September weather can be cool one day and sweltering the next, but fortunately, that hasn’t been bothering the fishing, according to Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters, who said redfish and flounder have really been biting.
“We’re fortunate to have redfish and trout most of the year and flounder from the late spring though about Thanksgiving most years,” Stacy said. “The trout action will probably improve a little next month, but the redfish are really active and flounder are biting.”
Stacy (910-279-0119) said mullet minnows are travelling in schools and moving to toward the inlets, which has all the predators around the inlets going great guns, especially flounder. Stacy said flounder have been very aggressive, busting mullet minnows in shallow water.
“Tubbs Inlet is difficult to get to, and that keeps the numbers of fishermen there down,” Stacy said. “Several creeks drain from the Intracoastal Water to the small inlet and several more drain from the marshes. These creeks are carrying a lot of bait, and the fish at the ends of the creeks and on to the inlet are feeding heavily. Flounder are the ones biting the best and they are mostly keepers.”
Stacy said the premier flounder tackle is a Carolina rig with a frisky mullet minnows on the hook. The weight effectively pins the minnow to the bottom, and flounder see it as an easy meal and attack. He also said red drum are also feeding heavily in the creeks inside the inlet and will often jump a minnow intended for a flounder.
Stacy said in addition to being in the creeks around Tubbs Inlet, some slot-sized redfish have been around the jetties at Little River Inlet and a few large redfish have been in the channel between the jetties. Stacy said there are also some trout along the jetties.
“Trout like their food up off the bottom a little,” Stacy said. “I use an adjustable float so I can change the depth depending on the stage of the tide and suspend the bait just above the bottom. Puppy drum and black drum like this too. Drum aren’t usually particular about the bait, but trout sometimes hold out for live shrimp.”
Stacy said the large red drum that arrive just off the Little River Inlet Jetties each September aren’t there in good numbers yet but could make a good showing at any time. He said they are hit and miss right now and don’t bite every day, but the action is getting better and should continue to improve.