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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.

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

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