A 5-Minute Primer on the Lower Cape Fear River

Wilmington fishing charters discuss this amazing natural resource in coastal North Carolina

The lower part of the Cape Fear River from the city of Wilmington to where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Bald Island isn’t just a premier fishing destination for anglers of all levels – it also serves as a vital shipping channel between the port at Wilmington and the Atlantic. Sections of the river around Wilmington are also considered part of the Intracoastal Waterway

However, for general anglers and fishing charters around Wilmington, the lower Cape Fear River provides exceptional opportunities for Red Drum (Redfish), Speckled trout, Flounder and more.

The name “Cape Fear” comes from the area’s earliest European settlers who encountered dangerous shoals that extend for several miles from the river’s mouth into the ocean.

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Anatomy of a Good Fishing Kayak Rig

Florida charters explain the various components that comprise a good fishing kayak

Fishing on a kayak as opposed to a motorized boat has become increasingly popular in recent years for a variety of reasons.

One is money – it is much less expensive to outfit a kayak for fishing. A large motorized boat on the other hand is prohibitively expensive before you even get into actually using it.

Secondly, a kayak is ideal for reaching out of the way fishing spots quietly, which as you know, is key to not spooking the fish away.

Retrofitting a kayak for fishing isn’t really that big a deal. The biggest thing to remember is how well you organize things and how “balanced” the load is in terms of weight.

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The Exciting History of Fishing in Ketchikan

Charters in this southeastern Alaska town explain Ketchikan’s fishing roots and what made it the “Salmon Capital of the World”

Every town across the world has a “history” of one sort or another. How many times have you passed through a small town with a sign saying “Welcome to historic [insert town here]”?

Most of the time, we shrug and go “…what in the world is so historic about this place?”

While the beginnings of a particular place may not be very exciting or significant in the grand scheme of things, there are a few towns where their history has transcended the city limits. Examples include Le Mars, Iowa, which is known as the “Ice Cream Capital of the World” or Tupelo, Mississippi, which was the birthplace of Elvis Presley.

Ketchikan, Alaska is one such place. Not only is this small city sit on the footsteps of the “Last Frontier,” it is more appropriately known as the “Salmon Capital of the World.” Continue reading “The Exciting History of Fishing in Ketchikan”

7 Boats that are a Worthy Alternative to the Ultraskiff

If you’ve really been bitten by the fishing bug or looking for an alternative to your current setup, you may be thinking about the Ultraskiff or a similar type of boat.

However, for whatever reason, an Ultraskiff may be out of the question. Perhaps it isn’t big enough – after all, you would like to take your son or daughter out fishing too and the Ultraskiff just won’t cut it. Or, you may want to go places that will be difficult for this type of round boat to handle.

While the Ultraskiff may be a good option for budget-conscious anglers, it certainly isn’t the best option for everyone. Fortunately, there is an alternative.

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