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  • NORTH CAROLINA SALTWATER FISHING REPORTS: North Carolina Offshore and Inshore Fishing: Updated November 9, 2012

    Courtesy of TW's Bait & Tackle. Mike Douglas of Ashville, NC with his citation 6 1/2lb flounder

    We just can’t seem to get a break from Mother Nature! Nevertheless, with every storm that passes good fishing action is sure to follow. The water is still pretty muddy but as it starts to clear anglers will find the trout coming back. Hang in there!

    (Photo: Courtesy of TW’s Bait & Tackle. Mike Douglas of Ashville, NC with his citation 6 1/2 lb Flounder.)
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    Tournaments:


    September 1 – December 31, 2012
    CHASIN’ TAILS OUTDOORS SPECKLED TROUT CHALLENGE
    Chasin’ Tails Outdoors, Atlantic Beach, NC
    Contact: Matt Lamb (252) 240-3474
    www.chasintailsoutdoors.com

    TW’s Bait and Tackle Reports the following:

    The weather is improving. No one fishing the piers at this time. I have heard nothing from the surf and of course the blue water charters have not fished. It will get better as the day goes. The water is murky. The wind is NW at 14 and the water temp is 55 degrees. Fishing will continue to improve today and should be really good the weekend. It is always good after a storm.


    Northern North Carolina Tidal Waters Fishing Reports (Ocracoke Inlet to Surf City)
    Summary for the region from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries:

    Ocean: Offshore fishing was limited by Hurricane Sandy. Post hurricane catches were fair, with wahoo dominating the catches along with a few dolphin, yellowfin, and blackfin tuna. Very few billfish were landed. Midrange and near-shore efforts were limited as well.

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers were not quite as affected by Hurricane Sandy and landed some very nice spotted seatrout. Fishermen had the most success in Roanoke Sound and sheltered waters in the Swanquarter/Rose Bay area. Mixed bags of other species were also caught in limited amounts.

    Piers/Shore: Anglers fishing from the shore and piers had better success due to ease of access. Red drum of all sizes and some very large spotted seatrout offered fisherman nice catches after a week of unfavorable weather courtesy of Hurricane Sandy. Kingfish, spot, black drum, and assorted other fish were also taken.

    Central North Carolina Tidal Waters Fishing Reports (Ocracoke Inlet to Surf City)
    Summary for the region from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries:

    Ocean: Offshore anglers had little success due to weather; however those that found a window landed wahoo and blackfin tuna. Near shore, the red drum, bluefish and flounder catch was excellent. The blues and red drum were biting on cut bait and live shrimp, fished on the bottom around the inlets and out towards Artificial Reef 315. Flounder landings were nice along the beach and around the near-shore artificial reefs. The flatfish were biting on live bait or bucktails tipped with Gulp!

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Large pigfish, northern puffers, croaker, spot, red drum and flounder were caught by bottom anglers fishing around Radio Island, the White Oak River, Campbell’s Creek and Bogue and Core sounds. Trout fishermen reported catching plenty of gray and speckled trout on the beach at Radio Island, at the Cape Lookout jetty, and the jetty behind Shackleford Banks. Anglers reported the best catches on leadhead jigs tipped with Gulp! baits or green grubs, and on live shrimp under a popping cork.

    Piers/Shore: The Oceanside piers produced large catches this week. Anglers reported catching bluefish, northern puffer, flounder, black drum, spot, kingfish, croaker, speckled trout, gray trout and plenty of slot red drum. Cut squid, shrimp and bloodworms, fished on a two hook bottom rig, were the most popular baits. Some of the larger drum and bluefish were biting on live shrimp or cut menhaden fished on a Carolina rig.

    Southern North Carolina Tidal Waters Fishing Reports (Surf City to North Carolina line)
    Summary for the region from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries:

    Ocean: Offshore anglers fishing in the Gulf Stream reported good fishing. Wahoo dominated the catches, but blackfin tuna and sailfish were reported, as well. Bottom fishermen targeting grouper caught limits of gag, red, and scamp groupers in water depths of 110 to 120 feet, along with a wide assortment of bottom fish. King mackerel moved offshore of the beaches and were caught in good numbers in water depths of 80 to 100 feet. Near-shore reefs produced lots of gray trout, along with some flounders.

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Spotted seatrout fishing produced good numbers of fish coming out of area creeks, rivers and bays. Most of the fish ran in the 2-pound size range. Artificial as well as live shrimp were what most anglers used to catch the trout. Along with the trout, anglers found red drum and some flounder.

    Piers/Shore: Sea mullet dominated the catches, along with small black drum, pompano, bluefish, and some keeper red drum. Anglers hoping to find spots were disappointed. Shore anglers reported much the same with small black drum, pompano and sea mullets making up the bulk of the catches.

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