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Are there any Tarpon caught in the Cape Fear river area during the summer?

Dan Spears

Two anglers look for a spot to cast their lines along the New Inlet and Swash Defense Dam, better known as "The Rocks," at the southernmost end of New Hanover County on Aug. 23, 2007. File photo BY PAUL STEPHEN / STAR NEWS

At the right time of the year, you can catch tarpon – along with plenty of other fish – in the Cape Fear River.

According to StarNews outdoors writer Mike Marsh and Tex Grissom from Tex’s Tackle & Bait in Wilmington, tarpon hang out in the southern part of the River, from Fort Fisher to the mouth. The best time of year to search for tarpon is late summer and early fall.

Grissom says that you can go after them specifically, but that most of the time they land on hooks incidentally. Both Grissom and Marsh say that the shoals (near Bald Head Island) is the best place to go.


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