NC Coastal Fishing Report
Published Oct. 30th, 2020
Speckled Trout fishing has just started to shape up for the fall with some really nice fishing pushing into the local inlets. As the water temperature continues to drop, the fishing should only get better. They have been hitting topwater plugs early in the morning, with soft plastics and MirrOlure’s being the better choice for the rest of the day. The drum fishing inshore has remained consistent, especially around docks in the waterway. Gulp and a variety of other soft plastics are all catching some fish. Live mullet or menhaden on a Carolina rig is another great option when fishing around structure. Anglers fishing the bridges with live crabs and sand fleas have still been catching some nice sheephead, redfish, and black drum. Some big bluefish up to the 6lb range, as well some nice Spanish mackerel have been showing up around the inlets as well.
There have been some good reports coming in from the surf. Some big sea mullet, spot, croaker, black drum have been biting on fresh shrimp and sand fleas. Red drum, bluefish, speckled trout, and flounder have been biting on fresh or live mullet.
The Spanish mackerel fishing has been great with some fish over 6lbs being caught on live bait. Sight casting to Spanish and false albacore feeding on the surface has been great as well. The usual spread of Clarkspoons has been productive too, with the fish keying in on the larger #1 spoons. The king mackerel fishing right along the beach has been great this week. Live bait is going to be the best option for them if you stay close to shore. Further offshore in the 5+ mile range, the kings are being caught with dead cigar minnows, ballyhoo, and spoons.
The nearshore bottom fishing has been strong, schools of Grey Trout and some big red drum have been hanging around the nearshore ledges and AR’s. You can’t go wrong with a bucktail tipped with a Gulp, a stingsilver, or with a live mullet or menhaden.
Trolling in the Gulf Stream has shown some signs of improvement but, for the most part has still been hit or miss lately. A few more Wahoo, including some over 70lbs, have started to show up in the reports. As well as good numbers of sailfish and some decent reports of blackfin, especially in the late afternoon. As soon as the water cools off a few degrees the fishing should turn on. The bottom fishing and jigging out along the break has still been outstanding if the trolling doesn’t work out.