NC Coastal Fishing Report
Published May 6th, 2019
The fishing inshore has quickly shifted towards a summer time pattern with better numbers of bluefish, flounder, and even Spanish mackerel being caught inshore. Fishing for redfish has continued to be good, a variety of lures from soft plastics to topwaters have been working and the fish are spreading out into more areas now that there is more bait inshore. The Speckled Trout fishing can still be good this month, but is usually best early in the morning. The sheepshead and black drum can be found around bridges, docks, and oyster bars.
There has been more variety coming in from the surf lately bluefish, Virginia mullet, Spanish mackerel, croaker, black drum, red drum and flounder have all been reported. Anglers fishing with large cut bait especially at night have been catching sharks.
The Spanish mackerel fishing has been on fire at the nearshore wrecks and ledges. Anglers have also been catching blues, false albacore, and a few atlantic bonito in the same areas. Trolling with Yo-Zuri deep divers and clarkspoons has been working best. The fish have also been hitting casting jigs at times. Flounder, Grey Trout, and sea bass having been biting on the bottom nearshore. You can’t go wrong with a bucktail tipped with a Gulp or otter tail. Look for the first few cobia to be making their way inshore over the next couple of weeks.
King mackerel are being caught in great numbers all the way into the beach. But the best fishing for numbers has been around the 20 mile mark. Dead cigar minnows, drone spoons, and live bait will all produce fish. Troll over ledges and structure or stay around any bait balls you find. It’s also about time for the first few mahi to be caught inshore of the gulf stream. The Gag grouper bite was strong from about 90’ and deeper last week along with beeliners, pinkies, and grunts. The red’s and scamp’s can be found further offshore along with good numbers of triggerfish.
The most recent news from the Gulf Stream is the arrival of some consistent Mahi fishing along with a few white and blue marlin being reported. Now is a good time to get out the teasers and dredges and start switching over to mostly mono and fluorocarbon rigs. The blackfin’s should still bite good this month and it’s still a good idea to run the planer rod with wire if you want a chance at a Wahoo. Also there is plenty of opportunity for bottom fishing and jigging for grouper, amberjacks, triggerfish, and a variety of snapper out near the break.