Kayak Fishing in North Carolina

Customer name: Nathan Raycroft
City/State: Swansboro, NC
Where do you fish/launch? Emerald Isle, Queen's Creek, Morehead City, Beaufort, Ft. Fisher.
What kind of fish do you catch or target? Mainly NC's own state fish, the redfish (puppy drum), speckled trout, flatties (flounder) (LM/SM and Nothern Pike when in Canada).
What kind of lures, jigs or live bait do you use? Spinner baits-RedFish Magic, Mr. Twister Jig Heads/Soft Plastics- primarily Haw River Tackle, DOA and Bass Assassin, Topwater plugs- MirroLure and Heddons.
What kind of kayak do you have? Presently a Native Manta Ray 14.5, Native Manta Ray 12 and Native Ultimate 14.5 Solo (all in red)
Do you have any good tips for rigging a kayak for fishing? Sit in the bare kayak and perform a "dry run" of where you would install the items for comfort/accessibility/functionality, etc. This will mitigate putting unnecessary holes in the kayak when you realize later that you could never reach that "thing" you put behind/in front of you (double stick tape works well for dry run set-up).
Comments: Thank you guys for you rsupport of the kayak fishing community through the provision of quality products and excellent customer service.


Customer name: Rick Maynard
City/State: Thomasville, NC
Where do you fish/launch? Rivers in NC and VA that smallmouth bass and largemouth bass inhabit, little river inlet, SC.
What kind of fish do you catch or target? Bass, Redfish, Trout.
What kind of lures, jigs or live bait do you use? Plastic Lizards, Topwater Baits, Jigs, Crankbaits, Spinnerbaits.
What kind of kayak do you have? Wilderness Systems Ride 135 Camo.
Comments: Great Site, love the products, Nice!
   


Customer name: Jim Bennett
City/State: Greenville, NC
Where do you fish/launch? Mostly farm ponds, lakes and creeks in Eastern NC. I have fished the NC sound one time so far.
What kind of fish do you catch or target? Largemouth Bass, bream and crappie.
What kind of lures, jigs or live bait do you use? Spinnerbaits, worms, topwaters, plastic swim baits, frogs, floating worms, cranks, spoons.
What kind of kayak do you have? Ocean Kayak Trident Prowler 13.
Do you have any good tips for rigging a kayak for fishing? Listen to everyone who is more experienced than you and learn from all of them, then make up your own mind based on the species you are targeting.
Comments: This is a great store and resource.


Customer name: Phil Kiser
City/State: Kannapolis, North Carolina
Where do you fish/launch? lakes on the Yadkin Peedee river chain and the Uwharrie river.
What kind of fish do you catch or target? Most Bass, Crappie, and Bream. If it has lips and will bite I will catch it.
What kind of lures, jigs or live bait do you use? Crank baits, buzz baits, jigs and if all else fails live bait or my fly rod.
What kind of kayak do you have? Present ride is a Wilderness Systems 135 ride. I back up with an Old Town Angler and an Acadia dt.
Do you have any good tips for rigging a kayak for fishing? Try to keep it as light as possible. It is no fun portaging a half mile or better if conditions change on you especially on rivers. Otherwise load everything you need.


Customer name: Eddie Mathis
City/State: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Where do you fish/launch? Lakes on and around Ft. Bragg, and soon the ICW at it creeks. Will be at the Meet and Greek at Federal Point 27 Jun 09.
What kind of fish do you catch or target? Bass, Crappie, Red Fish, Flounder, Specs.
What kind of lures, jigs or live bait do you use? Lead head jigs, DOA and Gulp, mullet shrimp minnows.
What kind of kayak do you have? Perception Search 13
Do you have any good tips for rigging a kayak for fishing? Just starting, but milk crates are great!
Photos:
Comments: Love the web site and the gear.


Customer name: Jeff
City/State: Wilmington, North Carolina
Where do you fish/launch? South Eastern NC River, Sound and Ocean.
What kind of fish do you catch or target? Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Spanish King Mackrel, Stripers, Bass and anything else that I can hook.
What kind of lures, jigs or live bait do you use? Mirrolures, GULP, and natural baits.
What kind of kayak do you have? Heritage Redfish 12, Native Manta Ray 14.5
Do you have any good tips for rigging a kayak for fishing? Add things on as needed and start simple.
Photos: Yes, NCAngler.com, aka mulletman
Comments: Don't sell your goals too high on a fishing trip and you will not be disappointed. My goal each trip is one fish.


