Guided Kayak Fishing


Winner, Winner, Redfish Dinner!

Posted by Nathan Raycroft on June 11, 2011 at 8:20 PM

In early February I hosted a Kayak Fishing Seminar at the Cape Fear Christian Sportsman’s Fish Fest 2011, an annual event held by the Christ Community Church in Wilmington, NC. I attended this event in 2010, and made an effort to be there again for the 2011 event. After discussion with the organizers of the event, they afforded me the opportunity to set up a few kayaks outside and present a seminar on kayak fishing.


During that seminar, I handed out some flyers and had each one numbered for a drawing for a discounted fishing trip (essentially a buy one, get one free deal). Winston won the drawing, and we discussed over the next few months the opportunity on when to get out.


The day arrived and off we went, in search of redfish and trout specifically. Though the trout bite had been slow (as a whole for the Coast of NC) I was hopeful we would put one in the boat.


We hadn’t been on the water long when Winston’s friend John, first time kayak angler, hooked up and reeled in this trout. Not bad for this time of year and not surprising in size due to this past winter’s freeze and fish impact.



We paddled on looking for reds and spooked a small group of fish off an oyster bar. With Winston behind me, I hollered back and directed him to cast over my shoulder and up the line of the oyster bar edges. As I poled out of the way and his top-water lure hit the surface, it was mutilated immediately! Within minutes, Winston proudly netted this 25” beautiful redfish.



We caught a few more fish, but seemed to spook many more. The lures would hit the water and fish would run off, leaving the obvious wake from their holding place.



The day ended with a calm paddle back in and several nice fish caught, with discussions of future fishing trips in the Wilmington, NC area. Thank you, Winston and John, for giving me the opportunity to share my passion for kayak fishing with you both.


 To the readers, I hope you enjoy the above fishing post and pictures and thank you for visiting! Allow me an opportunity to share my passion for kayak fishing with you in my next trip here on the Crystal Coast!




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