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June 30, 2005

Fishing report from East Coast

Here is the weekly fishing report from Chris at East Coast Sports

Piers
Surf City Pier = Spots and Spots a few spanish and a few blues
Jolly Roger = Spots and a Few Mullet , Flounder and a few Blues
Sea View Pier = A few spot and Mullets. Couple of Flounder and afew Sheepshead.
Reisley (camp Lejune) . Big Chopper Blues and big Pompano , a few Sea Mullet , and a few small Trout.

Surf
Sand Fleas are now readily avalible
New River Inlet to Surf City A few god sized Mullet
Surf City to Topsail Beach lLots of Lady fish and a few Blues
Topsail Beach To New Topsail Inlet A few Pompano and some big Reds
Lee island North end Lots of Reds and tons of lady fish

Waterway / inlet
Big sheepshead at the draw bridge and ton of Ladyfish at night
Inshore 0-20 miles
Tons and Tons of schoolie kings around X-mass rock and afew
Cobias just off the beach some biguns too.

Conclusion
A few Dolphin have moved inshore but no great numbers yet

Offshore 20 mile- 200 fathoms
A few Sails are starting to show up scattered so it wont be long and they will be inshore

Weekend Marine Forecast Inshore
TonightS winds 15 to 20 kt becoming SW 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Showers and tstms likely this evening... then scattered showers and tstms after midnight.

ThuSW winds 5 to 10 kt becoming S in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 ft subsiding to 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Thu NightSW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.

FriSW winds 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Fri NightSW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.

SatSW winds 10 to 15 kt becoming NW 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Sat NightNE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.

SunNE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

MonE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Water temp on the beach
80 degrees F

Conclusion
All weekend looking good No NO really it is

Offshore Marine Forecast
TONIGHT...S WINDS 15 TO 25 KT...EXCEPT 10 TO 15 KT E OF 74W. WINDS BECOMING S 15 TO 25 KT E OF 75W AND SW 10 TO 15 KT W OF 75W LATE. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND TSTMS.
THU...S WINDS 15 TO 25 KT...EXCEPT SW 10 TO 15 KT W OF 74W. SEAS 4 TO 8 FT...HIGHEST E OF 74W. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND TSTMS. .
THU NIGHT...WINDS BECOMING SW 10 TO 20 KT THROUGHOUT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT. WINDS AND SEAS HIGHEST E. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND TSTMS MAINLY E PORTION. .
FRI...S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...EXCEPT 15 TO 20 KT E PORTION EARLY. SEAS SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5 FT. ISOLATED SHOWERS AND TSTMS. .
FRI NIGHT...SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. .
SAT...NW PORTION...WINDS SHIFTING TO NE 10 TO 20 KT LATE. SE PORTION...SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT THROUGHOUT. .
SUN...WINDS BECOMING NE 10 TO 15 KT THROUGHOUT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT. .
MON...E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS BUILDING TO 4 TO 7 FT.

Conclusion
Not horrible but not great
Weekend General Forecast
Wednesday= High of 80 Low of 73 Thunder Storms
Thursday= High 86 Lows of 75Chance of Thunderstorms
Friday = High of 91 Lows of 74 Chance of Thunderstorms
Saturday = High of 88 Lows of 74 Chance of Thunderstorms
Sunday = High of 81 Lows of 69 Partly Cloudy
Monday = High of 81 Lows of 68 Partly Cloudy

Capt. Chris Medlin
East Coast Sports
409 Roland Ave
Po Box 2689
Surf City NC 28445
(910) 328-1887
www.eastcoastsports.com
ecsports@earthlink.net

June 27, 2005

Didn't fish over the weekend

I heard spots were biting on Surf City Pier over the weekend, along with the regular bag of mullet, spanish, croakers, and of course sharks. Oh yea, BIG sheephead at the turning bridge.

