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Fishing continues to improve daily here on Topsail Beach. Throughout the past week fishermen on the Jolly Roger have experienced outstanding fishing. The mullet bite has been very strong with the best bite being at night. On the days the wind blows up hard out of the SW, however, the daytime bite has been very strong as well. The folks throwing gotcha plugs have had a great week on the bluefish, with more and more spanish being mixed in every day. I am also happy to report that the first few flounder of the year were caught over the weekend. Several nice sized black drum were also landed. The next month or so should bring some of the best fishing of the year. With the water temperature finally reaching into the upper 60's it shouldn't be long before the cobia and kings show up on the beach. Several schools of menhaden have already been observed passing by the pier. This is a great sign of things to come.
Surf fishing continues to produce mixed results. There are a few nice sized pompano, mullet, black drum, blues, and puppy drum moving along the sloughs. With the water warming the sand fleas should become easier to locate and catch. Right now this holds the key to catching the bigger fish from the surf. Although they will bite fresh shrimp, they much prefer the sand fleas.
Inshore the flounder are becoming much more active with some really nice sized fish being landed. Puppy drum are also on the move and can be found in many creeks and around dock pilings.
With all the wind we have had the past week it has been several days since anyone has ventured offshore. Prior to the blow the mahi were finally beginning to show in decent numbers and a solid big wahoo bite was also reported. Grouper season opened this past Saturday and the people who braved the "less than desirable" conditions ended up with some nice catches of fish. With the wind forecast to lay down starting today and continuing through early next week I should have some better (and hopefully first hand) reports for you by the weekend.
Fishing is really heating up and the weather for this weekend is forecast to be outstanding. Don't miss out!