SPECKLED TROUT fishing is doing well right now. Surf fisherman are finding nice size trout at times depending on wind and tide. Fishing the stop nets has also been a good place to find the specs from the surf. Pier fisherman have had nice catches as well, especially at night. Boaters that are able to fish the haystacks and creeks have been catching specs with ease. Live shrimp will be the alpha bait for the specs. Mirrolures have been effective from the surf and boaters have found live shrimp, top water plugs and soft plastics to work well.
Some keeper FLOUNDER are still feeding around in shore structures like the port wall and near shore artificial reef and ledges. Live baits like shrimp and minnows work well also gulp or Z-man soft plastics.
GRAY TROUT and SEA MULLET can be found just outside the inlet, turning basin and the Atlantic Beach high rise bridge. Some real nice GRAY TROUT around the 19-20 inch variety. Spec rigs tipped with shrimp seem to work best.
RED DRUM are feeding in the marshes and the surf zone as well. Live baits, soft and hard artificial lures will tempt the reds. Surf anglers are finding a few SPOT, some SEA MULLET and PUFFERS while fishing with bottom rigs baited with shrimp or blood worms. Also some FLOUNDER, BLUEFISH and BLACK DRUM in the mix as well.
FALSE ALBACORE are still around outside our inlet and at the Cape Lookout area. Looking for working birds will help locate the schools. Casting small metal gigs works well.
Not many boats have been offshore lately, but the WAHOO bite is likely strong. BLACK FIN TUNA should also be nearby the WAHOO. Big Rock and The Rise areas would be good places to look. Trolling rigged ballyhoo works best.
KING MACKEREL fishing remains good. Areas like North West places and The Hutton have been very good for KINGS. Some BLACK FIN TUNA have also been caught in the same areas.