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  • Fishing the SE Coast

    In spite of water that is still stained brown from all the fresh water runoff, the inshore and nearshore fishing along the southeast cost is doing surprisingly well.

    King mackerel have become the favorites of live bait trollers and fishermen from the ends of the Oak Island Piers. The kings are targeting baitfish along the beach and are really close.

    Last weekend boater got too close to Oak Island Pier and cut off six kings that fishermen on the pier were fighting at the time. That is TOO CLOSE and we need to help inform those boaters that don't realize they have gotten too close.

    The good news is the pier fishermen also landed 20 kings from Oak Island Pier in one day and about 35 for the week from Ocean Crest Pier.

    Flounder and puppy drum are biting well and a few specks are being caught. So far the good catches of specks are scattered and inconsistent. The pups and flounder are much easier to locate and catch.

    Speaking of flounder, I spent a morning with Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Charters in Little River. We caught some frisky pups and one flounder that just had to have a mullet minnow. A picture of the flounder is attached.

    The water is still holding around 71 degrees and the fishing is pretty good. When the water temperature drops to 67-68 degrees, we should all get ready to do some catching.

    Good fishing,
    Capt. Jerry Dilsaver