Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sat. 9/29 Morning. Big Sailfish! Big Kings! Big Spanish!

9/29 Morning. WOW! is all I have to say about this mornings trip. I had regular client Tim F. of Swansboro onboard with a couple of his friends. The weather was blowing a gale out of the NNE which usually presents an aswome opportunity for some hot action on big fish along the beach while protected from the big seas by the beach. We loaded down the 60 gal. livewell in about 15min. with 4dozen 10-12in pogies and our limit of 3-5in fingermullet and shot out the inlet. We dropped our lines out shortly after sunrise on a good live bottom along the beach in 45ft of water. Then, we began bailing small fingermullet over the side as live chum. We dropped two lines back with 4in fingermullet on no. 6 gold trebles and two lines back with big pogies on no. 4 gold trebles with one down 25ft. All the mullet we threw over got the big spanish turned on and ripping the surface around the boat almost instantly. We began putting 2 to 4lb spanish in the boat. Shortly after, we saw a large dark area off the starboard side. I tossed a live bait to it and the fish ripped the surface and started tailwalking.... it was a Big Sailfish... He pulled off, hit the water, and circled around like a freight train and hit it again... this time he was hooked up and heading offshore. Tim fought him for 35min. and 3/4mile on spinning tackle before we brought him broadside. We had him in the boat for about 30 seconds for a photo and then revived him for about 10 min. until the fish shot out of my hands unharmed. This was Tim's first sail ever and it measured 75in. If that wasn't enough, we got back over our mark and continued non-stop hook-ups with big spanish with about half of them pulling the hooks on the run until about 10:00am when the kings turned on. We popped a 24lb King, followed by a 20lb, then a 15lb, and a 10lb.... We lifted the last king into the boat at 12:20 and headed for the dock. What a Great morning and back to the dock by lunch time! Really enjoyed having you guys onboard today. Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS- 336-558-5697 or email jcronk@ec.rr.com

Fri 9/28 Afternoon- Trout, Reds, and More!

This afternoon I had John M. and his son onboard wanting to learn the backwaters a little. Well, we decided to get a mess of shrimp and work some shallow oyster rocks with slipcork rigs. We set anchor a couple times on different locations and found fish on all places. Trev wore out his father and I as we caught a mess of fish and even managed to get an inshore slam! We wound up landing 4speckled trout from 1.75 to 2.25lbs, 4 redfish from 16 to 24in., 5 Ladyfish, a nice 2lb black drum, a sheepshead, and a few bluefish. It was non-stop action this afternoon on live shrimp. Great Job guys... enjoyed having onboard. Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS- 336-558-5697 or email jcronk@ec.rr.com

Thurs. 9/27 Afternoon Wore out the Flounder!

Aboard this afternoon was Casey Anderson and his father as we left the dock around 4:00pm headed for the nearshore hardbottoms/live bottoms to search for Summer Flounder. About 4:30 we got into a good bottom stacked up with flounder and by 6:30 we managed to put 21 flounder on the boat. We kept 9 of the larger flounder and released 12. We also landed a mess of small seabass and sharks. Great Afternoon and back to the dock just after sundown... Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS- 339=6-558-5697 or email jcronk@ec.rr.com

Thursday, September 27, 2007

9/27 Thurs Morning Big KING!

9/27 Hey folks, it's now 10:27am Thursday morning.... just a few minutes ago I got a picture mail on the phone from Capt. Mike Taylor... here's a shot of Big King he just put in the boat! The Fall bite is on... along the beach out of Bogue Inlet.

Wed 9/26 Afternoon Flounder and Redfish

Wed. 9/26 I had the pleasure of fishing with Bobbie Perry of Cary aboard for some backwater fishing. We worked some boatdocks and as well as the flats and wound up landing a couple of nice flounder with the largest at 3lbs., a 24in Refish, and a bunch of chopper bluefish. As usuall, it was a very enjoyable afternoon. Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS- 910-326-7512 OR 336-558-5697 OR EMAIL JCRONK@EC.RR.COM

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

9/25 Another Inshore Slam!

Wed. 9/25 I left Dudley's around 4pm this afternoon with James Johnson and crew aboard for an enjoyable late afternoon trip looking for Flounder and Reds. We started out working some live bait on some structure in the backwaters and found a few flounder feeding. We picked up 5 flounder with the largest at just over 4lbs. before we moved on to work a school of big redfish that have been working the flats. We quickly found a school of 100 or more reds ranging from 30 to 35in. and released a nice 32in. big shouldered fish that weighed about 12lbs. We continued on in the backwaters and picked up a few bluefish up to 2lbs and a nice 2lb. speckled trout that completed out inshore slam for today. What a beautiful afternoon on the water! Sorry, didn't have my camera onboard but managed a shot with the phone...Just a few afternoons open for October... Call to reserve your date. -Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS- 336-558-5697

Monday, September 24, 2007


I got an early start today with Kelly Addison and his father aboard. These guys made a long trip from Ga. to fish. We really worked hard to stay on fish throughout the day. Their persistence payed off. We wound up with an inshore slam. Our catch included 11 flounder with 9 keepers up to 3+lbs, a nice speckled trout, a redfish, along with a mess of shrimp! Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS -910-326-7512

Sun. 9/23 Afternoon with Friends! Graham Guthrie with a Purrrrty Redfish!

