NC Coastal Fishing Report
Published June 29th, 2018
The flounder fishing is starting to heat up inshore, and more speckled trout are being reported, including a few bigger fish. Look for them to be in deeper, faster moving water during the day. There are decent numbers of Redfish working around creeks and flats in the marsh. Topwater lures have been working well, especially early and late in the day. Cut bait and live bait are always good options this time of year, as well as scented soft plastics. The drum and flounder tend to congregate in channels and creek mouths as the tide falls out. There are also black drum and sheepshead hanging around docks and bridges in the waterway, fiddler crab, sand fleas, and shrimp are all good bait choices.
The surf fishing around Wrightsville has been better at the north and south ends of the beach. Sea mullet, a few pompano, croaker, flounder, and puppy drum have all been reported. Shrimp, cut mullet, salt clam, and fishbites are all good options for bottom fishing. You can also throw casting jigs for the bluefish and Spanish mackerel.
The Spanish mackerel fishing has still been good. There have been a few citation-sized Spanish caught and some decent sized kings near the beach. The standard spread of clarkspoons, deep divers, and Spanish daisy’s has still been producing fish. If you want to target the bigger Spanish, try drifting or slow trolling with live pogies and finger mullet. Only a handful of Cobia have been seen and caught at Wrightsville Beach recently. They are still worth looking for around bait balls, and at the artificial reefs. There have been some big Red Drum and Tarpon in the ocean. Most of these fish are being caught with cut or live bait around the inlets and artificial reefs. Live mullet and bucktails tipped with Gulp have been producing some consistent action on the flounder out in the ocean. There should be some Grey Trout starting to mix in at the nearshore wrecks as well.
The king mackerel fishing has been good at the wrecks and ledges from 7-20 miles off the beach. There have been quite a few mahi caught in that range as well, with the most consistent fishing for them being from 20-30 miles out. Anglers have been catching some fish while trolling dead cigar minnows, small ballyhoo, deep divers, and drone spoons. You’ll want at least one line down on a planer or downrigger. Live bluefish and menhaden will typically produce bigger fish. Gag grouper can be found on the bottom in the 15+ mile range, along with sea bass, porgies, and grunts. It’s worth putting out a cigar minnow or whole squid on a light line for mahi and king mackerel while you’re bottom fishing. Scamps and Red grouper have been biting in the 30+ mile range, along with beeliners and triggerfish.
Gulfstream fishing has been hit or miss, with a lot of the action being reported inshore of the break. Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and sailfish are still a possibility. Along with some smaller blackfin, mahi, and the occasional wahoo. Most boats that are looking to fill the box are trolling small ballyhoo skirted with JR Ilanders, Ilander Trackers, and Blue Water Candy Seawitches. Trident Lures, Cedar plugs, and Bird/Green Machines Combos are worth putting in the spread as well. The bottom fishing and jigging should be good for grouper, amberjack, and triggerfish.