Fish Post

Pamlico – November 16, 2017

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Richie, of East Side Bait and Tackle, reports that speckled trout fishing in the Pamlico River has picked up. MirrOlures have been the top baits, and most fish landed have been in the 16-18” range, with a few 5+ lb. fish being landed as well. Anglers have had the most success targeting areas near creek mouths.

Striper fishing has remained consistent upriver in the Pamlico. Fishing hard baits like Rattletraps over structure has produced the most action.


Todd, of Neuse River Bait and Tackle, reports that anglers looking for speckled trout have had lots of success. Limits have been easy to come by, and many fish in the 5-7 lb. range have been landed. Targeting the main river banks near creek mouths has been the best producer. Topwater plugs have worked better on the larger fish early in the morning, while soft plastics and popping cork rigs have worked better after the sun gets up.

Puppy drum have been mixed in some of the same areas with the trout. Popping cork rigs, live baits, and topwater plugs have all worked well on the drum. Most fish have been in the slot, with only a few fish on the smaller side.

Some flounder have been in the mix with the reds, but the flounder fishing has been hit and miss.

Up the Neuse River, the striper bite remains strong. Anglers are finding their limits easily when fishing with topwater plugs.

A few big drum are still hanging around, but most fish have made their way out towards the ocean.


Ronnie Z., of Oriental, NC, with a 7.29 lb. speckled trout. The gator struck a MirrOlure MR17 and was weighed in at Neuse River Bait and Tackle.


Mitchell, of FishIBX, reports that speckled trout fishing has picked up. Rattletraps and swimbaits have been the top producers. Most fish have been in the 16-20” range, with a few bigger fish in the mix.

Red drum are still feeding well along the Neuse River. Popping cork rigs with soft plastics have been the key to landing good numbers of the reds.

Striper fishing remains strong, and anglers have not had to work hard to find their limits. Topwater plugs and Rattletraps have worked best.


Dave, of Knee Deep Custom Charters, reports that speckled trout fishing has been excellent. With the fluctuating weather, the trout have been holding in both the creeks and main river channel. Limits of trout in the 2-4 lb. range have been common when casting D.O.A. curly tail plastics on 1/8 and 1/4 oz. jig heads.

The striper bite remains strong, too, and landing limits of fish has not been uncommon. The Storm Arashi Cover Pop topwater has been the hot bait. Fish up to 10 lbs. have been landed, mostly around structure.


James, of Neuse River Adventures, reports that the Neuse River is still holding good numbers of striper, red drum, and speckled trout. Most anglers have found better numbers of fish staging near creek mouths and dock structure. Suspending baits (like the MirrOlure MR17) and small popping cork rigs with artificial shrimp lures have worked best.


Hunter Sorrell (age 10) with a 4 lb. speckled trout caught on a topwater plug. He was fishing on the Pamlico Sound with his father Greg.


Grey, of Hyde Guides, reports that fishing for speckled trout has been incredible, with many 100 fish days in the mix. The Pamlico River has produced lots of fish in the 20” range and beyond. Anglers tossing white Z-Man 3” MinnowZ on a 1/8 or 1/16 oz. jig head have done best. The key to landing good numbers of fish has been working the bait very slowly.

Red drum have held on sand bars, as well as some of the same areas as the trout. Cut mullet or a variety of artificial lures has worked well on the drum, as they have not been too picky.

The flounder bite remains steady in some of the same places, with many fish in the 16-20” range being landed.

Over structure in the Pamlico Sound, large black drum pushing the 20 lb. mark have been landed. Good numbers of sheepshead and gray trout have also been in the mix. Cut shrimp fished on the bottom has done the trick on these fish.

Upriver in the Pamlico, the striper fishing has been consistent. Most fish landed have been both in-slot or over-slot fish. Topwater plugs have been the best way to hook limits of fish.