It has been a while since our last post. Fishing season has moved forward again in a great way. We are catching Black and Red Drum in inlets as well as some Flounder. The Flounder coming in have gotten bigger each week. Last week we had multiple 7 lb + Flounder and it will only get better. Offshore is strong as well. Come by the store to get all the latest updates and all of the best ideas of how to have a great fishing day.
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Fishing is really hot right now. You can get a cooler full of spots from the piers, especially right after a storm. Use small pieces of shrimp or bloodworms on small double rigs and catch them two at a time.
Whiting are in the river and in the surf. Use the same rig for them that you would for spots. Shrimp or sand fleas work best.
Red drum are in the surf and the channels. Use shrimp, live mullet, live menhaden, salt mullet or Gulp! on a jighead.
Specs are starting to move a lot. Fish for them like you would for Reds or throw a Gotcha or Mirrolure.
Flounder are doing well right now. Fish for them like a Red as well.
You can also find some nice Blues.
Remember to come by the store for all your fishing needs. We give free fishing tips as well.
This is the time of the year that most wait for. On the piers the spots are moving with the weather patterns and the wind. The flounder bite has increased greatly. Pick your days and catch all of the redfish you can handle just off the beach. Come by the store and get the latest information and hit the water.
Speckled trout are coming around finally. We’ve had several reports of small fish caught, but there has been some decent sized fish around. Topwater bite is starting to kick off in the afternoon’s or mornings. Water temps has been in the low 60’s in the morning then warming up to close to 70 in the shallow bays and creeks. Shrimp lures such as D.O.A. and Halo Shrimp have had good production this week. Allot of reports are coming from up the river fishing the incoming tide around the rock islands and Town Creek.
Spanish mackerel are starting to make the run up here. I heard of some nice fish caught today at High Rock and the Peterhoff. Bluefish are also out there in massive numbers and are being a constant nuisance. The Spanish are being caught either trolling or drifting. Drifting you can throw Maria Jigs, Diamond Jigs, Gotcha Plugs and Large Sabiki Rigs with a Stingsilver as the weight. If you troll then you can use Yozuri Deep Divers, or Clarkspoons on plainers. Either way will get the job one.
No word on the Atlantic Bonita. Flounder are still running small with a few keepers here and there being caught live mud minnows or menhaden.
Surf fishing is producing flounder on live mud minnows. Whiting, black drum, and sheepshead are being caught on live sandfleas. Bluefish are also hitting anything that moves right now. Mainly just snapper size blues being caught so far. I heard that there is some big chopper blues at Myrtle Beach.
False albecore are 4 to 5 miles out can be caught on topwater poppers, Diamond jigs, Maria jigs, and Jig Fish’s.
I had a good report for king mackerel being about 40 miles out. Still pretty far out, but dead cigar minnows rigs or spoons will a box full.
Stream reports were mainly wahoo at the Same Ole. Farther out to the break there were massive schools of blackfin tuna. Mike King’s crew boated several limits of blackfin tuna. They also some mystery tuna of some sort with scales and a few yellowfin tuna. Jiggers also caught cobia, African pompano, snowies, tilefish, blackfin tuna, and of course too many aj’s. Eastern Tackle jigs in pot roast and burnt orange have been highly sought after along with Roscoe Jigs. Thats it for this week. Fishing is getting better and better.
Specs are bitting at the riggings on MirrOLure. A few reds mixed in. Water is slick today and warmest day in weeks. Live shrimp are always good.
Speckled trout have been biting well when you get a chance to get out on the water and not freeze. Live shrimp has been the most sought out bait, but live shrimp sources are coming to an end with the freezing temps. Live mud minnows have also worked well when fished on the bottom. 17MR MirrOdine in the 18 and 51 have been hot colors. TT 808, 809, EC, and 704 MirrOlures have been producing some trout out in the surf. Bald Head Marina has also had some action while fishing the bottom with live mud minnows and Gulp baits.
Stripers have been off and on up the river. Falling tide with Gulp Jerkshads, Rebel Brokin Back Minnows, and Rattletraps have been excellent baits to use while pitching against the bank. Yozuri Deep Divers and Stretch 20’s have been some good baits to troll.
Red drum are still around, but getting scarce in the creeks and flats. There has been more fish out in the surf on Masonboro Island and Lee Island. Mirrolures or Gulp baits will find and catch em. Thats all I have for this week.
Capt. Lewis Emery