Saturday, August 04, 2018

August 4, 2018

We have had a long stretch of rainfall and stormy conditions throughout the last couple of weeks, but things are now calming down and getting more optimal for some fishing. The annual run of Striped Mullet is just beginning and fishing is about to bust wide open.

Topwater fishing for Red Drum has been really good, even with this nasty band of weather. The Red Drum have been loitering around areas with high concentrations of Striped Mullet, typically on shallow mud/shell flats with some Oyster shell nearby. There have been many over slot Drum coming in from the ocean and if you have a grown one crush your topwater it sounds like a can of compressed air exploding. The Speckled Trout bite is also very much alive, however it has been a hit or miss type scenario. Live bait has been producing for the Speckled Trout as well as topwaters at dawn, and also baits like the "Vudu Shrimp" and "Gulp" natural shrimp. Flounder fishing has been strong as well. Carolina rigs fished with a 12-15" fluorocarbon leader and live mullet is the best way to target them. A 3/0 live bait/Kahle hook will work great for Carolina Rigs. Sheepshead and Black Drum are here and will be here at all the typical places like the Port Wall, AB Bridge, and local docks and marinas until late October. We have plenty of fiddler crabs in stock. Tarpon are being caught in the Neuse River, and being hooked up and jumped off on the Bogue Inlet Pier, with many other sightings all along our beachfront.

Nearshore fishing has been good, with solid catches of King Mackerel and a few Scattered Dolphin being taken at places like the Sea Buoy and NW Places. There have actually still been a few leftover Cobia seen and caught, so always have a pitch rod with you ready to deploy.

Amberjack and Barracudas will keep anglers busy all day. There have also been some very nice Spanish Mackerel and Flounder being caught at AR315.

Surf Fishing is starting to pick up. Lots of Spanish Mackerel and Blues are being caught by those plugging from piers. Black Drum, Pompano, Sea Mullet, Croaker and Red Drum are being taken by people bottom fishing the surf with dead baits. Flounder, Red Drum, and even a few rogue Speckled Trout are being caught off the beach by those fishing live bait and artificial. If you have questions about what types of artificial lures to use on the beach, come into the shop and we will get you pointed in a couple of directions depending on the turbidity, visibility, and swell.

Not a ton of boats have been going offshore lately, but the ones who have caught some nice Wahoo on the troll. The Grouper fishing has also been really good as well. There are still plenty of Sailfish, White Marlin and Wahoo at the Big Rock too, so plenty of options to



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