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  • NORTH CAROLINA SALTWATER FISHING REPORTS: North Carolina Offshore and Inshore Fishing: Updated November 30, 2012

    Courtesy of TW's Bait & Tackle. Marvin Williams with his 30lb speck

    The better weather, calm days, and great fishing still seems to elude us. Surf anglers are catching some dog fish and drum but all in all the action is still slow!

    (Photo: Courtesy of TW’s Bait & Tackle. Marvin Williams with his 3lb Specks.)http://www.twstackle.com/report.php?...&reportid=1153

    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:
    Surf fishermen are catching a few Drum. There is still a lot of grass. The wind is SW at 7.Pirates Cove had one charter yesterday – they caught a good mess of Tilefish.

    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, midrange, and near shore anglers did not fish due to unfavorable weather conditions with gusty winds and rough seas prevailing.

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Conditions were unfavorable, although anglers did have limited success in sheltered areas around islands and land masses. Spotted seatrout and red drum were the most abundant with significant increases in striped bass landings. Pamlico Sound yielded most of the red drum and Roanoke and Croatan sounds produced the majority of the spotted seatrout and striped bass. A host of other species was caught in low amounts throughout the region.

    Piers/Shore: Surfcasters were unable to fish due to rough surf conditions and ocean over wash. Pier anglers had better success in the surf zone. Spotted seatrout catches were impressive. High numbers of red drum were caught. Most were undersize, but a few keepers ranging in the 18-to-27-inch slot limit were reported. A mixed bag of other fish species were caught in low amounts.

    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 fishermen reported catches of wahoo and blackfin tuna in the Gulf Stream. Closer to shore anglers had success fishing for little tunny on fly rods and jigging baits. The little tunny were most numerous between Cape Lookout and Bogue Inlet and near shore to about four miles out. Bluefish, spotted seatrout, northern puffers, kingfish, and red drum were caught by anglers bottom fishing near shore on live and cut shrimp. The Cape Lookout rock jetty had good numbers of red drum and spotted seatrout biting on live shrimp on a float or lead head jigs.

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Spotted seatrout were caught in Core Creek, Newport River, Neuse River, Bogue Sound and Core Sound. Many of the fish landed were between 4 and 5 pounds. An exceptional 12- pound fish was caught in Core Creek on live shrimp. Northern puffers and kingfish were biting on cut bait around the N.C. State Port turning basin wall and along the waterfront. Plenty of puppy drum were reported from the turning basin as well, caught on dead mullet and live shrimp.

    Piers/Shore: The beaches produced huge numbers of northern puffers, puppy drum, kingfish, and spotted seatrout. The puppy drum, puffers, and kingfish were landed on cut bait fished on a standard two-hook bottom rig. The trout were biting on live shrimp fished under a cork with a long leader and on any number of trout lures. Fort Macon and the east side of the Oceanana Pier were the hot spots, but fish were caught all along the beach.

    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 high winds and seas. Typically, wahoo fishing is good this time of year when conditions are favorable. King mackerel fishing is also generally good this time of year around the Frying Pan Tower area and anglers targeting reef fish score big in the with snapper, grouper, amberjacks, triggerfish, and vermilion snapper.

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers caught good numbers of spotted seatrout and red drum, but the number of fish and the size of the trout fell off a bit. The Cape Fear River, Mason's Inlet, and the Masonboro rock jetty produced the better catches, but fish were reported throughout the area.

    Piers/Shore: Area piers report slower fishing. Anglers caught puffers and small sea mullet along with some nice spotted seatrout. Surf fisherman reported less than favorable weather conditions but managed to land some spotted seatrout and red drum around the Surf City area.

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