As your typical Spring Fishing would have it, we have had many really awesome days filling the cooler and fish limits and some slower days where we pick up only 3 or 4 fish… all depending on the weather conditions. Rest assured, if we have had a stretch of rainy & cold days, the fishing slows a bit; however, when we get warmer days in the 70’s and nights in the 60’s the bite tends to be on FIRE!
I’ll break the fishing report down by beaches.
Lets start with our Topsail Beach Charter Boats. Fishing has been productive off the beach on our “Deep Sea Fishing Charters” (Deep Sea has a different context to everyone; however, we have been fishing 10 miles offshore lately on the 10 mile rock area and have been producing Limits of Black Seabass and some really nice sized Tautog). We are also seeing the Bluefish show up in good numbers with the Bonito right around the corner! Try Divers Rock in the next week for the first wave of these tasty Little Tuna. The inlet fishing conditions at Topsail Beach are a little tough with both inlets a bit tricky to navigate at the lower tides. We currently are Fishing our Topsail Beach trips out of Wrightsville Beach due to the easily navigated Masonboro Inlet. Inshore Fishing Topsail Beach has been good as well, though not as hot as Offshore Fishing. The big bluefish “Chopper Blues” have shown up this week with many caught over 10 lbs! I am catching the Big Bluefish on whole mullet (caught last fall and brined) with at 3/ot circle hook and about 5 inches of wire. Then to a swivel with an appropriate sized egg weight on the main line above (Carolina Rig).
Our Wrightsville Beach Charter Boats fishing reports are about identical to Topsail Beach Fishing reports as we are pretty much fishing the same areas. Big Bluefish in the back waters (especially on the falling tides), lots of sea bass at the 5 and 10 mile boxcars & a few false albacore showing up for some fun sight fishing activity. Inshore Fishing Wrightsville Beach has been great some days and slower others (weather dependent) with some days catching Huge Number of Red & Black Drum then other days only catching a hand full. The Flounder Fishing is picking up as well with at least a few caught on every trip this week.
Our Wilmington Charter Boats have had great fishing in the Cape Fear River (until the rains arrived recently). We’ve been catching good numbers of Speckled Trout and both Red and Black Drum on every trip. The Cape Fear River fishing will be strong throughout the year and is always an option for great fishing.
Our Carolina Beach Charter Boats have been catching the same as Wrightsville and Topsail Beach: Sea Bass offshore bottom-fishing along with Big Tautog. Inshore Fishing Carolina Beach has produced good number of Flounder in the inlets and Red Drum on the Docks. The Spanish Mackerel will be here any day so be ready to tie on your favorite casting lures!
Fishing Forecast: Our Water Temp at the 5 Mile Buoy currently is showing 59.2 degrees (four degrees cooler surface temp than this time last week) but is warming fast! The Spanish Mackerel and Bonito here within the next week and the monster inshore chopper bluefish will stay around for the next three weeks providing light tackle fun!