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2012 Fall Fishing Reports
Experience fall fishing on the North Carolina coast that is as pleasing as the crisp autumn weather. Here, fall isn’t only about our colorful leaves, but also the blues, silvers and golds waiting for you from the shores of the Outer Banks to the Brunswick Islands.
Our experts report on where the fish are biting each week. Check here for new updates weekly from mid-September through early November, and share your fall fishing pictures and experiences with us on Facebook and Twitter.
December 5th Weekly Report
We had beautiful weather here at the coast to close out my fall fishing reports. Although the mornings were chilly, plenty of sunshine and light winds followed. Water temps have been dropping over the last few weeks, and appropriately, we’re seeing a more winter-like fishing pattern. But that doesn’t mean anglers should be putting up their tackle. The fishing has been excellent.
Spotted seatrout and red drum fishing was outstanding throughout much of the coast. The beaches near Morehead City were full of anglers catching specks and puppy drum. The surf all along Atlantic Beach produced fantastic numbers of fish with good catches at the Cape Lookout rock jetty and even in some of the inshore areas like the North River. Many of the creeks off the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers produced as well with excellent fishing near New Bern and Washington for both species and striped bass.
Marci Godwin of Beaufort might be bundled up, but that didn’t stop her from catching this spotted seatrout in one of the “creeks” off the Neuse River near New Bern Dec. 1, 2012.
Although anglers are still waiting for the large ocean stripers to show on the Outer Banks, they can find good estuary striped bass fishing in the Albemarle Sound and the lower Roanoke River.
Specks and redfish also remained plentiful to the south with excellent reports for Sneads Ferry to the Cape Fear River. The Cape Fear also has its own population of striped bass, and Wilmington anglers are catching a few line siders there as well.
The offshore boats are catching yellowfin tuna out off all ports.
Fishermen can expect to see much of the same all winter long here in North Carolina, and just because it can get a little chilly, there is no reason not to head out to your favorite fishing hole and wet a line. Most would be surprised how many fish will be tugging at the other end. I hope to see you out there!
added: September 18, 2012
updated: December 6, 2012