Southport/Oak Island – November 15, 2018
Annette, of , reports that black drum are making a strong showing in the backwaters, with shrimp serving as the best bait. There is also still a sporadic flounder bite inside.
Speckled trout are showing up everywhere from the backwater creeks and river to the waterfront, surf, and nearshore reefs. A lot of small fish are coming in, but keepers are becoming more common, with fish over 6 lbs. in the realm of possibility. Rapala XR8s in gold or silver, MirrOlure MR-17s, Gulp shrimp and swimming mullet, VuDu shrimp, and the new soft plastic Burle shrimp are all getting bites, as are traditional live shrimp. A few gray trout have been mixed in with the specks.
Offshore, king mackerel and wahoo are biting in the 40+ mile range.
Tim, of , reports that the water is mostly cleared up and fish are readily biting both inshore and off the beach. Trout fishing has really picked up in the river and backwaters, with good numbers of fish coming in daily. A lot of the fish are within the 13-14” range, but 18-20” specks are becoming more plentiful.
There are still some big flounder around, with fish as big as 10 lbs. swimming around (more flatfish action lately in the shallower water).
Sheepshead, black drum, and whiting are all hot, and plenty of both slot and over-slot redfish have been around, too.
Outside, the Shark Hole is providing plenty of king action, with most of the fish in the 12-18 lb. range. The Tower area has been hosting a good gag grouper bite, and you can expect the gags to keep moving closer to shore as the water gets colder.
|Chris Williamson showing off the 28″ speckled trout he landed on a Rapala X-rap in the backwaters of Oak Island. The fish weighed in at 6 lb. 11 oz.|