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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.