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Fisherman's Post Fishing Report for Topsail Island Area - April 13, 2017

Topsail Fishing Report for April 13, 2017
by Sarah Gagliardo

Topsail Area – April 13, 2017
Zack, of East Coast Sports, reports that surf anglers have been seeing good numbers of sea mullet. There have been some quality fish in the mix, and most anglers have been using fresh shrimp on bottom rigs. Black drum are also being caught in the same areas using shrimp.
Red drum are showing up in the surf zone, and most of the landings have been towards the inlets. Cut mullet on fish finder rigs with circle hooks are how most are being caught. Bluefish are also falling for cut bait, and there have been some 4+ lb. “choppers” reported.
Inshore boaters are finding black and red drum around the waterway docks and other man-made structure. The black drum are falling for fresh shrimp fished on Carolina rigs and 3/8 oz. jigheads.
The reds are beginning to show up in the creeks closer to the inlets. Gulp jerk shads rigged on Blue Water Candy jigheads have been getting attention from the fish. Fresh shrimp, crab, and cut baits are getting the fish to bite when they aren’t taking soft plastics. Carolina rigs and Blue Water Candy jigheads have been effective for using natural baits.
Flounder are beginning to show up in good numbers along the marsh. Live minnows fished on Carolina rigs and white Gulp jerk shads are getting the flounder to bite. Drift fishing towards the inlet and creek mouths along the marsh are producing fish. Look for flounder fishing to continue to improve over the next couple weeks.
Specked trout fishing has been good, and anglers are hooking fish on topwater plugs, scented soft plastics, and minnows. Mainland creeks seem to be holding the greatest number of trout right now. They will begin to spread out from their winter zones with the warming water.
Nearshore there have been a few bonito and false albacore showing up. Yo-Zuri Deep Divers and planers with Clarkspoons have been accounting for most of the bites. A few fish have been caught casting metal jigs.
Sea bass landings have been very good close to shore, but most of the fish have been under the size limit. Stingsilvers and cut squid have been fooling the bass.
Gulf Stream boaters are reporting catches of wahoo and yellowfin and blackfin tunas. Trolling skirted ballyhoo has been getting most of the bites, and cedar plugs are working to get a few tuna. Blue Water Candy Jags and Sea Witches are also helping to land fish.

Chadwick, of South End Anglers, reports that speckled trout fishing over the past couple weeks has been very good for big fish. Z-Man Swimmin’ Trout Tricks, PaddlerZ, and MinnowZ are getting great results fished on Fathom Inshore 1/4 oz. jigheads. The trout are becoming more aggressive, and topwater plugs, hard twitch baits, MirrOlure Top Dog Jr.’s, and MR17s are getting most of the hookups. Creek mouths, hard shell bottoms, and docks are all holding trout.
Red drum are mostly being found tucked under waterway docks, but some creeks are holding fish. Cut bluefish, shrimp, and blue crab on Carolina rigs and jigheads are accounting for most of the bites. There are also a few black drum in the same areas, and they’re favoring fresh shrimp.
There have been good numbers of bluefish caught in many of the same areas that the trout and red drum are holding. They are taking the same offerings used for the trout, as well as cut bait.
Flounder are beginning to show up in decent numbers. They are moving into creeks, mostly towards the inlets, and they’re also being found drift fishing close to the inlet. The best flounder action has been on live mud minnows fished on Carolina rigs.
Bob Blake, from Denver, CO, with a bontio caught on a pink Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow. He was fishing with Capt. Chad Davis of Lucky Dawg Guide Service.
Jim, of Plan 9 Charters, reports that a few bonito have been caught to the south. Look for those fish to “bust open” any day now. There has been a good supply of 1-4 lb. bluefish holding on the nearshore reefs. In the same areas, there has also been keeper sea bass and a few false albacore.
Trolling has been accounting for the blues, and the best action on the sea bass and false albacore has been jigging 1 oz. Shore Lures.
The keeper ratio has been a lot better for sea bass in the 75-90’ range, and the bass are falling for both cut bait and jigs.
Willie Keels with two trout that fell for live mud minnows. He was fishing around Topsail Island with Capt. Chadwick Crawford of South End Anglers.
Mike, of Native Son Guide Service, reports that trout are moving out of their winter zones and staging closer to the creek mouths. Z-Man MinnowZ and Trout Tricks are working well, and Rapala Skitterwalks have been fooling a few fish as well. The evening and early morning bite should really turn on in the next couple weeks, leading to the new and full moons.
Big bluefish are also being found in the creeks.
The drum are still around but have been fished hard all winter and are acting spooky. Fresh shrimp and crab have been the best offerings, but jerk shads soaked in Pro-Cure and fished on the bottom are also getting strikes.
The first bonito of the season are showing up, and they should continue for the next several weeks. Large spanish mackerel will be right behind the bonito. Trolling Clarkspoons on #2 planers is effective when surface feeders aren’t present. Sight casting to them with diamond jigs and epoxy minnows is very effective, and fly casting to these fish with glass minnow imitations presents a great opportunity for fly fishermen.

