Friday, November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017

The weather is getting chilly, and the inshore fishing is getting redhot. If you want a chance at getting into a late fall fishing "pep-fest” then go ahead and go.

Inshore: Fishing has really been firing on all cylinders. Right now, all of our predatory inshore species are trying to eat a lot and move a lot. The marshes are full of Speckled Trout, and these visual feeders are chewing best when the water is clean and clear. The best places to target Speckled Trout right now will be places with one of the following: shelly/sandy bottom topography, live structure and current, small depth changes along the beach, rock jetties, marsh point or oyster beds. False Albacore are commonly coming within casting range for surf fisherman on the beachfront near Fort Macon State Park. They are chasing very small baitfish, so a “Stingsilver” pencil spoon would be a great bait to throw. The Atlantic Beach Bridge has been seeing plenty of nice Gray Trout. Flounder have been moving into our ocean and there are a lot of them along the beachfront right now. “Berkley Gulp” shrimp on a jighead is a great combo to throw on the beach at this time of the year for Red Drum and Flounder. The slower you fish it, the better off you are. King Mackerel Fishing has still been good but the water is really starting to cool off so you may need to run out until you find some in the 68 F range. Nearshore reefs are still holding some Flounder, Gray Trout, and even a few Red Drum. There have been massive schools of upper slot Drum running the beaches as well. Shallow reefs and grass beds in the sound that are surrounded by deeper water have been holding some really large Speckled Trout, the really large Trout are being caught in the shallower waters after dark. The Striped Mullet are at the peak of their annual migratory run along our beaches. Speckled Trout, Flounder, Red Drum, Black Drum and Pompano are all enjoying the suds of our beachfront. Water temperature today along the beach is around 63 Degrees Fahrenheit, and Speckled Trout are on the move. Speckled Trout are going to be abundant in our inshore waters in high biomass from now until about the end of January. Red Drum, Trout and Flounder can be taken fishing the beach with baits such as: “MR 18 Mirrorlure”, “Trout Trick”, “Rapala X-Rap”, “Halo-Shrimp”, and a variety of other hard and soft baits. As far as fishing with cut shrimp along the beach goes; there are plenty of SeaMullet around, as well as some really nice Black Drum, Pompano, Red Drum, and there have even been some Sheepshead caught as well.

Fly Fishing: Fly Fishing opportunities are at a peak right now. On a calm day, you can walk the beach with a fly rod and wait for a shot at close range for False Albacore. Near Fort Macon is a great place to go on the look for them. You do need to be a fairly avid caster to try this, however. Speckled Trout, Red Drum, and Flounder can all be taken along the beach on the fly at this time of the year. “Match the hatch” and use a 5-6” really meaty “Deciever” pattern with color schemes such as a finger mullet. Walk the beach and blind cast until you get tight, that’s what it’s about at this time of the year.

Offshore: The Wahoo fishing is slowly starting to taper off right now, but fish are still to be had. Snapper and Grouper of all sorts are still being caught very well. The Triggerfish are still firing aggressively and so are the turbo sized Sea Bass. Grouper can be taken on live bait or whole frozen baits, and same with the Snapper. There have been a few Sailfish caught for the anglers who have been going Wahoo fishing. King Mackerel are moving further offshore right now with the cold so there will probably be a few of them in the mix too.

As always, Tight Lines from Freemans Bait and Tackle


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