Drift fishing flounder in the Cape Fear River

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Drift fishing flounder in the Cape Fear River
Drift fishing flounder in the Cape Fear River
Drift fishing flounder in the Cape Fear River
June 24, 2017 1:40 am EST
Location: 33.436N 77.743W
Wind Dir: SSW (210°)
Wind Speed: 21 knots
Wind Gust: 29 knots
AT Ps: 29.97 in (1014.9 mb)
Air Temp: 81°F (27.3°C)
Dew Point: 76°F (24.7°C)
Water Temp: 80°F (26.8°C)

Drift fishing flounder in the Cape Fear River
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:16 am    Post subject: Drift fishing flounder in the Cape Fear River Reply with quote

Looks like I am going to be spending a few days inshore fishing this weekend and parts of next week.

Will have my Shamrock with a two foot draft so will spend some time behind Bald Head Island and some shark fishing in the river for fun.

Used to drift for flounder in Bogue and Beaufort Inlets with success in the past but never tried that in the Cape Fear River near Southport / BHI

Don't usually see anyone fishing there unless they are anchored

Anyone drift the river mouth with live baits for flounder?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure you can. I personally have never done it but have given it some thought. I think you may have to play the wind, tide, and current to find a suitable window. I know that place can really rip when everything is going together. Same with snows cut, I usually see guys drifting when its pretty slack.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rich!
I've done it for years along the southport waterfront side from pfizer pier down to city pier and from ferry landing down to lower end of sea wall with reasonably fair success.. I usually drown/drag MM on bottom carolina rig while also casting curley tails jig heads "one no better than other as a rule" Usually best 1/2 hr both sides of high and same on low tide. I use t-motor for control but see no reason why you couldn't just bump the Sham to control it!!!!

Be careful with the Shamrock tween BH side and old quarantine station , gets skinnee and also some old station structure that's skinnee at low T... Can't comment for other hazards for 2-1/2 draft....

Catch em up and post!!!! wtg wtg
  
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Squid, how did you do.

Been years ago, but I have drift fished the Cape Far. There used to be some good flounder in there.

A lot of hang ups in the river and anchor fishing was more productive.

But, I fished more in Snow's Cut and Carolina Beach Inlet.

Caught my biggest flattie very close to the Snow's Cut Bridge...just under 9 lbs and that was drifting.

I would anchor up just on the Cape Fear side of the Snow's Cut Bridge over some stumps (both sides) and had some very productive days there.

There used to be some big flounder in/around the Cape Fear I think because the commercial guys would not do much netting because of the obstructions in the river bottom.

But is has been many years since I fished there.

Let us know what you did.

OH, sheephead fishing has been productive up here.
  
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