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    Lots of bait balls in the lower Neuse at sunrise with the flattest water we've seen down here in 4 trips so far. Thought it was perfect for the blabbermouth bite like last year, but no luck. 3 of us worked for a few hours with bait being worked for 200 yards in every direction, thinking we were in the zone for Old Drum. Started near Broad Creek and moved east a few miles closer to Maw Point, zero bait marking out there. No big fish marking around the bait balls earlier either though, maybe Spanish or trout working the bait?
    Tried some cut menhadden for a while also. Nada. Working the break lines around the shoals, only saw maybe 5 other boats all day.
    What's this week's report local NCAnglers?

    We also have white gulp shrimp on 1/4 ounce jigs that landed a couple of puppy drum in the shallows bays, but how can we score some flounder or trout?

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    Same here - two days calm conditions
    Bait everywhere- Zero
    Maybe next time

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    I will be headed out tomorrow on the hunt? Any recommendations? Iíll be leaving Adams cut.


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    In a kayak,I can only cover some much area
    But most of the boats I saw were headed east or they were point/shoal popping like bass anglers
    Didn’t fish at night this time
    Good luck

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    Fished Garbacon with corks on spin gear and fly for a couple of hours this morning before the storms surrounded us. Calm water and plenty of bait....no hookups

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    Yes last week before all the rain.
    Capt. Ray Brittain / Spring Tide Guide Service
    Give him a call 910-330-7344.......ICM
    (910) 330-7344
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    My wife keeps saying I don't listen to her .... or something like that.

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    Tried today same place you were. Bait all over the place but couldn’t get any reds.
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    Beautiful fish ICM. Sure put a smile on that mug!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmac View Post
    Beautiful fish ICM. Sure put a smile on that mug!
    Wasn't me or my fish, not even on the boat that day. ...... ICM

    My wife keeps saying I don't listen to her .... or something like that.

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    Fished around Saturday between, ... and in.... some storms. Fished in Saturday night and got a little more fishing in Sunday morning. Managed some trout and blues. Fished garbacon and reefs near oriental with similar results to gofish. Lots of bait moving but not much activity otherwise.

    Fished with popping corks/jogs and cut mullet on lumpton. Talked to guides and the fish market with reports of people landing fish in the area all week, I think the major rain events impaired the fishing possibly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ice cream man View Post
    Wasn't me or my fish, not even on the boat that day. ...... ICM
    Forgive the error. I just saw a gray beard, a big fish and just assumed...

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    It has been a very bad year for big drum so far. Even he guides are not reporting a lot of fish.
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    My experience with catching slot red drum is that when the water temp is at it highest the catch is extremely lethargic and takes a long time to revive. I wonder if they are able to survive the stress of catch and release. Fishing for bull drum has become a thing for a lot of anglers and a money maker for guides/captains. If the captured fish are going through what I have observed then I suspect that many of them donít live to fight again. Managed gear and limits have helped revive the red drum fishery in n.c., and to continue that, I wonder if a short season for bull drum may be in order.

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    This was my post. We snuck out between storms that week and the wife threw the swim bait right into this moose's mouth!
    The only bite in 4 days.
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    They are here in the Neuse! Took my buddy out last night - he had never caught an over slot Drum before. Had a few pick ups without hook sets, but this one manged to hang. When we got back to the ramp a couple of guys had also just got back in. They were Trout fishing and boated a 41" Red using a light action and 2500 series spinning outfit........that must have been a fight!!
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