The Tar Heel State is famous for its trophy-sized red drum that weighs in excess of 40 pounds, traditionally caught in the surf and sound between Oregon Inlet and Cape Lookout. In 1984, a giant red drum was caught off Hatteras Island that weighed 94 pounds, 2 ounces; aside from being the state record red drum, this is also a world record for all tackle. North Carolina has produced 10 out of 16 current world records for red drum” Quote from NC Marine fisheries”
Red Drum also thrives in our inshore waters in the Cape Fear River, and its smaller creeks, and back bay areas just off the main river channel. These inshore fish can reach 30 lb. the class size which can be caught here in the Cape Fear area. Some of the hardest striking inshore fish are in the legal slot size which make the Cape Fear River an anglers destination if he is in search of Redfish action, the Cape Fear Guide – Capt. Mike Dennis specializes in live bait tactics to land these fish, it takes a little more work to catch the live bait, but the results speak, for themselves at the end of the day!