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Headed to the Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach in India Beach area this Friday period where from Minnesota so don't have any clue about surf fishing period what kind of lure comma what kind of bait comma how do we do it?
 

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Spanish mackerel are up in the surf still and pompano are plentiful as well. The mackerel bite on spoons or the ever popular Spanish Candy jigs. Pompano want sand fleas and they are literally in the surf/foam (right against the beach) You can use a Carolina rig or one of the commercial double-hitch rigs (Walmart, Target, etc.) baited with sand fleas for them (great eating, BTW). A lot of people fishing the surf use a 9-10 ft rod and chunk cut bait but you can also use a smaller spin casting (6.5-7 ft) trout rod . In those cases try throwing spoons, bucktails or soft plastics. You can also fish sound side and throw soft plastics or live minnows (cigar minnows or finger mullets) on a Carolina rig. Typically that will get you flounder, the occasional speckled trout or a nice slot redfish (locally known as red drum or puppy drum). This time of year the fishing slows down a bit so don't be discouraged. As for timing, early morning....like really early (0500-0800 hrs) is usually a good bet to find a bite.

Good luck, keep us posted on how you do!

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Bruce
 

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A wise old pier fisherman once told me “You can always tell who the vacationers are because they use frozen shrimp“. Your bait is the key to your success, for more advice please check for a private message from me. Enjoy your trip.
 

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OK, I understand, but anyway:

First off check NC regulations; Marine Fisheries | NC DEQ, fishing from a pier you will not need one but if from the surf get a saltwater permit. And you can’t keep a flounder until September.

As for live bait if you can catch/buy and keep them nothing beats live shrimp. Get someone to show you how to rig them to keep them alive. FRESH cut shrimp work well but keep them cold. Get only enough for a day or so, if they get a little pink use them for chum. If buying from a roadside stand and you smell Clorox when they open the cooler lid go somewhere else.

As you walk the beach at low tide catching sand fleas look for areas where the beach drains water back into the ocean, those are good places to set up for surf fishing. To chum here freeze yesterday’s old bait in something like a yogurt cup and pitch it in the out flow, now just use the frozen bait, keep the plastic cup.

Fiddler crabs make good bait too, these and the fleas can be frozen and still work. If fishing from a pier hang them near a piling and you may catch a Sheepshead.

With artificial bait I have had the most success using Berkley Gulp products, in particular their Ripple Mullet in Glow/Chartreuse on a jig head. The shrimp in New Penny work well too. Just cast and retrieve slowly bouncing it off of the bottom. Fishbites in Bloodworm will catch stuff also.

Good Luck, Have Fun.
 

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Headed to the Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach in India Beach area this Friday period where from Minnesota so don't have any clue about surf fishing period what kind of lure comma what kind of bait comma how do we do it?
Well... we did it! Went shopping at Walmart and a local helped us out! Thank you all!
 
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