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November 27, 2017

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Saltwater Experience Fishing Blog

By Tom Roland

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Tight lines

November 16, 2017

Fisherman's Post Saltwater Tournament List for November and December 2017

Saltwater Tournament List for November and December 2017

November 18, 2017
Jacksonville Landing, Jacksonville, NC
Contact: Mike Tuton (910) 934-3980
November 25, 2017
Ocean Isle Fishing Center, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Contact: Ned Garber (910) 237-2586


Date TBA, 2017
Caspers Marina, Swansboro, NC
Contact: Lynn Sanbeg(910) 326-4300

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Tight Lines,

Fisherman's Post Topsail Island fishing report, November 16, 2017

Fisherman's Post November 16, fishing report for Topsail Island

Vinita, of Surf City Pier, reports that kings have still been biting, with fish anywhere from 10-35 lbs. being pulled in. Cut bluefish remains the best bait for the kings.
While a few spot runs have come through, they’ve been inconsistent. A decent sea mullet and pompano presence has kept anglers busy, though, and the trout bite has been off and on.

Dylan and Mason French with a pair of speckled trout. Both fish stuck Z-Man soft plastics on 1/4 oz. jigs.

Frank, of Seaview Fishing Pier, reports that the last few weeks have been slow, with no significant catches. 

Fishing on the beach around the pier has been decent for such species as sea mullet, flounder, and spots, but the fish are hanging just out of reach for pier anglers.

Sean Benson with a 24” trout that hit a Rapala V10 just before sunset.
Mike, of Native Son, reports that the main story these past few weeks has been the speckled trout action, with most fish being in the 17-22” range. The specks have started to migrate from the main channels to the smaller feeder creeks, and if you can find a concentration of bait, chances are the trout are close by.
MirrOdines have been producing the most fish, especially in electric chicken, white broken glass, and pinfish colors. Chartreuse, opening night, and green lantern-colored Z-Man MinnowZ are also working well.
Plenty of flounder can be found in the same spots as the trout, and they will readily eat a soft plastic if you can wade through the lizardfish to get one to them.
Red drum are starting to school up and can be found in their usual winter places, such as on points and oyster bars. Thanks to outstanding water clarity, you should be able to see the drum and cast right to them.
Jim, of Plan 9 Charters, reports that king mackerel fishing remains excellent. The fish have been anywhere from 30” to 25 lbs. and are being found between 8-12 miles. Both live and dead bait are catching the kings.
False albacore are being found from the inlet out to about 10 miles offshore, where small shiny jigs and flies are producing the most fish.
Bottom fishing has been fantastic. Sea bass, grouper, and snapper are all happily biting, especially in the 70-100’ range. Deeper water has been producing some larger sea bass and a few red snapper during the mini season opener.
Jim, of Plan 9 Charters, reports that king mackerel fishing remains excellent. The fish have been anywhere from 30” to 25 lbs. and are being found between 8-12 miles. Both live and dead bait are catching the kings.
False albacore are being found from the inlet out to about 10 miles offshore, where small shiny jigs and flies are producing the most fish.
Bottom fishing has been fantastic. Sea bass, grouper, and snapper are all happily biting, especially in the 70-100’ range. Deeper water has been producing some larger sea bass and a few red snapper during the mini season opener.

 Till next time,
Tight Lines,

October 30, 2017

Guest post by Rik Flaxman - Fall and Winter fishing on Topsail Island

Guest post by Rik Flaxman, founder of 11Must.com

Why You Should Do Fishing On Topsail Island During Fall and Winter
About Topsail Island
Topsail Island is located in the southeastern North Carolina on the Atlantic Ocean. It is very close to Jacksonville, Wrightsville Beach, and Wilmington. There is an opportunity to Surf City Ocean Pier, Sea View and Jolly Roger Pier for all fishing lovers.

Types of Fish to Expect

There are different types of fish you can catch, particularly if you have your fish finder gadget. With the best fish finder, you can catch speckled trout, croakers, chopper blues, red drum, flounder, sea mullets, black drum and Spanish mackerel. Chatter or offshore fishing may bring about catches of shark, mahi-mahi, amberjack, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, sea bass, false albacores, grouper, bluefish, bonito, and flounder, among others.

