06/20/17 Fishing Report

Fish are out everywhere to be caught if you can get around the winds and low tides we have been experiencing.

Sheepshead are feeding heavily around the area bridges. If the bridges are crowded take a chance and hit some other random structures that are encrusted in barnacles. Live fiddler crabs remain as always the best bait for the zebra fish. Black drum are also being caught right along with the sheepshead using the same baits.

Every day that passes comes with a better and better flounder bite. Rising tides around ICW docks are a quick and easy way to pick up the flat fish. 4" pearl White GULP! Shrimp and 5" pink or white GULP! Jerk shads are the go to baits.

Red drum fishing remains great as we start heading into the heat of summer. With the schools of redfish in our areas all but broken up, anglers are finding the best redfish action in the marshes behind the barrier islands and in the sound on Carolina rigs with cut mullet and menhaden. On days calm enough, topwater lures have been producing good numbers of redfish in the same areas. The new Skitter V bait from Rapala has been the go-to lure for redfish this year. Gulp! Jerk shads and Gulp shrimp on 1/8 oz jig heads have been the best soft plastics for the spot tails.

Pogie's Fishing Center in Downtown Swansboro has all your live, frozen, and artificial bait needs to turn every fishing trip into a catching trip.

Capt. Matthew Littleton