Robin, of Jolly Roger Pier, reports that earlier in the week the fish were very cooperative. Bottom fishing with fresh shrimp is accounting for nice catches of sea mullet, blow toads, and keeper black drum. The bluefish are biting Gotcha plugs and cut bait on the bottom.

Terry, of Surf City Pier, reports that sea mullet and blow toads are biting fresh shrimp throughout the day and night. Bluefish are beginning to show up, and most have been caught on the bottom with cut bait. The occasional black drum have been landed, too, and anglers recently took advantage of speckled trout caught in a tide pool by the pier, throwing a cast net to land a few.

Tyler, of Seaview Fishing Pier, reports that sea mullet have been filling coolers up over the past week. Fresh shrimp on the bottom are how most are getting the bites, and anglers can expect a black drum or speckled trout mixed in with the mullet. Big blues have returned to the area, and anglers on the pier have landed the bigger fish, some chopper-sized, on Gotcha plugs, topwaters, and even shrimp.

Bill Dance Fishing - BFB - Fishing Edges

April 9, 2017

Winter Pier Fishing!

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March 30, 2017

Bill's Fishing Bites - Amount of Line

Striped Bass Fishing Information

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Roanoke River Stripers

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Wildlife Commission Schedules Annual Free “Outdoors Day” at Outer Banks

Wildlife Commission Schedules Annual Free “Outdoors Day” at Outer Banks
Learn about wildlife and participate in several outdoor activities at the 6th Annual Outdoors Day, hosted by the Wildlife Commission at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.
COROLLA, N.C. (March 22, 2017) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the N.C. Coastal Federation, is hosting its sixth annual “Outdoors Day” on April 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla in Currituck County.

During the free event, visitors can gain practical knowledge by participating in several hands-on outdoors activities and demonstrations, such as fishing, kayaking, archery and air rifle shooting. Activity stations, such as Game Species, Talking Turkey, Backyard Bass, Birding Basics and Sea Turtles, provide fun and educational entertainment for visitors of all ages. Staff from Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges will be on hand to describe their seasonal tours, canoe outings and ranger-led programs on local wildlife during the day.

For more information, call Sharon Meade at (252) 453-0221, ext. 1, email sharon.meade@ncwildlife.org; or Sara Hallas at 252-473-1607, email sarajh@nccoast.org.

The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education features exhibits and programs that interpret coastal North Carolina’s wildlife and habitats, natural history and cultural heritage, with daily showings of an award-winning documentary, and a calendar of events and educational courses. Admission to the center is free, as are the educational programs offered.
Located in Currituck Heritage Park on Highway 12, the center is next to Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the Whalehead Club. For more information about the center, or to see a schedule of upcoming events, visit the education center’s website, ncwildlife.org/obx.

Pechmann Center Offers Kayak Fish and Float Workshop on April 8

Pechmann Center Offers Kayak Fish and Float Workshop on April 8
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (March 15, 2017) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting the 6th Annual Kayak Fish and Float workshop on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.
The free informational program, which is open to the public, will include fishing how-to seminars and demonstrations of popular fishing kayaks. Hobie Kayak Pro Angler Capt. Jerry Dilsaver and Jonathan Grady of the Hobie Fishing Team will present workshops throughout the day on the following topics:
  • Kayak Safety and Rigging
  • Kayak Fishing for Mackerel
  • Inshore Kayak Fishing
  • Kayak Fishing for Bass and Panfish.
While participants will not kayak fish at the event, they will have an opportunity to test out kayaks from Jackson Kayak, Hobie and Wilderness Systems, at Lake Rim.
The Fayetteville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing will have available for purchase hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks.
Space is limited and pre-registration online is strongly encouraged. Check-in for the workshop begins 30 minutes prior to the start of the program. For more information about the workshop, contact Pechmann Center Director Thomas Carpenter at 910-868-5003 or Thomas.carpenter@ncwildlife.org.
The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road, across from Lake Rim. Wildlife Commission staff at the Pechmann Center conducts fishing workshops, events and clinics throughout the year. Most programs are free and open to the public. For more information about the center, or to see a schedule of upcoming events, visit the Learning page. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit the fishing page.

