I have not posted in a while but I have been keeping up with things going on. I am not much of a talker. Although once I get started the flow goes on. I have not had much of a chance to get out and fish this year as I wanted too. I hope to get some fall and winter saltwater fishing in at the OBX between now and November. I hear this may be a good year for all. I am still learning the OBX and I know it changes as the seasons come and go. So Tight lines to all. I enjoy reading all the post and viewing the pics. I also learn a lot from all of you guys. Maybe one day I will be able to travel and fish the OBX like I want too. Keep those post coming, cause I sure will keep reading.
From what I gather on the trout situation up that way is you might need to leave the Neuse as the influx of fresh water from the tropical storm earlier this month has caused the shrimp and mullet to leave the river for saltier water and of course many of the trout followed. Try fishing the bridge to Atlantic beach or the one to Harkers Island for starters. some good catches have been made there recently in the evenings but early mornings might pay off also. You should find plenty of finger mullet migrating thru also. Another good spot to try would be the middle marshes. This time of year the finger mullet migration really turns on after a good steady NE wind sets up southerly currents. The trout and flounder will be keying on the migrating finger mullet so key on the bait to find them. Also remember that specks don't like swift currents so look for structure that will break up the current such as bridge pilings, dock pilings, oyster bars.this time of year large numbers of fish are moving south and staging to move offshore for the winter so hunt them accordingly. Al
Most spec fishermen in NC use soft plastics on jigs. gold spoons and mirrolures are a couple other old standby options as well as spec rigs. Speckrigs can be fished without a float or with your choice of either a poppin float or a rattling float. As for live bait shrimp, finger mullet, small menhaden, small pigfish,pinfish etc. Those are the standbys just make sure you put them in front of hungry fish. When trout aren't in the mood it is hard to tempt them with any of the above. Generally a moderate current is preferred but none is good in some areas. Best times are early morning and late eve. low light periods. Try also to hit them again during the peak solunar time for the day especially if the chart indicates it will be a good fishing day. Take Good PICS and don't tell nobody exactly where you got 'em. 20 miles is close enough. AL
Sinkerman, thanks for all the good info, I'll take it all to heart except maybe that 20 mile limit, as there is only a couple of things that get this "old fart" excited anymore and that is a new boat or finding a new hot spot. May not be able to contain it. Hope to be getting out Wednesday and Thursday . We'll see what hapens. Al
That's some great advice from you guys. The one thing I might add is that sometimes the first 30 minutes after the flood tide turns can be a great producer of speck bites. Not sure why that is, but my log books bears that out.
Hey Mike. I wanna be nosey. Have you tied any jigs or been to Doug's Tackle line lately? He does some pretty work! Looking at his made me decide that I needed to do better on mine.I'm still a bit of an individualist though, always trying something different. Some of it even works. And some...