Whether you are a seasoned expert or novice fishing aficionado, fishing at Topsail Island, North Carolina, is a much-loved pastime for many. All kinds of fishing are  In addition to taking in the beauty of nature and the Atlantic Ocean, All types of fishing are practiced on this Island such as inlet, surf and pier fishing in addition to enjoying the beauty of nature on the Atlantic Ocean. There is also fishing in personal watercraft as well as charter boat fishing.

Right on Topsail Island, the fishing is heating up all through the fall and winter seasons, despite the fact that the weather may be cooling down. What is the reason for this? The fact that fish are moving from the cooler northern waters to look for warmer southern waters during the autumn months is one of the biggest reasons.

On the other hand, the cooler water and the water encourage fish to come nearer to the shoreline than they do in the summer months at the end of the heat summer heat. Only these two factors add up to make great and amazing winter fishing experience on Topsail Island.

But wait, there is more! That's not all about fishing on Topsail Island during fall and winter. Continue reading to know more about why you should try fishing on Topsail Island during the fall and winter to know that it is really exciting to be part of this wonderful experience.

There is Fewer People and More Fish

As mentioned earlier, there are more fish as a result of the migration of fish from north to south. But don't forget also that there are fewer people chasing more fish on the beach and in our local waters at this particular period of the year because this is the off-season for vacationing. At this time, you won't have to worry about a lot of people disturbing your surf fishing line. Furthermore, you won't have summer traffic to compete with, while boat traffic will be restricted to the fishermen who are more serious as against the recreational boaters who are just out and about.

The fishing piers are the only places where you may not get fewer people on Topsail Island at this period of the year. They are really pretty busy in the fall months, with a number of people coming to the place just for this very cause. A number of them come to the piers to fish for a couple times in a month and several enthusiastic fishermen come each single day. As a result, you can look forward to hustle and hum on each of the three Topsail Island fishing piers. And this is for a good reason!

Ideal Fishing Situations with the Best Fish Finder Gadget

Another important reason why you should do fishing on Topsail Island during fall and winter with your best fish finder gadget is that there are perfect fishing conditions. Ample of opportunities to fish, lower humidity and cooler temperatures but not extremely cold are some of the highlights of a fall fishing practice on Topsail Island. You can bet the fish are biting, whether in the sound or in the ocean, rivers, and creeks.

Fall and winter months on Topsail Island give a calm tranquility and quiet conditions for catching fish with the fish finder. This very period of the year is perfect for you if you are the type that is fond of crisp cool air and little to no competition for your catch.

As a matter of fact, you will understand that there is inherent beauty island beauty on Topsail Island all year long, particularly if you've been to the island in any of its seasons. You are assured of elegant coastal views, eye-catching sunrises and sunsets, and a uniquely Topsail island vibe. Another perk of an offseason trip to Topsail Island is enormous fishing.

 You will Get Hooked on Seasonal Fish Favorites

Now, let's look at the fish! Some kinds of fish can be found locally in the waters all year long, while others are only passing through. Whichever way, you will always have something to catch including blues, albacore, mackerel, and mullet.

One of the local favorites in the fall and winter months is a spot. Best fish finders line the piers and waterways armed with bloodworms, fresh shrimp pieces, and related baits. You will discover that Spot two Spots are caught at a time when the fish finder is hot; meaning that the two gadget comes up with fish on them.

In only a few hours, coolers are filled with this tasty little fish. No wonder there is a local fishing festival to celebrate this catch! Quite a number of fishermen are particular and interested in specks or Speckled Sea Trout on Topsail Island. Fall is the best time of the year to catch them, although this prized fish can be caught all year round. They can be discovered not just in the inshore creeks and marshes but also in the surf and from the ocean piers. Specks sell like hot cake and they are delicious!


Without a doubt, there are top reasons for fishing on Topsail Island with the best fish finder gadget during fall and winter. There are perfect fishing conditions, you will catch the fish of your choice and there are fewer people and more fish in the ocean at this period of the year. Are you looking forward to your next Topsail Island fishing holiday? Plan this for fall or winter period and make this a yearly tradition!

