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BLUEFIN TUNA BITE IS ON FIRE!
BLUEFIN TUNA BITE IS ON FIRE!
January 11, 2024
Bluefin Tuna season has started. We are catching them with in 5 miles of the beach. Right now the bluefin bite has been very consistent. We have caught 4 this week. BOOK YOUR TRIP TODAY. 7hr Offshore Trip is the best option right now!! The best places to catch King Mackerel is around the 15-25 mile range. The water temps in these areas are in the mid 60's, the water quality, and visibility are much clearer, and only get better the further you go. Furthermore, there are temperature breaks in these areas, half a degree can make a huge difference. Fish in areas like School House, 23 Mile Rock, or areas with good bottom structure that will hold the bait. Most productive lures have been Drone Spoons fished on #2 planers with 40ft leaders. OFFSHORE There are currently great temperature breaks in the 40-60 fathom range, North has been most productive for us, fishing Swansboro Hole, and points north along the break. This is where you can find Blackfin tuna, and Wahoo in good numbers, when the conditions are right. The most important aspect is bottom structure, look for ledges, and drop offs. Staying aware of the tide will give a better understanding on the fish bite. Focus on fishing either side of high tide, and low tide where the bite is best. When targeting Blackfin Tuna we have been using pink UV squid teasers set about 200-300 ft back from the boat, on the outside out rigger, and shotgun rods. The key to catching Tuna is to keep the lures out of the prop wash, and keep them in the choppy water away from the boat. Wahoo can be caught in the same areas, using planner rods close to the boat below the prop wash . Use small blue/white landers, rigged with small ballyhoo, skirt rigs we custom designed with sliver heads, and white/pink/black skirts on flat lines ran above the planners on the surface. Safe Travels, CAPTAIN JESSE & NATASHA
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What anglers said about fishing in New Hanover County

Bring warm clothing and rain gear during the winter months...even when it is supposed to be in the 60s.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring warm clothing and rain gear during the winter months...even when it is supposed to be in the 60s.
Reel Teal Charters – 22' Bull's Bay
Reel Teal Charters – 22' Bull's Bay
Fishing is fishing, not everyday is a winner. However, be patient, find a great captain, and he will find fish no matter how much travel time there is between spots.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing is fishing, not everyday is a winner. However, be patient, find a great captain, and he will find fish no matter how much travel time there is between spots.
Rising Sun Fishing- Wrightsville
Rising Sun Fishing- Wrightsville
Use fish witch 2 captain Nick and first mate I'm telling you it's worth every penny you pay these guys know where the fish is and you will not find any better people then these two guys they really go above and beyond they really do deliver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use fish witch 2 captain Nick and first mate I'm telling you it's worth every penny you pay these guys know where the fish is and you will not find any better people then these two guys they really go above and beyond they really do deliver
S. S. Fish Witch II Charters
S. S. Fish Witch II Charters
We didn’t find the reds today, but had too much fun with the mackerel, blues, and false albacore. Nice views of the marsh, Masonboro Island, Wrightsville Beach, porpoise pods, birds…. Lovely time. Excellent captain!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We didn’t find the reds today, but had too much fun with the mackerel, blues, and false albacore. Nice views of the marsh, Masonboro Island, Wrightsville Beach, porpoise pods, birds…. Lovely time. Excellent captain!
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
It's a great area for inshore, nearshore and offshore fishing and there's something to target all year long. If you are really specific on catching one certain species, I'd suggest contacting a charter captain to see when he suggest the best time of year to go out for them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's a great area for inshore, nearshore and offshore fishing and there's something to target all year long. If you are really specific on catching one certain species, I'd suggest contacting a charter captain to see when he suggest the best time of year to go out for them.
Still Waters Charters
Still Waters Charters
Contact captain Mason for a great day on the water and also check out the Musicman he will put you on fish also!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Contact captain Mason for a great day on the water and also check out the Musicman he will put you on fish also!
Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters
Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters Kenova, WV
Morning trips in September produce a little more from what I understand. But we caught some and missed alot on our evening charter. Not used to having bait sucked off the hook being a bass guy from Pa. Lol
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Morning trips in September produce a little more from what I understand. But we caught some and missed alot on our evening charter. Not used to having bait sucked off the hook being a bass guy from Pa. Lol
Port City Inshore Guide Service
Port City Inshore Guide Service
Go out with Capt. Jesse, Lumina Fishing Charters. You’ll have a great time and you’ll feel like a pro.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out with Capt. Jesse, Lumina Fishing Charters. You’ll have a great time and you’ll feel like a pro.
