N. CAROLINA: Seeing Plenty of Speckled Trout in the Sounds

Seth, of TW’s Bait and Tackle, reports that anglers are catching solid numbers of chopper and smaller bluefish and sea mullet from the piers and surf. The choppers will take an interest in cut baits or metal casting lures when they’re schooling, and anglers can connect with the sea mullet on bottom rigs baited with shrimp and bloodworms.

Cobia are showing up between Oregon Inlet and Cape Hatteras, and anglers have landed some from the piers and more while sight-casting bucktails and live eels to fish they spot cruising the surface. The cobia fishing should only improve as the water in the area continues to warm.

Inshore, anglers are seeing plenty of speckled trout in the sounds and good numbers of flounder at Oregon Inlet. Gulp baits and live finger mullet or mud minnows are top choices for the flatfish.

Offshore, the yellowfin tuna fishing is improving, and good numbers of dolphin are also making their summer migration into the area. A few blue and white marlin have been in the mix as well. Most of the action has been down towards the light tower, but warming water should have the fish pushing north soon.

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