Well, ladies and gentlemen, Easter weekend was a bust in regards to fishing. I hope the old saying “In like a lion out like a lamb” is true this year. I know all of you were pumped up for some beautiful days on the beach, boat or pier; but that did just not happen this weekend. Of course now that all of us are back at the daily grind there is super beautiful weather as I am typing this on Monday morning.
Enough of all my griping, moaning and crying about this weekend — let’s get to a new fishing report. I do have one small bit of confusion I would like to clear up. We have been getting calls for the past few days asking why they have closed the red drum harvest. This is only for commercial fishermen. The recreational season will be open all year. You are still allowed one red drum per day between 18-27 inches. The newspaper headlines were not very clear.
The piers are reporting good catches of good sized sea mullet (kingfish/whiting) at night as well as some of those good eating puffer fish. There have been a small handful of bluefish caught on the piers as well. Shrimp and blood worms for the puffers and mullet. Cut bait or shrimp for the blues. A few slot red drum have been caught on the piers with shrimp and cut bait as well. The surf is still a little slow with the exception of red drum at the inlets. The north inlet has been holding good numbers of slot fish. I have not heard very much from the south end, but I’m confident the reds are there too along with Lee Island. There are a few mullet in the surf, but you will be better off on the piers.
Inshore the red drum and speckled trout are feeding hard. Most of my charter guys have been having some phenomenal days up the river and in the mouths of the local creeks. The hot baits have been the VuDu Shrimp, Live Target Shrimp and the Savage Shrimp as far as soft baits goes. If you like throwing plugs the Mr-17 808 Mirrolure has been super hot as well as some top water action with Rapala Skitterwalks.
Offshore the wahoo bite is on fire if you can just manage to make it to the gulf stream on high speed rigs (come by the shop and we will show you options on this). There has also been some large blackfin tuna and African pompano caught as well. The blackfin love top water poppers. We have some large poppers as well as some crazy big walking baits for some awesome offshore top water fun. The African pompano have been tearing up the Roscoe jigs. May first is opening day of grouper season so be ready.
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 at 910-328-1887 or through his website at Eastcoastsports.com.