Poor sea conditions continue to limit offshore fishing and are only allowing one and sometimes
two fishable days a week. Inshore fishing is producing catches of speckled trout and black drum.
Fishing along the surf zone is producing catches of speckled trout and red drum. Gulf Stream
fishing is producing catches of wahoo, blackfin tuna and an occasional mahi when the boats are
able to get offshore.
Joe Johnston reports speckled trout fishing has been terrific with more keeper fish showing up.
Best baits have been Saltwater Assassin grubs in salt and pepper, pink and white and chicken on
a chain colors. Black drum are being caught in the deeper holes along the intracoastal waterway
CRYSTAL COAST-SWANSBORO TO MOREHEAD CITY-INSHORE/NEARSHORE
Captain Jeff Cronk reports the sudden drop in temperatures along the Crystal Coast has pushed
many of the red drum into the surf zone. The reds have been biting most artificial soft baits such
as Berkley Gulp shrimp and Bett’s Halo shad. The speckled trout have also made a push to the
surf zone, along the jetties and in the mainland creeks along the rivers and waterway. Most of the
specks are being caught on Mirrolure MR 17’s, Bett’s Halo shrimp, Berkley Gulp 4-inch smelt
minnows and 5-inch jerk shad fished on 1/16 to 1/8-ounce jig heads. Source: Fish’n 4 Life
MOREHEAD CITY OFFSHORE AND NEARSHORE
Captain Bill Dillon reports Gulf Stream fishing is producing catches of wahoo, blackfin tuna and
an occasional mahi when sea condition allows the boats to get offshore. Source: Beagle Sport