NCCHARTERFISHING-Capt.'s Jeff Cronk and MIke Taylor-Crystal Coast, Swansboro, Emerald Isle
Providing Fishing reports for Swansboro, Emerald Isle, and the Crystal Coast! Capt's Jeff Cronk and Mike Taylor fish year round both inshore, and nearshore. They each have over 25 years professional fishing experience, over 60 Top 5 tournament wins since 2003, and 3 years filming Carolina Fishing TV. Give Jeff and Mike a call if you're interested in some serious fishing along NC's beautiful Crystal Coast!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
11/22/08 ReeeeeeedFish! Sightfishing to massive schools!
This morning I had the Stephenson group on for some extremely cold conditions. Shawn and his buddy showed up about 5:45 this morning and we were off.... with the air temp at 27 degrees and the wind whipping about 15mph from the NW.... The wind chill was about 20 degrees or less and you could tell as a little salt water would spray into the boat and freeze on the floor. The trout bite I was on yesterday had been found out by others and a couple boats were already anchored up when we arrived at daybreak... We gave it a short while and picked up one about 3.5lbs with a puppydrum. Rather than get all over everyone we moved on to search for redfish. Fingers barely working, I tied on some heavier jigheads and just as soon as we got onto the flats we came onto a school of several thousand reds ranging from 24in to 30in. We covered about nine miles of shoals this morning and found schools of reds all over. We wound up landing between 30 and 40 reds and made it back to the dock around noon. Awsome fishing today with a couple of tough guys... excellent fishermen. ps. ICW surface water temp was 37 at daybreak and low 40's at noon. The surf water temp was at upper 40's all day. That's colder than it ever got all of last winter and we're not even into December yet.... Yikes! We might have a good run of Striper Finally! I'm ready for those 20 to 30lbers on medium spinning tackle and topwater baits!
Went out this afternoon for two hours scouting for upcoming charters. Found a massive school of reds.... played with them for a short while until forearms were sore... then, went into the backwaters and got into a decent trout bite. wound up landing 11 speckled trout in about 45 min. most were between 1.5 and 3lbs. No shortage of fish!
Capt. Jeff Cronk/ FISH'N4LIFE CHARTERS/ 252-764-2174/ 336-558-5697
Call for open dates.... Trout/Reds/Striper in December and January!!!
Mike and I have been out several times this past week since coming back from Florida. The trout fishing was hit and miss due to the severe weather and winds we have been experiencing but the cooler weather has finally settled in and we're starting to see some nice trout coming from our favorite holes in our area and surrounding areas. There is also no shortage of Redfish to be had while sightfishing the shoals. I was on the water with a client just after the passing cold front recently. The bite was slow but the two of us managed to land about 12 speckled trout, 1 nice flounder, and a decent puppy drum. We were pleased to wind up with an inshore slam as we were confronted with winds of 25 to 30mph and very chalky incoming tide water. This cold front will really heat up the reddrum fishing for our upcoming trips. Be sure to keep an eye on the site for reports.
11/16/08 IFA Redfish Tour Championship- 4th Place Finish!
First, let me say hello to everyone and apologize for the lack of reports lately. Capt. Mike Taylor and myself have been on the West Coast of Florida fishing the 2008 IFA's Redfish Tour Championship event in Panama Beach City, Florida. We've had a great first season fishing the IFA Atlantic Division in NC (2nd place), SC (3rd Place), and GA (5th Place) taking home the Atlantic Divisional Team of the Year. We met the qualifications to fish the IFA Championship Event in Panama and Mike and I went down a few days ahead of time as we've never fished the waters and wanted to have time to locate fish and adapt to the much different conditions we've heard about. We managed to locate 4 or more different areas holding really good tournament quality reds. In fact, during prefishing we landed reds between 26 and 27in that weighed as much as 8lbs. We really thought we were going to take home the win for NC and Team NCCharterfishing. One thing for sure, things change on tournament day. Our plan A gave us a skinny perfect 27in redfish and a decent 26.5in redfish in the first hour but the school wasn't present. We knew we had between 13 and 14lbs in the livewell and we still had about 6hrs before weigh-in. So, we made the decision to stay in the area and wait the fish out. The decision didn't pay off as well as we hoped as the only other redfish we caught went about 15lbs. Back at weigh-in we were pleased to find we secured 5th place in the field of over 100boats for the first day of the two day event. Day two presented us with some tougher conditions as the wind blew about 15mph out of the WNW and really messed up the water clarity and ability to sight fish on several of our spots. We started out the morning with a quick 25 1/2in red but the school we had located during prefishing still hadn't made a showing. We made a long 25mile run to another area we had found good fish prior to the event but upon arrival the few fish we sighted just wouldn't eat anything... they had a case of the lock jaw. We opted to make the long run back toward the Pass and work a small section of the rocks where some fish had been staging up on a certain time of the tide. We got there at 3:00pm and only had 30min. left to put a second fish in the boat. A few minutes into it Mike hooked up and boated a 26in Red. The camera man broke out the equipment and started shooting as we proceeded to hook up time and time again. We wound up with two 26in. Reds and then Mike landed a monster slot fish. He brought what looked to be a 29in fish to the net and layed it on the ruler to find that it was 26 15/16in and about 8.5lbs... only problem was when he flipped it to measure the other side it would measure a perfect 27in and remeasure it again and would measure 1/16th over. We looked at the clock and we had about 3 min. to make a decision on which to keep... the smaller of the 26inchers or this monster. We felt that the two 26in fish would place us in the top 5 and possibly win us the Team of the Year title... we knew if we weighed the big fish and it measured we would win the whole event. We quickly made the decision to release the borderline fish and we took off for weigh-in. Day two proved to be tough for many anlgers as quite a few folks had nothing to weigh-in. Mike and I were pleased to discover that we had moved up in position on day two to finish in 4th Place overall for our two day aggregate of 25.9lbs ahead of over 100 boats. Especially as we were fishing strange waters in much different conditions. We wound up in 2nd place for the runnings for Series Team of the Year. Mike and I would like to thank the IFA for a great Redfish Series. Congratulations to all who placed in the tournament as well as those who managed to put fish in the livewell. Thanks to all the Sponsors of the IFA. We'd like to give a special thanks to our Sponsors including: Ron Enslen and Ranger Boats, Les Collins and Collins Inc., Chris Ulmer and Crystal Coast Graphics, Dan Vinent and Berkley, John Willard and Dudley's Marina, Tim Haney and Yamaha Outboards, Jack Salzer and SeaLake Products. We look forward to the 2009 IFA Redfish Tour's Atlantic Division as it will hold one tournament in Surf City on Sat. May 23rd and another tournament in Morehead City on Sept. 26th. For anyone interested in fishing these Nationally Televised Events check out their website at http://www.redfishtour.com/ Next season Ranger Boats will be giving away a brand new, fully rigged Ranger Boat valued at $30,000 to the first place team in each event. With a $400 entry fee and no qualifying events, fishermen would have to be insane not to participate! Expect the 2009 season to be massive in NC with giant payouts and lots of prizes! See ya next season if you're fishing!