Wildlife Commission Deploys Fish Attractors in Sutton Lake

Wildlife Commission Deploys Fish Attractors in Sutton Lake
Wildlife Commission fisheries biologists, along with members of the Jacksonville-based Bass Angling Southern Style Fishing Club, deployed 12 Mossback™ Trophy Tree™ fish attractors (pictured) in Sutton Lake on Feb. 25.
WILMINGTON, N.C. (March 3, 2017) – Fisheries staff with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission placed artificial fish attractors in Sutton Lake on Feb. 25 to help augment and replace existing fish attractor structures.

Commission biologists teamed with Bass Angling Southern Style Fishing Club, of Jacksonville, N.C., to deploy 12 Mossback™ Trophy Tree™ fish attractors in the 1,100-acre lake, which is located in New Hanover County. Club members serve as stewards of the Sutton Lake Access Area and assist with keeping the area clean through their participation in the North Carolina Angler Access Foundation's Adopt-a-Boat-Ramp program.

Sutton Lake, a power-cooling lake constructed by Duke Energy in 1972, has received habitat enhancements in the past, mostly in the form of sunken Christmas trees. Although Christmas trees make good fish habitat, they eventually degrade and need to be replaced every few years.

After a recent sonar survey of Sutton Lake’s fish attractor sites, Commission biologists determined the sites were degraded and in need of replacement. Because the Mossback™ Trophy Tree™ fish attractors provide durable, long-lasting fish habitat, biologists believe they will make better fish attractors than Christmas trees.

Anglers can see the locations of these latest fish attractors, as well as others deployed on inland waters across the state on the Commission’s fish attractor webpage. This habitat enhancement project is funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, which utilizes state fishing license money as match for federal grant funds derived from federal excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuels.

For more information regarding fish populations in Sutton Lake, visit the Commission’s Monitoring and Surveys page. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, including an interactive map of more than 500 public fishing access areas throughout the state, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.

New Recreational Daily Limit on Flounder in Inland Waters

New Recreational Daily Limit on Flounder in Inland Waters

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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 2, 2017) – A new recreational limit of four fish per person, per day is now in place for flounder in inland waters under jurisdiction of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Recreational seasons, size limits and creel limits in inland waters for flounder, sea trout, red drum, and gray trout are the same as those established in the rules of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission or proclamations issued by the director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries in adjacent joint or coastal fishing waters.  The rule referencing Marine Fisheries’ rules for these four saltwater fish species was implemented in 2011 to standardize recreational seasons and size and creel limits for inland, joint and coastal waters.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries issued a proclamation on Feb. 22 implementing the new recreational limit for flounder, effective March 1, in coastal and joint waters. The recreational minimum size limit will remain at 15 inches. For more information on the proclamation, including justification for the change, visit the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries website, or call 800-682-2632; 252-726-7021.
Family Fishing Fiesta
Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fish! Play Games! Win Prizes!
Come join the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. State Parks on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Jordan Lake State Park for a free Family Fishing Fiesta. 
Gather at White Oak Recreation Area on White Oak Beach Rd., Apex, to enjoy bank fishing, plus over a dozen hands-on activities and demonstrations. You can:
  • Learn how to cast and how to fillet a fish
  • Watch a tackle demonstration
  • Meet biologists, park rangers and law enforcement personnel, many of whom speak English and Spanish
  • Check out an electrofishing boat
  • And much more!
Loaner fishing rods and bait are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone fishes for FREE — no license required for the Family Fishing Fiesta!
Young anglers will receive prizes for special catches, and participants 11 and younger who participate in a scavenger hunt will receive a free tackle box  and a chance to enter the youth drawing to win prizes such as fishing poles and life jackets! Anglers 12 and older will be entered into a drawing to win a lifetime freshwater fishing license, courtesy of the American Fisheries Society, a composting bin, or a one-year subscription to the Wildlife Commission’s award-winning magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina.
For additional event information contact CC King, 919-830-0202; or cc.king@ncwildlife.org or
Derek Parsons, 919-326-0586, ext. 213; or derek.parsons@ncparks.org

How to get there:
GPS coordinates:  35°44'24.0"N 79°00'45.7"W
Visit the Jordan Lake State Park website for park amenities and more.

