Captain Arlen's Fishing Reports & Blog

Memorial Day Weekend Report

Sunday, May 24, 2009








  Memorial Day weekend graced Southeastern North Carolina’s coast with fishable weather—finally!  After two straight weeks of blown-out, cancelled trips, the spanish mackerel were anxiously awaiting us.  Two great trips provided abundant numbers of spanish mackerel, both casting and on the troll.  The larger fish were all caught casting 1 oz. Shore Lures, white proving itself as the best color.  My clients landed numerous fish over 3 pounds, with a 5.5 lber (just shy of citation-size) being the largest of the weekend.  These big spanish can be found along the edges of the large pods of menhaden along the beach.  The pods of menhaden also provided the opportunity to drift with live bait along the edges of the bait balls.  Small sharks made this tactic a busy one, and it was difficult to target the larger spanish and cobia due to their persistence.  We had one cobia hookup…....

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