June 24, 2005

No Luck in the Surf

Caught enough seaweed to have a meal. If I were a vegeterian, I'd have it made. I used sand fleas for bait. Didn't get a bite. Ok, heres the thing. I didn't go out until after 12 noon. Donna wanted to get some sun and I tagged along, but I'm not one to just sit on the beach. So,,,,,I carried my surf rod and hand dug some fleas. As I keep saying, early morning is the time to catch fish. Heard blues, mullet and a few spanish were caught on the Surf City pier today, but I didn't see them. Will probably finish glassin' the floor in my boat tomorrow, then just paint and it will be done. Measured for the transom support brace, and when I get it, I will raise the motor, and I'm done.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSE!!


Hope to see you soon! Prayin for Matt.
Tight Lines!

June 22, 2005

East Coast Tackle Fishing Report

Didn't fish today. Worked on my boat. Here is the fishing report that I get from Chris at East Coast Sports. Thanks Chris
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Surf City Pier = Reports Chopper Blues and 2 kings , 2 Cudas , Spanish. A few Spots and Mullet
Jolly Roger = Spanish lots of blues a few spots and mullet , 1 Tarpon jumped. Big cobia. Lots of Cudas.
Sea View Pier = 3 king a few blues and a couple trout and a mixed bag
Reisley (camp Lejune) . Big Chopper Blues and big Pompano , a few Sea Mullet , and a few small Trout.
Conclusion
Kings at Sea view

Surf
Sand Fleas are now readily avalible
New River Inlet to Surf City Mullet and reds
Surf City to Topsail Beach lots of blues and a few big mullet and some big pompano
Topsail Beach To New Topsail Inlet big Pompano and some big Mullet
Lee island North end Lots of Reds
Conclusion
Mixed Bag
Waterway / inlet
Big sheepshead at the draw bridge
Conclusion
Sheepshead yummm
Inshore 0-20 miles
Tons and Tons of schoolie kings around AR-362 and 7-11and ar-355.
Cobias just off the beach some biguns too.

Conclusion
Try Cobia with live Blues just off the beach AR-360 would be good
The kings love the Manns stretch 25's and the Deep diving Yo-Zuris

Offshore 20 mile- 200 fathoms
Dolphin Dolphin everywhere but not a tuna to be found

June 21, 2005

BIG RED on Surf City Pier

Hooked a big red from Surf City Pier last night about 1am. Using a 5' boat rod, Penn Peerless 9 bait caster, 15 lb stren, 10', 30lb shock leader, 4/0 circle hook, and a spot head. I have been loosing the big ones, two last night, so I changed my stradegy. When the clicker started, I picked up the rig, but just let it go until the clicker stopped. Then after a second, the fish started it's second run, still with the clicker on. Pulled out probably about 50 yards of line and stopped again. This time I clicked the drive lever and slowly cranked in. As soon as the fish felt pressure, he took off for deep water. My drag was set tight, but he spooled me as if it were nothing. After probabaly a hundred yards, he stopped and I was able to retrieve some line. The fish made three more runs, shorter each time, before I had him at the side of the pier. The fish looked to be over 3 ft long and fat. I had no one to man the net, so I tried to walk him to the beach, hoping to get a mesurement before releasing the big fish. Rough surf and wind made it hard to control him from my perch on the pier. After about 50 ft, he got around a piling and that was that. BUT WHAT FUN!!!

I caught two other puppy drum, under the 18 inch limit and released both unharmed. The two smaller ones hit shrimp and a bottom rig I was using for mullet in the suds near the surf line.

By the way, I caught a dozen nice mullet and croakers, but now that seems not so important.

Most of the anglers were catching a few mullet if they were persistant. There were also a few spanish, and lots of blues. The spanish were caught before dark. And of course, the sharks and the rays are ever present.

June 19, 2005

Learning to speak Spanish

Spanish are plentiful from the piers. A 16 inch spanish was caught only a third of the way out the pier. They are in really close. I saw a school tearing up bait fish just behind the breakers, but out of reach of my gotcha. At the same time, there were two other schools boiling the surface farther out. I am pretty sure they were spanish, because occasionaly one would break the surface and come completely out of the water. Still, most are being caught early morning or late evening. Blues are still in the water, and are biting most of the day, but better early and late. There are a lot of blues being caught on bottom rigs.

Most anglers are catching their share of mullet in the surf as well as on the pier. The mullets are biting shrimp and sand fleas equally well. There have been some big mullet mixed in with the medium to smaller ones.

