Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS- 910-326-7512

Thur/Fri May 10/11 Reds-Topwater,Spinner baits.

Thursday and Friday I had a native to the area onboard. John and I set out thursday right after the extreme winds and weather settled down to try and relocate some redfish. We found reds in almost every area we tryed but the sizes were small. The water clarity inside was a little chalky. The reds we found would strike the topwater baits but not committ. So we tryed spinner baits and that did the trick. On friday we were back out there scouting out some different areas. The first couple places didn't produce but we found some areas with better water clarity and the reds were there. We cornered a pod of reds into a back bay in some flooded marsh and had multiple strikes and hookups off it. We managed to pull out and release two that would be a definite money maker in a redfish tourny. Good job guys!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

5/5/07 Redfish on the flats!

Well, the weather report was really sketchy for this Sat. So, in the best interest of my clients, who were driving down from well inland, I suggested we rebook for another date. As you'de figure, the crazy weather pattern provided a short break between the wind and rain.... so, Ben Licko, a good friend from Swansboro, hopped on for about an hour and we went and scouted some shallows for redfish. We had three hook-ups and then headed back to the dock. After dropping Ben off, Capt. Mike Taylor hopped on and we went a different direction to check out another area. We also found some 24 to 26in reds working some small creek mouths on the beginning of the falling tide and had strikes on Topwater baits. The redfish have moved into the backwaters around Swansboro very well... Call now for open dates in May and June. Capt. Jeff Cronk 910-326-7512 or Capt. Mike Taylor 252-725-2623.
Capt. Jeff

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