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Inshore Report Capt. Dave Dietzler

Great inshore opportunities have been presenting nice catches of both redfish and speckled trout. Top water baits have been taking some 3 to 5 pound trout. The bite has been throughout the day tic’s not just and early
morning or at dust. Zara spooks, super spooks, top dogs and she dogs are
some of the topwater baits we cast from the boat or wading.. Been having some luck with Paul Browns Soft-bodied mullet – Scientifically weighted “Fish-calling” rattle – Suspending action – Lifelike eye – Side-to-side action on retrieve – Deadly on coastal predators. It been producing!!!

Have a great day,

Capt. Dave Dietzler
677 Evans St
Morehead City, NC 28557
www.capelookoutcharters.com
ddietzler@ec.rr.com
252-241-0210

 


Inshore Report Capt. Dave Dietzler

The marshes in Back Sound and north river are fishing well with catches of speckled trout, redfish, and flounder. Live peanut shads and finger mullet have been working for bigger trout, and flounders. Topwater baits like top dogs and spooks are catching both drum and trout. Swim baits worked slowly over grass beds have been taking some very nice fish, I like solid pearl. Some sheepshead and flounder are being caught along the port wall. We are catching blues and Spanish in the inlet at high tide using spec rigs and clark spoons.

Capt. Dave Dietzler
677 Evans St
Morehead City, NC 28557
www.capelookoutcharters.com
ddietzler@ec.rr.com
252-241-0210

 


Inshore Report Capt. Dave Dietzler

The sounds have cleared up and the fishing has been producing some good catches of slot sized redfish. Mirro lure Top dogs, Zara spooks top water baits are catching both trout and drum throughout the day it’s just not a morning or evening bite. Grubs w/ ¼ ounce jig heads are getting some good bites, try putting some mullet or shrimp scent on your rubbers. Live peanut shad and shrimp are working on the flounders and black drum. Bluefish in the inlets are being caught on top water baits, spec rigs and trolling clark spoons.

Capt. Dave Dietzler
677 Evans St
Morehead City, NC 28557
www.capelookoutcharters.com
ddietzler@ec.rr.com
252-241-0210

 

 


EJW Report 1st Week Of July

This weeks EJW fishing report:

INSHORE- a few trout drum and flounder being caught. Gigging has been the most successful for the flounder. Spanish and bluefish are here as they have been but haven’t seen many Hatteras blues to speak of. Kings are starting to show up closer to the beach. Hope to see more of them in the following weeks.

OFFSHORE- good dolphin action in the deeper water (20 – 200 fathoms) bite varies by day. Grass and floating debris are good things to keep an eye out for. Bailing has produced more numbers and trolling has been more successful for the bigger dolphin. Billfish bite was hot this week with some boats releasing upwards of 6 and 7 fish! Best action from 80 – 300 fathoms!

Inshore Report Capt. Dave Dietzler

Surf fishing has been productive with redfish, black drum and bluefish. Some of the bluefish are pushing 8 pounds and 30inches. Fresh cut bait such as mullet or shrimp are working. Spoons worked fast and erratic are working on the blues as well. Inshore the sea mullets and gray trout are being caught. Sting silvers are working on the gray trout and cut shrimp on the sea mullets. The red fishing in the marsh has been very good. Topwater, spoons, popping corks are all producing and fresh cut mullet always works. A few large flounder in the turning basin being caught on bucktails.

Go fishing,

Capt. Dave Dietzler
677 Evans St
Morehead City, NC 28557
www.capelookoutcharters.com
ddietzler@ec.rr.com
252-241-0210

 

 


Inshore Report Capt. Dave Dietzler

Good trout fishing in the creeks and the mouths of the rivers. Some fish are being caught on the beaches and rock jetties as well. 1/4 to 3/8 grub heads w/ whites zoom have been doing the trick on the trout. Xmas tree and chartreuse use curly tail grubs are taking fish too. Drums in the marshes and creeks in the upper slot have been plentiful; grubs tipped w/ a piece of shrimp have been deadly. The beach is also producing a good number of drum in the slot and over the slot. Flounders around the port and bridges live mullets and bucktails tipped w/ a strip of bait is working well. Some sheepshead and black drum are also coming from these areas.

