N.C. saltwater fishing report — it’s on fire!

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Redfish are biting like made in the backwaters of Southport and Oak Island, N.C.

The fall weather has fish in a frenzy

The folks at Yeah Right Charters are excited about the recent weather. It’s making days on the water more comfortable. And it’s putting the fish in a feeding frenzy.

Anglers are catching plenty of king mackerel out of Southport and Oak Island, N.C. And this includes some nice catches in the recent U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament. Live pogies and live bluefish have been the baits of choice for most anglers.

The pogies are swimming along the beaches in huge schools. They’re easy prey for mackerel and for anglers gathering bait with cast nets. Anglers are catching their share of bluefish on Clarkspoons. A large congregation of them are schooled up around the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

Fishing reels are screaming when anglers troll those live baits slowly around the Cape Fear River Channel. It’s also the best tactic around the schools of baitfish centrally located on structure like nearshore reefs.

Offshore anglers are hooking into lots of grouper and vermillion snappers. These fish are mainly feeding on the bottom. Some king mackerel are also scattered nearby. Fishing around the Frying Pan Tower is a good bet. And plenty of fish are biting to the west and southwest on rocks and ledges.

Gulf Stream, inshore waters also giving up big numbers of fish

Head to the Gulf Stream and you’ll find the wahoo are on fire. Some blackfin tuna are also mixed in. Anglers have had to battle some tough winds lately. But when the winds allow, these fish are feeding like mad.

Slot-sized redfish are biting in the backwaters. Betts Halo Shrimp tipped with Pro Cure scent is prompting these fish into biting. Some flounder are mixed in, but anglers must be mindful that they are currently out of season and must be released. They’re still fun to catch though!

Pilings and rock walls are holding sheepshead, which are willing to bite fiddler crabs, oysters, and shrimp. Black drum are also making a good showing, and will bite a variety of baits.

The weather couldn’t be any better for fall fishing. If you’re not on the water, you’re missing out! Book a trip with Yeah Right Charters today.

Click here to read about fall fishing for wahoo.

Brian Cope
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Brian Cope is the editor of CarolinaSportsman.com. He has won numerous awards for his writing, photography, and videography. He is a retired Air Force combat communications technician, and has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina.

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