Fishing Report

May 2011 report

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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As summer approaches and the water temperatures are rising, fishing has continued to improve here at Wrightsville Beach, NC.  Along the beaches, spanish mackerel are plentiful, and are eager to take trolled clarkspoons and Blue Water Candy Spanish Daisys.  Flounder have also begun to show up at nearshore reefs and structures, with bucktails tipped with Gulp shrimp the primary lure of choice.  In addition, king mackerel have begun to show up on your nearshore and offshore structures.  They are a welcomed arrival, and the bait of choice is a live menhaden on a traditional king mackerel rig adorned with Blue Water Candy featherweight skirts.  Try a double-pogie rig in the propwash - just make sure you’re looking at it when they they start to out-swim the boat….  The best of the nearshore bite has been to the south off of Yaupon Beach, but we are catching a few fish here off of the Wrightsville Beach seabuoy.  When fishing near the Cape Fear River, select a brighter-colored skirt, such as a chartreuse or pink to make your baits stand out in the dingy water.  May also welcomes the opening of grouper fishing, which has been productive despite the post-spawn pattern in full effect.  Fish are tight to their cover, so be sure to take special precision when anchoring this time of year.  Red grouper fishing is still better the farther offshore you go, and there are plenty of triggerfish to go along with them.  When the weather allows, gulfstream anglers are catching numerous gaffer dolphin, some as large as 50 lbs.  Trolled ballyhoo are the most consistent producer. 

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