By: Bill Hitchcock
If less is better, then how about this for how well the offshore fishing has been for the Morehead City waterfront charter fleet: “The Sensation, Bill Collector, Dancin Outlaw, O Lucky Me, and Fighting Lady smoked the Wahoo, Mahi, King Mackeral, Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, and even Yellowfin Tuna.”
That report came from Captain Dale Britt of the Sensation describing a day of fishing last week. Now through the end of the year is the very best time of year to go offshore fishing. The only prohibitive factor will be strong winds.
Inshore fishing is still producing king mackerel and spanish mackerel. The 80 degree beach water temperatures will start dropping now so expect kings in close. Already kings are being caught just off of Shackleford Banks in the dead tree hole area and along the shipping channel just outside of Beaufort Inlet.
The only problem we face with pier and surf fishing right now is a lack of fishermen. Catches of Taylor and Hatteras bluefish, spanish mackerel, sea mullets and flounder are leaning towards some of the best of the year. Now that we’ve had our first official, “mullet blow” which is a hard and cool northerly wind, the bait has been pushed out of the inlets and into the surf and inshore of the Crystal Coast. Look for the kings and albacore to show up in great numbers.
Crystal Coast Spot Fishing
The fall run of spots is about to begin. These hand sized fish, known for their yellow bellies are easy to catch and delicious to eat. Spots will invade the inshore areas and sounds in great numbers. Be prepared! Here real soon you’ll be able to drive over the Emerald Isle bridge and count up to 100 boats anchored up and reeling these fish in! Blood worms work best for bait but the ol’ stand by of shrimp works very well too.
Bill Hitchcock is an Evangelist with Refining Truth ministries (www.RefiningTruth.com). Prior to the ministry he spent 30 years in the television and film industry focusing on documentaries and outdoor programming related to the marine fisheries.