Topsail Island’s piers report the blues and Spanish continue to bite with the best times being in the early morning or late evening. Fisherman at Seaview Pier are catching flounder and spots as well. They also report 3 kings were caught this past week. Surf City Ocean Pier reports catches of cobia ranging from 25 – 47 pounds this past week and a 5.28 pound sheepshead. Jolly Roger also reports a good bite from the sheepshead, cobia and a few drum.
Inshore, the flounder are biting live bait on Carolina rigs and on Gulp! and other softbaits. The best fishing is around the inlets and nearby flats. The drum action around docks and pilings remain strong. Blues are in the inlets and ICW.
Near shore the Spanish mackerel are thick and many are of good size. Try a clarkspoon trolled on the surface behind a small bird rig or a Yo-Zuri deep diver. Blues are hitting about anything thrown to them but gotcha plugs on light tackle offer great action. The cobia have invaded the waters near the beaches and inlets. The best method seems to be to anchor up at a reef, hole or inlet and chum the area. Use live menhaden fished on a Carolina rig for the bottom and on a float rig for the surface. Some smaller kings have made their way inshore but are still sparse.
Further out larger Kings are being found in the 10-25 mile range. There have also been a few reports of mahi in that range. Wahoo, tuna and mahi are being caught in the gulf stream. There have also been reports of a few marlin being caught.
Tight lines to all!