The past week saw some rough seas and lots of rain with only a few fishable days for the ocean-going boats.
Inshore fishing is producing catches of flounder and red drum. Spanish mackerel are being caught along the beaches on Clarkspoons and Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows. Nearshore fishing continues to produce catches of king mackerel with some citation size fish mixed in.
Bottom fishing is producing catches of black sea bass, flounder and grouper. Gulf Stream fishing is producing good catches of wahoo, some blackfin tuna, barracuda and sailfish.
Joe Johnston reports red drum are being caught early in the mornings and late in the day on topwater lures.
Flounder are being caught on live mud minnows. Spanish mackerel are being caught along the beaches on Clarkspoons and Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows.
Source: Eastern Outfitters.
SNEADS FERRY AND NEW RIVER
Captain Allen Jernigan reports red drum fishing has been excellent and the reds are being caught on topwater lures and gold spoons.
Speckled trout up to 27-inches are being caught on topwater lures in the early mornings and just before the rain and storms move in. The flounder gigging continues to be excellent.
Source: Breadman Ventures.
Captain Bobby Bourquin reports another week of rough seas hampered area anglers along the Crystal Coast.
On the few days boats could get in the ocean, they reported catches of big Spanish mackerel and average size king mackerel with a few citation size kings mixed in. Bottom fishermen reported catches of black sea bass, flounder and grouper. Gulf Stream boats reported very good catches of wahoo and sailfish.
Source: Teezher Charters.
CRYSTAL COAST-SWANSBORO TO MOREHEAD CITY-INSHORE/NEARSHORE
Captain Jeff Cronk reports beautiful weather along the Crystal Coast has offered excellent fishing for anglers over the past week.
Inshore fishing is producing catches of red drum, flounder, speckled trout, sheepshead, bluefish and black drum. The sheepshead and black drum are being caught around the bridges and docks on live fiddler crabs and sand fleas. The speckled trout are being caught around the oyster beds in the rivers and in the deeper channels behind the beaches on live shrimp fisher under slip corks rigs along with artificial shrimp. The red drum and flounder can be caught in the shallow bays behind the beaches and in the creek mouths on spinner baits and 1/8-1/4-ounce jig heads tipped with Gulp baits or popping cork rigs with live shrimp and live finger mullet.
Spanish mackerel are being caught along the beaches on Clarkspoons and by casting spec rigs or other small metal jigs. on jigs. King mackerel and Spanish mackerel in the 4-6-pound range are being caught at the hard bottom areas and around
the inlets on live menhaden and other live bait. Bottom fishing at the artificial reefs and hard bottom areas is producing catches of black sea bass, flounder and assorted bottom fish. Two hook bottom rigs with fresh shrimp or mullet can be used for the sea bass and other bottom fish. Two-ounce bucktails tipped with Gulp baits has been effective on the flounder and black sea bass.
Source: Fish’n 4 Life Charters.
MOREHEAD CITY OFFSHORE AND NEARSHORE
Captain Bill Dillon reports Gulf Stream fishing is producing good catches of wahoo, some blackfin tuna, sailfish and barracuda.
Source: Beagle Sport Fishing Charters.