Wilmington, N.C.  

Inshore Fishing and traditional Rail Bird Hunting Charters
Inshore Fishing charters
Traditional Rail Bird Hunts
Waterfowl Hunts Nov-Dec-Jan
4 hour Fishing Charters for $350 1P and $450 for two persons.

I like fishing two hours prior to a flood tide to two hour afterwards. 

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Our Fall Speckled Sea Trout run from middle to late October through early December.
The South Eastern N.C. Coast has  migratory duck populations that are a mix of puddle ducks in some regions and diver ducks in other regions.

SE North Carolina Waterfowl hunting is dominated by how many ducks push down the coast from the the Core Sound, and the Outer Banks into our big water coastal regions. 

Holiday dates are popular and should be booked early.  Duck hunting charters are $350 1P and $450 2 P. 

I offer a limited number of duck hunts and use a boat blind and  decoys during  a four hour duck hunt charter. 
 2018 RAIL BIRD HUNT CHARTERS are $350 1 P, and $700 for 2 P.

In 1832 Audabon wrote in his journal that he "...watched a Charleston gentleman hunting rail birds with a SxS light fowling piece one  November morning as the cool breeze blew (the) wooden skiff across a large marsh hunting the Carolina Rail in a rice field"
The sportsman told him, that he used a pole-man (standing in the back) to push him- when he hunted the King Tides, and kept two 30" Manton (sxs) loaded - ..."jest in case he got into a flock  of railbirds as- gentlemen only shot railbirds while flying". 

​Our Rail bird hunts are 4 hr charters during which we hunt the incoming - full - falling tides during a Rail bird flood tide.

These big lunar tides occur in limited numbers of days each month of the 70 days rail bird season. These big super-tides  average approximatly 4 - 6 flood tides every month. is all about the tides. You readers might find it hard to grasp, but I have seen days when two inch difference- in tidal variance can turn a good day into something quite special.  You need a big enough tide to get them out of thick cover.

Bring a box of non--toxic #6 or #7.5 L/B shotgun shells. You might desire to bring - one more box of  shells than you think you might need- to kill a 15 bird limit of clappers. Especially if it is windy.

(Best practice will always be shooting a round of  trap from the 16 yard line). 

I would recommend a 20 ga, 16 ga, or 28 ga shotgun.   A 12 ga shotgun is just - too much gun for railbird hunting.

It is mighty hard to kill your limit of 15 birds with a .410 ga shotgun, and I have never seen anyone other than myself do it; however there was a Texas State Champion Skeet shooter  tried it a few years ago.  He quickly switched over to a 20 ga after missing- four in a row with my little .410 sxs. The winds were around 18 knots as I recall, so it was kind of breezy, but he needed more than a box-  to get his limit. 
You will be sitting in the gunner's chair near the bow of the skiff, and you will need to make 15 - 25 yard shots. We seem to have more wind in  November, and you adjust your swing to more winds pushing those railbirds along a bit faster and need a better lead. 

You will gun railbirds from our skiff that is rigged for railbird hunting.

Your guide will pole your skiff in flooding Spartina grass flats and marshes where we normally find them. 

NOTE...**New Customers pay in full ** prior to booking a specific date.

90% of my clients are return customers.
Note: all four huntable railbird species can be found throughout a 70 day season. We often see two species of railbirds the first two months of the season, but the bag is in aggrigate.

Clapper Rail birds domiate most limits.  Although there are quite a number of Sora killed during the first two months, and I see a few Virginia and King Railbirds normally later in the October and November season.  I have been seeing more and more of the "Hybred King rail birds" each year as the King tends to cross-breed with the Clapper.

The King and the Sora congregate in the fresh water Rice meddows along the N.E. Atlantic Flyway where natural rice still grows; nevertheless these two species occassionaly migrate with Clappers during their full moon migration flights, especially prior to NorEastern storms that occur in late October and November.  
Wingshooting for Rail birds
Railbird season runs from Sept - Nov.

Remember there are only around fifteen really big flood tides during those months that are the very best times to pursue exceptional wing shooting behind our sea islands.

I guide the traditional method, poling a gunner as they sit in the front chair as the tide rises and falls in an area where these migratiory birds congregate. If the wind is blowing greater than 12 knots, you will probably wish you brought a second box of shells. The average gunner takes 28 shots to kill a limit of 15 railbirds especially if the wind is blowing 8- 12 knots or more.

Please note that 90 % of my clients return to hunt with me from  all over the USA.
GOOGLE my Rail Bird Hunt videos that you will find on YOUTUBE to see how its done.   

chase redfish & Speckled Sea Trout
Flood tide redfishing occurs during the warmer months which allows for stalking... tailing redfish- during incoming and falling flood tides. We can pole you across a flat, or if you bring your wade shoes, you can wade fish miles of flooded spartina grass flats.
In the late Fall and spring we can target Speckled Sea Trout which start showing up in schools about the middle of October through December like clockwork.
     Wilmington, North Carolina
     You can experience the Lower Cape Fear backcountry in all its beauty throughout the seasons of the year, but remember this delta region consists of thousands of acres of bay, creeks and hundreds of drainage ditches, and many saltwater duck ponds. Robert Raurk wrote about this area a great deal in his classic stories found in the book:  THE OLD MAN and THE BOY.  
     Field and Stream and Outdoor Life has written about the CAPE FEAR  Fishing and hunting regions throughout the years. Perhaps you have read the articles about me that brought you to my website.

     The Delta Marsh of the Lower Cape Fear River has an average depth of 3.3 feet however it does have a number of big holes back in it's larger creeks, and its many different channels run the length of the heavy rock  "cribbins"  which seperate the first and second bays. These inner bays or shallow sounds make up the three major larger sections of big water, with heavy and short marsh flats that form unique back country and shallow flats extending out  to the Cape Fear River Ship Channel about a mile or so to its west. The barrier sea islands run southward to boarder Smith and Bald Head and cut up by smaller, tree and scrub inner islands.  

     The "rock cribbins" along the first two back bays protect the inside  backcountry flats and bays and marshes from storm deteriation and slow the tidal flow flooding. These rocks actually date back to approprations during President Grant's Administration and were completed during President Grover Cleveland's administration, however this works project was interrupted throughout those years-  due to politics and congressional funding.

     Mr. James Sprunt's exceptional history book: CHRONICLES of the CAPE FEAR  1660 - 1916 explains more fully those aspects. The inner channels were dug out by steam shove and dredge, initally by free-men of color under very difficult conditions, and later by other contract workers. There are massive shallow flats of Buzzard bay (3d bay) connected by 4-7 foot muddy creeks with various creeks that flood old duck ponds and spartina grass flats  that dominate the landscape of island and backwater fishing spots that are hard to get to until the flood tides occur.  
Inshore saltwater fishing, fly- fishing, and wing shooting for rail bird (Marsh Hens) during these seasons of the year.

If you enjoy the outdoors and getting out in the back country fishing and hunting then you will certainly enjoy yourself when you book a fishing or wing shooting charter with JOE GUIDE OUTFITTERS throughout the seasons of the year.

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