Fall Fishing BIG BITE

September 11, 2016 by Jesse Gawlik

Trip Info

The Catch
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Blackfin)

Fishing Report: 9/7/16

Jesse, of Ocean Stinger Charters, reports that nearshore the Spanish mackerel bite has really turned on with the wind shift from the north. Schools of fish are starting to stack up around Masonboro and Mason’s inlets in preparation for the mullet runs, and the fish will easily fall for trolled Yo-Zuri lures and Clarkspoons. Live finger mullet will tempt bites from the bigger fish, though dead cigar minnows and dead bait rigs are working well, too. Pulling #1 planers or trolling weights will get the lures down deep enough for the fish to see. Bird squid rigs have also been working well since some of the fish are feeding near the top now. Offshore, wahoo fishing has picked up in the past few weeks, and it’s only expected to get better in September and October. Most of the action has been around the Steeples, Same “Ol” Hole, and along ledges in 20 to 30 fathoms, but the best bite has been seen north along Yellowfin and Swansboro Hole. Using a #12 planer with a Fathom Skirted Ballyhoo has been the ticket for catching stud wahoo (along with mahi). Half pint skirt rigs have worked best in pink/white, green/yellow, and black/purple. Offshore, the wahoo bite is hot around the Steeples and the Same Ol’ Hole. The fish have shown up early this year, and they can be expected to stay through November. There are a few dolphin in the mix, along with sailfish hook-ups when targeted. Medium and medium/large ballyhoo is the bait of choice while pulling 7/0 or 8/0 wired ballyhoo rigs. Fast trolling Fathom Offshore rigs in purple/black, blue/black, and red/black has been very successful in hooking up with the migratory species. Fishing the Gulf Stream has yielded blackfin tuna, mahi, and sailfish. Mahi are being caught in large numbers, and trolling with Fathom Offshore’s Half Pint in purple/white/black and pink/white has been working on the dolphin, as well as the blackfins. Casting topwater plugs like the Williamson Jet Pro when the blackfins surface has resulted in several hookups. Early morning and early evening is the prime time to fish the Stream, and mahi are holding in deep water during mid-day.

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