October 27, 2017

Fisherman's Post Topsail Fishing Report – October 26, 2017

Fisherman's Post

Read the report on Fisherman's Post website Here

Vinita, of Surf City Ocean Pier, reports a wide range of fish being pulled in, with pompano, spanish, and sea mullet making up the majority of the catch.
Anglers were able to take advantage of a good spot run early last week, and the kings have been biting as well. Most of the kings have been in the 20 lb. range, with one fish as big as 39 lbs. being pulled in.
Sam Newsome, of Manassas, VA, with a keeper flounder that was caught on cut mullet while fishing from a private dock on the Topsail Sound.

Chris, of East Coast Sports, reports that inshore anglers have been seeing double digit red drum days, with plenty of slot and over-slot fish to go around. Speckled trout fishing is also picking up, with the average speck weighing in around 2 lbs. (and several fish reaching the 4 lb. mark). Topwater fishing over oyster rocks has been good for both species.
Flounder action, though, has been harder to come by.
Surf fishing has been producing pompano (up to 4 lbs.) and sea mullet. Pier anglers are taking advantage of good spot runs and finding a big red drum here and there. A few false albacore have been pulled in from the piers, though the vast majority of the “fat albert” action has been just off the beach, where it’s been easy to pull in good numbers of the fish using light tackle.
The king mackerel bite has been phenomenal, with schools of fish so thick that nearshore anglers are concentrating on little else. These are schoolie kings (average size around 10-20 lbs.). You can find them around any kind of structure in the 4-15 mile range, and fishing dead bait on Mackahoos will do the trick.
In the Stream, wahoos have been continuing to bite relentlessly, where fast trolling planers are generating the most action. The average size of the wahoos have been between 30-40 lbs.
Bottom fishing has been producing really big triggerfish, a handful of beeliners, a few gags, and various other bottom fish.

Tyler, of Seaview Fishing Pier, reports that anglers are catching nice-sized sea mullet and average-sized spots. Drum fishing has slowed down, but plenty of blues are being caught on Gotcha plugs and diamond jigs. There have also been a few trout here and there caught on shrimp (usually first thing in the morning).
The king fishing has been slow, too, with only one 22 lb. fish landed.

October 12, 2017

Fisherman's Post Fishing Report Topsail – October 12, 2017

Fisherman's Post Fishing Report Topsail – October 12, 2017

Vinita, of Surf City Pier, reports a “mixed bag” of fish. Flounder, blues, pompano, Virginia mullet, and red drum have all been biting, while a good number of kings have also recently shown up.
Spots are inconsistent, but they’re definitely out there.
Michael Nichols, of Wilkesboro, NC, with a 19” sheepshead landed using live shrimp near Brown’s Inlet.

Daniel, of Seaview Fishing Pier, reports that after a great spot run last week, the action has slowed down a bit. Overall, the catch has mainly consisted of Virginia mullet, bluefish, and some good-sized spanish and pompano. The pompano have been falling for shrimp, and the spanish are hitting Gotcha plugs.
One or two decent kings have also been pulled in, with live bluefish as the bait.
Robbie, of Jolly Roger Pier, reports a recent surge of pompano that are biting bloodworms and shrimp. In addition, there have been a few spanish, blues, black drum, and Virginia mullet. See the full report at Fisherman's Post. 

Till next time....Tight lines!Johnny

September 14, 2017

Fishing Seasons - from Surf City Ocean Pier

Fishing Seasons

Pier Zones from the beach on out.
1. Suds, 2. Slough, 3. Sandbar (100 yards), 4. The Deep, 5. The Deeper

Regulations Change often!  Always consult Recreational Guides for Sports Fisherman in your area for updates and changes.

Read more at Surf City Ocean Pier Click Here

August 31, 2017

Topsail – August 31, 2017 | Fisherman's Post

Topsail – August 31, 2017 | Fisherman's Post

Topsail – August 31, 2017

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Ed, of Surf City Pier, reports that black drum fishing has been going well, with anglers catching 2-6 lb. fish using bottom rigs tipped with shrimp and sand fleas. At night, some red drum have been landed with these same baits, along with mud minnows, finger mullet, and cut bait.
Some keeper flounder are being caught using live finger mullet on Carolina rigs.
Virginia mullet, as well as pompano, have been biting shrimp fished on double-drop rigs.
Spanish mackerel and bluefish have been hooked off the end of the pier when throwing Gotcha plugs.
Tarpon are still in the area and can be seen moving by the pier.
Capt. Will Bridges, of Jamaican Me Crazy Fishing Charters, with a red grouper that fell for a cigar minnow in 100′ of water.

