Fishing right now requires sunscreen, water, and a game plan. The reason a game plan is necessary is because there are a lot of options to be had at this time of the year. Without proper planning you simply won't have as good of odds of having a successful day on the water.
Inshore there has been an awesome bite on Red Drum on topwater plugs, they have been getting all the way into the Spartina grass on flood tides. As far as sight fishing for Reds, many of them have been seen tailing in the grass. You will want to be quiet and stealthy so you do not spook them, because in shallow water these fish are spooked easily.
Speckled Trout action can be found in the earliest times of the morning and topwater lures are still the go-to method for catching a grown one at this time of the year. Flounder fishing has been awesome. Anywhere from the nearshore wrecks to dock pilings in the ICW are great places for them. Fish them with a Carolina Rig and a live Mullet minnow.
Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and Mahi are all still scattered around nearshore reefs and the Sea Buoy. Live baiting with Menhaden or else dead bait Cigar minnow rigs would be the way to go for this type of fishing. Sheepshead and Black Drum have been biting very well. Dock and bridge pilings in the ICW with live Fiddler Crabs is the best way to target them.
Surf fishing has been good for those soaking cut shrimp, squid or cut mullet. The species that have been encountered for those soaking bottom rigs includes: Croaker, Spot, Black Drum, Sea Mullet, Pompano, Red Drum and small Flounder. For those casting artificials or live baiting there have been some nice Flounder, Spanish Mackerel and Red Drum being caught from the beach. If you want the shot at some deeper water from the beach, try fishing at Fort Macon State Park near the Coast Guard Station, you never know what might be lurking around on that stretch of water. There have still been pods of Tarpon being sighted running the beach in front of the Cape.
Offshore the trolling bite is slowing down a bit, but it won't be long at all until we have a really awesome Wahoo bite going on. Bottom fishing for Grouper and Triggerfish has been really great the last couple of weeks, with some of the Grouper being caught in 65-70 feet of water. Some Swordfish were caught in the last couple weeks as well! There have also been a fair amount of Blue Marlin hookups on the troll.
Tight Lines to you from Freeman's