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January 8, 2011

Star News: Fishing Report - A few fish showing up for New Year's

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By Capt. Marc Maus
Sports@StarNewsOnline.com
Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 6:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 6:53 p.m.

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Inshore fishing remains slow with some catches of red drum, speckled trout, black drum and a few Sheepshead being reported. Offshore fishing has been pretty good with catches of black bass and grouper. The king mackerel bite has been excellent in the 40- to 50-mile range. Gulf Stream boats are reporting catches of blackfin tuna and some nice wahoo.

TOPSAIL ISLAND
Capt. Chris Medlin says fishing has been pretty slow around the Topsail and Surf City areas. Source: East Coast Sports.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH
Tex Grissom reports that fishing has been a little on the slow side. One boat had a nice catch of black bass up to five pounds last week. There were also some grouper and blackfin tuna caught. Source: Tex’s Tackle.

CAROLINA/KURE BEACH
Capt. Wes Barbour reports that a few speckled trout are being caught in the yacht basin although better catches are coming from Southport and around the rock wall. Halo shrimp has been the preferred bait. Black drum and Sheepshead are being caught under the bridges. Bottom fish are being caught in the 35 mile range while kings are being caught 40-plus miles off the beach. Wahoo are being caught in the Gulf Stream. Source: Island Tackle and Hardware.

OFFSHORE WILMINGTON
Capt. David Grigg reports that the king mackerel bite has been fantastic, with some boats reporting catches of 30 plus fish a day. Slow trolling worm rigs, using live and dead bait as well as various artificial lures are all producing nice catches of fish. Further offshore, from 40 miles out to the Break, wahoo are being caught on artificial lures and dead baits. Source: Wilmington Fishing Charters.

LOWER BRUNSWICK COUNTY
Capt. Steele Park reports inshore fishing has slowed considerably although some red drum are still being caught on artificial lures. Offshore, lots of black bass are being caught in 65-100 feet of water. Some very nice wahoo were caught in the Gulf Stream last week as well. There were not huge numbers, but they were big in size. Capt. Steele wants to remind folks that grouper season is closed until May 1. Source: Ocean Isle Fishing Center.

NE CAPE FEAR RIVER AT CASTLE HAYNE
Jamie Smith reports that fishing has been very slow with very few boats venturing into the river over the past week. Source: County Line Bait and Tackle.

For more fishing news, go to www.StarNewsOnline.com/Outdoors.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

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