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Pamlico – August 28, 2014

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Duane Coen with a 48" red drum he caught and released in the lower Neuse River after it struck a D.O.A. Airhead soft plastic beneath a popping cork. He was fishing with Capt. Dave Stewart of Knee Deep Custom Charters.

Duane Coen with a 48″ red drum he caught and released in the lower Neuse River after it struck a D.O.A. Airhead soft plastic beneath a popping cork. He was fishing with Capt. Dave Stewart of Knee Deep Custom Charters.

Dave, of Knee Deep Custom Charters, reports that the main body of giant, citation-class red drum in the area seems to be mostly staying in the Pamlico Sound, but anglers have high hopes they’ll be moving into the Neuse River soon. The early September full moon traditionally offers anglers some of the best action of the season for the big reds.

Anglers are catching a few 40”+ drum in the Neuse, both while working large D.O.A. soft plastic baits under popping corks and while soaking chunks of mullet around shoals and drop-offs in the area.

Fortunately, there’s been some excellent action with slot-sized puppy drum along the shorelines of the lower Neuse lately. The fish are patrolling the banks looking for crabs and other meals, and anglers are hooking them on D.O.A. shrimp beneath popping corks and smaller cut baits on Carolina rigs.

Eric Olsen cradles a 49" red drum that attacked a D.O.A. Airhead under a popping cork while his father fights another big red in the background. They were fishing the lower Neuse River with Capt. Gary Dubiel of Spec Fever Guide Service.

Eric Olsen cradles a 49″ red drum that attacked a D.O.A. Airhead under a popping cork while his father fights another big red in the background. They were fishing the lower Neuse River with Capt. Gary Dubiel of Spec Fever Guide Service.

Gary, of Spec Fever Guide Service, reports that the hard NE blow in recent days has made it impossible to fish for citation-class “old” red drum, but anglers have been making up for it with some excellent topwater striped bass fishing. The stripers are feeding along shoreline structure like stump fields near New Bern, and they’re eagerly biting popping and walking topwater plugs that anglers are working in the area. The best bite is early and late in the day, but the fish will often respond to topwaters all day long for persistent anglers. Casting D.O.A. soft plastics on jigheads around ledges and deeper structure will fool the fish when they’re not feeding on top.

Before the wind came on, the big red bite was going on, and anglers have been catching and releasing the 40”+ fish while working large D.O.A. popping cork rigs around signs of feeding fish in the lower Neuse River. The action should get back on track once the weather calms down.

Mitch, of FishIBX.com, reports that anglers are seeing some solid puppy drum action along the shorelines of the lower rivers and western sounds along the Inner Banks. They’re biting topwater plugs, soft plastics, and live and cut baits well.

Some tarpon have been in the area, but finding the fish and scoring a hookup can both be challenging. Fishing large cut and dead baits around areas where the fish have been spotted is the best way to tempt one to bite.

Large “old” red drum are feeding in many of the same areas and will also pounce on cut baits on the bottom.

Isaiah, of East Side Bait and Tackle, reports that anglers are seeing some good action with citation-class red drum around the mouth of the Pamlico River right now. Most are falling for large cut baits fished around shoals and drop-offs in the area, but anglers are also hooking a few while working oversized popping cork rigs around bait concentrations and other signs of feeding fish in the area.

Brayden Wollard with a 22" flounder that struck a white Gulp shrimp near Raccoon Island in the Pamlico Sound.

Brayden Wollard with a 22″ flounder that struck a white Gulp shrimp near Raccoon Island in the Pamlico Sound.

Smaller puppy drum are looking for meals along the shorelines of the lower river and connecting creeks, and anglers have been hooking big numbers on topwater plugs, popping cork rigs, soft plastics, and live baits.

The speckled trout and flounder action around Swan Quarter is still going strong, with most of the fish falling for Gulp and Z-Man soft baits. Anglers have also been picking up a few flounder near Bath on soft plastics and live baits over the past week.

 

Pamlico – August 21, 2014

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Mitch, of FishIBX.com, reports that anglers are seeing an improved puppy drum bite in the lower rivers of eastern North Carolina, with most of the fish feeding along the shorelines. Live and cut baits have been producing most of the action, but anglers can also hook up on topwater plugs, soft plastics, and a variety […]

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Pamlico – August 14, 2014

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Dave, of Knee Deep Custom Charters, reports that anglers are still seeing some solid slot and over-slot puppy drum action in the lower Neuse River near Oriental. The fish are feeding along the river shorelines. They’re striking D.O.A. soft plastics pinned to jigheads and under popping corks, as well as live baits on Carolina rigs. […]

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Pamlico – August 7, 2014

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Mitch, of FishIBX.com, reports that anglers are starting to see some signs of life in the Inner Banks tarpon and large red drum fishery. Boats have hooked and released a few tarpon in recent days after seeing the fish for several weeks. The citation-class red drum action is becoming somewhat more consistent as well, with […]

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Pamlico – July 31, 2014

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Isaiah, of East Side Bait and Tackle, reports that anglers are still hooking up with some flounder and speckled trout in the lower Pamlico and Pungo River, with the best action still around Swan Quarter and Engelhard. Gulp and Z-Man soft plastics are tempting bites from both. The red drum and tarpon action still hasn’t […]

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