Oct. 4, 2017 | Crystal Coast Fishing Report

Crystal Coast

Here’s what’s biting on the Crystal Coast.

Offshore
Bad sea conditions kept the offshore fleet tied to the dock for most of last week. On the days boats were able to make it out, they caught a handful of wahoo and some dolphin. Offshore bottom fishing generated catches of black sea bass, triggerfish, vermilion snapper, grouper and amberjack. Spanish mackerel fishing along the Carteret County beaches was sporadic; large swell from the storms muddied the water and kept many anglers from attempting it. Schools of little tunny were seen busting up and down the beach.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays
Anglers fishing the area marshes caught good numbers of spotted seatrout. The Haystacks, Core Creek and North River all produced quality fish. Red drum were mixed in with the trout in these same areas. Anglers used topwater and soft plastics to catch the fish. Anglers targeting flounder had good success using live mullet on a Carolina rig around the N.C. Port wall. People bottom fishing in the port turning basin caught croaker, pigfish, weakfish and a small number of spot.

Piers/Surf
Anglers throwing plugs managed to land a handful of Spanish mackerel and little tunny, but muddy water limited success. Anglers fishing the bottom caught pompano and a small number of spot, croaker and trout. Surf fishermen caught black drum and red drum at Fort Macon State Park.

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N.C. Department of Environmental Quality - Division of Marine Fisheries

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