Fall Fishing is as good as it can be right now!
The speckled trout bite is one of the best I've personally experienced in a few years. Trout from 14"-20" are everywhere in the marsh right now and ready to eat. Anglers are hooking up to specks in deep hold and tide rips throughout the marshes around Swansboro area. Specks are eating everything right now. MR series Mirrolures, Berkley GULP! Baits, Z-Man Trout Trick, Egret wedge and paddle tails, and Zoom Salty Super Flukes are all creating hook ups for anglers. Live shrimp are always a solid choice for the trout as well, and are still being caught in creeks along the ICW and rivers.
Red drum of all sizes are scattered in the marsh and are falling for most of the same soft plastic artificials that the trout are. Schools of reds are starting to show up on the beaches of bear island and the few islands south of it, being caught in the surf zone on bucktails tipped with scented jerkshads.
Spots are starting to show up in large numbers in the ICW, as well as the deep channels near the inlets. Fishbites have been the clear front runner as favorite snacks for spots.
Pogies Fishing Center in Swansboro has all the tackle, gear, clothing, live and artificial baits to make every trip you take this fall a successful one!