Topsail Reef is a very popular fishing location within sight of New Topsail Inlet. This spot and nearby locations are also referred to a Old Smokey 1, Hotel Ledge and Jolly Roger Rocks.
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Trolling is a method of fishing where one or more fishing lines, baited with lures or bait fish, are drawn through the water behind a moving boat. There are many variations of trolling using different spreads and speeds.
It is often used as the primary means for catching fish but sometimes is used for locating certain species of fish then other methods such as sight casting, jigging and fly fishing are employed.]]>
The jigging technique is often used for bottom fishing with an artificial lure or natural bait but also is effective for mid water column fishing when over schools of fish.
The lure or bait is dropped to the desired depth directly below the boat or pier and then the rod tip is lifted quickly and the lowered while the bait/lure sinks back to the original depth. The strike often occurs when the bait is falling, the subsequent upward motion sets the hook.
Many saltwater fisherman use a sabiki jig to jig for bait fish.
Another popular style of jigging that began in Japan in the 90’s is called Free Style Jigging. It is a variation on the original jigging style but uses specialized metal jigs, assist style hooks and braid line.]]>
The ballyhoo (Hemiramphus brasiliensis), is a bait fish that is most often bought frozen and used for trolling or as cut bait. They are often trolled plain or with a skirt. Care in rigging is need to ensure the bait doesn’t roll or spin as it is trolled, often rigging wire or a nose pin is used.
Extending 850 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, the Jolly Roger Pier has long been an area landmark known not only for its superb fishing, but also as a great place to stroll. View the abundant area wildlife, including sea and shore birds, fish, dolphin, and sea turtles. The Island’s best sunrises are seen from the Pier, and full moons are a special treat as they come up over the ocean. The pier is fully lit at night and an evening stroll is a tradition for many generations of Topsail vacationers. Guests at the Jolly Roger Inn may walk the Pier free of charge, and they receive a discount on fishing fees as well.
Jolly Roger Pier is located on the south end of the island in the town of Topsail Beach.
Directions from Raleigh to the Jolly Roger:
* From Raleigh, Take I-40 East
* Take EXIT 408, the NC-210 exit
* Turn LEFT on NC 210-S toward HAMPSTEAD; follow NC-210 S for 9.5 miles
* Turn LEFT to stay on NC-210 S; follow NC-210 S for 3.8 miles
* Turn LEFT at NC 210-S/US-17 N; follow NC 210-S/US-17 N for 8.6 miles
* Turn RIGHT at NC 210-S; follow NC 210-S for 2.8 miles
* Turn RIGHT at NC-50 S; follow NC-50 S for 1.9 miles, crossing Bridge
* Turn RIGHT at the traffic light to stay on NC-50 S; follow NC-50 S for 6.5 miles
* Turn LEFT on Flake Ave in Topsail Beach. Follow the signs to our office
The Greater Amberjack, Seriola dumerili, are an offshore fish found in waters from Nova Scotia to Brazil. They are frequently found near reefs, wrecks and rocky structures. Anglers have given this fish the moniker “reef donkey” due to its fierce pulling ability.
Greater amberjacks can grow to 6 feet and weigh over 200 pounds. They have a dark stripe on the head that runs from the nose, through the eye, to the front of the first dorsal fin. Their backs are blue or olive colored with the sides and belly being silver-white. Sometimes they have an amber or pinkish color to the body.
Amberjacks are opportunistic predators that feed over reefs and wrecks, usually in small schools. Their diet consists of other fish, crabs and squids.
Being powerful fighters, they will test an anglers tackle. Drifting with live or cut bait or by trolling with spoons or other deep running lures are popular ways to target this fish. Recently many anglers have begun to target them with vertical jigging methods developed in Japan which are sometimes referred to as “freestyle” jigging.]]>
The blue runner (Caranx crysos) is also called hard tail jack, yellow jack, yellow mackerel and just runner. They are great bait for larger fish and are very hardy in the baitwell. They commonly grow to 12-14 inches so they are popular for using to target large species such as King Mackerel.
The most common way to catch them is with a sabiki jig. Slowly jig these around a wreck, on the edge of hard bottom, or around marker buoys.]]>
Divers Rock is a popular fishing spot about 3-4 miles outside of New River Inlet. It actually is a series of rocks, hard bottom and ledges that cover about a square mile or more. The following GPS co-ordinates are good starting points, then just use use your fish finder to pin point interesting bottom structures and fish.
N34 29.420 W77 16.370
N34 28.284 W77 16.108