Fish Post

Pamlico – September 14, 2017

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Richie, of East Side Bait and Tackle, reports that trout fishing is starting to pick back up in the Pamlico River. Anglers have had the most success fishing Gulp plastics on a 1/8 oz. or 1/4 oz. jig head.

Big drum action continues to heat up in the river, and a popping cork rig with a large soft plastic has gotten the job done. Most fish have been in the 35-45” range, with a few fish pushing the 50” mark.

Flounder fishing has been hit or miss in the area. Most fish have been scattered, and anglers fishing with white Gulp plastics have landed a mix of short and keeper fish.


Todd, of Neuse River Bait and Tackle, reports that the big drum bite has fired off and many double digit days have been had. Popping cork rigs with large soft plastics, as well as fresh cut baits on the bottom, have worked best.

Speckled trout fishing has also started to pick up. Anglers have landed limits of keeper fish when fishing the Neuse River. Soft plastics under popping corks, as well as topwater plugs, have been the best producer.

Those looking for stripers have found plenty of action. The fishing has been solid from New Bern most of the way to the mouth of the river, and topwater plugs have been the lure of choice.

Slot redfish have been holding along the banks in the river, and the Whopper Plopper topwater has been the top producing lure. Soft plastics under popping corks have also worked well. Many anglers have caught double digit numbers of fish.

Casting live mullet around shorelines, stump beds, and rock structure has produced some quality flounder. A mix of keepers and shorts have been landed, and some fish have pushed the 6 lb. mark.


Tomasz Talarczyk, of Shanghai, China, with a citation red caught on a fly rod. He was fishing with Capt. Gary Dubiel of Spec Fever Guide Service.


Mitchell, of FishIBX, reports that those looking for a trophy redfish have found plenty of action. Most anglers have had success throwing a variety of artificial lures and plastics for them. The big reds landed have ranged from 40” all the way to the 50+” mark.


Dave, of Knee Deep Custom Charters, reports that big drum have been the main focus in the Neuse River. Casting a D.O.A. popping cork rig with a D.O.A. Airhead plastic has been the top producing rig. Anglers paying attention to bait activity on the surface have been rewarded the most with landing these trophy-sized fish. Those fishing fresh cut bait on the bottom have also been doing well. In general, being able to cover lots of water has been the key to success.


James, of Neuse River Adventures, reports that fishing around the New Bern area has been steady. Up river, the striper, speckled trout, and redfish bite has picked up. A mix of Z-Man plastics and Bomber and Heddon topwater lures have been the best producers.

The big drum fishing down the river from New Bern has provided plenty of action. Casting popping cork rigs with large soft plastics has been the key to landing fish in the 35-45” range.


Kip Anderson, of Charlottesville, VA, with a 48” red drum that went for a D.O.A. popping cork rig. He was fishing with Capt. Dave Stewart of Knee Deep Custom Charters.


Grey, of Hyde Guides, reports that fishing fresh cut mullet in the Pamlico River and Pamlico Sound has yielded double digit days on big red drum. Puppy drum have also been feeding well in the area. Cut mullet and topwater plugs have been the baits of choice for the pups.

Trout fishing has started to pick up, but most fish have been scattered. Fishing a mix of topwater plugs and soft plastics while covering lots of water has been the key to finding a limit of fish. A few flounder have been in the mix as well. Most fish have been short, but a few have hit the 15” mark.

Spanish fishing has stayed consistent in the sound. Casting jigs has been the best way to hook up with good numbers of fish.

A few tripletail have been landed in the river and in the sound. Tossing live shrimp near crab pot buoys has worked the best.