WOW!!!!!! What a week of fall fishing here at the beach, It is amazing how things can turn around in just a week. The weather is looking good for the weekend plenty of fish, sounds like the perfect recipe for a fishing trip. The National Championship King Mackerel Tournament Starts this Friday and Saturday, The Weigh in will be held at J.C. Park on the Morehead City Waterfront , If you are looking something to do this weekend go over and watch the weigh ins, There has been 300 teams invited to fish the National Championship. I can assure you there will be some nice fish weighed in this weekend, The scales open everyday at 3:00 pm.
Surf and pier:
There has been the best action we have seen this year in the surf, from Fort Macon State Park to Swansboro has been non stop action on Red Drum, Flounder, Speckle Trout, Puffers, Sea Mullet, Spots,Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, and Blue Fish. Fishing fresh shrimp, sand fleas, blood worms and squid will get you the bite on the Sea Mullets, Spots, Black Drum and Puffers.Cut mullet is working very good on the Red Drum and Blue Fish. Spro Jigs tipped With Pearl 4 inch swimming mullet, Mud Minnows, and live Finger Mullet have been catching the Flounder. Got-cha plugs Diamond Jigs have been working very well on the on the Spanish and Blue Fish. The stop nets off the beach have producing some very nice Speckle Trout, lures like the MirrOlure 17MR 49 have worked very good on the trout.
Sound And Turn Basin:
The sound and Turn Basin has been producing some nice Spots, Grey Trout, Puffers, Speckle Trout, and Flounder. The spot bite has been on and off, fishing Blood Worms on a Spec Rig has been very effective on the spots and sea mullets, fishing around the Turn Basin, Beaufort High Rise, Beaufort Draw Bridge, and Gallant's Channel has seen the best Spot, Sea Mullet, and Puffer Action. The Flounder Bite has been on fire!!!!!, Fishing live Mud Minnows, Live Finger Mullets, and Spro Jigs will get you the bite on the Flounder. Speckle Trout are being caught at all the rock Jetty's, and deep holes, fishing the Z-Man Trout Trick with a pink jig head has done very well with the trout. Grey Trout and Black Drum have been biting very well at the Atlantic Beach Bridge, live Shrimp, Sting Silvers, and Soft Plastic baits have been producing fish. Some customers have reported catching Spots And Sea Mullets at the Dead Tree Hole this week.
The King Mackerel bite is at it's best right now, fishing the areas like the Dead Tree Hole, Barge Wreck, AR 315, AR 330, NW Places, Hutton, and the 13 Buoy will all produce nice fish this time of year. You can troll dead cigar minnows or peanut Ballyhoo on the Blue Water Candy Wedgie Rig and catch fish, but the bait of choice will be live Menhaden.
The Wahoo bite continues to be Hot!!!!!!, Capt. Shane Brafford of the "Carolina Time" caught 10 Wahoo in the 30-40 lbs class on Tuesday of this week, Capt. Shane also had 8 Black Fin Tuna around the 20 lb class. Offshore of the Swansboro Hole has been producing good numbers of fish. Trolling Medium Ballyhoo on a # 16 planer and planer bridle rig will produce the number of fish you are looking for. If you need help rigging a planer bridle and planer quick release come by the store and see Capt. Steve.
There has been good numbers of Gag Grouper, Trigger Fish, B-Liners, and Black Sea Bass being caught on the offshore wrecks and live bottoms, The 14 buoy has some of the best live bottom, Other areas like the 240 Rock, West Rock, and the Yancey will be holding fish, Fishing cut Squid will find you the fish.
There are schools of False Albacore Scattered all up and down the beach, Casting Diamond Jigs, and other small jigs will get you a bite.
Happy Fishing and Tight Lines