March 25, 2017

Fishing GT - Amazing Gt Giant Trevally Fishing - Land Based Gt Fishing

Topsail Spring Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge

Surf City – Topsail Beach – North Topsail Beach

May 5 – 7, 2017

Topsail fishing report from Fisherman's Post

Topsail fishing report from Fisherman's Post

 Sarah Gagliardo

Read report on Fisherman's Post website. Click Here.

Topsail – March 23, 2017

Brittany, of East Coast Sports, reports that anglers in the surf are catching sea mullet and blow toads on two hook bottom rigs baited with fresh shrimp. The fishing has been better during high tide periods.
A few skates and stingrays are biting shrimp, along with other cut bait. There have been some small black drum landed, with a few keepers mixed in. Towards the inlets, look for red drum to be biting cut bait, such as fresh shrimp .
Bluefish are beginning to show up, and once the water temperature begins to rise, there should be more caught. Cut mullet fished on the bottom is very effective for the blues.
Inshore anglers are reporting black drum and speckled trout. The drum are hanging around man-made structure and oyster beds in the creek areas. Fresh shrimp on simple bottom and Carolina rigs are getting the bites from the black drum.
Red drum are being found in similar areas as the black drum. They will also take fresh shrimp and scented soft plastics this time of year.
Look for more red drum to arrive back in the marsh once the water temperatures being to rise.
Speckled trout fishing has remained good this winter, and the fishing should only improve as spring arrives. Scented soft plastics by Z-Man and Gulp fished on jigheads are great choices for trout right now. MirrOlure MR17’s and 18’s are also accounting for hookups on the trout.
The weather has kept offshore anglers at the dock recently, but once the weather settles, look for some action from the nearshore structure out to the Gulf Stream. Nearshore boaters should see good numbers of black sea bass on the bottom just outside the inlet out to 90’+ of water. The larger fish will likely be found in the deeper areas. In the same areas the bass are being found, anglers should also see some grunts, porgies, and tautogs.
Gulf Stream boaters will find decent wahoo fishing this time of year out towards the break. Blackfin tuna will be scattered in the same areas and out deeper. Skirted ballyhoo and lures will get most of the action form the wahoo and blackfins.

Chadwick, of South End Anglers, reports that speckled trout fishing has been good around some of the creeks west of the ICW. Deeper zones and areas with darker mud bottoms have been holding the majority of fish. Look for the trout to move from the deeper areas up on the flats during warm spells and during the middle portion of the day.
The trout have also been holding around some waterway docks and canals throughout the area. The best docks have been the ones that have deeper water and that are away from heavy current. Once the water warms, look for the fish to become more widespread.
The trout have been falling for a variety of Z-Man plastics, such as Swimming Trout Tricks, PaddlerZ, and MinnowZ. Pro-Cure bait scents and 1/8 oz. Fathom jigheads are working well with the soft plastics. Betts Halo Shad, 1/4 oz., retrieved slowly along the bottom are also accounting for hookups from the trout.
Red and black drum are feeding around oyster beds and waterways docks. The reds have mostly been undersized to lower-slot sized fish. Fresh cut shrimp on Carolina rigs and 3/0 circle hooks have been working best on the drum.
Bluefish are beginning to make their return to the marsh, and so far there has been a decent mix of 3+ lb. fish. They are taking the same offerings as the trout, and red drum are also falling for cut bluefish fished on the bottom.
Jim, of Plan 9 Charters, reports that bluefish have recently made a showing in the inlets, chasing baits intended for trout and red drum. Sea bass are on the reefs and ledges from just offshore on out.
Closer to shore, the sea bass have mostly been short. Larger fish are showing 15+ miles out, and grunts and porgies are being found in the same areas. Nearshore areas have been producing tautog and sheepshead.
False albacore are in the 20 mile range, and they should stay around until the bonito begin to arrive in April.
Mike, of Native Son Guide Service, reports that sight fishing for red drum has been good recently. There have been numbers of fish showing up on the lower end of the slot.
Trout fishing seems to be getting better by the day. The fish are still in their winter patterns, and the fishing should improve this month as we get closer to the full moon.
Atlantic bonito should make their appearance the first week of April, but don’t be surprised if it happens earlier this year. The baitfish migration will dictate their arrival.
Flounder are being found in the 90’ range, and once the water begins to rise, they will move closer to shore.

