The water temperature has been climbing rapidly, at roughly a degree a day pace with this recent push of Southwest wind. The migration of life has arrived.
Cobia fishing has started off on a very strong note. Sight fishing has been good and bottom fishing has been good as well. Come in and ask if you are interested in Cobia fishing and we will get you set up with everything you need for a day of soaking baits. The hook of the Cape and Beaufort Inlet is where most of the activity has been occurring. You will need to weed through the sharks and rays, but you will have a shot at a big Cobia. The chopper Bluefish are about gone now, and are being replaced with schools of Spanish Mackerel. There are lots of Spanish around, and you can catch them in a variety of ways. Casting jigs, flies, or spoons are all great options. However, you can always go old fashioned and troll spoons or some Yo-zuri crystal minnows. Flounder and Gray Trout are being captured on nearshore wrecks and reefs, as well as inshore at places like the AB bridge and the ICW. Red Drum are blasting on topwater lures like the Rapala Skitter Walk. Fish your topwater lure around oyster bars and shallow mud flats, fish fast and cover as much water as possible. The Red Drum are more spread out now with the warmer water, so that’s why it is important to cover lots of water to find them. The Speckled Trout are spawning, so even if you are a catch and release fisherman just let them spawn until the start of June. Sheepshead and Black Drum have arrived, and we have Fiddler Crabs for bait. Fish them on a Carolina Rig next to docks or bridge pilings.
Surf Fisherman are starting to enjoy the warm weather and good fishing. Black Drum, Pompano, Bluefish, Sea Mullet, Croaker and Red Drum are some of the species you might catch soaking cut shrimp along the beach right now. Casting the beach with a jig and Gulp Shrimp can produce bites from Flounder, Puppy Drum, and sometimes a Speckled Trout. The 4” Natural or else Molting color are great options paired with a ¼ Jighead. You can also catch some very nice Spanish mackerel at Fort Macon, go for a walk and start at the Coast Guard Station, cast your way along the beach until you hit the rock jetty. Kastmaster spoons, Yo-zuri crystal minnows, Breakday Jigs, or small plastic jerk shads will all work. Remember to always wet your hands and never grab any fish by the gills that you plan on releasing.
Offshore is producing world class gaffer Dolphin fishing at places near the Big Rock and anywhere else with a good temp break and grass line. Wahoo are
in the mix, so are Blackfin, White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, and Sailfish. Bottom fishing has been great
for Grouper, with a lot of nice fish in the 120-200foot depth range.
Until next time,
Tight Lines from Freeman's Bait & Tackle