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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