Oct. 4, 2017 | Wilmington Area Fishing Report

Wilmington Area

Here’s what’s biting around Topsail Beach, Wilmington and the Brunswick Islands.

Ocean
Offshore fishing was very limited due to high seas. Thursday was the only fishable day, and only a few boats made it out then. They had great wahoo catches with fish weighing 40 pounds to 60 pounds. Fall should be great for bottom fishing, as this is the best time of year to target reef fish such as gag groupers and vermilion snapper. Nearshore reefs yield very good catches of flounder and large adult red drum. The fall king mackerel bite has started with some good fishing the past couple of weeks at Southport along the area beaches.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays
Anglers caught trout, drum and flounder in the bays and creeks behind Bald Head Island, as well as in the lower Cape Fear River. Large, adult red drum were caught at both the Little River and Masonboro rock jetties. Sheepshead fishing was good, as well, especially at the rock jetties and the ADM dock on the lower Cape Fear River.

Piers/Shore
Area piers reported good fall fishing with anglers catching a wide range of fish, including sea mullet, flounder, spot, pompano, red drum, black drum and large king mackerel and Spanish mackerel. Anglers fishing at night, off the ends of the piers, caught large red drum. Surf fishing was limited due to the large swell and winds from the storm but, fishing should quickly pick up when conditions become favorable.

Get more information about fishing on the coast, including details on fishing licenses and permits.

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

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