Jesse, of Ocean Stinger Fishing Charters, has reported that spanish mackerel and bluefish are being found nearshore in the 5-10 mile range. Specifically, 10 Mile Rock and 12 Mile Rock have been producing a large quantity of take home fish. Trolling anywhere from 7-10 knots, using #1 planers with silver/pink and silver/purple Clarkspoons will prove successful, but don’t forget to troll the spread outside of the school to not spook the spanish.
As far as king mackerel, they are being caught in the 7-14 mile range off of Wrightsville Beach; however, most of the kings are a smaller size (18-24”).
Bottom fishing around structure in the 15-20 mile range has been producing the usual variety of sea bass, triggers, and beeliners. Rigs baited with squid or other cut baits have been working the best, and AR-376 has been a recent favorite.
Blackfin tuna and mahi are being caught in improving numbers between 25-40 miles off the beach. Anglers should look for temperature breaks in the water around 78-82 degrees to find the mahi. Trolling with Fathom soft heads (blue/white) rigged with ballyhoo has regularly produced for both species. In addition, Fathom offshore skirt rigs have been bringing in more of the gaffer mahi, while casting topwater plugs (like the Williamson Jet Pro) has worked on surfacing blackfins.
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