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Ocean Isle – July 24, 2014

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Tony Green, of Sophia, NC, with a red drum that struck a cut bait in the Holden Beach surf.

Tony Green, of Sophia, NC, with a red drum that struck a cut bait in the Holden Beach surf.

Brant, of Ocean Isle Fishing Center, reports that anglers are seeing an improved spanish mackerel bite off Ocean Isle and the Brunswick County beaches, but the action remains more consistent on the other side of Cape Fear. Clarkspoons trolled behind planers and torpedo sinkers are the way to go for the spanish when anglers can find them. Birds diving to the water’s surface, bait schools, and fish breaking water are all good signs that the spaniards are nearby. ‘

Sharks are feeding just off the beaches in the same areas as the spanish, and anglers are connecting with them while drift-fishing with dead and cut baits.

The king mackerel bite is still scattered, and anglers haven’t seen much action in the 65’ range recently, but a few kings, dolphin, and some stray sailfish are feeding further offshore. Live menhaden are tough for all three to turn down, and there have been good numbers of menhaden schools along the beachfront.

Bottom fishermen are hooking plenty of black sea bass, beeliners, and other smaller fish around structure in 90’ of water and deeper. Squid and cut baits on two-hook rigs are fooling the bottom feeders.

Matthew Worthington with a 5.1 lb. flounder that bit  Gulp shrimp in Shallotte Inlet.

Matthew Worthington with a 5.1 lb. flounder that bit Gulp shrimp in Shallotte Inlet.

Kyle, of Speckulator Inshore Fishing Charters, reports that flounder remain the area’s best inshore action at present (with good numbers of fish most days and 40-50% keepers). Anglers are hooking the fish in the same areas they have been, like Tubbs Inlet, the Shallotte River, and the Ocean Isle canals, but there’s also been a good bite around flooded grass lines, steep banks, and docks at higher tides lately. Live finger mullet and peanut menhaden are producing the best action with the larger fish.

The flounder bite is also still going strong at the nearshore wrecks and structure when anglers can get out into the ocean.

Red drum are providing some consistent action on most days and feeding alongside the flatfish at the higher tide spots. They’re falling for the same baits as the flounder, and anglers can also hook up while working soft plastics and other artificials.

Camden Lemonds with a 17.5" speckled trout that bit a live finger mullet near Southport while he was fishing with his father.

Camden Lemonds with a 17.5″ speckled trout that bit a live finger mullet near Southport while he was fishing with his father.

Speckled trout fishing has slowed down a bit inshore, and there hasn’t been too much action where anglers had been finding the fish near Little River and Calabash last month. There are still some fish feeding at the Little River jetties, but timing the bite has been tough and weather hasn’t been too conducive to fishing the inlet recently.

Bob, of Ocean Isle Pier, reports that anglers are connecting with some sea mullet, spot, pompano, and black drum while bottom fishing with shrimp.

Anglers soaking live shrimp next to the pier are hooking some speckled trout.

Ocean Isle – July 17, 2014

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Kyle, of Speculator Inshore Fishing Charters, reports that flounder have been producing the best inshore action in the area recently (with some still short but keeper fish to 3-4 lbs. in the mix). Anglers are finding them in Tubbs Inlet, the Shallotte and Lockwood Folly rivers, and at various spots along the ICW. Somewhat clean […]

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Ocean Isle – July 10, 2014

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Kyle, of Speckulator Inshore Fishing Charters, reports that inshore fishing in the area remains consistent in the wake of last week’s storm. Anglers are still seeing plenty of solid speckled trout action along the ICW, in the nearby creeks, and at the Little River jetties. Plenty of undersized fish are around, but anglers are catching […]

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Ocean Isle – July 3, 2014

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Kyle, of Speckulator Charters, reports that fishing’s been solid overall from Ocean Isle to Little River in the past week. The speckled trout bite has slowed down a bit, but anglers are still seeing good numbers of specks along ICW grass banks and at the Little River jetties. The grass bite is best at higher […]

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Ocean Isle – June 26, 2014

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Brant, of Ocean Isle Fishing Center, reports that the king mackerel bite is turning on at spots in 50-65’ of water like the 390/390 and the Jungle (with some fish 20-30+ lbs.). Anglers are also reporting good action with kings at offshore spots in the 80-100’ depths. Most of the mackerel are falling for live […]

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