I thought summer was over. I wish it were but we seem to be still getting some warm weather. Hopefully we will get a cold front here soon to get those fish chewing again. All these guys were getting ready to be fat and happy for the winter time. All of a sudden they realize that it was a false alarm so the bite shut down.
There is still plenty of good Spanish mackerel and bluefish to be caught off the surf, as well as off the piers. The spots are showing up here and there and just about everywhere, but not a real run. Hopefully the fishing will certainly pick up when a cold front moves in. The sea mullet have been doing pretty good off the pier and surf, as well as good numbers of good size pompano. If you can get out to the stream the wahoo fishing is the best I've ever seen it. The king mackerel have showed up right off the beach. They are catching good numbers of them off the pier as well as out to 20 miles. The speckled trout and flounder have gone on the feed in the inlets big time. Had one fella in the shop who claims to have caught 40 (most released) in three hours. The red drum have showed up on the south end, and it is open to driving. This is good news because the red drum have shown up in full force. I am anxiously awaiting a cold snap as well as a good north east blow to get them spots and other fishes on the move, as I am sure you are.
Until next time — tight lines and screaming drags.
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.