10/26/16 fishing report

October 26, 2016 Fishing Report

Fishing hasn't slowed down one bit since Hurricane Matthew.

Trout fishing has been hot for the past 3 weeks and looks to be promising as we head into the cooler weeks of fall. Fish are still being caught in good numbers in the marsh and inlets, with a lot of large specks regularly mixed in the bags. Myself and many anglers I've talked to haven't found it uncommon to have a 3-4 pound trout picked up in each trip. Trout Eye Jig heads tipped with jerkshads and swimming baits in bronze and gold colors are producing the best artificial bite. On the live bait side it remains hard for a trout to turn down a live shrimp floated under a slip cork.

Red drum are being caught along the beaches, with that bite getting better as the water clears up and the water temp cooling off. Beach reds are falling for bucktails tipped with scented baits like Berkeley GULP! Or ZMAN Scented. Inside mid to lower slot reds are still feeding in the marshes, being caught in a lot of the same areas as the specks.

The spot bite has been increasing with each passing day. Ledges and drop offs in the ICW have been the favorite hangouts for spots. FishBites remain the best bait for spots and other bottom fish, fished on bottom rigs with enough weight to hold in the currents.

Pogies Fishing Center in Swansboro has everything you will need for all of your cut, artificial, and live bait needs to have successful trips this Fall

Capt. Matt Littleton
Friendly City Fishing Charters