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Swansboro April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Frasier Bullington, of Ocean Isle Beach, with a 26" red drum that struck a Zoom Fluke soft plastic scented with Pro-Cure Super Gel in a bay behind Emerald Isle. He was fishing with Capt. Rob Koraly of Sandbar Safari Charters.

Frasier Bullington, of Ocean Isle Beach, with a 26″ red drum that struck a Zoom Fluke soft plastic scented with Pro-Cure Super Gel in a bay behind Emerald Isle. He was fishing with Capt. Rob Koraly of Sandbar Safari Charters.

Rob, of Sandbar Safari Charters, reports that anglers are still connecting with good numbers of red drum in the shallow bays behind the area’s barrier islands. There have been some solid sight-casting opportunities when it’s calm and sunny, and Zoom Fluke soft plastics scented with Pro-Cure Super Gel have been fooling the fish that anglers are spotting. When the weather and water aren’t aligning to stalk the fish, blind casting cut mullet gives the reds some scent to home in on and has also been producing results.

Flounder are beginning to bite in the mainland creeks and rivers, and the flatfish action should improve as the water temperatures continue to climb. Anglers can expect the fish to move further towards the mouths of the tributaries as the water gets warmer. Live mud minnows and Gulp baits are both attracting attention from the flounder.

There’s been some decent speckled trout action for anglers working artificials in the mainland creeks and rivers as well. Soft plastics and live baits are both effective on the specks.

Anglers are starting to see some gray trout show up in the deeper inshore water near Swansboro, and sea mullet should soon be joining them. Spec rigs tipped with Fish Bites baits or shrimp will fool both of the tasty bottom feeders.

Robbie, of Hall’Em In Charters, reports that the speckled trout bite in the White Oak River has been fairly solid lately, and the fish aren’t getting much pressure as the season remains closed until mid-June. Soft plastic baits like Zoom Flukes pinned to light jigheads are fooling the majority of the trout (with many 2-4 lbs.).

Scott Wilson with a 39.5 lb. wahoo that bit a blue/white softhead lure at the Yellowfin Hole while he was trolling on the "Pura Vida."

Scott Wilson with a 39.5 lb. wahoo that bit a blue/white softhead lure at the Yellowfin Hole while he was trolling on the “Pura Vida.”

Red drum are still schooling up in the area backwaters, and they’ve been feeding more actively as the water temperature has risen over the past few weeks. Anglers are starting to see some decent topwater action with the reds, and they’re hooking more on soft plastic baits when they’re reluctant to bite on the surface.

Rich, of The Reel Outdoors, reports that surf and pier anglers are connecting with some sea mullet, pufferfish, skates, and sharks while bottom fishing with shrimp and cut baits.

A few red drum are still feeding in the surf zone, but most have moved inshore for the spring.

Bottom fishermen should have little trouble connecting with some quality black sea bass at structure 10 miles and further from the beachfront. Squid and cut baits on double-drop bottom rigs are the best bets for the bass and other bottomfish (like grunts and porgies) in the area.

Offshore, the boats who’ve been to the Gulf Stream lately are reporting decent action with wahoo and blackfin tuna around local blue water spots like the Swansboro Hole. Ballyhoo paired with skirted trolling lures and baitless high-speed offerings will both attract attention from the wahoo and tuna.

Mike, of Bogue Inlet Pier, reports that sea mullet and croaker have just shown up around the pier and are biting bottom rigs baited with shrimp and more. Anglers have been hooking some fat pufferfish on shrimp and cut baits for a few weeks, and some are still around.

The action will get better and anglers will see a little more variety in their catches over the coming weeks as the water temperatures climb. The water is currently 58 degrees.

Swansboro March 27, 2014

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Rob, of Sandbar Safari Charters, reports that the area’s red drum action has been incredible lately. The large schools of fish have moved from the surf zone to the inshore marshes and bays, and anglers are finding schools of fish (most medium to upper-slot) feeding in the sound from Morehead City to the New River. […]

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Swansboro March 6, 2014

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Rich, of The Reel Outdoors, reports that there’s been some solid action with red drum for anglers fishing the bays and flats behind the barrier islands recently. The fish have been schooled up and are easiest to find and fool on warmer, sunny days. Soft plastics like Gulp baits are the best bets for the […]

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Swansboro Winter 2013-2014

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Rob, of Sandbar Safari Charters, reports that anglers are hooking speckled trout throughout the area waters right now. Small “spike” trout are feeding in the open waters of Bogue Sound, with the larger fish still looking for meals far up the mainland creeks and rivers. Live mud minnows fished under floats or soft plastics like […]

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Swansboro November 14, 2013

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Rob, of Sandbar Safari Charters, reports that there’s been a solid speckled trout bite going on in the marsh creeks near the area inlets recently. Most of the fish are on the small side, but there are some fat specks mixed in. There’s also been good trout fishing up the White Oak River and in […]

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