I bought my shrimp at One Stop Bait just before the bridge on the right. Really good looking shrimp. Fat and white. Their shrimp is caught daily and really fresh. After you catch your limit, take the cleaned fish to One Stop Restaurant, where you can get it cooked, along with two veggies, for only about $4.00.

If you are hungry for shrimp, check out Batt's Grill. one of the oldest restaurants on the beach. Their shrimp plate is only $4.99 with two veggies and the shrimp are falling off the plate! MMMMMM Good!

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

June 15, 2005

Another Day, Another Shark

Man, If I could sell those sharks, I could buy me a new penn. Went fishing on the Surf City pier today with my friend Ken. I almost got skunked. I was fishing right beside Ken. I caught one shark. Ken caught 5 mullet, a spot, a hog fish, and 12 sharks. Ain't it funny how that happens?

When you catch those mullet, clean them and take them to One Stop Restaurant. They will cook your catch, furnish two veggies, (I always get French Fries and slaw..good slaw) for 3.99 plus tax. http://www.onestoprestaurant.com/

Got a fishing report today from Capt. Chris Medlin at East Coast Sports. I copied it here for everyone. Go by and see Capt. Chris. He can help you with any thing you need. Tell him FishinTopsail sent you.

Capt Chris says.........Piers

Surf City Pier Reports Chopper Blues and 2 kings and 2 Cobias

Jolly Roger = a few kings lots of blues a few spots and mullet , Tarpon Big cobia.

Sea View Pier = 1 king and a mixed bag

Reisley (camp Lejune) . Big Chopper Blues and big Pompano , a few Sea Mullet , and a few small Trout.

Conclusion

Kings at Sea view



Surf

Sand Fleas are now readily avalible

New River Inlet to Surf City Mullet

Surf City to Topsail Beach lots of blues and a few big mullet

Topsail Beach To New Topsail Inlet big Pompano and some big Mullet

Lee island North end A few Reds

Conclusion

Mixed Bag

Waterway / inlet

A few Sheepshead showing up at the Draw bridge and a few Black drum and a fe Croakers

Conclusion

Sheepshead yummm

Inshore 0-20 miles

Tons and Tons of schoolie kings around AR-362 and 7-11.

Cobias just off the beach some biguns too.



Conclusion

Try Cobia with live Blues just off the beach AR-360 would be good

The kings love the Manns stretch 25's and the Deep diving Yo-Zuris



Offshore 20 mile- 200 fathoms

Wahoo bite has been on at WR-2

East Coast Sports
409 Roland Ave
Po Box 2689
Surf City NC 28445
(910) 328-1887

ecsports@earthlink.net

www.eastcoastsports.com

Maintained By Capt. Chris Medlin

Capt. Chris Medlin
East Coast Sports
409 Roland Ave
Po Box 2689
Surf City NC 28445
(910) 328-1887
www.eastcoastsports.com
ecsports@earthlink.net

June 14, 2005

Blues, Spanish, Kings, Tarpon

Big fish are biting on surf city pier. An 8 lb and an 11 lb blue. A 17 lb king and a 30 lb king. Another tarpon, 35 lbs. Lots of 1 to 2 lb blues are being caught early morning and about an hour before dark. These blues are hitting gotcha plugs.

Note: I got some gotcha plugs from a friend, and they have red hooks. My friend takes old gotcha's and rebuilds them. The red hooks are really hot, seem to produce more than just regular trebbles. You might give the red hooks a try. Let me know if they work for you.

If you are looking for mullet, they are kinda scarce. But on a good note, the ones being caught are really nice. Up to two pounds! There are a few flounder being caught, but most are too small. Usually by about a half inch. Ain't that the way it goes? Hog fish are plentiful, but not really preferred by most anglers.

So if you want to catch fish from the pier, then go early, fish often, stay late, and fish for the really big ones!
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Some nice flounder are being caught in the backwaters off the Intracoastal Waterway. Most biting finger mullet or mud minnows while drifting. I have heard of a few that bit a live shrimp. A young boy fishing near Becky's Creek with a finger mullet missed what I think was a nice blue. His bait was bitten cleanly in half, leaving just the head.

