Ladies and gentlemen, if you ever wanted to catch a fish, now is the time. The spots have shown up in full force on the piers and in the surf. The sea mullet (biguns) are on the feed as well. The inlets are stacked with red drum (many overslot) and the surf has plenty of slot fish as well. The king mackerel bite is on from 15-24 miles out. The wahoo are still in the stream in good numbers. The speckled trout have shown up in the surf at night. If you are looking flounder they are feeding heavily around docks in Banks Channel and the Intracoastal Waterway.


Ladies and gentlemen, if you ever wanted to catch a fish, now is the time. The spots have shown up in full force on the piers and in the surf. The sea mullet (biguns) are on the feed as well. The inlets are stacked with red drum (many overslot) and the surf has plenty of slot fish as well. The king mackerel bite is on from 15-24 miles out. The wahoo are still in the stream in good numbers. The speckled trout have shown up in the surf at night. If you are looking flounder they are feeding heavily around docks in Banks Channel and the Intracoastal Waterway.





Letís talk a little bit about fishing etiquette. If you are an experienced angler, for the most part you understand the need for space. There are some people who are new or just donít care about etiquette. It is basically the Golden Rule. If you managed to find a school of red drum and had ever so gently poled yourself almost close enough to get a shot at them, it would make you a little irritated of someone came screaming up to you and spooked the school all to ask if you had seen any fish.



I have probably been both in my time, although not on purpose. Remember to give people room. I cannot tell you how many times I have been anchored just off a point fishing toward the bank and some joker comes between me and the bank instead of going around the back side of me. I cannot tell you how many times I have found a school of busting albies or Spanish all for some joker to troll right through the middle of the busting fish. Maybe they didnít know or just didnít care. I like to think that the majority of times this has happened, the angler was just not aware of the etiquette.



Anglers need to think about the space they would like to have and give that same amount to their fellow anglers. There are times when it cannot be helped such as on the piers when the spot are running. Space is a premium at that time and everyone need to work together to make things less chaotic. Think about what kind of fishing someone is doing. For example a boat anchored out on a ledge is probably bottom fishing and doesnít need a lot of room. I would suggest keeping at least 50 yards away, though, as they may have a light line out with a balloon. Also think about how much line a fish can run off. If you see an angler fishing for false albacore give him or her at least 100 yards as those boys can strip some line. Remember that structure-based anglers have less control over fish and may have more line out than you realize. If a king mackerel fisherman off a pier happens to have a tarpon on he may have 400 yards of line out so stay away from the end of the piers.



Tight lines and fair winds.



 



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 website at Eastcoastsports.com.