Catch fish! Get ready for your Memorial Day weekend of fishing along Carteret County and the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. We still have the early spring time fish but now have been joined with the summertime species. The early arrival fish are still here. The late comers have moved in. It all adds up to one of the best times of the year to go fishing.
Bogue Inlet Pier has just reported beach water temperatures in the 72-74 degree range. While sea mullet, red drum and black drum are still being caught the beginning of the Spanish mackerel invasion has just begun. And if you get like plenty of action there are still plenty of 1-3 pound bluefish to be caught.
The big surprise, or at least for me anyways are the large pompano that have been landed in the area. One pound is good. Two pounds is great. But pompano weighing over three pounds have been caught off of the pier and on towards Bogue Inlet and Bear Island.
Cobia fishing in Beaufort Inlet, Bogue Sound, Back Sound and in front of Bogue Banks and Shackleford Banks has been hit and miss. Captain Joe Shute of Captain Joe Shute’s Bait and Tackle says that there has been a lack of bait in the area. But plenty could be found on the east side of Cape Lookout up Core Banks.
Amberjack which is a big fish, great fighting fish and extremely good eating fish have made a great showing. “The amberjack fishing was very good yesterday and should continue to be good for the remainder of the summer. The offshore flounder fishing around the wrecks has started to pick up as well,” said captain Joe Shute.
Fishing for flounder on the inshore wrecks and reefs is a relatively new fishery for the Crystal Coast. It’s something that’s been down for years to the south of us in front of the Cape Fear River and Lockwood’s Folley Inlet.
Catch Fish: Offshore
Offshore boats from the Morehead City waterfront are all doing very well with dolphin (mahi mahi) catches. The largest dolphin we’ve heard about this past week weighed in at 25 pounds.
Blue marlin catch and release continues also. This gets everyone excited because the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is just a few weeks away. This year marks the 55th year of the tournament and will be held from June 7-15.
Captain Dale Britt from the sporfishing boat “Sensation” reports we, “Had Duke (University) on board yesterday for a research trip but on the way home I saw a bait ball and we stopped for a minute while Zach Swaim caught a tasty big Cobia”.
Wahoo and blackfin tuna have rounded off these past weeks’ offshore catches.
Catch Fish: River, Sound and Inlets
Moving on in to the sounds, channels, inlets and bays. Captain Dave Dietzler of Cape Lookout Charters reports a wide range of catches going on.
“Blues and spanish are in the inlets on high water. We are still catching sea mullets, and flounders drifting the shipping channel and the port. Speckled trout, redfish and flounders have been biting soft plastics and top water in the marshes.”
So there you have it. A sampling of what fish have been caught right on up to Memorial Day weekend. I would highly encourage everyone to grab a pole, charter a boat or head on out to a pier and have some fun catching some fish. It’s one of the best times of year to do so.
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