02/12/17 Fishing Report

As we move smoothly through the first few months of the the new year, 2017 has been good to inshore fisherman in the area.

The speckled trout bite has slowed down considerably. Trout can still be caught deep in creeks on 17MR Mirrolures and Zoom Salty Super Fluke jerk shads fished very slow.

Black drum of all sizes are also being caught in a lot of the same areas as the trout. Frozen bait shrimp on bottom or small Carolina rigs are a sure bet for the black drum.

Red drum are schooling throughout the marsh areas in the sound and off of the waterways. Once anglers locate the fish a Zoom Super Fluke, Z-Man paddlerz, or GULP! Jerk Shad will be the go to bait. Non scented baits should be smothered in Pro-Cure bait scents. It is important to fish weedless this time of year to avoid bottom moss and other winter growth accumulating and masking your bait. Gamakatsu's EWG weighted weedless, Z-Man EZ Keeperz, and Mustad PowerLock Plus hooks will all hell keep baits growth free and in good presentation.

Anglers remember to register for the Pogies Redfish Cup beginning on April 1st with the boat division followed by the Kayak division on April 2nd.

Pogies in Downtown Swansboro has all of the baits and gear you will need to make winter one of your most productive fishing seasons!

Capt. Matt Littleton
Friendly City Fishing Charters