Crystal Coast fishing has been hot under some rather cool weather conditions. Air temperatures along the beaches have barley slipped past the 80 degree mark. Water temperatures have remained just under that mark at around 78 degrees. These cooler conditions have kept the hot, stifling dog days of summer at bay and have allowed a variety of great fish catches to continue.
Surf and pier fishing along the Crystal Coast has been very good. The puppy drum as well as some black drum catches have been constant all spring and summer. We understand the point down at Bogue Inlet and Emerald Isle has been very productive. The real secret about puppy drum along the Crystal Coast is they, like wahoo are caught 12 months a year.
We’ve been getting a lot of reports of plenty of flounder being caught out of the surf at in Beaufort Inlet at Fort Macon. These fish have been small with few keepers. State law requires that all flounder be at least 15 inches in length with a 6 fish bag limit.
The larger flounder are being caught in the deeper waters behind the inlet around the Morehead City Port Terminal in the turning basin area. These flounder are caught in 40-60 feet of water around debris on the bottom and structures associated with the Port and the terminal across the way. Don’t over-look the high rise bridge when bottom fishing for flounder.
Do not be surprised of flounders in the 4-6-8 pound range being landed. A healthy sized live finger mullet is the bait of choice.
Spanish mackerel and bluefish are still thick inshore. Clark spoons and drone spoons will catch’em up. The Crystal Coast has had frequent bouts with wind and rain. This causes the water salinity and turbidity to degrade in the sounds and creeks. These waters flush out of the inlets and affect inshore. Fish outside of these “muddy” waters when trolling inshore for blues and Spanish to continue really good catches.
Cobia catches continue to do well along the shores of the Crystal Coast, Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout. Suprisingly sparse have been inshore king mackerel catches and that makes me nervous this time of year. You see juvenile king mackerel look almost identical to mature Spanish mackerel. Too many times fishermen box a sub-legal king thinking it’s a big Spanish. Always look for the dark spot on the leading edge of the dorsal fin. That lets you know for sure it is Spanish.
Spots, croakers and sea mullets round out the Crystal Coast surf and pier report landings.
Before we move on to the offshore report I got to make mention about speckled trout. If you are a trout fisherman then you know how trout fishermen are. Locations are never given out. So, with that said the trout landings have been “at the usual places”. Two great “usual places” are the Haystacks and the marshes in the North River Thoroughfare.
Here is some news that may surprise you about the Haystacks. It is for sale. That’s right, the perennial speckled trout, flounder and red drum producing location is on the open market. The Haystacks is located just north of the Morehead City High Rise bridge on the west side of the ICW. You can’t miss it as you cross.
According to the listing the Haystacks has, “20 + acres uplands portion of this Private Island Property has very high elevations with outstanding views. The remainder acres are marsh islands divided by creeks accessible by shallow draft boats for fishing (trout, redfish, oysters and clams) and duck hunting.”
The list price is under $300K. If interested call Margaret Hitchcock of Hitchcock Realty for more information at (252) 269-2893 or email her at Margaret@hitchcockrealty.net.
Crystal Coast Charter Fleet
Crystal Coast offshore fishing is in its full summertime pattern. Yellowfin tuna, dolphin and wahoo are the everyday mainstays for the charter boats. The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament might be over but the blue marlin and the white marlin fishing is still hot.
Here is my favorite story of the week. It comes from Captain Dale Brit of Sensation Sportfishing.
The “Sensation with Big Country at the helm released a White Marlin yesterday and Dancin Outlaw had a big Blue Marlin on while an electrical storm bore down on her ……, Mate Joey finally push the drag to full after 1 1/2 hours to try and muscle the fish to the boat and broke the fish off …., yesterday the storms forced the entire fleet to come in early”.
I can just see it now. Captain Thomas Wood of the charter boat Dancin’ Outlaw literally “dancing” between the rain, the wind and the thunderbolts as they fight a big blue marlin. I can guarantee you that if the weather was not so hazardous that the captain and mate would have brought the fish to the boat. The Crystal Coast charter fleet is the best!
If you are interested in buying the Haystacks for your own fishing paradise or you are looking to buy a home somewhere along the Crystal Coast then contact Margaret Hitchcock of Hitchcock Realty. She is a proven professional Realtor with many years of experience. It doesn’t matter if it is traditional type of sale or if it is a distress sale, foreclosure or short sale Margaret Hitchcock is the one you need to get in contact with. Call her today at (252) 269-2893 or email her at Margaret@hitchcockrealty.net.