Fishing Report

April 23, 2018

By: Steve Fifer With daily gale warnings and small craft advisories, offshore fishing has pretty much not available so let’s take a look nearshore and inshore. The east side of the Cape has seen very good redfish activity along the clear, shallow waters of Shark Island as well as around the wrecks (Atlas Tanker, D-Wreck).…

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April 16, 2018

By: Steve Fifer A warming trend and a day or two break from the incessant winds gave folks a chance to get out and fish. At least for a couple of days. The sea mullet have arrived in pretty good numbers and quality. Catch them by drifting the shipping channel outside the inlet or the…

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Fishing Report

April 11, 2018

By: Steve Fifer We had a few hints that spring might here this past week and some boats were able to make it offshore to the Gulf Stream. The wahoo, yellowfin, and blackfin tuna were there, too. Wahoo were the top catch with a few yellowfin in the mix. Schools of small blackfin were chasing…

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March 26, 2018

By: Steve Fifer Good grief. Another week of lousy weather. At least the forecast for the Easter weekend looks better. For the third week in a row it has been uncomfortable-to-hazardous to fish the ocean. The inshore fishing has been decent for redfish mostly with some speckled trout and flounder in the mix, too. Your…

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March 19, 2018

By: Steve Fifer The miserable weather continues. Last week was chilly, rainy, and windy and the upcoming week’s forecast looks the same. It has been next to impossible to fish safely or comfortably for what seems like months. Local water temps are in the very low 50’s, migratory fish haven’t arrived yet, and there are…

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February 12, 2018

By: Steve Fifer Dicey weather has once again kept lots of fishermen off the water so there aren’t too many reports over the past week or so. The most active species has been redfish. They can be found up around Cape Lookout, especially around the rock jetty where piece of bait shrimp, either on a…

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January 4, 2018

By: Steve Fifer Well, there’s nothing to report! The bitter cold that started just before the new year has continued. Combined with a bomb cyclone (whatever that is) and a snowstorm it has resulted in a severe cold stun event. NC Marine fisheries issued Proclamation FF-1-2018 which closes recreational and commercial fishing for spotted seatrout…

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December 29, 2017

By: Steve Fifer The cold snap we’re currently experiencing has slowed the fishing, but hasn’t stopped it. The ocean has continued to be too choppy for small boats to venture out but if you can get to the live bottoms, ledges, wrecks, and rocks 15-25 miles out you’ll find some good bottom fishing and jigging.…

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December 20, 2017

By: Steve Fifer Good inshore and nearshore fishing going into Christmas around town. The ocean has remained very choppy so there a few reports of bluewater activity. Along the beaches from Cape Lookout down to Bear and Brown’s Inlets, there are schools of slot-sized redfish roaming. The water is very clear right now, so you…

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December 8, 2017

By: Steve Fifer The big fishing news locally involves big fish. Really big fish. The bluefin tuna have arrived off our beaches and several have been brought to the docks over the past week. This is highly specialized fishing using heavy (50 to 130# class tackle) but can reward you with the fish of a…

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November 30, 2017

By: Steve Fifer In the days following Thanksgiving, we’ve seen a mini Indian summer; temps in the upper 60’s, calm winds, and great inshore fishing. The water nearshore and in the ICW has been in the lower 50’s and the fish are very active. The speckled trout fishing is as good as we’ve seen it…

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November 16, 2017

By: Steve Fifer The weather has settled down…it’s go time. Good reports are coming from all the local hotspots. From the Cape down to beach to the inlet, false albacore are here and feeding heavily. Look for schools of them crashing into baitfish and making a big fuss on the surface. Flocks of birds diving…

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October 10, 2017

By: Steve Fifer The weather has settled down…it’s go time. Good reports are coming from all the local hotspots. From the Cape down to beach to the inlet, false albacore are here and feeding heavily. Look for schools of them crashing into baitfish and making a big fuss on the surface. Flocks of birds diving…

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September 6, 2017

By: Steve Fifer We’re at the time of year when seasonal changes are just beginning and the fishing has been very good. The old drum bite on the lower Neuse River is in full swing now and will remain that way until the next full moon. The fish had been concentrated along the river’s south…

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August 25, 2017

By: Steve Fifer The fishing locally is the stage where it will take shift to fall weather patterns to change the routine, but that doesn’t mean the fishing is bad. It’s actually real good! Inshore, the Turning Basin area is the best place to look for keeper-sized flounder and drifting with live mullet is the…

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August 16, 2017

By: Steve Fifer The fishing around town has been a little slow recently but you can always find something biting. King mackerel and amberjacks are found around the nearshore wrecks and live bottoms especially on the east side. Slow trolling a live menhaden or a frozen cigar minnow on a dead bait rig is the…

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