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Vinita, of Surf City Ocean Pier, reports a wide range of fish being pulled in, with pompano, spanish, and sea mullet making up the majority of the catch.
Anglers were able to take advantage of a good spot run early last week, and the kings have been biting as well. Most of the kings have been in the 20 lb. range, with one fish as big as 39 lbs. being pulled in.
Sam Newsome, of Manassas, VA, with a keeper flounder that was caught on cut mullet while fishing from a private dock on the Topsail Sound.
Chris, of East Coast Sports, reports that inshore anglers have been seeing double digit red drum days, with plenty of slot and over-slot fish to go around. Speckled trout fishing is also picking up, with the average speck weighing in around 2 lbs. (and several fish reaching the 4 lb. mark). Topwater fishing over oyster rocks has been good for both species.
Flounder action, though, has been harder to come by.
Surf fishing has been producing pompano (up to 4 lbs.) and sea mullet. Pier anglers are taking advantage of good spot runs and finding a big red drum here and there. A few false albacore have been pulled in from the piers, though the vast majority of the “fat albert” action has been just off the beach, where it’s been easy to pull in good numbers of the fish using light tackle.
The king mackerel bite has been phenomenal, with schools of fish so thick that nearshore anglers are concentrating on little else. These are schoolie kings (average size around 10-20 lbs.). You can find them around any kind of structure in the 4-15 mile range, and fishing dead bait on Mackahoos will do the trick.
In the Stream, wahoos have been continuing to bite relentlessly, where fast trolling planers are generating the most action. The average size of the wahoos have been between 30-40 lbs.
Bottom fishing has been producing really big triggerfish, a handful of beeliners, a few gags, and various other bottom fish.
Tyler, of Seaview Fishing Pier, reports that anglers are catching nice-sized sea mullet and average-sized spots. Drum fishing has slowed down, but plenty of blues are being caught on Gotcha plugs and diamond jigs. There have also been a few trout here and there caught on shrimp (usually first thing in the morning).
The king fishing has been slow, too, with only one 22 lb. fish landed.