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  • NORTH CAROLINA SALTWATER FISHING REPORTS: North Carolina Offshore and Inshore Fishing: Updated November 16, 2012

    Courtesy of TW's Bait & Tackle. Linda Harper of Nags Head, NC with a whopping big citation Speckle Trout that weighed in at 7.5# and was 23 3/4 in.

    The wind is here to stay, at least through the weekend. If it’s not the wind it’s something else. And, just when you thought we would actually get a break from Old Mother Nature…the next thing you know, there’s another nor’easter in the making!

    (Photo: Courtesy of TW’s Bait & Tackle. Linda Harper of Nags Head, NC with a whopping big citation Speckle Trout that weighed in at 7.5 # and was 23 3/4 in.)
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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:
    We have high winds again today. The N wind is 25 mph and water temp is 52 degrees. Unfortunately, the weather report tells us the wind is not going to fall out this weekend. Despite really rough surf we had a good run of Puppy Drum caught from the surf on Thursday afternoon. There is no one fishing from the piers this morning as of yet. I am sure there will be some action later. No telling when the blue-water charters will be up and running again considering there is another nor’easter in the making for next week.

    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 rebounded after being limited by the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Catches included a mixed bag of species with plenty of wahoo, dolphin, and both blackfin and yellowfin tuna, along with skipjack tuna, little tunny, Atlantic bonito and amberjack. Billfish catches were fair with releases of sailfish and white and blue marlin. Anglers fishing around Hatteras in deep water caught high numbers of blueline tilefish, along with blackbelly rosefish and vermilion snapper. Midrange catches included some decent king mackerel caught around eight miles offshore from Avon southward to Ocracoke Island, along with increased amounts of very large red drum. Some of the fish were reported around the 50-pound mark. A few bluefish were also caught.

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers continued to concentrate their efforts toward spotted seatrout with a few fish in the 5- to 6-pound range. Oregon Inlet's Green Island Slough, Croatan Sound and Roanoke Sound yielded most of the catch with early morning hours being the best times to fish. Fishing in the Swan Quarter/Rose Bay region provided good catches of large black drum and croaker, along with moderate amounts of spotted seatrout, spot, pigfish and pinfish.

    Piers/Beaches: Anglers had no trouble catching plenty of red drum. Most of the drum were undersized, but legal slot limit fish were also caught, along with a few oversized ones. Spotted seatrout fishing was fantastic. Fishermen caught their limits most of the time, and a few fish flirted with the 6-pound mark. Bluefish, kingfish, spot, silver perch, pigfish and pinfish were caught with moderate regularity.

    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 returned from the Gulf Stream with catches of blackfin tuna, king mackerel and wahoo. Headboats and anglers bottom fishing returned with catches of red porgy, scup, African pompano, amberjack and triggerfish. Closer to shore, the king mackerel bite was still around, with anglers reporting catches on cigar minnows. Anglers also reported large numbers of little tunny biting between the beach and Artificial Reef 315.

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers fishing in the sounds reported catching spot, pigfish, northern puffer, lizardfish, weakfish and spotted seatrout. The spotted seatrout bite was incredible last week, with anglers landing 19-inch and larger trout along the Radio Island jetty and in Core Creek, Newport River and the mouth of the Neuse River. The trout were biting on live shrimp, live mud minnows and lead head jigs with a green grub. Weakfish were biting in the N. C. State Port turning basin on live shrimp and jigs worked near the bottom.

    Piers/Shore: Fishing from the beach along the Crystal Coast was extraordinary. Spotted seatrout, red drum, black drum, northern puffer, bluefish, kingfish and occasional flounder were biting on cut shrimp, frozen mullet and live shrimp fished on the bottom right past the breakers. Large kingfish in the 2-pound range were reported by a few anglers. The northern puffers have been extremely abundant, with many anglers reporting catching 30 fish in a day. Spotted seatrout have been falling for MirrOlures, live shrimp and lead head jigs cast from the beach in the mornings, as well.

    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 fishing was limited due to rough seas. On the few days fishermen were able to fish, they reported good catches of wahoo and blackfin tuna in the Gulf Stream. Boats targeting king mackerel reported a very good bite around the 23-mile rock area, along with lots of gag grouper. Near-shore reefs produced scattered catches of flounder, large red drum and lots of gray trout.

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Near shore, most anglers targeted spotted seatrout and had some very nice catches. Hot spots were the Cape Fear River and the marshes and creeks around Ocean Isle. Fishermen also caught good numbers of red drum and black drum while targeting trout.

    Piers/Shore: Area piers reported anglers caught a mixed bag of fish on the bottom. Sea mullets made up the bulk of the catches, with lesser amounts of spots, puffers and black drum. Anglers fishing from the surf reported good spotted seatrout fishing around Surf City. Along with the trout, fishermen caught black and red drum and some sea mullets.

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