Lumina Fishing Charters
Lumina Fishing Charters Wilmington, NC
All types of fishing possible, river, inlet coastal waterway, inshore, offshore. Decide which you prefer, then research Captains/options.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
All types of fishing possible, river, inlet coastal waterway, inshore, offshore. Decide which you prefer, then research Captains/options.
Hieronymus Fishing Charters
Hieronymus Fishing Charters Rocky Mount, NC
Be ready for a busy day of fishing. I landed around 30 fish of varying species on my 4 hour trip. The fish are definitely out there and a quality guide is key to getting you on them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for a busy day of fishing. I landed around 30 fish of varying species on my 4 hour trip. The fish are definitely out there and a quality guide is key to getting you on them.
Reel Teal Charters – 22' Bull's Bay
Reel Teal Charters – 22' Bull's Bay Maiden, NC
Watch for the weather breaks, we were two days after a hurricane Idalia, inshore the water was still very murky, offshore was beautiful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Watch for the weather breaks, we were two days after a hurricane Idalia, inshore the water was still very murky, offshore was beautiful.
Fish Witch II Charters
Fish Witch II Charters
Go with Capt Tony if you want a super great fishing g experience with a super local guy! Reel Teal charters was a blast thanks again for the adventure:)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with Capt Tony if you want a super great fishing g experience with a super local guy! Reel Teal charters was a blast thanks again for the adventure:)
Reel Teal Charters – 22' Bull's Bay
Reel Teal Charters – 22' Bull's Bay Charlotte, North Carolina
Take a half day fishing trip with Captain Jesse - this was our 1st time - we were visiting from NYC.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a half day fishing trip with Captain Jesse - this was our 1st time - we were visiting from NYC.
Seas The Sting
Seas The Sting New York, NY
Go see Captain Cord - he knows the area well as a native of Wilmington and can put you on the fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go see Captain Cord - he knows the area well as a native of Wilmington and can put you on the fish!
Hieronymus Fishing Charters
Hieronymus Fishing Charters Raleigh, North Carolina
Keep an open mind about what you catch. There are no guarantees. Hope for calm seas.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Keep an open mind about what you catch. There are no guarantees. Hope for calm seas.
S. S. Fish Witch II Charters
S. S. Fish Witch II Charters Trumbull, CT
Book at least two different half days to max out chance for catching targeted fish. The area is huge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book at least two different half days to max out chance for catching targeted fish. The area is huge
Rising Sun Fishing- Wrightsville
Rising Sun Fishing- Wrightsville Austin, TX
We usually fish from Nags Head, but we've caught as many as with Capt. Mike.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We usually fish from Nags Head, but we've caught as many as with Capt. Mike.
Reel Teal Charters – 22' Bull's Bay
Reel Teal Charters – 22' Bull's Bay Lake Frederick, VA
Captain Mason had us on the fish for the entire trip. We got about 15 pounds of Red Fish. We also caught Black Drum, White Drum, Sheepshead, Croakers and a Black Tipped Shark. My arm is still a little soar from reeling in those huge Red Fish. Worth the money.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Mason had us on the fish for the entire trip. We got about 15 pounds of Red Fish. We also caught Black Drum, White Drum, Sheepshead, Croakers and a Black Tipped Shark. My arm is still a little soar from reeling in those huge Red Fish. Worth the money.
Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters
Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters Lake Frederick, VA
Make sure you take food and water for the trip. The boat was nice enough to give us some water. When we ran out as it was a very hot day. The fishing was great.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you take food and water for the trip. The boat was nice enough to give us some water. When we ran out as it was a very hot day. The fishing was great.
Tail Chaser Charter Fishing
Tail Chaser Charter Fishing Efland, NC
My recommendation would be to find a captain with a hood rating and reviews including good with kids.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My recommendation would be to find a captain with a hood rating and reviews including good with kids.
Rising Sun Fishing- Wrightsville
Rising Sun Fishing- Wrightsville Beaver, PA