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Crystal Coast Inshore and Nearshore Fishing Charters with Captain Will Jones
 
popping cork red drum

Cape Lookout Inshore

False Albacore "albie"
     The inshore waters around Cape Lookout offer many opportunities to pursue Red Drum, Speckled Trout and Flounder. Other species that we will frequently run into while patroling the flats are bluefish, crevalle jack and sharks.  On an inshore trip around Cape Lookout, we will usually fish in Lower Core Sound, Jarrett Bay, Back Sound or North River but we have easy access to other areas like Newport River, Bogue Sound and Upper Core Sound.  Whether we are fan casting the crystal clear grass flats behind the Core or Shackleford banks with gold spoons and topwaters, pushing up a small creek or up in the marsh, the view will not dissapoint. We are lucky to fish in the most beautiful place in the world!
False Albacore Fly Fishing
Big spanish casting
Speckled Trout topwater
Old drum and girl
Red Drum
Red Drum and girl

Cape Lookout Nearshore (within ~15 miles)

     Here at the Crystal Coast, we are lucky to have quick access to Barden's, Beaufort and Bogue inlet.  The ocean waters along the vast beachfront and the nearshore wrecks and reefs offer endless opportunities to chase Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, False Albacore, Atlantic Bonito, King Mackerel, Amberjack, Sharks, Flounder, Red Drum, Speckled Trout, Gray Trout and more! The greatest thing about breaking the inlet is you never know what you will find on that particular day and there are so many choices of fish to catch and how to catch them... Take your pick!
amberjack topwater plug
Cobia Girl
Big Bluefish Topwater Shark Island

Neuse River Monsters: NC Giant Red Drum

     If you are a big fish on light tackle junky, this is your fishing trip!  Here at the Crystal Coast, we not only have great fishing in our front yard, but we have relatively easy access (a quick run up the intracoastal waterway) to the Neuse River, right in our back yard! This will be a premium trip and only available as a 3/4 or full day, but worth every penny.  Very large adult drum from 38-50+" that can push over 50lbs are available in targetable numbers in the Neuse River around August and September and can be targeted with artificial lures. 
     Despite the challenge of targeting these fish in such a large body of water, this fishery can be pretty consistent.  We catch them with medium heavy spin tackle, 30lb braid throwing popping corks and soft plastic lures suspended beneath them.  We will look for a large biomass of bait and fish there around it where the predator fish will key in on the menhaden, bluefish, mullet, crabs... They will eat anything!  Sound is key.  The cork makes so much noise, we are able to draw them to the surface from 2 feet of water all the way to over 20 feet!  We even catch them blind casting in likely areas on a regular basis.  Work the cork aggressively and with efficiency and you will reap the benefit! 
Popping cork old drum DOA lures
Neuse River Old Red Drum fishing popping cork artificial lures

Cape Lookout "Albie" Blitz

     Fly and light tackle fanatics come from all over the country for this fishery.  False albacore, or "albies" as they are affectionately called, provide excitement in the fall, sometimes into December. They hit the beaches in search of schools of baitfish to fatten up on before the winter.  In a typical day of albie fly or light tackle fishing, we will break the inlet in the morning and choose right (west) or left (east).  From there, we will run until we find the biomass of bait and hopefully predator fish to cast a fly or a jig to.
     If you have never albie fished and you love catching big, hard fighting fish on light tackle or fly gear, this fishery is one you owe it to yourself to check out.  Fly fisherman love to bring their own rods, and are welcome to. Light tackle guys, we have you covered. When you cast a fly or jig or topwater into a raging school of albies and come tight on a rocket swimming upwards of 30mph, we promise, you'll be hooked! No pun intended! The Cape Lookout Fall albie blitz is something very special, come see what it's all about!
Neuse River Old Red Drum fishing popping cork artificial lures
Neuse River Old Red Drum fishing popping cork artificial lures