Strong winds and rough seas hampered area anglers for the second straight week.

Inshore fishing is producing really nice catches of larger speckled trout. Fishing along the surf zone is producing catches of bluefish, sea mullet, small speckled trout, small pompano and some small Spanish

mackerel. Nearshore fishing is producing catches of king mackerel. Offshore bottom fishing is producing catches of grouper, black sea bass and triggerfish. Gulf Stream fishing is producing catches of wahoo, tuna and sailfish when the boats can get offshore.

 

TOPSAIL ISLAND

Joe Johnston reports speckled trout fishing continues to be really strong with a larger class of fish being caught with many fish running in the 18-22-inch range.

The specks are being caught on Mirrolure MR 17’s, MR 18’s and Rapala Jerk baits.

Source: Eastern Outfitters.

SNEADS FERRY AND NEW RIVER

Captain Allen Jernigan reports the speckled trout bite has been on fire.

Some citation size fish are being caught with the largest around 7-pounds. The specks are being caught on a variety of Saltwater Assassin plastics fished under Cajun Thunder popping corks, Storm shrimp and Mirrolure She Pups. Some red drum and flounder are being caught on the same baits.

Source: Breadman Ventures.

EMERALD ISLE

Captain Bobby Bourquin reports another good week of fishing along the Crystal Coast.

Fishing along the surf zone is producing catches of bluefish, sea mullet, small speckled trout, pompano and small Spanish mackerel. King mackerel are being caught on the east side of Cape Lookout Shoals with an occasional wahoo and blackfin tuna mixed in. Offshore bottom fishing is producing catches of grouper, black sea bass and triggerfish. Gulf Stream fishing is producing catches of wahoo, tuna and sailfish.

Source: Teezher Charters.

CRYSTAL COAST-SWANSBORO TO MOREHEAD CITY-INSHORE/NEARSHORE

Captain Jeff Cronk reports the water has cleared up nicely along the Crystal Coast since the storm.

There is lots of bait along the waterway, around the inlets and along the surf zone and where there is bait there will be fish. The cooling water has kicked off the fall speckled trout bite and the deeper channels near the inlets are producing specks in the 12-20-inch range. The best baits have been Berkley Gulp shrimp and Halo shrimp fished on 1/8 ounce to ¼ ounce jig heads.

Anglers are also reporting catches of red drum, black drum and flounder while fishing along the inshore areas. Fishing along the surf zone is producing species of all fish including spots, flounder, red drum, black drum and bluefish. Fishing at the nearshore live bottom areas is producing catches of king mackerel, flounder and black sea bass.

Source: Fish’n 4 Life Charters.

MOREHEAD CITY OFFSHORE AND NEARSHORE

Captain Bill Dillon reports that strong winds and rough seas have kept Gulf Stream boats at the docks.

Spots have shown up in good numbers along the surf and off the piers.

Source: Beagle Sport Fishing Charters.