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  • NORTH CAROLINA SALTWATER FISHING REPORTS: North Carolina Offshore and Inshore Fishing ? Updated December 7, 2012

    Courtesy of TW’s Bait & Tackle. Jake Worthington caught this nice Rockfish using live eels for bait

    The wind and water have been rough for anglers lately making the fish scarce. However, this weekend holds promise as the weather should be much milder. For those of you that haven’t had the chance, you should definitely get out on the water this weekend and try to catch some of the drum and skate that are lurking out there. Hopefully anglers will have better luck than what they’ve been experiencing lately – only time and Mother Nature will tell!
    (Photo: Courtesy of TW’s Bait & Tackle. Jake Worthington caught this nice Rockfish using live eels for bait.)
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    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:
    Fish have been really scarce lately. If you’re lucky you might be able to find some skate and drum. The water temperature has been in the 50’s and as of yesterday the wind was NE at 22 mph.

    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: Bookings were low and few boats ventured out. Those that did caught a few wahoo, little tunny, dolphin, yellowfin and blackfin tuna. Billfish catches were very limited. Midrange catches of striped bass were fair just inside of the three mile line from Kill Devil Hills northward to Virginia, with a few red drum reported. Near-shore fishing was exciting at times with reports of some very large bluefish in the 10- pound and over category.

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Spotted seatrout were the primary target of most anglers. Early morning and just before nightfall were the best times to fish. Striped bass catches improved. Anglers caught the bulk of them in Roanoke and Croatan sounds. Anglers also caught high numbers of small red drum, along with moderate amounts of croaker, kingfish, and black drum.

    Piers/Shore: Surfcasters finally were able to fish as weather conditions improved. Large bluefish “blitzed” the beaches in a few locations. Spotted seatrout, red drum, spiny dogfish, and skates kept anglers busy when little else was available.

    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: Wahoo and blackfin tuna were reported from offshore fishermen in decent quantities. Closer to shore, red drum and spotted sea trout were landed along the beaches from the Cape Lookout jetty and southward. The trout were biting on everything from jig heads to live shrimp, and the red drum were biting everything including cut baits and frozen mullet. Bottom anglers had luck with kingfish, northern puffers and black drum on cut shrimp.

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Red drum and spotted sea trout were reported from Core Creek to the N.C. State Port turning basin and in Bogue and Core sounds. The larger fish were biting on live baits fished under a popping cork, but plenty of 3-pound and larger fish fell for red jig heads and MirrOLures.

    Piers/Shore: The ocean piers have all closed for the year, but the beach fishing was still very active. Anglers reported catching spotted seatrout, black drum, red drum, northern puffer, kingfish, and flounder. Anglers used mole crabs or frozen shrimp fished on a two-hook bottom rig right in the surf. Anglers targeting spotted seatrout had their best luck on live shrimp fished on a cork or by casting MirrOLures and lead head jigs.

    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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