Go fishing,

Capt. Dave Dietzler
677 Evans St
Morehead City, NC 28557
www.capelookoutcharters.com
ddietzler@ec.rr.com
252-241-0210

 

 


Seeing Spots

You can translate these spotted plugs into these spotted trout easily enough with a few simple tips. The lures pictured are sinking and suspending twitch baits and there is a very good reason for their designation as twitch baits. These lures are most effective when they are fished with a twitch/pause retrieve as it will give them the appearance of an injured bait fish.  NEVER move the lure with the reel, simply bump or twitch the lure with the rod and quickly take the slack line up with the reel so as to stay in direct contact with the lure. The majority of your strikes will come on the pause so a tight line is imperative. In tidal creeks or the surf, use the current and tidal flow to your advantage, cast up current and let it move your lure while you just keep your line tight while twitching the lure every few seconds. The fish will be facing up current waiting for bait fish or shrimp to be caught in the turbulence so that will give a very natural appearance to your lure. BUSY fast reeling people don’t have to worry about cleaning any trout for diner. You have to be patient  to be able to make yourself go into slow motion but it will really pay off. The colder the water becomes, the slower you move the lure with longer pauses between twitches as the trout and their bait fish have become more lethargic. The upcoming colder temperatures and northeast winds will put the specks in the surf and concentrate them in the creeks.

Tight Lines & Good Luck
Doug Mercer
EJW Outdoors

 


Inshore Report Capt. Dave Dietzler

Excellent fall fishing continues this week with ne winds 15 to 20and falling out during the week. Drum, trout and flounders are in the sounds, bays, rivers and creeks. The big chill hasn’t happen yet and the fish are spread out. Loads of small trout in the 12 to 13 inch range, if you’re in them thick move a little to find the bigger trout, they are around. Both the Newport and North rivers are producing drum and trout in good numbers. Also check out Bogue and Back sounds. The port wall and brides are holding black drum, big flounders and sheepshead on crabs, mullets and bucktails. Bluefish in the inlets are taking spec rigs and jigs and bottom fisherman using shrimp and sand fleas are catching spots, sea mullets, croakers and flounder. Plenty of pull from the large schools of false albacore that have been on the beaches for the past few weeks, small spoons, small soft plastics are working great for spin rods and fly fishermen are using clouser minnows. The beaches have been fishing well in the north winds, drum, flounders and a few trout are bending a good number of rods. Beach bottom fishermen are catching black drum, flounders, sea mullets, croakers and spot.

Get out and go fishing

Capt. Dave Dietzler

677 Evans St
Morehead City, NC 28557
www.capelookoutcharters.com
ddietzler@ec.rr.com
252-241-0210

 


On Top

It is quite a thrill to watch a large speck explode on a top water bait. Before colder weather sends water temperatures into the fifties, top water plugs are an excellent way to take nice specks. The lower light of early morning and late afternoon are prime times for top water plugs. Also, the specks still stay up top for longer periods during cloudy days. Just this past month, my fishing partner took one a 11:30AM on a bright sunny day so never say never. Go to You-Tube and find a video on how to “walk the dog” with a top water bait because it really works. “Walking the dog” has an added advantage of keeping you line tight to your lure so your hook up ratio is better. If a trout misses your lure, don’t stop your retrieve just keep on reeling and often the fish will come back for another shot. The fish pictured were taken by a Heddon Super Spook Jr and Z-Man jerk shad under a Bill Bay popping cork. If I have a couple of short strikes or swirls on a cast, I’ll switch to popping cork rig for the next cast and often that will turn the trick. Popping corks can be rigged with any sort of soft plastic lure especially the scented varieties.

Tight Lines and Good Luck
Doug Mercer EJW Outdoors


SPECTACULAR

One of the best producing rigs for inshore bottom fishing is the simple two jig speck rig as it can be cast, drifted, jigged, or trolled with outstanding success. You can take just about any of the inshore fish with it such a spot, blues, gray trout, sea mullet, flounder, hogfish, and even Spanish. On the back of the speck rig pack is a diagraph of how to attach a sinker so it may be drifted or jigged. Simply tip the hooks with a SMALL piece of shrimp or Fish Bites bloodworm. The small piece will not spin and tangle in the current as much a a large piece will. A great help in fishing speck rigs is the new small diameter braided fishing line because of it’s small profile it isn’t blown away in the current like large diameter monofilament. This allows you to stay more vertical and more it touch with your lures so it is much more sensitive and will hang up less since you will have less line out. Hook on a couple to mud minnows or strip baits the size of your little finger and your are rigged for flounder. Vertical jigging with a speck rig in Beaufort Inlet or up by the port will take just about anything that swims. You can even cast or troll speck rigs on a light spinning rod for Spanish or blues and quite well especially if they are feeding on small glass minnows. Day in or out, white is the top producing color but there are lots who would argue with you over the other color combinations available. The most popular size speck rigs are the 1/16 or 1/8 ounce as some days the smaller jigs produce much better than the larger ones.
Good Luck,
Doug Mercer EJW Outdoors