Crazy Great Crystal Coast King Catches

How about this for a crazy great fishing report? The Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle reserves the end of its pier for king mackerel fishermen. By mid-October they open it up for the bottom fishermen because king mackerel catches have all but disappeared. But not this year! Consistent king catches in the 20-25 pound range are a daily occurrence so the pier is still open for king mackerel business!

Offshore/near boats of the Crystal Coast fleet have been finding kings in the 30-40 pound range working structures around the 10 fathom (60 feet) mark. Traditional places to fish like Big 10, Little 10, Northwest Places, Atlas Tanker, 30 minute Rock have all produced nice size kings.

Please note my usage of the term “traditional places”. I’ve been reporting, studying, and documenting fish catches for over 30 years now. The same fish will show up at the same places during the same time of year under the same conditions. My fishing tip of the day is to document catches and conditions in perpetuity and refer to those records constantly.

Crystal Coast Fishing Report

The offshore fleet is still catching and releasing sailfish. Dolphin and blackfin tuna are mixed in but the never ending offshore story is still wahoo. The largest wahoo I’ve heard caught this week was around 80 pounds although most of the landings come in at half that weight. Wahoo, like speckled trout and red drum is a fish that can be caught 12 months a year herein North Carolina.

Surf and pier fishing is doing extremely well with bluefish and spanish mackerel. Sea mullet, spots and drum are good night time catches. Flounder out of the surf is picking up all over.

Fish the Tide

Here is a good tip from the Jolly Roger Pier in Topsail Beach. The spots and the Virginia mullet (sea mullet) catches are best at a rising tide. As a general rule of thumb fish the last couple of hours leading up to high tide for best results for any type of fish.

The Crystal Coast fishing report will continue to improve in the coming weeks. fall time is the best time to fish here because the fish are the biggest, most numerous and most aggressive right now!

Bill Hitchcock spent 30 years documenting marine fisheries topics for state, national and international concerns.

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