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Ocean Isle – November 16, 2017

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Jeff, of Ocean Isle Fishing Center, reports that the inshore bite has remained steady. Speckled trout, flounder, and red drum have been holding in the waterway and marshes, but anglers targeting areas closer to the inlets have landed the most fish. Live finger mullet fished on Carolina rigs has been producing best.


Derek, of Ocean Isle Fishing Center, reports that the nearshore king bite remains strong, and targeting nearshore structure when slow trolling live baits has worked best.

Spanish, false albacore, and bluefish have been schooled up well just off the beach. Casting metal jigs to busting fish has produced the better numbers of fish.

In the 15-25 mile range, there has been a solid king bite. Targeting areas like the Jungle and the Shark Hole has produced the most success, and both live baits and dead cigar minnows have worked. There has also been a good grouper bite in this range.

Offshore, the wahoo bite has picked up. Trolling dark-skirted select ballyhoo has been the key to landing good numbers of fish.

There has also been a good gag grouper bite in 80-90′ of water.


Shane, of Fin-Fisher Charter Service, reports that speckled trout action has heated up and anglers are finding limits of fish with ease. Topwaters and Fathom Inshore soft plastics have been the top producing baits. Most fish have been in the 15-18” range, with a few bigger fish in the mix.

Just off the beach, the king bite remains hot. Slot trolling live baits around nearshore structure has worked best.


Trae’ Blanton, of Wrightsboro, NC, with a king mackerel that went for a live menhaden off of Ocean Isle Beach.


Jacob, of J&J Charters, reports that the late season flounder bite has been solid. Live finger mullet on a Carolina rig has been the ticket to drawing bites, and most fish landed have been keeper-sized.

With cooling water temperatures, the speckled trout bite has picked up. Live shrimp under float rigs has been the best way to hook them, but soft plastics have worked as well.

The redfish bite has improved, and most fish have been bunched up tight. Live baits or soft plastics have gotten the job done on the reds.

Black drum are still feeding well on the lower tide in some of the same areas as the redfish. Cut shrimp fished on the bottom has worked best for the black drum.


Cecil, of Rod and Reel Shop, reports that surf fishing has been steady and anglers have landed whiting, black drum, and red drum. Most of the red drum have been in the slot. A mix of cut shrimp, bloodworms, and cut mullet has worked best.

The inshore speckled trout bite has picked up. Fish in the 16-18” range are holding in area rivers. Live shrimp fished under a float rig has been the ticket for the trout.

A few red drum are holding in the rivers. Live finger mullet and live shrimp have both worked well on the reds.

Just off the beach, the king bite continues to produce plenty of action. Slow trolling live baits around nearshore structure has been the key to boating good numbers of fish.


Crystal Babson with a king mackerel caught on the troll. The king struck a dead bait rig 20 miles out of Holden Beach. She was fishing with Capt. Kevin Sneed of Rigged and Ready Charters.


Kyle, of Speckulator Inshore Fishing Charters, reports that speckled trout fishing has heated up in the area. Anglers have seen an increase in quality, with most fish being in the 16-20” range (with a few larger fish in the mix). Live shrimp and swimbaits have been the top producers.

Good numbers of red drum are holding in the waterway and creeks. Most fish have been in the 16-20” range. Cut shrimp and cut mullet have worked best for the reds. A few black drum are also in the mix with the reds. They have fallen for cut shrimp fished on the bottom.

Anglers are still finding a few flounder in the area, and most have fallen for a live finger mullet hooked on a Carolina rig.


Bre, of Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Pier, reports that anglers are finding action with spot on the incoming tide. Bloodworms and cut shrimp have been the ticket to landing plenty of fish for the cooler.

A few flounder and red drum have also been hooked from the pier. A mix of cut mullet and cut shrimp has worked best.