Crystal Coast Fishing Report May 31, 2016

Offshore fishing from the Morehead City and Atlantic Beach charter fleet was hampered over Memorial Day weekend by the effects and threat of the effects of tropical storm/depression Bonnie. But for those who did fish, it proved to be successful!

Congratulations to Captain Adrian Holler of the Sea Striker for winning the Swansboro Memorial day weekend tournament with a 562 pound Blue Marlin.

Captain Dale Britt from Sensation Sportfishing reports that last Friday a 125 inch estimated 800 pound Blue Marlin was caught and released by Captain Thomas Wood of the charter boat Dancin’ Outlaw.

These are big marlin being caught just before the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament that is scheduled to take place June 10-18. The Big Rock could pay out over $1,000,000 for fish these sizes!

Dolphin (Mahi) catches are still abundant. As the water temperatures continue to warm up, catches of dolphin will continue to move in closer and closer inshore.

Inshore fishing for Spanish mackerel has been very good. Clark and drone spoons have been the main artificial lures used.

Chasin’ Tails Outdoors Bait and Tackle out of Atlantic Beach, NC gives us a fantastic and very detailed flounder catching report. They zero in on the flounder hotspots inshore and offshore plus detail the bait and rigs that have been working best!

“Flounder fishing has been very good this week, one of our charter boats went out the other day to the reefs and came back to the docks with 13 nice fish. Also, other anglers are reporting good catches from the AR’s: 315, 320, 330 & 285 reefs are all holding fish. Spro 2oz Bucktails in White or Glow along with the Sea Striker Bucktails 2oz in White tipped with Berkley Gulp are hard to beat when fishing the reefs. Live Minnows fished on a Carolina Rig is the second choice of bait to put some Flounder in the cooler. There’s been a few caught around the Port area this week along with some in the inlet. Drifting with Live Minnows and Berkley Gulp will be a good choice to fish with in the inside waters. I know some giggers have been having good luck at night on the flats so that tells me there’s fish holding in the deeper areas during the day for anglers to target.” H/T Chasin’ Tails Outdoors Bait and Tackle

Beach and Pier

Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle, NC didn’t let the forecast of bad weather (which didn’t materialize as predicted) over Memorial Day weekend slow down their catches. Sea mullets, spots, pompano and bluefish are still mainstays. But the big news is the 28 pound cobia landed off the pier by Melvin Morgans of Richlands, NC.

As you may recall, last week when beach water temperatures were reported at 68 degrees at the pier that we said it would soon rise very quickly, and that it has. Now the beach water temperatures have jumped up to 75 degrees. Soon these temperatures will be a bath water warm 80 degrees!

Cobia fishing, both sight casting and bottom fishing are still doing very well. Chasin’ Tails Outdoor just had their 6th annual cobia tournament with the winning fishing weighing in at 73 pounds.

In and around one of our inlets is a safe and productive place to find cobia. Barden’s Inlet at Cape Lookout and in front of and the backside of Beaufort Inlet has been very productive. When bottom fishing for cobia, generally the deeper waters, 20 feet or more are the best places to find them. A lot of anglers like to work around buoys and sight cast to them.

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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