The past week saw lots of small craft advisories that provided very few opportunities for ocean going vessels.

Inshore fishing is producing great catches of speckled trout along with some red drum and a few small flounder. Surf fishing and fishing along the surf zone is producing catches of red drum, flounder, black drum, bluefish, speckled trout and pompano. Offshore bottom fishing is producing nice 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 the speckled trout fishing continues to be very good.

Wahoo Skimmer jigs in pink and white have been very effective for the specks. Surf fishing is producing catches of red drum and black drum using cut bait and shrimp. There was a whopping 63-pound black drum caught last Sunday in the surf.

Source: Eastern Outfitters.

SNEADS FERRY AND NEW RIVER

Captain Allen Jernigan reports the speckled trout bite continues to be very good.

The specks are being caught on Mirrolure MR 17’s, topwater plugs and various soft plastics. Some red drum are being caught while fishing for the specks with an occasional small flounder mixed in.

Source: Breadman Ventures.

EMERALD ISLE

Captain Bobby Bourquin reports fishing along the Crystal Coast has been good despite the strong winds.

Fishing along the surf zone is producing catches of sea mullet, speckled trout, black drum, red drum, bluefish and pompano. Offshore bottom fishing is producing catches of grouper, black sea bass and triggerfish. Gulf Stream fishing is producing really good catches of wahoo along with tuna and sailfish when the boats can get offshore.

Source: Teezher Charters.

CRYSTAL COAST-SWANSBORO TO MOREHEAD CITY-INSHORE/NEARSHORE

Captain Jeff Cronk reports anglers along the Crystal Coast are seeing really cool water temperatures ranging from the mid-50’s along the beach to below 50 degrees in the backwaters of the sounds and rivers.

Anglers fishing the surf zone for flounder, red drum, black drum and speckled trout should use scented soft baits like Berkley Gulp 4-inch shrimp fished on ½ ounce jigs for the red drum, speckled trout and flounder. In addition, Mirrolures will also work well for the specks. Anglers wanting to target the black drum should use cut mullet fished on bottom rigs.

Anglers targeting the speckled trout in the backwaters will have success using light, slow sinking or suspended baits. Some of the preferred baits are Bett’s Halo shrimp, Berkley’s Gulp shrimp as well as Mirrolure MR 17’s.

Source: Fish’n 4 Life Charters.