Fall fishing is on fire right now in southeastern NC with big red drum and spot being caught on the ocean side and speckled trout and flounder fishing strong inshore.
Quite a few big red drum in the 24 to 26 pound size have been caught from the piers and surf of Brunswick County this fall. This has been a nice surprise, as the large drum usually run at the Little River Jetties but rarely are caught from the beaches. Catches of big redfish are much more common from beaches to the north.
Spot are also hitting at the piers, while speckled trout and flounder fishing is strong inshore.
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Wilmington-area fishing guide Captain Jot Owens gives his advice on using sound when angling with lures and live bait.
Capt. Owens has tips for those who like to topwater fish with MirrOlures as well as saltwater anglers who use popping corks with live bait or lures. He also has some neat tricks for adding sound to baits that wouldn't normally have any.
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I prefer to use lures, but some days nothing beats live bait when inshore fishing.There are times when water clarity or the presence of certain baitfish make live bait the best bet. There are also inshore species like black drum and sheepshead rarely caught on lures.
Saltwater anglers have many choices when picking their live bait. Below is my list of the top 10 inshore saltwater live baits used along the coast. See if you agree and let me know!
The piers at Topsail Beach continue to have strong two at a time spot runs, while the piers to the south down to the state line are still picking them off here and there. All piers are catching some pompano and sea mullet.
The big schools are working their way south so the Oak Island and lower Brunswick County piers could really turn on at any time. Don't forget to stock up on your Fishbites bloodworms below.
Capt. Jot Owens will give a free seminar on speckled trout fishing Nov. 1 in Wilmington. He will cover trout tactics and tackle.
Capt. Owens is a local fishing guide and an expert at catching speckled trout. There will also be a free tackle giveaway. Click below for more details and my interview with Capt. Owens about speckled trout fishing. Fishing guide to give free speckled trout seminar
One of my favorite ways to fish for flounder is with lures. I have always enjoyed it with bucktails and plastic grubs since you get to set the hook on a flounder immediately instead of waiting for them to take a live bait.
Today's scented soft baits like the Gulp and Fishbites brands have made flounder fishing with lures as effective as live bait. Yes, there are days when water clarity is so low live bait will work better. But there are also days when scented soft baits will out-fish live bait, and they are certainly a better choice than strip bait such as flounder belly and squid which we use to fish as I was growing up.
If you like flounder fishing but never use lures you should give it a try. Check out the article on flounder fishing lures below:
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Who Is Jeffrey Weeks?
Jeffrey Weeks is an award-winning North Carolina newspaper columnist who has been recognized in national publications like the LA Times and The Atlantic Wire. Jeffrey posts on saltwater and freshwater fishing, southern and seafood cooking, and fisheries management