N CAROLINA: Topwater Plugs are Working Well in the Early Morning

We have had some rain and from time to time breezy weather. Unusually however, the fishing has improved. That was just a long way of saying fall fishing has started early! And fortunately the weather for the extended weekend starting tomorrow looks fantastic. Now it is time for my report:

INSHORE:

Red drum and flounder are biting strong. Reds are in the creeks, the inlets and the ICW. Many are over the 27″ slot limit. They are biting well on most any oily bait such as menhaden, finger mullet, cut bluefish and so forth and on artificials like Gulp. Topwater plugs are working well in the early morning. Best fishing is high tide falling. Flounder are in the inlets, the Cut and are biting best on the incoming tide. Live bait and Gulp shrimp will get the job done.

NEAR SHORE:

Spanish mackerel and some nice bluefish are patrolling the near shore waters and offer a nice catch and meal. Kings are in close and susceptible to slow trolled live bait. Don’t forget it is time to pull the Deep Divers back out for some light tackle Spanish mackerel action. Big flounder are still biting at the near shore reefs, jigging or live bait.

OFFSHORE:

King macs, amberjacks, false albacore and more are biting in the 10-25 mile areas. Slow trolling with live bait seems to work best.

Capt. Richard Bennett
Rod-Man Charters
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