|John Bullock, Becky Early, and Chuck Johnson with a haul of king mackerel they landed while trolling dead cigar minnows under Blue Water Candy skirts near AR-366.|
Chris, of East Coast Sports, reports that there’s been some excellent speckled trout fishing around Topsail over the past few weeks. Anglers are still catching a few while working MirrOlures and soft plastic baits from the beachfront, with the best fishing around slough and sandbar edges. The trout bite has been excellent inshore, and anglers are finding the fish in creeks and backwaters off the ICW and New River (with good numbers of citation fish off the river). Soft plastic baits and suspending lures like MirrOlure MR17’s are the best bets for the trout. Red drum are in many of the same areas inshore and will pounce on the same artificials as the specks. Anglers may also see schools of reds feeding around the shoals of Topsail and other local inlets over the winter months, and they can cast Gulps, spoons, and other lures to fish they spot to hook up. Black drum are still feeding around inshore structure and in the surf zone. Anglers are hooking them in both places with fresh shrimp pinned to bottom rigs. The inshore drum are often around and feeding through the wintertime. Flounder giggers are still finding plenty of success, but cooler water seems to have slowed the flatfish bite for hook and line anglers.
John Bullock, Becky Early, and Chuck Johnson with a haul of king mackerel they landed while trolling dead cigar minnows
under Blue Water Candy skirts near AR-366.
Till next time....