John guides primarily out of Swansboro NC where he specializes in sight fishing for redfish in the marshes between Swansboro and New River inlet. He also moves inland in the spring to target shad on the Roanoke and has been spotted chasing false albacore in the waters near Bogue Inlet in the fall.
John is a leader in the Project Healing Waters Program having served in various positions including the Program Lead. When he’s not fishing, John works as a biologist at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll shores, and is busy setting up manufacture and marketing of a new line of “Mauser” fly rods. We’ve asked John to share information and his perspective on the fisheries he targets as a biologist and professional fisherman. Save room for some eye candy as John does a very nice job with photography and videography. We'll have a pre-meeting from 6:30 to 7:00 to get a look at John’s new line of fly rods, and for some casting demonstrations, weather and time permitting.
Here’s what John says he’s going to talk about:
We will cover the habitats and patterns of redfish throughout the 4 seasons in North Carolina. Discussion will include locating good redfish habitat, choosing the best tides, how to locate and approach redfish, and preferred flies and equipment. I'll also take a few minutes to discuss Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) in North Carolina. I will explain how we use fly fishing to help rehabilitate disabled veterans and active duty, along with some brief info about our annual Cape Lookout Albacore Festival which raises money to support PHWFF. Along with a powerpoint, photos and a box of preferred redfish flies, I will also bring along a couple demo rods from our new line of premium USA made fly rods.