Lots of fish are biting, and it’s only going to get better
Many anglers noticed a slight cooling in water temperatures and air temperatures in the past few days. While we still have many more hot days ahead of us, it’s evident that fall is approaching. And that’s got the fish and anglers eager for some action.
Here’s the latest fishing report from the Southport area, brought to you by Yeah Right Charters.
The backwaters around Southport are full of flounder right now. And anglers are catching plenty of them with mullet minnows on Carolina rigs. The NCDMF is reportedly closing the flounder fishery down sometime around Sept. 4. So make sure to get a couple of good flounder fishing days in before that happens.
Anglers are also catching some nice summertime speckled trout and redfish around the oyster beds and drop-offs. Bait is plentiful there, and these fish are feeding good. One of our best lures for catching both of these fish is currently the Betts Halo Shad in green tiger color. We’re tipping them with ProCure Inshore Scent. They can’t resist!
Nearshore and offshore bites are also hot
On the nearshore reefs, the flounder are biting strong. Find some good structure at Yaupon Reef, then use a mullet minnow or ducktail with Gulp! to put some quality fish in the icebox.
Offshore, the king mackerel are starting to make their migration to the beaches for the anticipated fall bite. If you want a real crowd-pleaser for all onboard, slow troll pogies around bait-holding structure in the 18 Mile Rock area and the Cabbage Patch. You’ll have king mackerel “sky rocketing” a prop-wash bait!
Further offshore, grouper, snapper, scattered black sea bass, and other bottom fish species are feeding good in the 80 to 120-foot range. Try a two-hook bottom rig beefed up with a 100-pound leader and cigar minnows to find that grouper bite.
Captain Butch Foster
Captain Chris Foster
Click here for Sneaky Pete’s latest report from the Outer Banks.