Catching our limits
Nearshore: We are catching Spanish Mackerel and Blue Fish in the range of beach front to 40ft of water has been producing solid numbers of fish for us. Early morning is the best time. Sun rise till 11am is the best bite. Troll anywhere from 7-9 knots using #1 planners and Clarkspoons (sliver/pink) and small NK’s sliver/ chartreuse rigged on long (30ft) light leaders (30lbs). Troll your spreads around the outside of the school so the Spanish don’t get spooked. The bait has been very abundant close to shore.
King Mackerel we have been catching in the 10-14 miles off Wrightsville Beach. Fisherman can find kings by searching for suspended bait marks. Running drone spoons off the down riggers and live cigar minnows rigs slow (5-7 knots) has been working Slow trolling hank brown rigs have been producing kings as well.
Bottom fishing has been pretty good over structure in the 15-20 mile range. Black sea bass, Grouper, Snapper. Bottom rigs baited with cut baits and live cigar and manhenden have been working best. Hot spots for us last week were South Rock and ledges from 15-30 miles offshore. Look for bottom structure on your chart plotter and topography maps.
Gulfstream: We are catching solid numbers of, Blackfin Tuna and Mahi. Mahi are being caught in good numbers 30-50 miles off Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach. Fisherman need to look for temperature breaks and/or water between 78-82. The windy weather this past weekend has spread out the bait and flying fish. The bait will slowly start to move back together over the next week. Trolling with Fathom Offshore’s New Half Pint purple/white/black pink/white has been producing solid Blackfin and Mahi catches. Cast top water plugs like the Williamson Jet Pro when Blackfin surface, we have had good hook-ups doing that. Early morning and early evening has been prime time to fish the stream. Mahi are holding in deep water during mid-day.
USCG Captain Jesse Gawlik
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