Red Drum are still in tight schools and moving in an out of the inlets. There have been more Red Drum on the beach than on the inside. Shackelford Banks and Atlantic Beach are both decent places to spend a day looking for the schools of Drum. Smaller Sheepshead and Tautog are being caught near the port wall on bait shrimp. Gray Trout might be found at some of the nearshore reefs, jigging a stingsilver would be your best bet for them. Larger Sheepshead can be found on artificial reefs in the same areas as the Gray Trout. Flounder are still on live bottom further out, and can be fished for with a bucktail/gulp shrimp combination. Black Drum have been hanging out at the Cape Lookout Jetty, fresh cut shrimp will be what you want to use for them.
For those venturing offshore, trolling is still the same, with a few scattered Wahoo, Blackfin, and the possibility of a Sailfish. Bottom fishing right now has been the same as last week, with some nice Black Sea Bass, Beeliners, and Triggerfish.
Please remember to report all tagged fish to the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.
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