This covers from Little River SC to Topsail Beach NC. Prior to the storm the inshore and offshore fishing was excellent. Once the water clears back up I expect the fishing to improve, although the last week has been off a little bit due to the cloudy water. Off the beaches the Spanish fishing has been solid from right off of the sea buoys to further offshore. Look for the tidelines and any bird activity. Trolling clarkspoons on #1 planners has been effective and occasional bluefish and bonita have been in the catches.
The cobia fishing has been the best it has been in years with cobia found from on the beach to 40 miles offshore. Look around menhaden pods, wrecks, buoys and any type of structure for this strong and great tasting fish. Live bait, eel imitations and bucktails are all effective baits. Bottom fishing has been good with sea bass and gag grouper in the 15-30 mile range with scamp and red grouper a little further out. Other fish such as trigger fish, pink snapper, gray snapper are in the catches and don’t forget to keep a light line off of the back of the boat while bottom fishing for the dolphin, wahoo and kings. For bottom fishing,dead baits such as boston mackerel, cigar minnows, and cut bait all produce with live baits good for the larger fish. Trolling at the break has produced excellent dolphin fishing with some yellowfin tuna, wahoo and the occasional marlin in the mix. There was a 110# wahoo recently caught off of Wrightsville Beach.
Inshore the flounder fishing continues to improve and red drum and a few speckled trout are still around and respond well to live baits as well as artificials. Further north, out of Oregon Inlet the fishing has been incredible with limits of yellowfin, dolphin and marlin and Bigeye tuna in the offshore catches.