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June 20, 2010

Heating Up!

Good summer fishing today. The Spanish mackerel and bluefish bite was above average throughout the day. We weighed several citation size pompano that were caught both on the pier and in the surf. I also saw some very nice summer whiting landed, along with spots and sheepshead. Multiple fishermen reported seeing a school of nice sized trout moving around under the pier today. There was a small cobia landed on a bottom rig, and one of the guys plugging on the end lost a 10-15 lb. king mackerel that he hooked on a gotcha plug. There were no king fishermen on the end today, but yesterday they reported seeing several schools of tarpon cruising by, and there were many surface schools of cigar minnows around the pier throughout the day. There was also a sailfish sighted free jumping just off the end of the pier!


Surf fishing is improving with a decent showing of big pompano and large summer whiting being caught on sand fleas. There are also some nice drum moving up and down the beach.

Offshore fishing is good to great right now. The nearshore mahi bite is really starting to take off. We found schools of mahi busting cigar minnows on multiple occasions this past week. The key to catching these mahi is getting on them early before the fleet of boats arrive. The grouper are beginning to move slightly further offshore to their summer haunts, but there are still plenty of fish within decent range. We had to pick through a lot of small fish this past week, but after moving several times ended up getting on good bites both days. In the Gulf Stream the wahoo and billfish are scattered, with plenty of mahi hanging around the weed mats and structure; most being on the smaller side.

Good luck!

Capt. Rob Orr
Jolly Roger Inn & Pier
Topsail Beach, NC
(910)-328-4616

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