This August has provided the best season on my two favorite fisheries - Nearshore flounder and grouper fishing! There have been numerous spanish mackerel - of the large variety - feeding actively on surface bait early in the morning. We have been catching them casting Sea Striker Jigfish on spinning tackle early in the morning. When the sun comes up, it’s time to go flounder fishing. The nearshore flounder action has been on fire as of late, primarily on bucktails tipped with berkley gulp shrimp. Live mullet works fine, but it also catches the undersized fish, which are even more plentiful than the bigger ones. While the topwater spanish mackerel action dies down, we are still catching plenty of them while flounder fishing on live bait. We even had a 100+ lb. tarpon give us a try last week. I think my junior angler (and myself) were happy for it to just put on a show, and not get hooked on a flounder rod while we were on anchor….
Further offshore, while the African Pompano have been somewhat elusive this year, the grouper and snapper fishing is incredible. Limits of combined grouper species, including gags, reds and scamps, are being found in the same place as close as 28 miles! While most dead bait works on the other species, the scamps have been particular for a small, live pinfish fished on an oversized Carolina Rig. There are plenty of black sea bass, grunts and porgys mixed in with the grouper. Word around the Wrightsville Beach Charter Fishing fleet is that the wahoo fishing is picking up; a few wahoo trips are upcoming and hopefully I have a good report to give you upon our return! Tight lines.