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November 30, 2010

Topsail Update

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Catching lots of small specks everywhere on the island.  I have been getting a few reports of small flounder, puppy drum and all the puffers you want. The surf is also producing a few good va mullets and black drum. The piers are all reporting mullets and blowfish, with just a few specks mixed in. Anglers fishing the inside tidal creeks and New River are catching some nice speckled trout. You have to find the deep holes, usually near the mouth of the creek. They are biting mirro-lures and plastic grubs. I got a report from one angler that caught several on a noisy topwater plug really early am. If you can get out there, good luck!

Till the next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

November 29, 2010

Topsail Beach Fishing Update

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Weather remains cool and fishing is inconsistent all along Topsail Island. Anglers are doing well in their spot one day, and getting nothing the next day. This is the story I am getting form everywhere along the coast.

Here is the official fishing reports from the NCDMF Southern District

For the week ending November 28th
Ocean: Offshore, fishing was great for wahoo and sailfish. Most wahoo were in the 40- to 45-pound range, but fish up to 90 pounds were brought back to the docks. Closer to shore, good king mackerel and bottom fishing for grouper, sea bass, and triggerfish took place in the 90 to 100 foot depth range. Near-shore reefs produced gray trout and some decent flounder catches.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Inshore, the trout fishing continued to be good. Most of the fish were caught in or around the inlets. Live shrimp enticed lots of fish, but fishermen using artificial baits, such as MirrOlures, DOA shrimp and soft plastic jigs caught their fair share as well. Many undersized fish were reported, but there were some really nice fish caught as well. One example of this was a trout tournament out of Ocean Isle where the winning three fish aggregate weight was more than 23 pounds. Red drum were also biting well. The bays and creeks behind Bald Head Island was a great place to target them.

Piers/Shore: Most area piers had closed for the season. A few stay open year around and others allow limited access to season pass holders. Pier fishing produced lots of puffers, some sea mullets and bluefish. Some keeper flounder and trout were caught on area piers, but there were a lot of throw backs, as well, for both species. Surf anglers caught much the same with sea mullet and trout being the main fish targeted in the surf right now.

 Let us know if you have a fishing report you  would like to share.
 
Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna

November 28, 2010

Surf City Pier OPEN for BUSINESS!

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Surf City Fishing Pier is open! Fish are biting! Lots of puffers and lots of nice big mullets, with a few flounder and trout mixed in. SC Pier is staying open one more week, so don't miss out!  Get out and get some winter fish. It's cold, so layer up good!

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna

November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Fishing Update

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Hello from Topsail Beach, Fishing reports are all over the place today. I have heard about lots of anglers catching tons of fish. But I haven't caught or seen anything much. Some of my favorite fishing holes up and down the beach have been full of cars and trucks. One day the fish bite like crazy, the next morning ......... nothing. Not quite sure what's going on. But that's the year we have had.

Hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!


Till next time....

Tight lines!

Johnny and Donna

November 23, 2010

Alert !!! New Regs for Spotted Sea Trout (Speckled Trout)

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MOREHEAD CITY – New regulations for spotted seatrout will go into effect Nov. 30 for recreational and commercial fishermen in North Carolina coastal waters.


The recreational bag limit for spotted seatrout will decrease from 10 fish to six fish per person per day. No more than two of the six fish may be greater than 24 inches in length. The current 14-inch minimum size limit will remain in effect.

Commercial harvest of spotted seatrout (possession and sale) will be prohibited year-round from midnight on Friday to midnight on Sunday each week. The current 14-inch minimum size limit will remain in effect. The coastal regulations are required to meet harvest reductions needed for the recovery of an overfished spotted seatrout stock.

In inland waters, under the jurisdiction of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the minimum size limit will remain at 12-inches and the bag limit at 10 fish per person per day for the 2010-2011 fishing season. The minimum size limit for spotted seatrout will increase to 14 inches in inland fishing waters for the 2011-2012 fishing season, which begins Aug. 1, 2011. The daily creel limit will remain at 10 fish per day.

