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Creeking For Trout

Not a trout
by Lee Padrick, November 7, 2013

I have been spending time this week exploring some of the coastal creeks off of the Pamlico and Neuse Rivers, in search of speckled trout.  These small creeks and their wooded shorelines have granted sanctuary from the strong North winds of the past week.

Fall Trout and Redfish

by Lee Padrick, October 30, 2013

On October 26th, I had the honor and opportunity to fish with two of my best friends and neighbors, Steve Rowe and Todd Sauls.  We signed up for the 11th Annual Jacksonville Speckled Trout Tournament, held out of Casper's Marina in Swansboro.  A beautiful venue for a well-run tournament.

The Tournament Director, Daniel Sbrocco, checked out 38 boats at safe light.  The conditions were perfect, except for a cold front that had moved in the night before.  The air temps at checkout was 34 degrees, with a north wind blowing 10 mph.  My fishing partners and I headed west for 30 miles and fished a spot none of us had fished before.  In hindsight, probably not the best plan, as we did not catch a speckled trout all day.  Skip Smith of Swansboro won with a 4-trout total weight of 20.55 lbs.

Padrick/Smith/Smith Win CCA Inside Out Tournament

by Lee Padrick, October 13, 2013

On Saturday, October 12th, Dwayne Smith, Jeff Smith, and I fished the 2013 CCA Inside Out Tournament, held at Portside Marina in Morehead City, NC.  The goal of the tournament is to bring in one redfish, one speckled trout, and one flounder.  The redfish must be 18-27", the trout must be at least 18", and the flounder must be 16".  

We started fishing at 7 AM, on a falling tide.  Low tide was at 8:47 AM, so it was going to be tough to catch the trout on that tide.  As we worked down a marshbank, Dwayne catches a 3 lb redfish.  A few minutes later, we upgrade the red when I catch a 5+ lb fish, so we hit our target weight for the redfish.  Its time to catch a trout and a flounder.  

Fishing With Friends

by Lee Padrick, October 9, 2013

I had been telling some friends that as soon as October rolls around, we're going trout fishing.  But there is no greater pressure than having to put your family and friends on fish.  So when Stephen E. Smith agreed to go fishing with me and Dwayne Smith, I felt the pressure.  

When I met Stephen at the dock, I asked him if he wanted the good news or the bad news.  He chose the good.  I told him, "We're going to catch some fish."  

NC Fall Redfish Shootout - The Redfish Guys

by Lee Padrick, October 6, 2013

The Redfish Guys came in second place at the NC Fall Redfish Shootout held at Fulcher's Landing in Sneads Ferry on October 5th.  

This event was the third of the year held at this location, with previous tournaments in May and July.  This tournament was originally scheduled for September 28th, but high winds convinced the teams to move it back a week.

Catch Redfish On Popping Corks

by Lee Padrick, October 2, 2013 

The popping cork rig has proven over time to be a deadly technique for catching shallow water redfish.  This simple rig will keep the lure in the strike zone and attract predators with splashes and rattles.  It is an essential part of my approach to putting redfish in the boat.

There are many popping cork products on the market, corks that gurgle, splash, rattle, and click.  The corks come in many types of shapes and colors.  Some popping corks can even be purchased pre-rigged.  The method I prefer is the oval popping cork.  This cork produces a rattle and click that sounds much like a baitfish being eaten, or a shrimp popping.  Also, with the right tackle setup, this cork casts extremely well, in comparison to many of the other products on the market.

September 21, 2013

by Lee Padrick, September 22, 2013

Air temp:  70
Water temp: 75
Wind:  Light, variable
Tide:  High
Technique:  Popping corks, gold spoons, topwater lures

Dwayne and I went out and hit a handful of spots to try and catch some redfish.  At our first stop, I had a blowup.  Dwayne immediately threw a popping cork and put two fish in the boat.  Kept moving along a marshbank, and I had another fish shake a topwater.

We ran to another area, and I caught an undersized red on a topwater.  Then we checked out a spot we haven't fished much this year.  For good reason.  Nothing going on.

Video: B-Roll Footage from 2012 Tournament Practice

by Lee Padrick, September 19, 2013

Finally got around to editing some video from last season's tournament practice:

B-Roll Footage 2012 Tournament Practice


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September 15, 2013

by Lee Padrick, September 15, 2013

Air temp:  65
Water temp: 75
Wind:  NE at 10 mph
Tide:  Falling
Technique:  Popping corks, soft plastics (weedless and on jigheads), topwater lures

Dwayne and I had a long day on the water.  We launched at Shell Rock Landing before sunrise and checked a few spots for drum for an upcoming tournament.  No fish and/or luck at our first two stops (except for two 18-20" flounder).  Then we fished a spot that Dwayne had caught a few reds yesterday.  

Dwayne sticks a small one on a popping cork, but the fish spit the hook on the way to the boat.  Then he hooks another and lands it.  I had a blowup on topwater, then I hook one when we come around a marsh point.  We fished down a bank, but the dropping tide convinced us to put the boat back on the trailer and head to Morehead City, hoping to catch a few trout on the rising tide.  

We launch the boat, run to a nearby spot, and Dwayne hooks up on his first cast.  Its going to be a good day.  Unfortunately, he had hooked a lizard fish.  He hooked up on a ladyfish soon afterward.  No trout or drum, but I did catch another flounder in the 16" range.  

A few more cooler mornings and some NE winds, and I think the trout bite will start up for the fall.


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September 8, 2013

- Lee Padrick, September 11, 2013

Air temp:  70

Water temp:  78
Wind:  Calm, variable
Tide:  Rising
Technique:  Popping corks, topwater lures

Dwayne and I fished a few different spots, caught a few fish at each stop.  

At the first stop, Dwayne caught a nice red on a topwater lure at sunrise.  Made for a great picture (shown below).  I had a topwater blowup, and tossed a popping cork with a Salty Bay soft plastic to the spot where the fish showed interest in my plug.  A couple twitches and I was on.

We fished down the bank, looking for a school of feeding fish without success.  We ran the boat to the next stop, a shallow water bay with a grass bed bottom.  As we moved down the bank, we found a number of feeding fish.  I tossed a topwater, immediately hooked up, only to have the feisty red shake the hook.  

We grabbed our phones to shoot video, and took turns catching fish.  I hooked another on a topwater lure and landed it.  Then Dwayne followed up with a popping cork fish further down the bank.

Made another quick run, and I had a topwater strike. Popping cork didn't land the fish, so we began to think it was a speckled trout.  A few casts of the topwater later, and I land a 18" trout.  Then we moved east about 2 miles for our final stop, a huge grassbed flat.  No luck at this spot, so we called it a morning.

Video of the morning:

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- Lee


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