I had a chance to go fishing with Breadman and Breadman Jr. today. We fished on his end of Topsail Island in some skinny water . It was pretty windy, his famous last words when he called to invite me were “I’ll get us out of the wind, don’t worry”. Ha!
I’m happy to report he put us on some decent fish. I quit counting after 15 reds. All three of us boated a fair share of reds and few small flounder. I caught the big one of the day, measured 26 1/4 inches. I also caught a nice 24 inch fish that had a NCDMF tag.
Thanks for the invite Breadman!
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some spring fishing! I just returned from a 3 week mission trip to Kenya and Tanzania so it has been awhile since I wet a line. I’ve been talking to my fishing buddies to get the latest fishing reports for Topsail Island and the surrounding waters. Now I hope to get out this week-end and do some fishing. Here’s what I have gleaned from the reports:
Plenty of slot sized red drum (18 - 27”) are schooled up and can be found in shallow water, usually less than a foot. They may be in small deeper holes that are protected from the channel by shallow water in between. They are hiding from the dolphin which can’t get in the skinny water. So check the back of the creeks of the ICW and use a rapidly moving bait over the flats. One buddy caught over 35 red fish in just a few hours one day this week. A few specks are also being caught, a few in the 3-5 pound range too. Late March and early April are great times to fine the big specks at the mouths of creeks off of the New River. A few nice size flounder have been caught but you have to be very patient right now, work you bait slowly or if you can find some live bait, that is the best option for flounder right now.
I have an unconfirmed report of Atlantic Bonito about 12 miles offshore. Another few weeks and they should be showing up inside of the 5 mile range. A few blues are being caught and some sea mullet. Offshore some nice size cobia and a few yellowfin tuna have been reported. Some nice African Pompano were caught earlier this week in the Gulf Stream off of Cape Fear.
I hope you are able to get out and catch some, be sure to post a report and some pictures in our forums when you do!