Crystal Coast Fishing Report May 23, 2016

Cobia fishing has been one of the hottest fishing topics along the Crystal Coast. These large, great fighting and great eating fish show up this time of year in and around inlets, deep water channels, reefs, bait balls and buoys.

There are two basic styles for catching cobia. One is to bottom fish for them using natural baits such as menhaden. The other is to sight cast for them using a variety of artificial lures and soft plastics.

The primary hotspots for all of the cobia action has been around Beaufort Inlet, Behind Shackleford Banks and out at Barden’s Inlet out at Cape Lookout.

Catches have been sensational. As the folks at Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said, “We have seen some of the best Cobia fishing you could ask for over the last week.”

Surf and Pier

The Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier located in Emerald Isle has been very active with both fish and fishermen. The Spanish mackerel have shown up and are in full swing with the bluefish catches. We’ve heard of bluefish pushing on up towards 3 pounds with Spanish mackerel in the 1 pound range.

Delicious eating sea mullet are still being caught in good numbers as well as pompano too. They are still catching black drum with some weighing in over 6 pounds!

Less we forget, the ever popular spot catches have been great too!

The beach water temperature have been around 68 degrees at the pier. Expect these temperatures to start warming up pretty quick over the coming weeks.

Flounder fishermen have been working traditional hot spot locations like the inshore artificial reefs, around the Morehead City Port Terminal wall and drift fishing the inlets. Catches have been good and consistent. This is also the time of year where the marshes produce speckled trout, puppy drum (redfish) and flounder. Popular locations like the Haystacks and the North River thoroughfare are sure bets.

Offshore Fishing

Offshore fishing has quickly fallen into its groove. Tuna, dolphin, wahoo and billfish are the daily fare for the Morehead City waterfront and Atlantic Beach offshore fishing fleets. Captain Dale Britt of the sportfishing vessel “The Sensation” describes what happened last Saturday.

“I watched Captain Gabe on the Diamond Girl in full reverse on Thursday chasing down a Blue Marlin while Big Country and I were wacking the Gaffers right next to him ….., with Ed Massey and five of his pals from Landfall in Wilmington on board we managed to sack up 460 pounds of Gaffer Dolphin ….., 34 of the critters to be exact …., I think that the fellas are going to feed all of Landfall at a fish fry on Sunday”. H/T The Sensation

According to the most recent North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries latest report, “Wahoo and dolphin continued to dominate the offshore catches, and a good number of the fish were citation-size. Blackfin tuna and a small number of billfish were caught, as well. Anglers going after offshore reef fish saw solid catches of black sea bass, triggerfish, amberjack, vermilion snappers and grouper.”

Contact Margaret Hitchcock with Hitchcock Realty at (252) 269-2893 to find your home, condo or townhouse along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina so you can always have a home to fish out of!

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