The past week once again saw strong winds, rough seas and plenty of rain.

Inshore fishing is producing really nice catches of speckled trout along with red drum and some flounder. Fishing

along the surf zone is producing catches of speckled trout, red drum, bluefish and black drum.

Fishing at the nearshore rocks and reefs is producing catches of flounder, black sea bass, grouper and false albacore. Offshore fishing is producing good catches of king mackerel. Gulf Stream

fishing is producing catches of wahoo, blackfin tuna and sailfish when the boats are able to get

offshore. Bluefin tuna are being caught with most fish running 400-700 pounds.

 

TOPSAIL ISLAND

Joe Johnston reports speckled trout fishing continues to be terrific. Z-Man Trout Tricks in Mood

Ring, Festivus and Lime Pearl colors have been producing plenty of specks. Anglers are also

reporting catches of red drum and some flounder while fishing for the speckled trout.

Source: Eastern Outfitters.

SNEADS FERRY AND NEW RIVER

Captain Allen Jernigan reports the speckled trout and red drum bite was very good last week up

until the nasty wet weather came through the area.

Best baits for the specks and red drum have been Mirrolure MR 17’s, topwater plugs, Storm shrimp and Saltwater assassin plastics fished

under Cajun Thunder popping corks.

Source: Breadman Ventures.

EMERALD ISLE

Captain Bobby Bourquin reports fishing along the Crystal Coast continues to be good despite all the cooler weather.

Fishing along the surf zone is producing catches of speckled trout, black

drum, bluefish and red drum. Fishing at the nearshore rocks and reefs is producing catches of

flounder, black sea bass, grouper and false albacore. Gulf Stream fishing is producing catches of

wahoo, blackfin tuna and sailfish when the boats are able to get offshore. Bluefin tuna are being

caught around the rocks near Cape Lookout Shoals. The giant bluefins have been running mostly

in the 400-700-pound range.

Source: Teezher Charters.

CRYSTAL COAST-SWANSBORO TO MOREHEAD CITY-INSHORE/NEARSHORE

Captain Jeff Cronk reports the cold weather along the Crystal Coast has pushed the speckled

trout farther up the local rivers and creeks. The specks are running mostly 13-17 inches and are

being caught on Bett’s Halo shrimp, Mirrolure MR 17’s and Berkley Gulp shrimp fished on

1/16-ounce jigs. I the deeper waters anglers should switch to heavier baits such as Bett’s ¼ ounce

Halo shad, Mirrolure TT sinking twitch baits or Berkley Gulp shrimp fished on heavier jigs.

Some small red drum and black drum are being caught in these same areas. The best bait for the

black drum will be fresh shrimp fished on a Carolina rig. Fishing around the inlets should

produce catches of red drum, black drum and speckled trout. Best baits will be Gulp shrimp fished on ¼ to ½ ounce jigs and bottom rigs tipped with fresh mullet and shrimp.

Source: Fish’n 4 Life Charters.

MOREHEAD CITY OFFSHORE AND NEARSHORE

Captain Bill Dillon reports offshore fishing is seeing great king mackerel fishing.

Bluefin tuna fishing has also been good and 3-6 of the giant bluefins are being caught daily when the boats

can get in the ocean and fish for them.

Source: Beagle Sport Fishing Charters.