Bald Head Island Red Drum

Bald Head Island Report

Bald Head Island Flounder

Bald Head Island Flounder

Bald Head Island report by Capt. Mike Red Drum, Flounder, and Speckled Trout are being caught in the backwaters of the Cape Fear River, Capt. Mike Dennis says the fishing has been slower than normal for the summer, with the last two weeks heading into the fall the Bald Head Island report is improving with large flounders be caught on the flats, with speckled trout being found in the current along the oyster beds. We have been catching a few flounders with large finger mullet from 8lb. to over 10lb. keeper size flounders are being caught in good numbers, the flounder season has been closed so all fish have been released with the upcoming flounder season to open September 1, 2021, running to September 14, 2021.

Summer Time Fishing can be a challenge with water temperatures high, and the midday sun beating down on the water, fish seek cooler temperatures. When fishing the backwaters close to Bald Head Island reports are coming in that Red Drum has been staging just outside the entrance of Baldhead Creek. Most of the shallow waters have a black muddy bottom which really gets hot during the summertime I try to avoid these areas. I have several spots that I will fish when water temperatures heat up in the summer, most days I can manage to find a decent bite. Another alternative is to try to fish for Red Drum around and Inlet or just off the beach on an artificial reef or wreck. I have fished in the backwaters enough to know when it really gets slow look somewhere else to find fish. Waterways and docks can be an excellent place to find Red Drum and Flounder in the summer.

Fall fishing is right around the corner, this is the last week of August fishing is definitely started to improve. The schools of finger mullets are increasing along with the size of big mullets I am catching in the cast net. I have been taking several large mullets putting them in the cooler, to use as cut bait and chum. The chumming is starting to pay off, I noticed the morning of our best flounder bite that I had the chum bag out, which I believe pulled the numbers of the fish closer to the boat increasing our catch. Fall fishing has got to include the King Mackerel which can be found in the river channel just off of Bald Head Island. Slow trolling for King Mackerel with menhadden is one of my favorites for the fish are big and are known for their lighting first runs!


Bald Head Island is a great place to spend a day or vacation for a week this is a really popular place during the summer, so call way ahead to ensure your rental property. I also suggest planning your vacation in the fall of the year to avoid the heat of the summer. The fishing normally is better in the fall, not to say we have had some outstanding catches in July and August but every year things change. Hope to hear from when you, when you visit Bald Head Island.

I do have some open fishing days for the first week of July give me a call at 910-619-0928 to book you an inshore charter with the Cape Fear Guide.

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Cape Fear Guide – Capt.Mike Dennis – 910-619-0928

210 Peninsula Drive Carolina Beac, N.C. 28428