The past week saw lots of rain across area waters that produced a very dirty ocean out to five miles or so. Inshore fishing is still producing catches of red drum, speckled trout, black drum and flounder. Surf and pier fishing is producing catches of pompano, spots, croakers and whiting. The Spanish mackerel bite has been slower than usual due to the dirty water along the beaches. Nearshore fishing is producing catches of king mackerel and flounder. Bottom fishing is producing catches of grouper, grunts, beeliners, pinkies, triggerfish and black sea bass. Gulf Stream fishing has been slow due to large concentrations of grass along the Break.
Joe Johnston reports red drum are being caught along the marsh grass on topwater plugs. Speckled trout are being caught in the deep holes in the marsh on Halo Shad and various jerk baits. Flounder are being caught in the waterway along the drop offs on live bait, bucktail jigs and Gulp baits. Source: Eastern Outfitters.
Tex Grissom reports inshore fishing is producing catches of red drum, flounder and black drum. Surf and pier fishing is producing catches of spots and croaker. Nearshore fishing is producing catches of king mackerel while bottom fishing is producing catches of grouper. Source: Tex’s Tackle.
Captain Lewis Emery reports the flounder bite is still going strong. The flounder are being caught in the inlets, in the creeks, in the waterway and at the nearshore wrecks and reefs. The red drum bite has been hit or miss in the inlets although the reds are being caught at the nearshore wrecks. Surf fishing has improved and is producing catches of whiting and pompano. The north end saw some nice size whiting caught last Friday. Spanish mackerel fishing has been very slow for the second straight week. Source: Island Tackle and Hardware.
Captain Rick Croson reports Gulf Stream fishing has been plagued with heavy grass recently and trolling has been extremely tough due to all the grass. Bottom fishing in 80-120 feet of water is producing catches of gag grouper, red grouper, scamp grouper, pinkies, grunts, beeliners and black sea bass. Nearshore fishing has been great in 30-60 feet of water and is producing catches of Spanish mackerel, king mackerel and flounder. Source: Living Waters Guide Service.
LOWER BRUNSWICK COUNTY
Captain Chris Foster reports inshore fishing is producing catches of red drum, black drum, flounder and speckled trout. Spanish mackerel are being caught along the beaches and around schools of bait. Flounder and some gray trout are being caught at the nearshore reefs. King mackerel are being caught from the Cape Fear River channel out to 18 miles. Bottom fishing has been excellent and is producing catches of grouper, snapper, black sea bass and triggerfish. Source: Yeah Right Charters, Southport.