May 1,2017 North Carolina Fishing Report

April 30, 2017 by Jesse Gawlik

Trip Info

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

Jesse, of Ocean Stinger Fishing Charters, reports that the nearshore bluefish bite is great, with small Clarkspoons behind a #1 or #2 planer being the way to connect.

The king mackerel bite has been good in 65-100’ of water, and anglers can find the fish schooled up on ledges and drop offs about 15-25 miles off the beach. Drone spoons in blue/silver, pink/silver, or yellow/silver behind #2 planers has been the ticket to connect with the fish.

False albacore are hitting green or pink top water skirt rigs with silver heads, and they are feeding in the 20 mile range with the kings.

The wahoo and blackfin tuna bite has been steady in the Gulf Stream, and early season mahi have started to show up. Look for the blackin and mahi just north of the Same Ol’ Hole in 200’ of water.

The best wahoo bite has been along the 240 line, though the wahoo bite north, around the Swansboro Hole, has been a bit better. Planer rods are the way to go to connect with the fish, using small blue/black or black/purple Ilanders rigged with ballyhoo.

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