Customer name: Tim "stew-rat" Stewart
City/State: Charlotte, North Carolina
Where do you fish/launch? Catawba River chain mainly (Normal. Mt. Island, Wylie) some mtns and coast.
What kind of fish do you catch or target? Prefer LMB's and spotted bass, but will catch anything.
What kind of lures, jigs or live bait do you use? Zoom flukes, horny toads, worms, hopkins spoons
What kind of kayak do you have? Dagger Bayou single and tandem. Necky Manitou tandem. Perception Acadia. L Logic Saluda
Do you have any good tips for rigging a kayak for fishing? Start slow and thoughtfully decide what you will really need / use. See where you fit. I am a minimalist by nature but have all I need.
Photos: Plenty of fishing photos! Hard Core Kayak Fishing
Comments: Kayak Fishing is my medicine. There is no off season! Hardcore 24 x 7 x 365!


Customer name: Snal??
City/State: Asheville, North Carolina
Where do you fish/launch? Lake James, NC; Lumber River NC/SC; Edisto, Lake Julian, NC
What kind of fish do you catch or target? Panfish/Crappie, Catfish, Walleye, Trout, Whatever Bites!!
What kind of lures, jigs or live bait do you use? Pop'n Bugs, Grubs, Minnows, Crickets, Cat's Paw, DOA Shrimp, Electric Chickens, Etc..
What kind of kayak do you have? WS Tarpon 140, WS Tsunami 145, Necky Looksha IV, Perception Monarch, Old Town Castine, P&H Capella.
Do you have any good tips for rigging a kayak for fishing? Scotty Rod Holders!


Customer name: Philip Ruckart
City/State: Mebane, North Carolina
Where do you fish/launch? NC
What kind of fish do you catch or target? Anything that swims is a target, but mainly redfish, flounder, specks, LM bass and crappie.
What kind of lures, jigs or live bait do you use? For spinners - really like the redfish magic and zulu, lots of color choices. Topwater - riprollers, skitter walks and spook jr.'s.
What kind of kayak do you have? WS Tarpon 160i
Do you have any good tips for rigging a kayak for fishing? Rig for comfort/safety and easy access of necessities. What you don't want to lose tie in or use floats.
Comments: Thanks for sponsoring NC's Cape Fear Kayak's tournament series!


Customer name: Matt Langenfeld
City/State: Greensboro, NC
Where do you fish/launch? Greensboro, NC - local lakes
What kind of fish do you catch or target? Whatever is swimming local. Usually small lake bass and other pan fish. Would like to try the ocean one day.
What kind of lures, jigs or live bait do you use? I just drown worms.
What kind of kayak do you have? All self designed and built.
Do you have any good tips for rigging a kayak for fishing? Because I build my own, I can make changes and rig just about anyway I wish. I take mine out, try some rigging, and then something new. Don't rig it all at once. Pictures can be seen on www.Jemwatercraft.com


Customer name: Keith Grover
City/State: New Bern, NC
Where do you fish/launch? Neuse River, NC
What kind of fish do you catch or target? Bass
What kind of lures, jigs or live bait do you use? Flukes, worms, crankbaits.
What kind of kayak do you have? Hobie Mirage Sport Fisherman


Customer name: Scott Bennett
City/State: Summerfield, NC
Where do you fish/launch? Mostly fresh water around Greensboro, NC and occasionally the NC coast.
What kind of fish do you catch or target? Largemouth Bass, Flounder, Drum, mostly anything that will bite.
What kind of lures, jigs or live bait do you use? Freshwater - mostly plastic worms and spinner baits; Saltwater - mostly shrimp, squid and minnows.
What kind of kayak do you have? Wilderness Tarpon 120
Do you have any good tips for rigging a kayak for fishing? Use AA batteries for fish finders.
Comments: Won a T-shirt at a tournament last fall in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Thanks for the great service.

 

 

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