Robin, of Jolly Roger Pier, reports that blow toads and sea mullet are being caught on two hook bottom rigs baited with shrimp. During the warmer weather there were a few bluefish showing up. There haven’t been any during this recent cold snap, but the fishing will improve once the water temperatures begin to rise.

Vinita, of Surf City Pier, reports that sea mullet, blow toads, small flounder, and a few black drum are being caught. A 2.47 lb. drum was caught over the weekend, and the black drum fishing will continue to improve over the next few weeks.
Fresh shrimp on bottom rigs is working best for the mixed bag of bottom fish.

Frank, of Seaview Fishing Pier, reports that anglers are having great success with sea mullet. Some folks are catching 40-50 fish during their outings. Blow toads are also being caught while targeting sea mullet. Fresh cut shrimp on two hook bottom rigs are fooling the fish.
There have also been skates and a few sting rays caught at night.

February 13, 2017

NC Marine Fisheries Commission to hold meeting in Wilmington Feb 15-16, 2017

Email to fishintopsail@gmail.com Carolina TIDELINES - 1/26/17
by CCA NC Cape Fear Chapter

NC Marine Fisheries Commission meets this Wednesday and Thursday at the Hilton Riverside in downtown Wilmington Feb 15 - 16, 2017.

The meeting will begin at 12 noon on Wednesday Feb 15 - 16. with the Chairman's and Director's Reports. Public Comment will be heard beginning at 3pm and running until 8:30 Wednesday night. The Thursday business session will resume at 8:30am with the presentation of the NC Wildlife Federation Petition for Rulemaking to designate all coastal fishing waters not already classified as nursery areas as special secondary nursery areas; establish clear criteria for the opening of shrimp season; and define the type of gear and how and when gear may be used in the special secondary nursery areas during shrimp season. 

Many of you have received an email from NC CATCH or seen their posts on social media trying to alarm the public that these proposed regulations designed to reduce bycatch in our inshore waters will mean consumers will no longer be able to buy NC caught shrimp. It is disappointing that NC CATCH has chosen to pursue a public fear campaign with the sole purpose of promoting the corporate profits of the shrimp industry over the value of our coastal public trust resources. Telling the public that this Petition will make it impossible for them to purchase NC wild-caught shrimp is a complete lie. In fact, every other state on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts that prohibits shrimp harvest in their inshore waters still maintains a healthy shrimp industry. The NC shrimp industry harvest is 3% of the total harvest of the eight states from NC thru TX and is ranked number 6 among these states in shrimp landings.  Second, the Petition does not seek to close our inshore waters, it seeks limits on trawl times and gear size in an effort to reduce bycatch waste and protect our coastal habitat. The entire Pamlico ecosystem has been damaged by industrial shrimp trawling. What about the fishermen that would benefit from a reduction in the killing of hundreds of millions of juvenile fish every year? Does the profit of a few industrial shrimp trawl owners trump the rest of our NC fishing economy that would benefit from these changes? Not to mention the other 10 million citizens of NC that own our coastal public trust resources?

The CCA NC Cape Fear Chapter will host a meeting room at the Hilton during the MFC meeting on Wednesday for all current and prospective members. All CCA members attending the MFC meeting and stopping by the hospitality room on Wednesday will be eligible to win a full-day guided inshore fishing trip provided by Native Son Guide Service. You must be a current member to win! Please stop by for more information on the fisheries issues facing our state and to connect with other coastal recreational anglers.

The Carolina Conservation Association (http://ccanc.org/) and NCCatch (http://nccatch.org/) are involved in a war of words concerning NC caught shrimp and bycatch.

Click on the above links to check it out.

Till next time....
Tight lines!

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