Spring has sprung. Most of the fishing has picked up big time. From the back creeks to the Gulf Stream. This is the week I have been waiting for. Saw some yellow butterflies and the blackberries are getting ripe.


Spring has sprung. Most of the fishing has picked up big time. From the back creeks to the Gulf Stream. This is the week I have been waiting for. Saw some yellow butterflies and the blackberries are getting ripe.



The piers have been catching a lot of good sized black drum. Fresh shrimp on the bottom has been the key for these guys. It has not been uncommon to see good numbers of 4 to 5-pound fish coming over the rail. In addition to that the blues are chewing the paint off of the Gotcha plugs. There have been a few Spanish caught off the end, as well early in the morning and late in the evening. The sea mullet are still biting, but the best bite has been at night with shrimp on the bottom. There is also plenty of sheepshead action to be had. Sand fleas are hard to come by but barnacles and fiddler crabs are working as well.



The surf has been a bit slower but there are some decent catches of black drum in the surf, as well as some chopper blues and sea mullet. If you go to the inlet you stand a good chance at chopper blues as well as some flounder.



Nearshore (within 4 miles) the bonito action has been HOT HOT HOT. There have been some 20-fish days for some people. Diamond jigs in pink, green or electric chicken have been the hot jigs for them. Sometimes they will key in on silver as well. There are some big Spanish mixed in with the bonito so be on the lookout for that. Twenty-five-pound fluorocarbon leaders are a must as they tend to get leader shy. Once the bonito start to fizzle out be on the lookout for the spring Spanish run off the piers and the boats.



Offshore the grouper bite is in full swing. Lots of large fish and good numbers have been landed. Roscoe and Decoy crab jigs have been the ticket, as well as bait fishing. Heard of some kings in the 20-mile range but no confirmation. Hopefully this year’s king bite will be better than last year.



The Gulf Stream is alive. A couple of good friends of mine made a trip out this week. The blackfin tuna were thick, as well as good numbers of gaffer dolphin. There are still a few wahoo around, but they are getting smaller. Had one boat that had a marlin on for a while but it managed to evade the leader.



Inshore and in the creeks the speck bite is starting to slow down a bit as they make their way to the ocean and get a bit more scattered; however, the red drum have surely picked up the slack. The flounder have begun to bite, and it won’t be long before they are in full feeding mode.



Get on out there and enjoy this beautiful weather.



Tight lines and good fishing



 



Capt. Chris Medlin is a third generation tackle shop owner and charter captain. He makes his home on Topsail but loves fishing all over. Most of the time you can find him at East Coast Sports in Surf City or just contact him through his web site at eastcoastsports.com.