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Pamlico Sound and Neuse River
The old Drum bite is still on fire in the Pamlico Sound, and Neuse River. Captain Michael Grow has been averaging 15 fish a night. Paul from the shop fished yesterday and caught three on D.O.A. Baits and popping corks. Most anglers have been fishing fresh cut mullet . The late afternoon and evening bite has seemed to produce the higher number of bites. Fishing the areas like Gum Thicket, Maw Point, Brant Island Shoals, Garbacon Shoals and the artificial reef at Oriental should put you on the fish.
Slocum Creek :
I just heard this morning that there were a few small Speckle Trout being caught in Slocum Creek. Fishing Z-man Trout Trick and Gulp Shrimp should find you the bite.
Morehead City Area:
Still some good Flounder Fishing Around the Port wall, Live Mud Minnows, Finger Mullets and Spro 2oz jigs tipped with white Gulp shrimp have been catching the fish. The Blue Fish and Spanish Mackerel have been very active on the the tide changes in the Turn Basin and Newport river. Cast Got-cha plugs or Clark Spoons will catch-em up, also live Finger Mullets On a #4 gold trebile hook with lite wire is also very affective. A few Sheepshead are still being caught. I know of some Sheepshead that were caught this week at the Beaufort Draw Bridge, Sand Fiddlers, and Sea Urchins are the bait of choice.
Beaufort Inlet and Cape Lookout:
The Spanish Mackerel and Blue Fish have been very active from Beaufort Inlet to the Shoals, there has also been a decent bite down around the Double Tree Hotel, Trolling Clarkspoons and #1 planers has been doing real good. Live Finger Mullets on small live bait rigs fished over AR315, AR320, Barge Wreck, and Dead Tree Hole will be very effective this time of year, and it will only get better. King Mackerel are still being caught in the Buoy chain, Sea Buoy, Dead Tree Hole, Barge Wreck, AR315,and AR320, fishing live menhaden is your best option for kings. The Flounder bite is very good at AR315 and AR320, fishing live Finger Mullets and Mud Minnows will Produce the best bite. 2oz Spro Jigs tipped with 4 inch Gulp white shrimp is also very affective.
Surf and Pier Fishing :
Spanish Mackerel and Blue Fish have been biting very early morning and late afternoon at the Oceanana pier, the bottom fish have also been biting good, Got-cha Plugs casting from the end of the pier has produced the Spanish and Blue Fish bite, fresh shrimp, squid, and blood worms have been very good on the bottom dwellers. Surfing at the Fort Macon State Park, rock jetty, and Double Tree Hotel has been producing fish also.
The Wahoo bite is still very good and should continue to improve through the month of September, Pulling Medium Ballyhoo on Sea Witches and Islander's on a #16 or #32 planer are very deadly for Wahoo. Have your rod rigged up with a planer bridle and quick release on your planer is the way to go. Mahi are still being caught also. Fishing the areas from the 14 Buoy, 90 ft drop, AR 302, out to the Big Rock will put you in the best areas to catch fish, keep an eye out for the grass lines and tide breaks. Looking at the Seawater temp shot today it shows a very nice temp break out near the Big Rock. If you have any question or need any advice on rigging planer bridles and planer quick releases come by the store for us to help you out.
Its getting that time of year for the Offshore bottom fish to start schooling up out on the Wrecks Ledges, good numbers of B-Liners, Black Bass, Groupers, Trigger Fish and other bottom dwellers should be chewing on your bait very well, Using Chicken rigs with 16 oz of lead and fresh squid will get you the bite. Whole Menhaden fished on Grouper Rigs will get the rod snatched out of your hands.
Good Fishing and Tight Lines
Capt. Steve White