All in all, not so bad for 94 degree days.

June 12, 2005

Haven't fished in a couple of days

Sorry I haven't posted, but I haven't fished lately. Had some chores to do. Blues are biting on the piers along with a few spanish early, early morning, and about sunset. My friend K caught a nice stringer of mullet Thursday night on the Surf City Pier. Friday night was a bust.

Note: Got to fish early to get'em.

June 8, 2005

Huge Mullet in Surf

Fishermen are landing huge mullet, 17 to 20 inches long in the surf with sand fleas (mole crabs). You have to find the deep holes and fish the high tide to low. Peel the sides of the sand fleas for the best results, but keep in mind that they don't stay on the hook long if peeled, so check bait often. Early morning fishermen are still landing blues and a few spanish. Mullet along with a mix of blues, hog fish, small croakers, and a few small black drum are showing up at night.

Fish the deep holes in the surf early morning with sand fleas for best results.

June 6, 2005

55 lb Cobia

A 15 year old fisherman landed a 55 lb cobia on Surf City pier yesterday. The fish was longer than the young man who caught it. There were a couple of spanish caught from the end of the pier, along with several one to two pound blues. Spanish were caught early, just after first light. Blues bit off and on all day, mostly with gotcha plugs, but also on bottom rigs. I caught a few blues, a couple of croakers and a bunch of hog fish. My fishin bud Ken caught blues croakers and hog fish. Everything was on the small side. Weather was sunny and warm. Sea was calm. Winds out of south west.

The One That Got Away...Episode II, Attack of the Unseen Sea Monster.

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It happened again. Reel screaming and bent double! Broken line. Didn't see the culprit. I was using a flounder setup with an ounce and a half egg sinker, baited with a spot head. I have added a 10 ft 30 lb shock leader to my penn bait caster. Maybe I'll get him next time.

June 5, 2005

Grandma is slow..........

But not as slow as the action was tonight on Surf City Pier. Folks were catching a few very small mullet and croaker. I got cut off once, lost my favorite gotcha plug. Cut through my 30 lb leader like it was warm butter. A kid caught a small spanish, too small to keep. "THROW IT BACK"!!!!! I saw one 6 inch black drum, and lots of small sharks. Oh, almost forgot the skates. Wish I could forget them. Rain today, very high humidity. Light wind out of the south-east.

June 3, 2005

Surf City Pier Fishing Report

SHEEPHEAD

Water is really muddy and full of seaweed following the storm. I saw several big sheephead landed, and 4 more that never made it into the net. There were some small blues, but not many and no spanish or kings. I only saw a couple of small mullet, about 6 to 8 inches long, and one giant pompano. It seems the only thing biting much was hogfish, about hand size.

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY.....

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I was using a 6 inch long live bait fish rigged with a slider rig, on my penn baitcasting reel and short, 5 foot, boat rod. The bait clicker on the reel screemed, and I flipped the switch to set the hook. The fish(?) took about 30 yards of line with the drag set strong, then the line snapped. Never saw it, don't know what it was, but must have been big to swallow a 6 inch live fish!

I may go out tonight, high tide is about 6 pm. Check in later.

June 2, 2005

Blues? Mullets? Not here!

Fished on Surf City pier tonight. Four hours and nothing, not even a nibble. I did see a few, very few crokers, and one blue. But I didn't catchem! Might have been the storm that came through last evening. Water was muddy, and seaweed was everywhere. I guess I can make seaweed salad!

June 1, 2005

Big "CHOPPER" Blues Everywhere

Lots of blues and lots of Spanish in the morning, mullets off and on. Heard of 1 Cobia and a King. If you want to catch fish, fish early morning. Same on Jolly Rodger pier in Topsail Beach. If you are looking for kings, go to Sea View in North Topsail Beach. They caught 5 this week along with a cobia. There are some big "CHOPPER" blues being caught in the surf on cut bait. Also a few mullets and some big pompano on sand fleas (mole crabs). Heard unconfirmed rumors of trout being caught in the New River and some creeks along the ICW. Everywhere, morning is the most productive time.

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