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November 21, 2010

Afternoon Walk on the Beach

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Donna and I went for a nice walk on the beach this afternoon, after Jimmie Johnson won his unbelievable fifth Nascar Cup Championship. Beach was really nice with sun and just a light breeze. We talked to a couple of anglers that were fishing about a hundred yards apart on the beach. Same bait, cut shrimp, and similar rigs and gear, but had strikingly different results. The first couple had only one sea mullet, it was a nice one, but only one. The next group of three, had a five gallon bucket crammed about three quarters full of nice mullets and black drum. The thing was, both groups of folks were smiling and happy, enjoying their fishing with family and friends. Didn't matter if they were catching or not. It's the fishing that was making them happy. Fishing, great therapy for whatever ails you. Great sport.

Speckled Trout Fun!

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Specks are thick everywhere according to reports I have gotten this morning and last evening.  Only problem was all were bout 13 1/2 inches long. I was at Jolly Roger Pier and the jigs were catching a dink about every cast. Can't keep 'em! Wouldn't want to keep 'em that small, but they sure are fun to catch. Grubs doing better than mirro-lure this morning.

Thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes. It's gonna be a good day!

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna

November 20, 2010

Topsail Whiting Update

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Hi folks, those old agravating migraines have kept me off the beach and internet recently, so I can't give you a first hand report. I have gotten several emails that report lots of whiting being caught in the surf. No mention was made of bait, buy I am assuming it's the same; fresh shrimp, sand fleas, or bloodworms. Donna talked to an angler that said he had caught over 90 keeper whiting in the surf. Wouldn't give up his hot spot. There seem to be lots of speckled trout in the surf right now, but most are undersize. Remember the new size limit of 14 inches. Flounder continue to bite well. Live finger mullets or live shrimp are performing best, but they can also be caught with cut blue fish or gulp. I have even had reports of catches on regular plastic grubs fished on a lead head jig. The weather is good, water temps are mid 60's, so the fish should be out there. Go get 'em and send us a fishing report. We want to know how you are doing.

I am hoping to get out to fish in the next few days, God willing. I will post reports as I get them. Thanks for your loyalty, it is much appreciated.

Till next time...
Tight lines!
Johnny

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November 11, 2010

Topsail Beach Surf Fishing Alert

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Red drum, speckled trout, flounder and sea mullets biting good in surf this morning. Go get 'um!


Till next time....
tight lines!
Johnny

November 10, 2010

Topsail Beach Fishing Report

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The red drum bite at Topsail remains strong. Sea mullets / whiting are biting sand fleas, cut shrimp and blood worms. Lots of pompano in the suds, but most are small. Fish near the sand bar with sand fleas for the huge three to five pound pomps. The flounder bite is the best I have seen in several years. Live shrimp is producing best, with finger mullets and cut bait strips following close behind. Try these baits fished carolina rig style. Still blues around, most of what I have seen are small snappers, but there are a few big blues in the water.

November 9, 2010

Topsail Beach Fishing Report

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Pop and I fished Jolly Roger Pier over the weekend. Caught lots of black drum and three keeper flounder. Spots have been biting on and off in short runs. You just have to be on the pier when they start biting. Red drum bite has been good. I have seen slot reds come over the rail all weekend.

East Coast Sports Fishing Hotspots!

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Capt. Chris Medlin sent this link to me. It is great! you can view fishing hotspots on Topsail Island. Check it out when you get time....

East Coast Fishing HotSpots

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November 1, 2010

Good Fishing Day at Jolly Roger Pier!

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Fished Jolly Roger Pier this morning. Flounder bite is on! I also saw several slot reds this morning. They were beautiful. Red on the sides with bright blue tails! Got a report from my neighbor that the reds are biting hard at New Topsail Inlet on the shoals. Finger mullets is the bait. There is plenty of bait in the water at the inlet, so bait won't be a problem. (unless they move out after you read this, as they often do. LOL)

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