Chris, of East Coast Sports, reports that red drum are biting well inshore around oyster beds and grass lines, especially when adjacent to deeper channels. Soft plastics (such as offerings from Saltwater Assassin) and shiny-colored spoons are the best offerings, and these tactics are also producing a few trout.
Anglers targeting flounder are having the most success fishing in deeper channels along the inlets. Bucktails, soft plastics, and live bait on Carolina rigs have all been producing fish.
Ladyfish can still be found under lit docks and under Topsail area bridges.
Those fishing from the pier and in the surf are catching good numbers of sea mullet for this time of year. The best bet is tossing a double-drop rig tipped with sand fleas or shrimp. This same method has also been landing pompano.
There have been some 40”+ red drum being caught in the surf by those targeting them late into the night. These fish will strike a live bait, but most will go for a big chunk of cut bait soaked on a Carolina rig.
Nearshore, spanish mackerel have been falling for gold-colored #00 Clarkspoons trolled behind #1 and #2 planers just outside the inlet. The spanish can be caught throughout the day, but early mornings have been producing the most fish. Spanish have also been caught by casting epoxy and diamond jigs to schools of feeding fish. Mixed in with the spanish have been bluefish and schoolie-sized king mackerel.
Offshore, triggerfish have been caught using drop rigs tipped with cut bait or squid. Gag grouper have been falling for live bait and cigar minnows in 70-100’ of water. Further out (40+ miles), red and scamp grouper can be caught with these same baits.

Matt Gentry with a 32” red drum that went for a piece of cut pinfish near Rich’s Inlet.
Wahoo are starting to show up in the Gulf Stream. The best tactic is high speed trolling with skirted ballyhoo and various trolling lures. This method will also attract sailfish and blackfin tuna.

Mike, of Native Son Guide Service, reports that flounder fishing off the beach has been good. Bigger flatfish have come on artificials, for example a 2 oz. Spro bucktail paired with a Z-Man plastic trailer.
Inshore, there are lots of short flounder, but there are some bigger fish mixed in. Finding the concentration of bait is key, as the bigger fish should be nearby waiting to ambush. Docks and other structure in the deeper water seem to be holding the better-sized flatfish right now.
Small cobia are also being caught inshore, providing catch and release fun.
The spanish are just off the beach, but the bigger fish are coming in 40-45’ of water. There are lots of small kings around, too.
The red drum fishing is improving. The reds are starting to group back up into schools, but the larger ones tend to still be lone hunters. As the mullet thicken up, the size and numbers of the schools of red drum will grow.
For now, throw topwater lures early in the morning (Rapala Skitterwalks), and then bait fish or throw soft plastics or spoons during the day.
Get more details at Fishermanspost.com

Till next time....
Tight lines!

August 17, 2017

Topsail – August 17, 2017 | Fisherman's Post

Topsail – August 17, 2017 | Fisherman's Post

Jack Sherman, of Roanoke, VA, with a 7 lb. 4 oz. sheepshead that fell for a live fiddler crab behind Topsail Island.

Till next time....

Tight lines!


Topsail – August 17, 2017 | Fisherman's Post

Topsail – August 17, 2017 | Fisherman's Post

Jack Sherman, of Roanoke, VA, with a 7 lb. 4 oz. sheepshead that fell for a live fiddler crab behind Topsail Island.

Till next time....

Tight lines!


July 17, 2017

June 23, 2017

Fisherman's Post Topsail/ Sneads Ferry – June 22, 2017

Topsail/ Sneads Ferry – June 22, 2017

Garrison, of Surf City Pier, reports that bottom fishermen have been connecting with a nice mix of fish, with spots, sea mullet, red drum, and black drum all taking a variety of natural baits. Bluefish and spanish have been biting in the mornings on Gotcha plugs and diamond jigs.

