Nearshore: We are catching Spanish Mackerel and Blue Fish in the range of beach front to 50 ft of water has been producing solid numbers of fish for us. We have been catching a few 5lbs+ Spanish the last couple days in 65 ft of water. Early morning and evening is the best time. Pay close attention to the tides. Fishing the rising tides has been good the last few days. Trolling using #1 planners and Clarkspoons (sliver/pink/chartreuse rigged on long (50ft) leaders (30lbs). Set your lines way back from the boat.
King Mackerel we have been catching in the 15-25 miles off Wrightsville Beach. Fisherman can find kings by searching for suspended bait marks and fishing over ledges and drop offs. Running Eco spoons on #2 planners with 50 ft 50lbs leaders at (5-7 knots) The bite seams to be better to the north so it will be worth the run.
Bottom fishing has been pretty good over structure in the 15-30 mile range. Black sea bass, Grouper. Bottom rigs baited with cut baits have been working best. Hot spots for have been 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 in 40 to 60 fathoms range. Sailfish have been in the same range. There has been a good mixed layer depth, current breaks and eddies north of same ol hole north. But this change daily. So you need to plan your fishing trip before you leave the dock. Trolling small purple/white/black and pink/white and lime green/white skirt rigs has been producing solid Blackfin and Mahi catches. Early morning and early evening has been prime time to fish the stream.
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