Fishing along the SE North Carolina coast has picked up a bit, rebounding a little from the summer doldrums we’ve been stuck in. The fish aren’t jumping into the boats yet and anglers are looking longingly toward the fall, but at least there has been some decent action inshore for those out braving the heat.
The piers have seen scattered catches of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, black drum, and flounder with speckled trout showing up for some morning runs. There are some pompanos in the surf along with the snapper blues and a few puppy red drums. A few sheepshead and spadefish have been caught around the pilings.
The Little River Jetties have been producing good catches of redfish on live shrimp and small pogies fished on the bottom. There has also been a mixed bag of speckled trout, flounder, bluefish, black drum, and ladyfish. Live bait fished on the morning tides is working best.
Inshore there are speckled trout around in the morning and flounder hitting finger mullet or mud minnows during the day around structure. Small redfish are also schooling around the creeks. For the trout or redfish, you should target the bridges and creeks. Live bait is best right now.
The hot summer continues but it won’t be long until fall comes and reminds us of what good fishing is like. Just keep applying the sunscreen and catching what you can until then.