Crystal Coast and Area Fishing Report

You got to love the coast this time of year. Freezing cold temperatures and snow followed up 2 days later with 70 degree temperatures and sunshine. The fishing here is very much like the weather, it can change radically on a day by day basis. Where offshore fishing has been next to nil, the inshore fishing has been hot!

Speckled trout fishing has really turned on with this cold snap. All ocean jetties are producing speckled trout. The most famous and most fished Crystal Coast location is the Cape Lookout rock jetty.

Crystal Coast Fishing

Grey trout catches are very good at AR315. But the Morehead City turning basin has been the most fished and productive. Speckled trout have been mixed in too. Sea mullet (Virginia mullet or whiting) have been abundant. And speaking of sea mullet, the Jolly Roger Pier in Topsail has been landing some big ones.

The surf and pier fishing over-all has seen a tremendous amount of black drum being caught, even surpassing red drum (puppy drum) catches. These black drum have been in the 4-6 pound class. Sheepshead, which look almost identical to black drum are still being caught at the Bogue Inlet Pier with largest I’ve heard about in the 3 pound class. Sea mullet and pompano have rounded out the pier landings.

Fishing for Kings and Wahoo

All king mackerel spots are producing if you can get to them. The D Wreck, George Summerlin reef, Northwest Places, Big 10, Little 10, 23 Minute, Dallas Rock and just about any structure or live bottom around the 10 fathom mark.

When the offshore boats can head out wahoo catches dominate. This year has been one of the best wahoo landing years that I can recall in a long time.

Wind is going to be the biggest enemy from now on out. When it is calm enough to go, fishing will always be productive.

margaret hitchcock crystal coastMargaret Hitchcock is a Realtor and owner/operator of Hitchcock Realty in Morehead City along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Whether it is a home or condo, on the beach or mainland be sure to contact Margaret today. Visit her online at or call (252) 269-2893

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