I headed back out Sun. afternoon with Jason Guthrie of Swansboro and his excellent little fisherman of a son, Graham. Well, we didn't have much time to fish but Graham really whipped us... he released a nice Redfish, a Black Drum, a big Seamullet, and many Brown Trout (Lizard Fish). Super job Graham! Capt.Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE

9/23/07 Morning Trip- Inshore Slam!

We headed into the backwaters of Swansboro around 7:30 Sunday morning with Marc E. along with his father and son for a 4hr morning. The first couple stops produced only pinfish, croakers, and bluefish. Then, we moved farther into the backwaters and found some fish. We wound up landing Redfish, Flounder, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, and blues. Great job guys! Enjoyed having you onboard. - Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS- 910-326-7512

Kings and Cuda with Capt. Mike

Evan with a 21 lb. King and Brian with a 23lb Cuda on a recent trip with Capt. Mike Taylor. Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS- 910-326-7512

Friday, September 21, 2007

Late Afternoon Inshore Mixed Bag!

I left the dock around 4pm with Eddie F. and guest aboard for some backwater action. Conditions were tough with 20mph NE winds and things started very slow but as the tide began dropping out harder we found an area holding some hungry fish. We worked live shrimp and Berkley Gulps on jigheads and managed to land 7 blackdrum from 1.5 to 2.5lbs, 3 redfish with a couple of 19 to 20inchers, 2 speckled trout about 2lbs each, 5 bluefish and a ladyfish. Great late afternoon trip and lots of fun! Thanks guys! Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS- 910-326-7512

Thursday, September 20, 2007

6lb 8oz Flounder!

BJ and family showing off a 6lb 8oz. flounder they had while aboard with Capt. Mike Taylor (Taylor-Made Charters) this past week.

Flounder bite is on!

Capt Mike Taylor (252-725-2623)and crew back at the dock with a deckload of flounder this past Sunday. Great job Guys! Capt. Jeff Cronk 336-558-5697 or 910-326-7512 or email jcronk@ec.rr.com

Monday, September 17, 2007


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Saturday, September 08, 2007

9/8/07 Redfish on Topwater (Video Clip)

Well, my crew cancelled for this morning due to the incoming storm so I was supposed to start painting my future baby girl's bedroom but.... I shot down to Dudley's this morning and good friend Capt. Robbie Hall (910-330-6999) arrived and invited me to hop onboard for a quick trip for a couple reds before the wind picked up. We scooted out in the backcreeks we haven't fished in quite a while to check out the skinny water redfish situation and it wasn't long before we found a few reds. Robbie hooked up and we caught some of the action on the camera with a little video clip... An awsome couple hours at daybreak and back to the dock before the wife got up..... Sweeeet!
Capt. Jeff Cronk - 336-558-5697- FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS click on the link below to see the video clip...

Thursday, September 06, 2007

9/1-9/4 Flounder, Grouper, Redfish and More!

Here's a few more good shots from around this Labor Day Holiday and early this week aboard TAYLOR-MADE Charters (CELL 252-725-2623) and FISH'N4LIFE Charters(CELL 336-558-5697). Congrats Mike on your 21lb Gag Grouper! The grouper and flounder bite has been good in the ocean and the redfish bite is still awsome in the backwaters with a few speckled trout, flounder, black drum, sheepshead, and bluefish. Mike and I have limited space available so call to reserve your desired date soon. Capt. Jeff Cronk- FISH'N4LIFE

Monday, September 03, 2007

9/1 Lost Count on the REDFISH today!!!!

What a Day! Started out the morning with Patrick L. on doing the Redfish thing.... tourny style... and we found a big school of 24 to 30in. fish in the backwaters of Swansboro. We were tossing strictly Topwater baits and were in the fish so thick we were able to anchor down on them in two feet of water. We spent several hours with continuous blow-ups, strikes, and hook-ups before the tide got into the woods and the fish moved on. We then moved on to work a couple of current rips off a shoreline and got into a few smaller fish between 18 and 20in. We headed back to the dock around noon to pick up Patrick's wife and two kids and finish up the trip. We made several stops working live shrimp under popping corks with only one 24in Redfish. Shortly after, we found a good eddie and rip off a point that has been holding fish. We worked this area for under 2 hours and caught and released another load of Reds. Great Job Everyone! ps... a good friend, Nate Sylvester, spyed us on the reds and came over in his Kayak to hook one up after getting permission to leave the house for a half-hour.... good job Nate! how you stuck to that half hour deal is beyond me... I would've been in trouble when I came paddling home at dark....
Capt. Jeff Cronk/ Fish'n4life Charters/ 336-558-5697 or 910-326-7512 or email jcronk@ec.rr.com


Well, back out again this afternoon with Tom Weldon and crew aboard. On our second stop we found a school of Reds and we commenced to wearing them out! We fished topwater baits for several hours with continuous surface explosions. Our two fish aggregate today was over 13lbs. with our largest fish released today at 28in. All the fish in this school were in the 24 to 28in range... would've been real nice in a tourny...

Capt. Jeff Cronk/ Fish'n4life Charters/ 910-326-7512 or 336-558-5697 or email at jcronk@ec.rr.com

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