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I have fished mostly nearshore out of Carolina Beach. Mostly been skunked when we were trying inshore. I have three kids (14 to 10). What advice does anyone have for trout/puppy drum/flounder in the Carolina beach area. So far the best we have done is lost an anchor in Snow's Cut. Any help would be nice.

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Wiley Killette
 

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Right now they are in their winter areas. Flounder should be pouring into the inlets from offshore soon and the trout not far behind them.The flounder that are moving in will for the most part spend some extra time around the inlet ambushing bait as it comes thru. The trout will spend the same time more or less in the surf ambushing the same migrating bait. Things settle out as the bait fish make their way past or inside and the flounders spread out more as time goes by. Reds are back in the surf also now in increasing numbers. As for the fish that wintered over inshore they are mostly back in the mainland creek areas where they spent the winter, but as the water warms more and more they head for the sounds. In the sounds you'll find most of the reds adjacent to or in the shallow areas where they can escape bottle nose dolphins and feed on crabs, shrimp, snails and small fish. Trout prefer to hang out in water deep enough to protect them from overhead predators like ospreys. The mature ones will spend May thru Aug spawning in deeper, high salinity water with good tidal flow(usually found near an inlet). As the flounder move away from the inlets try targeting them around structure such as dock pilings and such.
 
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