The Cape Fear is an angling destination with no rival on the North Carolina Coast. With regular shots at large sight fishable schools of Redfish on clear water open flats, hot tailing Redfish deep in the marsh, seasonal Tarpon, Sea Trout, even a chance of Cobia rolling on those rare slick days, there is something for everyone. While managing Tarheel Fish and Game Outfitters, I booked trips for customers through a network of independent guides and lodges from Alaska to New Jersey, and points around the globe. I was astonished that few if any of my regular fly shop customers were utilizing or even aware of the spectacular fishery right in their own backyard on the Cape Fear Coast. My desire to provide the level of angling my shop customers were accustomed to while fishing on a passport lead me to step into the then lonely world of full time guiding on the Cape Fear in 2006. Shortly after my first anglers came on board, I was in love! Everything about guiding, from witnessing an angler's first Redfish on fly, the nervous energy as we pole into position on a huge school of mudding Reds, the perfect casts, the blundered casts, spending time with great people, I was hooked. The simple act of finding and fooling a fish into eating an amalgamation of feathers and fur, or lure brings us to our full potential as anglers, and separates us from people who just go fishing. But, it's really about so much more than just the fish! It’s the reason some guides are just a little “fishier” than others, and are always a step ahead, sighting unseen fish, calming nerves, and always anticipating the next bite. Enough philosophy, let’s talk fishing!
Whether fly or spin from historic Southport, Bald Head Island, Figure Eight, or Topsail Island’s seemingly endless undeveloped Spartina marsh, skinny tidal flats, and winding creeks, you are smack dab in the middle of some of the best habitat on the East Coast. Abundant schools of year-round Redfish, migrating Tarpon during summer months, tailing Redfish deep in the marsh on New and Full moon periods, Sea Trout, littoral Sharks, and with each fresh tide come fishy surprises. I can't wait to share it with you!
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