Austin, of East Coast Sports, reports that bluefish, sea mullet, and red and black drum are all showing up in good numbers along the surf. They are taking a variety of natural baits fished on the bottom. Sand fleas, bloodworms, Fish Bites, shrimp, and fiddler crabs are all working; however, the red drum and bluefish are taking more of an interest in cut mullet and menhaden on fish finder rigs. There has also been a very nice run of summer spots so far this season. Bloodworms and Fish Bites are getting most of the spot bites.
When the water is calm and clear, anglers are connecting with spanish mackerel while fishing towards the inlets. The occasional bluefish is also biting around the same areas, with most action coming while casting around high tide. Diamond jigs and Gotcha plugs have been the bait of choice.
Black drum and sheepshead have been biting well around inshore bulkheads and pilings on shrimp and fiddler crabs. Red drum and flounder are showing up in the canals and marshes, and they’re taking live minnows, Gulp shrimp, and topwater plugs.
Schoolie-sized king mackerel are being caught in good numbers in the 8-10 mile range. Blue Water Candy dead bait rigs with cigar minnows and live menhaden are how most are targeting the kings, with planer and downrigger baits getting most of the bites.
Grouper, sea bass, beeliners, and pink and silver snapper have been plentiful on the bottom inside of the break. BWC Roscoe jigs tipped with squid are getting the bites.
Bailer mahi have been biting at 25 miles on skirted ballyhoo.

Chadwick, of South End Anglers, reports that red drum fishing has really picked up this past week. The fish have been interested in a variety of topwater baits from MirrOlure and Rapala, and the smaller versions have been working the best. Popping corks have been effective with Z-Man EZ Shrimp, and the best action with corks has been on windy days.
The reds are also biting live and cut menhaden fished on circle hooks around oyster points and waterway docks. There has also been an increase in flounder activity in the same areas using live finger mullet on Carolina rigs.
Flounder fishing has picked up throughout the area on both the nearshore structure and throughout the marsh. Nearshore live bottom, ledges, and ARs are all holding fish. Inshore, the flounder are using creek mouths, docks, and bottom contours in the deeper channels to feed.
Spanish fishing has been decent around New Topsail Inlet when the weather allows. The fish haven’t been very widespread, but rather they are concentrated in a few schools. Spoons and planers trolled down tidelines and around bird activity has worked best.
ARs in the 8-20 mile range have plenty of amberjacks on them. Live bait and high speed jig fishing is getting most of the action. Bottom fishing with jigs and squid is producing sea bass, grunts, porgies, and the occasional gag.

June 17, 2017

Top stories from Carolina Sportsman Magazine

Top stories from Carolina Sportsman

Carolina Sportsman
Top News
June, 2017
There's always something happening in the outdoors, and CarolinaSportsman.com allows you to keep up with news as it happens. Here are the top stories from the past two weeks, so click the links and get caught up.

Fuel accidentally pumped into rod holder leads to explosion

Three people were injured when a boat exploded last week in North Carolina after 28 gallons of fuel were inadvertently pumped into a fishing rod holder instead of the gas tank, according to media reports.

South Carolina's new flounder laws take effect July 1

For the rest of this month, anglers fishing for flounder in South Carolina’s waters can continue following the current regulations which allow them to take 15 flounder per day, all of which must be at least 14 inches long. But on July 1, the new regulations will lessen their daily catch limit to 10 flounder, all of which must be at least 15 inches in length.

How many deer can South Carolina hunters legally kill under new law?

The 2017 South Carolina deer hunting season is going to be much different than past seasons for hunters in the Palmetto State. One of the biggest changes we will see is that every single deer killed in South Carolina will have to be tagged. While this has been common practice in most states for decades, it’s not been the case in South Carolina.

Youth angler catches 5-pound brown trout in Ashe County

This time of year, it’s common to let our attention go to the beaches of the Carolinas for fishing offshore, nearshore, and inshore. The fishing is great for many different species along the coast, but we shouldn’t overlook the trout fishing that we have in the western part of both states.

Morehead City boat catches $467,500 prize at Big Rock Tournament

Run-Off ran off with $467,500 Monday when the Morehead City-based charter boat landed a 533.8-pounder to grab the inaugural lead of the 59th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

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