It was chilly this morning but I hadn’t fished in 2 weeks and only once in the past four. Very unusual for me so I was determined to go today. We left the dock at about 8:30 after melting the ice off the boat (it was 29 degrees this morning). We were headed for 23 mile rock but stopped short of there after marking some bait.
We trolled for about an hour catching some kings and a fat albert, then got an engine alarm so we stopped trolling. Couldn’t find anything wrong with the engine. While we waited we put a few grouper in the boat. Even though the motor was running fine we decided not to chance it and headed home.
Finally tally was 3 kings, 3 gag groupers and one FA (kept for future bait).
What a beautiful fall day! And good fishing to boot! I headed out his morning about 8’oclock with the idea to troll fro some kings and if that didn’t work out I’d just enjoy the day and flounder fish or something. My regular fishing buddy (Hunter’s Haven) couldn’t make it and it was too late to find a someone else so I went by myself.
Put lines in the water at 8:30 pulling dead cigar minnows. By 9:30 I had my limit of 3 kings plus a nice Spanish. Messed around for the rest of the morning - what a nice day to be on the water!
The kings weighed 15.5, 12.3 and 10.1 pounds. The Spanish tilted the scale right at 4 pounds.
A quick trip to the beach this morning indicated that the bite was “on”. From the beach I could see the rails were packed with anglers. Up and down the beach I saw a good number of trucks and SUV’s on the beach with surf rods nearby. Classic fall fishing.
Anglers are catching plenty of spots from the pier and in boats near the beach but the “inside” spot bite still hasn’t materialized. Runs of spots are coming though allowing anglers pier to catch them two at a time, sometimes anyway. Blood worms are working best for the spots but some are being caught on shrimp as well. A few pompano are still being caught on shrimp and sand fleas but I expect most of the Pomps will be gone soon as the water cools.
The Spanish runs are tapering off but blues are still in strong. Speckled trout are being caught from the piers, in the surf and inside near the inlets. Live shrimp and mullet are working best but some folks are having success with soft plastics and gulp. Plenty of red drum are being caught, many are being taken on top water plugs as well as live bait and gulp. The flounder are chewing and most anglers are reporting they are “fat”, even the short ones seem heavy for their size.
The king mackerel bite has been hot this past week with the fish in close to the beach. The cool front due in here this week-end may start to change that but they should still be inside of 10 miles through the week-end. The Topsail Offshore King Mackerel Tournament is this week-end at Soundside Park in Surf City. Registration is Friday from 2 - 8pm and fishing is on Saturday from 7am - 5pm. Visit www.tofc.com for all the details.
Grouper are being caught in the 10 - 30 mile range but the nearer shore bite is starting to taper off. There have been a few reports of false albacore in the 3 -10 mile range this week. No news from the gulf stream this week as not many folks have been able to make it out there due to the winds.
Tight lines to all!
The weather has cooled but the catching has heated up! Pictured here is my friend Alan from Sneads Ferry. He ventured into my neck of the woods (south Topsail) and went home with an inshore slam of trout, red drum and flounder! Way To Go!
Inside the trout bite is really picking up with some nice 20 inch fish being caught on live finger mullet. Flounder bite is still real good especially around the inlets, The reds are biting inside and on the beach with some nice “over the slot” sized fish coming from the surf on Lea Island. The action on the north end Topsail is hot in the river and creeks.
On the piers and in the surf they are catching plenty of spot with some being caught “two at a time” at times. Mullet, drum and a few pompano are being caught on the planks as well as some flounder and specks. The Spanish bite is still on but will be fading soon so hurry and get those last few of the season. Of course the bluefish continue to bite as well.
The grouper bite is still fairly close to shore with some keeper size fish being caught in the 10-15 mile range. Also have heard some reports of grunts and gray snapper in that range and of course black sea bass. Kings are chewing on the beach and at times the bite red HOT! Off shore plenty of nice wahoo have been caught and a few small tuna. Red grouper are being caught in the 35 mile range.
Here’s a few more pictures of Alan’s fish today (did I mention he called me at work 3 times to report his progress on the slam…lol)